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This is the records summary for May 15.

Crash sends Dassel woman to hospital

DASSEL — A 23-year-old Dassel woman was taken by ambulance to Hutchinson Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 7 p.m. Monday north of Dassel.

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According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Krysten Dane was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix westbound on 240th Street and failed to yield the right of way to a 2004 Mazda RX-8 driven by Kevin Hinkemeyer, 54, of St. Augusta. Hinkemeyer was northbound on County Road 4 when the vehicles collided.

The crash is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sauk Centre man hurt

in fertilizer truck crash

BELGRADE — A 19-year-old Sauk Centre man was taken by ambulance to the Sauk Centre Hospital after the fertilizer truck he was driving left the roadway Monday afternoon west of Belgrade.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas Janson was driving a fertilizer truck owned by Crop Production Services along County Road 19 just west of Belgrade when the truck left the road, hit a field approach and came to rest in a field.

The crash, which was reported around 3:15 p.m., is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Theft

SPICER — The theft of fishing gear and a chainsaw from a garage was reported around 4:40 p.m. Monday along the 7500 block of North Shore Drive.

WILLMAR — The theft of cash from a vehicle was reported around 4:15 p.m. Monday along the 3500 block of Eagle Ridge Drive West.

WILLMAR — The theft of medications from a post office box at the Willmar Post office was reported around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.

WILLMAR — The theft of collectible cars, memorabilia and a wedding ring was reported around 11:50 a.m. Tuesday along the 3000 block of First Avenue Northwest.

Assault

WILLMAR — An assault was reported around 6:45 p.m. Monday at Rice Park. The 28-year-old male victim reported he had been assaulted by three males. The incident remains under investigation by Willmar Police.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage caused by a vehicle driving on the grass at Robbins Island was reported around 8 p.m. Monday at the city park. The vehicle involved in the incident was later located in Spicer and the driver cited for a driving violation.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Jorge Isaac Tabora Rivera, 33, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on three felony charges of forgery and aggravated forgery.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is May 20.

According to the complaint, Tabora Rivera was driving a vehicle that was stopped by a Willmar Police officer around 8 a.m. Monday because the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Tabora Rivera said there was no insurance on the vehicle and the officer saw a child in the car without a seat belt.

The identification card that Tabora Rivera gave police appeared to be fake and the information he provided to officers conflicted with the information provided by a friend who came to the traffic stop. Tabora Rivera was arrested and cited for the driving offenses and released. Based on that information and Jennie-O Turkey Store gift certificates found in Tabora Rivera’s wallet written out to Juan Pagan Febres, officers contacted human resources at Jennie-O.

The photo on record at Jennie-O, under the Pagan Febres name, matched Tabora Rivera, who allegedly admitted to signing several employment documents in the false name. He allegedly admitted to using a Missouri identification card and a Social Security card he’d purchased in false name to work at the local plant and said he’d also worked there under another name, that of Moises Santiago Reyes.

n Paul Avery Leal, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of receiving stolen property for a stolen gun found during a search of a Regency West home.

As part of a plea agreement, two petty misdemeanor charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced, as a juvenile, on June 11.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

Leal, Luis Ariel Hernandez, 31, and Cristian Vergana-Arellano, 19, of Willmar, were charged in the case. Hernandez is scheduled for a jury trial on June 13 and Vergana-Arrellano pleaded guilty to a felony charge of receiving stolen property and will be sentenced June 14.

The charges were filed after Jan. 22, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant at the Willmar trailer park.

According to the complaints against the adults, two guns, including a Remington 870 Express 20-gauge shotgun and a Marlin Model 200 single shot shotgun were located in the home. The Remington shotgun was identified as items taken in a Jan. 11 burglary reported in the county. The Marlin had both its barrel and stock shortened, with the barrel measuring 13 inches.

