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West Central Tribune
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Jan. 10.

Tractor, feed wagon lost in Meeker County fire

DASSEL — A John Deere tractor, feed mixing wagon and about 100 round bales of cornstalks were lost in a fire reported around 9 a.m. Monday north of Dassel.


According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, a neighbor reported the fire at the Grant McDonalds property at 72391 255th St. in Dassel Township when he saw smoke coming from the location.

Fire departments from Dassel and Cokato were dispatched to the blaze. McDonalds, 33, of Cokato, also responded to the location.

The tractor, a John Deere 6310 with a loader and cab, and bales were a total loss. The wagon sustained substantial damage. The fire appeared to start near the tractor’s engine compartment and the machine was plugged into an electrical outlet to keep the engine warm. The estimated loss is $87,000.


WILLMAR — A theft was reported around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday along the 600 block of 14th Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jeremy Chris Flickinger, 26, of Spicer, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine on a misdemeanor charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony theft charge.

The theft charge was filed after July 15, when a Willmar Police officer was flagged down by two people near McDonalds on First Street South. The people reported that Flickinger had taken the keys to the Cadillac without permission and then drove the vehicle northbound on First Street. They attempted to follow the car, but then stopped to flag down the officer.

 The vehicle was later located by a sheriff’s deputy in Spicer and fled from the officer before striking a tree. Flickinger was arrested after a preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.119. He was taken to the emergency room to be examined and refused to submit to a breath test there.

Flickinger was sentenced in November to 13 months in prison, which was stayed, three years of probation, 120 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in another set of charges filed after the incident.

- Sergio Balladares Jr., 20, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a fifth-degree drug sale charge for his role in selling one-quarter pound of marijuana to an informant last January.

Balladares was ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment, attend the cognitive skills program and not use or possess drugs or alcohol. The jail time, set to begin in December, can be deferred if Balladares complies with probation conditions.

He was one of four people charged in connection to the Jan. 24, 2011, sale. Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 19, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree sale count. He will be sentenced Jan. 28. Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 22, of Willmar, is scheduled for a jury trial on Feb. 12. Lauralee Mary Evans, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Nov. 27 to 30 days in the county jail, five years of probation and 200 hours of community work service on a fifth-degree drug sale charge.

 According to the complaints, the informant arranged to purchase the marijuana for $350 in a parking lot along U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar. The informant and a CEEVI agent met the pair in the parking lot and then another vehicle came to the lot. The second vehicle, later stopped by Willmar police, was driven by Mendoza, who with Lopez-Rasmussen subsequently met the informant in another parking lot to complete the sale. The informant turned over the marijuana, in a fast-food bag, to agents.

- Emilio Flores, 38, of Atwater, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Jan. 22.

According to the complaint, a citizen reported to an Atwater Police officer that a woman had been assaulted at a home along Third Street North. The officer went to the home, where Flores said he and the woman had argued over money and that he’d pushed the woman away when she tried to get his wallet from his back pants pocket.

The woman said she’d asked Flores for a money card, to get food, and that he’d struck her in the head with his closed fist.

After Flores was arrested, he claimed he went to a ATM and got $40 and gave the woman the money.

He has prior convictions for domestic assault by strangulation in December 2005 and for violation of an order for protection in September 2005.