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

This is the records summary for April 4.


WILLMAR — A purse containing three credit cards being taken in a burglary was reported on Wednesday on the 2700 block of 10th Street Southwest, Willmar.


The theft of a Brinks lock box containing $3,000 was reported Wednesday on the 1100 block of 40th Avenue Northeast in Willmar.


WILLMAR — Officers advised a Willmar woman that she may be the target of a scam after she reported Wednesday that she received money orders totaling $3,950 with instructions she was to send two of them to other people and to keep the rest for herself.

The woman told officers that she intended to deposit them in the bank and see if they clear.

OHV riders stopped

WILLMAR — Two off-highway vehicles were towed to their owner’s homes after two males driving the machines were advised they were in violation of the rules.

Willmar Police responded to a complaint shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday near the 900 block of Seventh Street Northwest. One male driver was advised he could not drive the machine without a valid license, and the other was told he needed to wear a helmet due to his age.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- A hearing on whether there is probable cause for charges of felony domestic abuse and misdemeanor theft against Juan Carolos Patino, 34, of Willmar, will be held on May 1, following a hearing Wednesday in district court.

Patino previously posted a $20,000 bond after the charges were filed Aug. 16.

The complaint alleges that he waited in a car as a female victim who had an order for protection placed on him arrived at a Willmar address on Aug. 15. He allegedly approached the woman, and took her phone from her purse, and stated to her that there would be problems that night if she dated anyone else.

The complaint alleges that he had previous violations of orders for protection against the victim. Court records also indicate prior convictions for assault in the fifth degree in 2006; assault in the third degree in 2010; and interfering with a 911 call in 2012.

- Raquel Garcia Morales, 33, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty on Monday and posted a $75,000 bond on Tuesday in district court.

A hearing on probable cause was scheduled for April 17 on charges of possession of drugs, second degree, three grams of methamphetamine; second degree, sale or possession of methamphetamine; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The complaint alleges than an informant purchased 3.3 grams of methamphetamine from her on Nov. 26. Willmar Police officers returned to speak to the defendant in her Willmar residence on March 21 and seized methamphetamine from her bedroom. She allegedly told the officers that she sold methamphetamine for a co-defendant, Francisco Fredrick Galvan, 31, who has also been charged in the case.

- Steven Andrew Williams Becker, 23, of Willmar, will serve 30 days in jail and pay a fine and fees totaling $1,090 following a district court sentencing on Tuesday in Willmar.

The court dismissed a felony charge of possession of drugs, fifth degree, and ordered a statutory stay of adjudication on a second felony charge of possession of drugs, fifth degree, for which he was sentenced.

The court ordered the conviction to be dismissed if the defendant successfully completes a five-year probation sentence.

The charges were filed when a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the defendant on Oct. 27, 2012, on County Road 5 for not having a light on his rear license plate. According to the complaint, the officer smelled marijuana and the defendant appeared under its influence.

The officer seized 4.5 grams of marijuana and a digital scale in the occupant area of the car and another 232.5 grams in its trunk.

- Amanda Dawn Jiles, 30, of Winnebago, formerly of Willmar, was arraigned on a felony charge of fifth degree drug possession on Wednesday in district court in Willmar.

A complaint charges that officers responding to a domestic report at a Willmar residence on March 14 were alerted to a bottle of pills. The bottle held more than 71 pills, a majority of which were found to be Vicodin, a schedule II narcotic for which the defendant did not have a prescription.

The complaint states that Jiles has a prior controlled substance conviction in Polk County.

- Karl Stephen Saint, 31, of Willmar, was arraigned Wednesday in district court in Willmar on a felony charge of burglary, third degree, and misdemeanor charges of theft of communication services and theft of computer services.

The complaint alleges that Saint entered the office of the Southern Minnesota Community Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, which is located in a building where he rented an apartment in Willmar. It alleges that he ran an ethernet cable from the office’s computer modem through the ceiling to the computer in his apartment and accessed internet services.

He was charged March 8 following an investigation triggered when Charter Communications notified the agency that unauthorized pornography had been accessed from their network. An employee with the office located the Ethernet cable and it was followed to Saint’s apartment, the complaint alleges.

n Sentencing took place Tuesday for Emilio Florez, 38, of Atwater, on a domestic abuse charge of violating a no-contact order.

Judge Michael Thompson ordered Florez to serve 27 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, with credit for 69 days he has already served. He also must pay fines totaling $140 and supply a DNA sample.

Florez earlier pleaded guilty to sending a letter to a woman who had a no-contact order against him. He has previous convictions in Anoka County for domestic assault and violating an order for protection.

- A plea agreement was reached Tuesday for a Willmar man charged with felony third-degree assault.

In exchange for pleading guilty, Randall Scott Erickson, 46, will be sentenced as for a gross misdemeanor, a lesser charge than a felony. Other terms of the agreement include a staggered jail sentence and payment of restitution.

Erickson could have faced up to five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for May 13.

He was charged in connection with a fight that started over accusations that his debit card had been stolen. The victim had several broken ribs and required hospital treatment.

- A Spicer woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree DWI. In exchange, additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child were dismissed against Gail Guptill, 53.

Sentencing will take place later.

Two Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies came to a Willmar motel on Nov. 14 of last year to track down a suspect in a drug case. One of the deputies had left to obtain a search warrant of the motel room and the other deputy was waiting at the motel when Guptill arrived, allegedly to warn the room’s previous occupants to leave.

According to court records, she appeared to be under the influence of something, and had a 1-year-old child in her vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a “snort tube” containing a residue that later tested positive for methamphetamine. Guptill also failed most of a field sobriety test except for a breathalyzer.

She admitted to using marijuana the day before and methamphetamine two days earlier, according to the complaint filed in court.

- A new London man will serve concurrent jail terms on charges of fifth-degree assault and violating a domestic abuse no contact order. A third charge of felony domestic assault against Tyler Ryks, 23, has been dismissed.

On the assault charge, Judge Michael Thompson handed down a sentence of one year in jail, with 254 days of the jail term stayed for two years. Ryks also must pay a $3,000 fine, $2,500 of which is stayed for two years.

 On the charge of violating a domestic abuse no contact order, Ryks was sentenced to 21 months at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, with a five-year stay of execution. Including credit for time already served, he will spend 111 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, concurrent with the sentence on the assault charge. He also must pay a $1,000 fine but will be allowed credit for community service work. The fines on the two charges are consecutive.

Ryks was arrested after Willmar Police officers were called to a fight on Sept. 14 at an apartment building on Dana Drive Southeast. Ryks and his girlfriend allegedly were staying in one of the apartments and became upset when the tenant asked them to move out. An argument ensued and escalated into a fight that also involved several other apartment residents.

According to court records, Ryks allegedly pushed a female tenant onto the floor, climbed on top of her and repeatedly punched and choked her.

As Willmar Police conducted their investigation, it also emerged that Ryks had been charged in Yellow Medicine County with domestic assault against his girlfriend and a domestic abuse no contact order had been issued in January 2012.