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Forum News Service, Published August 26 2013

Girl faces felony charge for mudding damage in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A 17-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony first-degree property damage charge for allegedly causing more than $2,600 worth of damage while she and friends were mudding in a pickup truck last spring.

According to court records, the cost to have the Willmar Public Works Department fix the damage to the grass and field at Robbins Island park including labor, equipment use and seeding materials, was $2,614.40.

Angela Marie Tadych was arrested after Willmar police officers were called to the park about 6 p.m. April 3, according to court records. But a license plate number led officers to an address where Tadych and others were still inside a muddy pickup. Tadych was in the driver's seat and told the officer she had been driving at Robbins Island.

Records also indicate that the officer was informed about Facebook postings by Tadych, including a photo of her standing next to another muddy pickup showing a "thumbs up" sign. That posting was reported on April 11.