This is the records summary for May 16.
Construction spark causes minor damage at JOTS barn
GROVE CITY — A spark from a construction crew cutting metal is believed to be the cause of a turkey barn fire reported around 9 p.m. Wednesday at 51762 310th St., Grove City, in Swede Grove Township.
According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was called in by an employee of the farm and deputies and the Grove City Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.
The 64-foot by 450-foot barn is under construction and was not finished. A 6-foot section of an exterior wall was damaged, at a value of about $250.
The barn is owned by Jennie-O Turkey Store. There were no turkeys in the barn at the time of the fire, and nobody was injured as a result of the fire.
WILLMAR — The theft of a banner was reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday along the 1200 block of 22nd Street Southwest.
WILLMAR — The theft of a flag off of a flagpole was reported around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday along the 800 block of 15th Avenue Southwest.
NEW LONDON — The theft of a cell phone was reported around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the New London-Spice Middle School, 101 Fourth Ave. S.W.
WILLMAR — The theft of electrical services, with an electrical meter connected to another lot, was reported around 9:50 a.m. Thursday at Regency West, 401 30th St. N.W.
WILLMAR — Damage to property inside of a garage was reported around 8:30 a.m. Thursday along the 2200 block of 23rd Street Southwest. Someone entered the garage, spraypainted on vehicles and then dumped oil and other liquids on the floor of the garage.
WILLMAR — Damage to windows was reported around 1:25 p.m. Thursday along the 2600 block of 15th Avenue Northwest.
WILLMAR — An assault was reported around 10:45 a.m. Thursday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.
n Lawrence Dean Derungs, 34, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft for attempting to shoplift two computers in January from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Derungs was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 363 days stayed and credit for two days served, a $250 fine and two years of probation. Restitution was ordered to remain open for 30 days and he was ordered to stay a reasonable distance from Wal-Mart.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level.
The charge was filed after Jan. 5, when Willmar police officers were called around 5 p.m. to the store where they found several store employees standing near Derungs at one of the entrances. Derungs told the officer that he had come to the store intending to steal items and take them to the pawn shop to sell for cash. He also admitted to stealing a Dyson vacuum from the store earlier in the day.
A store employee observed Derungs with a vacuum cleaner in his cart earlier in the day and said Derungs left the store without paying for the item. Store officials said they stopped Derungs with two computers and a bottle of cough syrup outside of the store. The value of the items was estimated at $1,271.64.
n Martin Gregorio Munoz, 25, of Pennock, made his first appearance Wednesday on a fifth-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling 7.8 grams of marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force in December.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is May 28.
According to the complaint, the informant met Munoz at an intersection in Pennock on Dec. 26 and sold him the marijuana. The informant identified Munoz by his photo.
n Onesimo Juarez Jr., 55, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of violation of a harassment restraining order for allegedly calling a person who had a court order prohibiting Juarez from having contact with him.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is May 23.
According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday to a residence on a report that Juarez had contacted a man who had an active harassment restraining order against Juarez. The man said he had received two phone calls, including one where Juarez threatened him. The calls were traced to Juarez’s residence. When the officer spoke with Juarez, he admitted to calling the man, said he wanted to make things right and that he had made no threats. Later in the conversation, Juarez allegedly denied the existence of the order and said it was not valid anymore. The harassment restraining order is valid through June 15.
Juarez has prior convictions, including a felony harassment restraining order violation in 2010.
n Raquel Garcia Morales, 33, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony theft charge for allegedly failing to return furniture to an apartment from where she was evicted by a local charity organization.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is June 6.
According to the complaint, officials from the Salvation Army reported to Willmar police on April 5 that Morales, who rented from the organization, had been provided with an eviction notice and that her apartment was furnished as part of the lease. The lease included $1,569.97 worth of furniture, including chairs, sofa, tables, lamps and a chest of drawers.
Some of the furniture was missing from the apartment when Morales moved out and Salvation Army officials said that Morales said she did not know where the furniture was, according to the complaint.