District Court, Kandiyohi County, Jan. 14
n Emilio Ozornia, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, plus misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation and receiving stolen property.
Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance is Jan. 26.
According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer on patrol on Sunday observed a vehicle along 11th Street Southwest that he knew was involved in a hit-and-run accident recently. The officer saw the vehicle turn around in a parking lot and recognized the driver as Ozornia. The officer pursued the vehicle, at speeds reaching up to 50 mph, on the city streets. The vehicle stopped along 16th Street Southwest, where Ozornia and a passenger were arrested. A vehicle search revealed property that was confirmed to be stolen from a nearby apartment. Officers went to the residence, found it entered by kicking in the door, and saw that it was ransacked. The value of the missing items was estimated at $200.
- Cody Lyle Lawrence Jackson, 18, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree assault for hitting an acquaintance and breaking his jaw on Aug. 8
As part of a plea agreement, another felony, for third-degree assault, will be dismissed and his executed jail time will be limited to time served, plus staggered 30-day jail periods to be served on another file. He will be sentenced Feb. 17.
The victim, along with several witnesses, told law enforcement officials that Jackson became involved in a fight at an Atwater home. After the fight broke up, the victim was handing Jackson his sandals when Jackson punched him in the jaw, breaking it in two places.
Jackson claimed to an investigator that he was swinging to hit someone else.
- Darren Robert Oeltjen, 33, of Belgrade, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.
As part of a plea agreement, he will receive a stay of imposition on the felony charge and two other gross misdemeanor charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 19.
The charges were filed after, on July 18, Willmar police received a driving complaint that a black pickup was all over the road on First Street. Officers located the vehicle along 16th Avenue Southwest and initiated a traffic stop. The driver exited the vehicle, smelled of alcohol and got upset with officers for stopping him. As one of the officers was attempting to conduct field sobriety tests on Oeltjen, the other officer went back to his squad car to adjust the camera in the car. Oeltjen ran back to his vehicle and took off with the other officer standing on the running board. The officer jumped off and both officers pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens on. Eventually, Oeltjen pulled over along the 1200 block of Sixth Street. He was arrested and taken to jail. A search of the vehicle revealed a cooler containing numerous beers. At the Law Enforcement Center, Oeltjen refused to submit to a breath test.
A review of his record shows driving while impaired convictions in December 2005, April 2004 and June 1998.
- Alicia Ann Myers, 20, of Windom, plead guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen vehicle.
As part of a plea agreement, she will receive a stay of imposition on her sentence and not serve additional jail time. She will be sentenced Feb. 26.
The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was dispatched on Nov. 2 to the 1600 block of Ninth Street Southwest to investigate a stolen vehicle. The officer noted that the vehicle, a 2007 Chevy Aveo, was parked in front of the home. The vehicle had been reported stolen on Oct. 24. Myers said she took her mother's car, with permission, to come to Willmar for a few days with her boyfriend. She admitted that a friend in Redwood Falls had advised her that the car was reported stolen. She was arrested on the local charges and charges of motor vehicle theft and theft by swindle in Cottonwood County.
- Jose Catarino, 25, of Redwood Falls, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of falsely impersonating another.
As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge for aggravated forgery, plus a gross misdemeanor for giving a court official the name of another and a misdemeanor for identity theft will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 18.
Catarino is also known as Arnulfo Levario.
The charges were filed after Nov. 19, when the Willmar police received a report from Kandiyohi County Family Services that Catarino was living in Willmar under the false name and had fathered a child in the state.
Information received from the real Arnulfo Levario included that he was living in Texas, had his identification stolen and had child support erroneously taken from his paycheck to support a child in Kandiyohi County. Texas law enforcement had determined that the Texas man was the real Levario.
Catarino had been booked into the local jail and had appeared in court under the false name. Information from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement verified his real identity as Catarino.
Catarino was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. He denied that he had any other name than Levario, but a search of his wallet revealed a Minnesota identification card with Levario's information and Catarino's photo and a Social Security card with the same number as the real Levario.