This is the records summary for May 21.
belt patrols happening through June 2
ST. PAUL — Area law enforcement agencies are among nearly 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols through June 2 to encourage motorists to buckle up.
The area agencies include Kandiyohi, Meeker and Swift county sheriff’s offices and the Willmar, Atwater and Benson police departments.
In the last three years on Minnesota roads (2010-2012), there were 864 traffic deaths, of which 352 (41 percent) were not buckled up. Of those 352 killed, 41 percent were motorists ages 16–29, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. In a crash, odds are six times greater for injury if a motorist is not buckled up.
“Statistics show that teens and young adults continue to represent a large percentage of unbelted traffic deaths, which indicates there is still a major issue with seat belt usage among that age group,” says Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin. “For whatever reason—be it comfort, restriction or philosophy—some motorists and passengers still refuse to wear their seat belts. We ask them to remember that their minor inconvenience could turn out to be a major life saver.”
In Minnesota, drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including in the back seat, are required to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.
WILLMAR — The theft of approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel was reported around 5:45 p.m. Sunday along the 2500 block of 60th Street Northwest.
WILLMAR — The theft of an iPad, a cell phone and other items from a vehicle was reported around 8:15 a.m. Monday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.
WILLMAR — The theft of a purse from a vehicle was reported around 7 p.m. Sunday along the 1800 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.
WILLMAR — Graffiti, in the form of permanent marker, was reported on a vehicle around 7:30 a.m. Monday along the 1200 block of Fifth Street Southwest.
- Alejandro Jesus Gallegos, 31, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a person convicted of a violent crime and terroristic threats for allegedly entering a home with a gun and threatening a woman in March.
Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance is June 13.
Gallegos also faces misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on March 16 to a home in the southeast quadrant of the city on report that a man had entered a home with a gun. A woman at the home reported the Gallegos had placed a bullet on a table and said he’d be back to do what he’d promised to another woman. The bullet, a 17 HMR bullet, was taken into evidence. The woman also reported that Gallegos had put his finger to his head, making a shooting gesture, while holding a rifle in his other hand. Two small children were also in the residence at the time.
According to the complaint, Gallegos was found guilty of attempted murder with intent to promote or assist in criminal gang activity in June 1998 in Nevada.
- Richard Lee Ahlbrecht, 33, of Grove City, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, 210 days in jail, a $500 fine and three years of probation on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for running from law enforcement officers in March.
Ahlbrecht was given credit for 73 days already served in custody.
As part of a plea agreement, misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation, reckless driving and fleeing on foot were dismissed.
The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy was parked around 11:25 p.m. March 8 along 12th Avenue Northeast just east of Business 71 in Willmar in an unmarked squad vehicle and saw a Jeep that Ahlbrecht was suspected of driving. The deputy had information that Ahlbrecht would be in the area and saw that Ahlbrecht was indeed driving the vehicle after it spun out on the ice and the headlights of the squad car shone directly into windshield of the vehicle.
The Jeep drove away on Business 71 at speeds reaching 80 mph and continued on Ella Avenue. A marked Willmar police car took over the pursuit, which ended when the Jeep driver lost control, spun out and ran into a fence. The driver ran away and was located near the railroad tracks. Two passengers were in the vehicle and told officers they had asked Ahlbrecht to stop the vehicle.
- Mark Russell Johnson, 47, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 13 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 74 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child.
Johnson was given credit for 74 days already served and ordered to complete chemical dependency treatment.
Johnson was one of five people charged in the case. Kelly Jo Montoya, 40, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug possession charge and will be sentenced June 21.
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.
Cody Wayne Garvick, 21, of Belgrade, has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug possession charge. His sentencing is Thursday.
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 Wednesday.
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.