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

Assault and burglary

WILLMAR -- Police are investigating an alleged assault and burglary after a resident of Regency Park, 1400 Northeast Lakeland Drive, reported a man came into the home and struck a man there with a wooden stick at 11:02 p.m. Thursday. A 30-year-old male faces possible charges for the incident.

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Disorderly conduct

WILLMAR -- One man was charged with disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of a fight at the Green Mill, 21000 East Highway 12 at 12:41 a.m. on Friday. A 27-year-old man was issued a citation for disorderly conduct. A 26-year-old man was subsequently charged with indecent exposure for allegedly urinating on a wall there following the fight.

Underage consumption

WILLMAR -- Citations for underage consumption of alcohol were issued to two males and two females after Willmar Police officers responded to a report of a loud party at 11:12 p.m. Thursday at the Fairview Apartments, 1205 24th Street Northwest.

Child found on work site

WILLMAR -- Workers on a CneterPoint Energy project at the intersection of 16th Street and Monongalia Avenue responded when they spotted a 3-year-old girl that had wandered on to the work site and was peering down an eight-foot excavation around 3 p.m. Thursday. Police officers went door-to-door in the neighborhood and reunited the child with her mother. The mother was not feeling well and took a nap with the child. The child woke up and left the home without awakening her mother.

Sky Warntraining offered

WILLMAR -- Citizens are welcome to attend a Sky Warn training class being offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the auditorium of Kennedy Elementary School. National Weather Service presenters will offer the program at no charge to all interested citizens. Public safety officials in Willmar and Kandiyohi County are encouraging people who spend time outdoors, whether as part of their work or for recreation, to consider attending the class. It will offer information on how to identify severe weather and when and how to contact authorities to sound an alert.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Dustin Roy Hentges, 24, of Bird Island, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of theft by swindle for taking CEE-VI Drug Task Force money.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of first-degree attempted sale of 10 grams or more of a controlled substance was dismissed. He will be sentenced June. 12.

The charges were filed after, as part of an ongoing investigation, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent was contacted April 8 by a confidential informant who said Hentges offered to sell him one-half ounce of meth for $1,250.

The informant was searched and provided with $1,250 in task force funds for the purchase. The informant met Hentges in a parking lot, drove around for a bit and then surveillance officers observed him leave the car, go around a building and get into another vehicle. That vehicle was stopped nearby and the officers found the $1,250 in task force funds. Hentges was identified as a passenger in the vehicle.

Afterward, the informant said that he gave Hentges the money, and then Hentges said he didn't have the meth, that it was in a nearby building or vehicle. He had the informant drive around the parking lot and then got out of the vehicle and ran away.

The driver of the other vehicle was interviewed, said Hentges called him for a ride from Willmar to Clara City. He said they stopped in Willmar and that he suspected something was going on, but that he wanted to abandon Hentges. He said Hentges jumped into his moving vehicle, freaked out and said something about "cops" but didn't tell him anything else.

- Omar Arizmendi Jr., 19, and Luis Edgar Terrones, 30, of Renville, both made their first appearances Thursday on one felony theft charge each for allegedly taking $2,921 of items from a vehicle parked along County Road 7 last August.

Both were released on their personal recognizance and make their next appearance in court on May 18.

According to the complaint, a man reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office on Aug. 28 that his son's vehicle had been vandalized and items stolen from it the night before. The vehicle had been parked on a field approach along County Road 7 and 135th Street. Missing were two laptop computers, footwear, a portable DVD player, DVDs, CDs, video games, a power converter and a skateboard. The total valued of the items was $2,921. The owner of the items reported to the deputy that one of the laptops had a Lojack tracking system that allowed officers to trace the internet protocol address where it was being used. The location was traced to a home in Renville, where officers served a search warrant in December. The laptop and other items, identified by the owner, were found there.

Through a series of interviews with both men, and others, investigators learned that Arizmendi, Terrones and another man had allegedly been involved in stealing the items from the vehicle.

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