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This is the records summary for Aug. 23.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested on charges of terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 3100 block of Third Avenue Northwest.

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WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of fifth-degree assault and domestic assault around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 1800 block of Sixth Street Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Graffiti on an electrical box was reported along the 900 block of Park Avenue Northwest

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Jayro Hernandez, 38, and Evelyn Trejo-Lemus, 37, of Willmar, were each sentenced Tuesday on a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance.

Both were sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, three years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine, of which $800 was stayed. They were also ordered to pay $1,025.38 in restitution, which had already been paid at the time of sentencing.

Hernandez was ordered to serve 40 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served, and Trejo-Lemus was ordered to serve two days, with credit for two days served. Both were ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

According to the complaints, they applied for assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services in July 2003 and reported that neither was employed, as they could not work because of their immigration status. They received health care benefits until October 2006.

An investigation revealed that Hernandez was working at Jennie-O Turkey Store, beginning in May 2003. The employment was not reported and resulted in an overpayment of $1,025.38 in benefits.

n Pedro Miguel Leon, 43, of Morris and formerly of Columbus, Neb., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of driving while impaired.

Leon was sentenced to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 240 days in the county jail, with 90 days executed and 150 stayed if he complies with probation and doesn't get another drunken driving charge, and a $5,000 fine, with $3,500 stayed.

He was also ordered to serve 135 days of electronic alcohol monitoring and follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

The charge, along with another felony charge was filed after Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle that was speeding around 6:40 a.m. July 15 along Highway 12 near Pennock. The minivan was going 72 mph in a 45-mph zone. The driver, Leon, showed signs of alcohol consumption, failed a field sobriety test and blew a 0.232 blood-alcohol content on a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and a breath test at the Law Enforcement Center showed a 0.20 BAC. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

He had three prior convictions for driving while impaired, in September 2009, October 2009 and December 2011, all in Nebraska.

n Erica Rachel Cruz, 25, of Crete, Neb., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of check forgery for her role in stealing a state-issued check and forging a signature to cash the check.

As part of a plea agreement, another charge of check forgery will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Oct. 1.

Cruz and Maria Julia Saldana, 34, of Willmar, are both charged in the case. Saldana faces three felonies and a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed appear for court on Dec. 15.

According to the complaint, Willmar police began investigating the case on Oct. 24 after a woman reported that she never received a check from the state Department of Revenue for $575. She'd been informed by the state that someone had cashed the check at Quick Funds and signed her name on the check.

The investigation revealed that Cruz had presented her identification when cashing the check.

She was interviewed and at first said that she'd cashed the check at the woman's request. She later admitted that she and Saldana had cashed the check. She said that the woman had previously lived in the apartment where Saldana was living. Cruz claimed that Saldana received all of the money.

n Amanda Rose Watnaas, 23, and Eric Michael Skindelien, 28, both of Clara City, each made their first court appearance Wednesday on one felony charge of check forgery for their roles in passing another person's check at a Willmar business.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 for each. Both make their next appearance Sept. 4.

According to the complaints against the pair, a Willmar Police officer was dispatched on July 6 to Accessories 4 Trucks regarding a bad check written to the business. The owner reported that a check for $270.33 had been written on a Wells Fargo Bank account. The man identified Watnaas and Skindelien by their photos and said they came into the store, bought a battery and other accessories, using a check in another person's name. Watnaas signed the check in the woman's name and then said she didn't have her identification. Skindelien gave his identification. The owner took down the license plate of the vehicle they were driving as they left the business, which registered to Watnaas.

The owner of the checking account was interviewed and reported that Watnaas had forged a number of checks on her account and that both Watnaas and Skindelien were charged for forging checks in Chippewa County.

The investigation also revealed a Facebook photo posted by Skindelien, showing an accessory purchased with the forged check on his pickup.

This is the records summary for Aug. 23.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old boy was arrested on charges of terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 3100 block of Third Avenue Northwest.

WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of fifth-degree assault and domestic assault around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 1800 block of Sixth Street Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Graffiti on an electrical box was reported along the 900 block of Park Avenue Northwest

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jayro Hernandez, 38, and Evelyn Trejo-Lemus, 37, of Willmar, were each sentenced Tuesday on a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance.

Both were sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, three years of probation, 40 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine, of which $800 was stayed. They were also ordered to pay $1,025.38 in restitution, which had already been paid at the time of sentencing.

Hernandez was ordered to serve 40 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served, and Trejo-Lemus was ordered to serve two days, with credit for two days served. Both were ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

According to the complaints, they applied for assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services in July 2003 and reported that neither was employed, as they could not work because of their immigration status. They received health care benefits until October 2006.

An investigation revealed that Hernandez was working at Jennie-O Turkey Store, beginning in May 2003. The employment was not reported and resulted in an overpayment of $1,025.38 in benefits.

- Pedro Miguel Leon, 43, of Morris and formerly of Columbus, Neb., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of driving while impaired.

Leon was sentenced to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 240 days in the county jail, with 90 days executed and 150 stayed if he complies with probation and doesn't get another drunken driving charge, and a $5,000 fine, with $3,500 stayed.

He was also ordered to serve 135 days of electronic alcohol monitoring and follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

The charge, along with another felony charge was filed after Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle that was speeding around 6:40 a.m. July 15 along Highway 12 near Pennock. The minivan was going 72 mph in a 45-mph zone. The driver, Leon, showed signs of alcohol consumption, failed a field sobriety test and blew a 0.232 blood-alcohol content on a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and a breath test at the Law Enforcement Center showed a 0.20 BAC. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.

He had three prior convictions for driving while impaired, in September 2009, October 2009 and December 2011, all in Nebraska.

- Erica Rachel Cruz, 25, of Crete, Neb., pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of check forgery for her role in stealing a state-issued check and forging a signature to cash the check.

As part of a plea agreement, another charge of check forgery will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Oct. 1.

Cruz and Maria Julia Saldana, 34, of Willmar, are both charged in the case. Saldana faces three felonies and a warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed appear for court on Dec. 15.

According to the complaint, Willmar police began investigating the case on Oct. 24 after a woman reported that she never received a check from the state Department of Revenue for $575. She'd been informed by the state that someone had cashed the check at Quick Funds and signed her name on the check.

The investigation revealed that Cruz had presented her identification when cashing the check.

She was interviewed and at first said that she'd cashed the check at the woman's request. She later admitted that she and Saldana had cashed the check. She said that the woman had previously lived in the apartment where Saldana was living. Cruz claimed that Saldana received all of the money.

- Amanda Rose Watnaas, 23, and Eric Michael Skindelien, 28, both of Clara City, each made their first court appearance Wednesday on one felony charge of check forgery for their roles in passing another person's check at a Willmar business.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 for each. Both make their next appearance Sept. 4.

According to the complaints against the pair, a Willmar Police officer was dispatched on July 6 to Accessories 4 Trucks regarding a bad check written to the business. The owner reported that a check for $270.33 had been written on a Wells Fargo Bank account. The man identified Watnaas and Skindelien by their photos and said they came into the store, bought a battery and other accessories, using a check in another person's name. Watnaas signed the check in the woman's name and then said she didn't have her identification. Skindelien gave his identification. The owner took down the license plate of the vehicle they were driving as they left the business, which registered to Watnaas.

The owner of the checking account was interviewed and reported that Watnaas had forged a number of checks on her account and that both Watnaas and Skindelien were charged for forging checks in Chippewa County.

The investigation also revealed a Facebook photo posted by Skindelien, showing an accessory purchased with the forged check on his pickup.

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