Officers also located knives and rings, which were also discovered to be stolen property, along with drug paraphernalia and 26 grams of marijuana, a stolen iPhone, marijuana growing equipment and shotgun shells in the house.

n Kelly Jo Montoya, 40, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday 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, the charge was reduced from first-degree drug possession and another felony for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child will be dismissed. She will be sentenced June 21.

Montoya was one of five people charged in the case. Rudy Gonzales San Miguel, 42, of Willmar, faces two felony charges of first-degree drug possession and for storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child. His next appearance is June 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.

Cody Wayne Garvick, 21, of Belgrade, has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug possession charge. His sentencing is May 23.

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 is May 22.

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.

n Shane Mitchell Broten, 42, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is May 28.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were called Saturday evening to a home along U.S. Highway 71 South on a domestic assault report. A woman there reported that Broten had been drinking and had kicked the woman and a 10-year-old girl.

Broten has two prior convictions for domestic assault, in March 2011, and for violating an order for protection in July 2012.

n Three felony and one gross misdemeanor theft charges against Kristin Therese Hiniker, 33, of Willmar, were continued for dismissal for one year provided she pay restitution and have not contact with the vulnerable adult she allegedly stole money from.

Hiniker will serve one year of probation and pay $8,861 to the man.

According to the complaint, the man told investigators he had paid Hiniker’s credit card bill with a check and then noticed transactions on his account. The man told police he thought the transactions were bank fees, but found they were credit card payments. The total alleged theft was $22,003.24.

According to the complaint, the man reported the theft to Willmar police on March 8, 2012. He had inherited a sum of money, but received overdraft notices from his bank.

A review of the statements showed credit card payments to Discover.

The man didn’t have a Discover account, but said he had helped a friend, Hiniker, pay her credit card debt with a check. The man said he didn’t know if he was classified as a vulnerable adult, but that he had received help in managing his finances in the past.

The investigation by bank officials and police showed a total of 122 transactions, between April 2010 and March of this year, to several accounts that were all traced back to Hiniker.

n James Harold Handt III, 21, of Willmar, and Tyler Chase Sanders, 19, of Kandiyohi, made their first appearances Tuesday on felony charges of third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a rural Willmar business late Monday night.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000 for Handt and at $20,000 for Sanders. Handt’s next court date is Monday and Sanders’ next date is May 28.

Two juveniles, Jeffrey Scott Hookom, 16, and Jesse Allen Maag, 17, of Willmar, are also charged with felony counts of third-degree burglary. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record. Hookom’s next appearance is May 24 and Maag’s next court date is May 22.

Each of the four also faces misdemeanor charges of theft and property damage.

According to the complaints and petitions, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies responded after the business owner reported around 10:50 p.m. Monday that someone had broken into his shop. There was surveillance video that showed Hookom forcing open a door with his foot, while the others milled around outside, and Hookom and Maag rummaging around an office before Maag picked up a muffler and walked out the door with the item.

Deputies located Hookom, who was wearing the same clothing as he was in the surveillance video. The tread of his shoes matched the shoeprint left on the business door. Hookom was interviewed and allegedly said they went to the business looking for a muffler.

The other three were located two hours later in Willmar and were interviewed. Sanders allegedly admitted to going to the business to steal items and claimed they left the location, leaving Hookom behind.

Handt also admitted to going to the business because he needed a muffler, which was located in a ditch and returned to the business owner.

Maag told officers that they went to the business to get some property and that he carried away the muffler.

n Jeffrey Scott Hookom, 16, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on felony charges of second-degree burglary and theft for allegedly stealing a safe from a rural Willmar residence in April.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

Hookom’s next appearance is May 24.

According to the petition, a rural Willmar resident reported on April 2 that a lockbox safe was missing from his residence. The item contained about $3,000 in cash and other items.

The investigation, including interviews with two men, revealed that Hookom had allegedly taken the safe from the house and another man had broken it open at Hookom’s request.

Hookom was interviewed and denied any involvement.

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