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Willmar lady charged with seven counts of arson in downtown Willmar, dedication listening to scheduled – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — A lady accused of making an attempt to begin a number of fires at buildings in downtown Willmar on Jan. 15 is being held on $75,000 bail.

Linda Marie Wandersee-Callanan, 58, of Willmar, made her first look Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court docket on seven felony fees of second-degree arson.

Linda Marie Wandersee-Callanan

Contributed / Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Workplace

Court docket information present a petition to commit Wandersee-Callanan as mentally sick was filed the identical day because the legal fees have been filed.

A dedication listening to is about for Jan. 30, and a overview listening to on the arson fees is scheduled for a similar day.

As of Friday, Wandersee-Callanan remained in custody on the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Wandersee-Callanan is alleged to have tried to begin fires at a number of buildings all through the downtown space of ​​Willmar together with the CentraCare Lakeland Clinic, CentraCare Fundamental Clinic, Kandiyohi County Courthouse, Willmar Metropolis Workplaces and a regulation workplace within the 100 block of First Road South. Callanan additionally allegedly focused a dental workplace inside the 400 block of Trott Avenue Southwest. There have been no energetic fires or hearth injury when regulation enforcement found them, in line with the information launch from the Willmar Police Division on Sunday.

In response to that information launch, which didn’t identify her on the time, Wandersee-Callanan has a historical past of psychological sickness and disputes with native authorities businesses and healthcare companies.

In response to the legal criticism detailing the arson fees, an lawyer on the regulation workplace suspected Wandersee-Callanan of putting firewood and different gadgets propped up in opposition to the regulation workplace constructing, after seeing the information launch concerning the tried arsons. He informed investigators he had represented a landlord in opposition to her.

Within the regulation workplace’s dealings with Wandersee-Callanan, the lawyer famous that she had been telling her landlord “they” have been poisoning her water and placing static electrical energy into her unit to shock her. She additionally accused her landlord and others of breaking into her condo.

Supplies recovered on the scene included a bottle of water and a crockpot. The lawyer believed these have been consultant of Wandersee-Callanan’s claims. Officers famous {that a} container of energy steering fluid was poured on the constructing and door. Firewood stacked subsequent to the 2 gadgets have been additionally coated in oil, in line with the legal criticism.

An officer on patrol observed the primary stack of things Sunday morning exterior the Willmar Fireplace Division constructing situated on Second Road Southwest. The officer famous a bundle of firewood, hand heaters and lottery papers have been stacked in opposition to the door and coated in oil. A burnt cigarette was additionally positioned into the oil. The officer took footage of the gadgets.

Officers confirmed {that a} close by fuel station sells Firewood of the identical model discovered at many of the areas.

In response to the criticism, fuel station staff stated a lady had are available in about 6:30 am that morning and was performing “very bizarre.” She ultimately purchased gadgets together with firewood, oil and different miscellaneous merchandise.

In reviewing video footage from the shop, the officer recognized Wandersee-Callanan because the suspect. Surveillance footage from CentraCare—Rice Memorial Hospital additionally recognized the automobile she was driving, exhibiting the automobile drive from the southwest door of the CentraCare Willmar Lakeland Clinic via the car parking zone and on to the west door of the Willmar Fireplace Division.

A test of the clinic after reviewing footage from there yielded a pile of things just like those discovered stacked in opposition to the door of the fireplace division.

Then, employees from the fuel station notified officers that the lady who had purchased the firewood earlier within the morning had simply pulled into their car parking zone. An officer responded and situated Wandersee-Callanan sitting in her automobile. In response to the report, the automobile matched the one he had seen in video surveillance.

Wandersee-Callanan was additionally sporting related clothes to the lady the officer had noticed on video from the fuel station.

The officer approached Callanan’s automobile and talked along with her.

In response to the criticism, Callanan stated she purchased firewood on the fuel station earlier and that she was upset with the town of Willmar, Willmar Fireplace and Police. She additionally reported points with the hospital and clinic in Willmar and acknowledged that she was not admitting to the incidents that occurred earlier that day.

After talking with Wandersee-Callanan, the officer transported her to CentraCare—Rice Memorial Hospital for a psychological well being analysis. Throughout their time along with her, officers acquired extra calls about further stacks of things coated in oil positioned exterior buildings.

Wandersee-Callanan was launched from the hospital after employees informed officers they have been unable to position her wherever. She was then arrested and transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail.


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