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

This is the records summary for April 15.

Fraud

NEW LONDON — A case of theft by swindle was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday along the 17000 block of Highway 23 Northeast.

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District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Tamara Dawn Mendoza, 22, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 77 days in jail, 200 hours of community service and a $50 fine on a third-degree assault charges for stabbing a teen in August after the two women had an escalating argument over a gang-related incident.

Mendoza was also sentenced to 77 days in jail, another 200 hours of community service, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a fifth-degree drug sale count for her role in selling marijuana to an informant last January.

She was given credit for 77 days already served in jail and ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment.

As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree assault charge was dismissed.

The assault charges were filed after Aug. 6, when Willmar police officers arrested an 18-year-old Willmar woman on an arrest warrant. One of the officers noticed that the teen had an injury on her left thumb. The teen said she had also been stabbed in the side by Mendoza on Aug. 3. The teen and Mendoza had traded escalating threats since approximately two months prior, when the teen’s brother was “jumped” by Mendoza and others for showing an opposing gang sign.

The teen said she had moved into a new residence and that Mendoza, who was staying at a nearby residence, fought with her. The teen said Mendoza attempted to stab her in the chest and that she got cut on her left thumb attempting to block the knife. Friends at the scene took the teen away from the scene and to the hospital for stitches on her hand. The officer noted wounds on the teen’s thumb and the web of her left hand, plus slice wounds to her chest, side, leg and shoulder.

The drug charge was filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant purchased one-quarter pound of marijuana from four people, including Mendoza, for $350 in a parking lot along U.S. Highway 12 in Willmar.

The other defendants included Sergio Balladares Jr., 20, of Willmar, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation; Mauro Berga Lopez-Rasmussen, 19, of Willmar, who was sentenced to 63 days in jail, a total of $2,000 in fines and five years of probation; and Lauralee Mary Evans, 22, of Willmar, who was sentenced Nov. 27 to 30 days in the county jail, five years of probation and 200 hours of community work service.

Marriage Licenses

Kandiyohi County

Brien Prescott Larcom, Belgrade; Mandi Mae Hoerter, Belgrade

John Roger Tatge, Willmar; Vanessa Rae Van Hove, Willmar

Christopher Nelson Hess, Spicer; Michele Kathleen Schoenberg, Spicer

Daniel Dean Fultz, Willmar; Annalicia Elia Rodriguez, Willmar

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