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This is the records summary for May 31

Nest Lake house fire under investigation

SPICER — The cause of a fire that burned an unoccupied trailer home and garage is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.

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According to New London Fire Chief Sig Holme, fire crews were called just before 1 a.m. Thursday to 6098 150th Ave. N.E. to battle the blaze and remained at the scene for about two and one-half hours. Firefighers from the Spicer department were called for mutual aid.

A neighboring residence sustained damage from the blaze, with melted siding and windows blown out by the heat of the fire, he said.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of a macbook computer was reported around 4:10 p.m. Wednesday along the 2100 block of 15th Avenue Northwest.

WILLMAR — The theft of a credit card was reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E.

WILLMAR — The theft of jewelry was reported around 10 a.m. Thursday along the 1500 block of First Street South.

Assault

WILLMAR — An assault was reported around 8:10 p.m. Wednesday along the 700 block of First Street South.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle was reported around 12:30 a.m. Thursday along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.

Arrests

WILLMAR — Three people were arrested, including 19- and 30-year-old men and a 35-year-old woman, after law enforcement served a search warrant around 11:20 a.m. Thursday along the 500 block of Fourth Street Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Paul Gonzales Jr., 43, of St. Cloud, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance.

He was released on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is July 16.

According to the complaint, Gonzales applied for public assistance from the Kandiyohi County Family Services in June 2011. As a recipient of assistance, he was required to disclose all employment and income to family services.

An investigation revealed that Gonzales had not reported his full income from his employer and a recalculation of benefits showed an overpayment of $2,037 in benefits between June and November 2011.

Gonzales was interviewed and allegedly admitted he hadn’t reported all of his income, because he was having a hard time paying his bills.

n Travis David Baron, 23, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on three felony charges of second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance is June 10.

Baron also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to the 800 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest, where a woman was reporting that her roommate had beaten her and was threatening to kill her.

Responding officers were met by a woman, with visible bruises and pain, who was brought to Rice Hospital. At the hospital, the woman said she lived with Baron, that he wouldn’t let her leave the apartment, wouldn’t let her work and would only let her leave the residence occasionally. The woman said that Baron had always abused her but that significant abuse, including hitting with fists and objects and kicking her, escalated in the past month. The woman said that Baron threatened to kill her and others if she didn’t return from the store within 15 minutes.

Officers took photos of the woman’s injuries, including bruises to her arms, legs and back and a knife wound to her arm, caused by Baron telling her to put a knife on her arm and then him pushing the blade down into the flesh.

The woman said she lost count of how many times Baron had hit her at 400 incidents.

Baron was arrested and interviewed by police. He allegedly admitted to slapping and hitting the woman and that he did push the knife down into the woman’s arm.

He has a prior conviction for domestic assault in September 2009 in Redwood County.

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