This is the records summary for April 18.
Willmar Police: Stolen water buffalo found, returned
WILLMAR — The stuffed water buffalo reported stolen Tuesday afternoon from Bethel Lutheran Church was recovered Wednesday morning from a First Street business owner and returned to the church.
Willmar Police Capt. Jim Felt issued a thank you to all Facebook users who viewed the department’s post about the theft and passed on information. Felt had posted information about the theft on the department’s Facebook page earlier in the morning.
The business owner recovered the stuffed water buffalo from a teenager Tuesday. The item’s origin was unknown to the business owner until the word spread on Facebook.
The stuffed water buffalo was made in the Philippines and valued at more than $70. It was being used in a display where the church was raising money for an actual water buffalo for a mission in the Philippines.
Police are now working on identifying the teenager involved in the incident.
Illinois man hurt in truck crash west of Olivia
OLIVIA — A 29-year-old Lincoln, Ill., man was treated at Renville County Hospital for minor injuries sustained in a crash around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 212 west of Olivia.
According to the State Patrol, Michael Wheelock was driving a 2012 Freightliner westbound on the highway and crossed over the centerline, sideswiping an eastbound 2011 Peterbilt garbage truck driven by David W. Thompson, 70, of Kasson. Thompson wasn’t injured.
Also responding were the Olivia ambulance and police departments and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office.
WILLMAR — A fraudulent charge on a debit card was reported around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 900 block of Fifth Street Southwest.
WILLMAR — The theft of fishing equipment was reported around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday along the 2100 block of Country Club Drive Northeast.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- Ricardo Navarro, 41, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for possessing 3.8 pounds of marijuana and 3 grams of cocaine found in January in his trailer home during the execution of a search warrant.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a third-degree charge. He will be sentenced May 29.
Navarro and Loraine Michelle Romero, 30, of Willmar, were charged in the case. Romero pleaded guilty to a felony fifth-degree drug possession charge and will be sentenced May 2.
According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents and other law enforcement officers served the warrant around 10 a.m. Jan. 17 along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest. The officers found Romero and Navarro in the home and, after also finding cocaine and 99 grams of marijuana in the room, arrested both of them.
The search also revealed drug paraphernalia, scales and a 3.5-pound brick of marijuana in the freezer and refrigerator.
- Maqsuud Ali Adeys, 26, of Willmar, made her first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated forgery and a misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly forging patient signatures on medical interpreting documents and receiving $406.50 in payment for the interpreting services.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is May 13.
According to the complaint, in December 2011, Willmar Police were informed by UCare investigators that Adeys had submitted fraudulent work orders as a Somali language interpreter for United Language Services for services rendered at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar.
The information included that there were forged patient signatures on seven work orders for services in September through December 2010. Two of the patients signed affidavits of forgery indicating that the signatures on the documents were not their signatures.
- Hector Hernandez, 42, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a third-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in November and three felony charges of fifth-degree sale and possession for selling marijuana and possessing marijuana and cocaine found Tuesday during a search of his home.
Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 in each of the two court files. His next appearance is April 29. Hernandez also faces a misdemeanor charge of possessing a dangerous weapon for a switchblade knife found during the search.
According to the third-degree drug sale complaint, an informant purchased 0.7 grams of cocaine from Hernandez on Nov. 8, 2012, with Hernandez meeting the informant at his residence and then traveling to Regency West trailer park. Hernandez told the informant to drive around for a few minutes while he picked up the drugs and later handed over the bag of white powder for $100.
After he was arrested Tuesday, Hernandez allegedly admitted to selling to the informant.
According to the other complaint, CEE-VI agents served a search warrant Tuesday on Hernandez’s home, along the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southeast, and found scales with marijuana residue, the switchblade, numerous baggie corners containing a measurable amount of cocaine, which added up to less than a half gram, and numerous bags of marijuana. The marijuana was located in the kitchen, basement and a bedroom and totaled 173.5 grams, or 0.38 lb.
Hernandez allegedly admitted to officers that he smokes marijuana and cocaine and sells marijuana, usually on the weekends, in packets for $20. He claimed the items located in the residence and said they did not belong to another man living at the home.