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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 24.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of a front license plate was reported at 8:06 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Willmar Avenue Southwest.

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WILLMAR — The theft of an EBT card and a social security benefit card was reported in the 800 block of 13th Street Southwest. The theft was reported at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Juan Gabriel Martin, 29, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of escape from custody for allegedly leaving his community work service assignment in January.

 He will be sentenced May 28.

The charge was filed after Jan. 29, when jail officials reported around 9 p.m. that Martin hadn’t returned from his work service location. He had reported to the community service building at 7:30 a.m., worked on the snow removal crew and then at removing decals from a squad car, but then left the building in the afternoon and did not return to the location.

 Martin was serving 60 days of jail time on a domestic assault conviction.

- Rogelio Leal Jr., 23, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a First Street business in December.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is May 6.

Leal also faces misdemeanor charges of property damage and theft.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called during the early morning hours of December 18 to a First Street business on a burglary alarm.

Several windows were broken, and a sump pump that didn’t belong at the business was lying on the floor. The owner of the business provided surveillance footage, which showed three people near the business and one person throwing an object at the windows. A police officer recognized Leal as the person who threw the object and that one of the others was a juvenile female. The young woman was interviewed and said that Leal did the damage to the window and stole cigarettes, which had already been smoked.

The estimated damage to the windows was $200.

- Cody Wayne Garvick, 21, of Belgrade, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for drugs seized during execution of a search warrant in December at a Willmar residence.

 As part of a plea agreement, two additional felony charges of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child and bringing contraband into a correctional facility will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 23.

Garvick was one of five people charged in the case. Rudy Gonzales San Miguel, 42, and Kelly Jo Montoya, 39, both of Willmar, each face two felony charges of first-degree drug possession and for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Gonzales San Miguel’s next appearance is June 23 and Montoya’s next hearing is May 23.

Mark Russell Johnson, 47, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. He will be sentenced May 20.

Morgan Rae Walsh, 18, of Benson, faces two charges for fifth-degree possession and storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. Her next appearance has not been set.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a warrant Dec. 28 on a home along the 500 block of 13th Avenue Southwest and located all five defendants in the home. The agents also located meth and marijuana in a bedroom claimed by Garvick and Walsh, along with paraphernalia and 4.1 grams of synthetic marijuana found on Garvick when he was processed into the county jail.

 The search also revealed meth and two water bong smoking devices, which tested positive for meth and contained 360 grams of fluid, and more than $2,900 in cash was found in a bedroom claimed by Gonzales and Montoya.

 In another bedroom, claimed by Johnson, agents located drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth.

 All five were interviewed and allegedly admitted to using drugs. Montoya told agents that two children, ages 16 and 17, live at the home where drugs are used regularly.

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