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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 21.

Arrest

WILLMAR — A 51-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 12:30 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of Becker Avenue and 13th Street Southeast.

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Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of binoculars and a Christmas gift of jewelry was reported around 4:40 a.m. Thursday along the 300 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

WILLMAR — The theft of tools and a toolbox was reported around 7:25 a.m. Thursday along the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

Property damage

NEW LONDON — Damage to a wall was reported around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 16000 block of Highway 23 Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jaime Roberto Mejia Bonilla, 33, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of terroristic threats, a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Jan. 31.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Nov. 22 to the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest on a report of an assault. A resident said that a neighbor had come to his apartment with two children and said that police needed to be called because Mejia Bonilla was assaulting her.

The woman said that she and Mejia Bonilla had argued because he was seeing someone else and that he’d poured beer on her and assaulted her by hitting her and throwing her to the floor. She said he also threatened her and took the phone away from her as she was attempting to call for help. A child had witnessed the assault and went to the neighbor for help.

- Antenese Scottesia Baker, 19, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft for her role in shoplifting cell phones from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter this summer.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and another felony for theft and a misdemeanor for receiving stolen property will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Feb. 21.

Baker is one of four women charged in the case. Latoya Desiree Rodgers, 23, of Minneapolis, faces two felony charges of theft plus a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer. Her next appearance is Dec. 24.

Teresa Marie Morrow, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft. She will be sentenced Jan. 28.

An arrest warrant was issued for a fourth woman, Demetria Lynise Smith, 22, of Minneapolis.

According to the complaints against the women, Willmar police were called June 19 to an area near Best Buy, along First Street South, regarding the alleged shoplifting of cell phones by four women at Wal-Mart. A store loss prevention employee had followed the women to Target and then to the Best Buy parking lot.

When questioned by the officer about why they were in Willmar, the women all gave different answers, including that they were visiting a friend or were in town to return baby shower gifts. The officer saw plastic packaging in the car for cell phones and equipment. Baker, the owner of the car, allowed the officers to search the vehicle. The search revealed a Boost Mobile phone, instruction manual, cords and packaging.

Morrow was taken into custody, as there was a warrant for her arrest. A search of her purse revealed two new cell phones that matched the serial numbers of those taken from Wal-Mart.

Loss prevention officials at Wal-Mart told police the women appeared to be working together, by distracting employees or acting as a lookout while another woman took a phone, before theft alarms went off in the store. The women then fled from the store.

- Deborah Mullins, 33, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on three felony charges of theft for allegedly not returning a rental car.

Unconditional bail was set at $15,000. Her next appearance is Feb. 12.

According to the complaint, officials at Enterprise Vehicle Leasing in Willmar reported to police on Nov. 15 that the company had leased a 2012 Nissan Altima to Mullins on Sept. 24 at the Willmar location. The lease was partially paid by an insurance company because Mullin’s vehicle had been in a crash. The Nissan was to be returned on Oct. 3.

Company officials contacted Mullins on multiple occasions and requested that she return the vehicle and pay the balance on the rental agreement, which was calculated at $1,049.05. The value of the vehicle was estimated at $13,542.05.

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