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This is the records summary for July 10.

Paynesville man in jail after damaging RR crossing arm, running from police

LITCHFIELD — A 41-year-old rural Paynesville man is in the Meeker County Jail on multiple charges after he allegedly damaged a BNSF railroad crossing stop arm and fled from the Litchfield Police officer attempting to stop his vehicle on Monday afternoon.

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According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Brooks Allen Gunderson faces charges for driving while intoxicated, driving after cancellation, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident and criminal damage to property.

The incident began around 3:20 p.m. Monday, when the Sheriff’s Office received a report that a vehicle had hit the stop arm at the railroad crossing on County Road 1. The stop arm was activated for a slow-moving three-car train. The report included that a white Chevrolet truck with a black topper had left the scene and continued south on County Road 1. The police officer located the vehicle, which had a smashed windshield and other front-end damage.

When the officer attempted to stop the 1999 GMC Yukon, the driver refused to stop, continuing going north of County Road 1 and then west on County Road 11, at speeds from 40 to 60 mph. The vehicle finally stopped near 592nd Avenue, about two miles west of Litchfield, where deputies and other officers assisted in arresting Gunderson.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Daniel Martinez, 36, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a third degree drug sale charge for selling methamphetamine, pills and marijuana to a CEEVI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from second-degree level and another second-degree drug charge, for possessing 9.7 grams of meth when officers served a search warrant on his residence, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 14.

Martinez, Randall Gene Mulligan, 47, of Willmar, and Sharon Kay Hagen, 49, of Montevideo, were charged in the case. Mulligan has also pleaded guilty to a third-degree sale count and will be sentenced July 17. Hagen pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree charge and was sentenced in June.

According to the complaints, the informant purchased nine morphine pills and 4.6 grams of marijuana from Martinez on Dec. 19 at a residence along Litchfield Avenue. The informant also purchased 0.7 grams of meth from Martinez on Dec. 7 at a southeast Willmar home.

On Feb. 27, the informant purchased 2.8 grams of meth, with both Martinez and Mulligan participating in the sale, in the parking lot of a business on U.S. Highway 12 East.

 Agents followed the vehicle involved in the drug sale to a residence along County Road 9 Southeast, where a search warrant was served March 8. The three defendants and another person were located in the home. Mulligan told officers that all of the paraphernalia located in the kitchen, including syringes and spoons that tested positive for meth, belonged to him.

 When he was interviewed, Martinez claimed the 9.7 grams of meth located in a bedroom and also admitted to selling drugs.

n Selvin Eliazar Arevalo-Lopez, 31, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree riot charge for his role in a stabbing incident in March that began as a fight over a soccer match.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for second-degree assault will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 29.

Arevalo-Lopez was one of four men charged in the incident. Darril Adali Guerrero-Amaya, 20, of Willmar, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, 90 days in jail, five years of probation and a $500 fine on a second-degree riot charge. Juan Carlos Bueso-Dejesus, 32, is scheduled to appear next on Aug. 5.

The fourth man, Jonathan Ariel Pineda-Amaya, 22, faces another felony charge of terroristic threats and is scheduled next in court on July 18.

The two men injured in the incident were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and treated for stab wounds. One of the men was stabbed in the upper back and the other had multiple stab wounds to his face, arms and chest.

 According to the complaints, Willmar police were called around 12:40 a.m. March 22 to a fight at the Caribbean Club, along Business 71 in Willmar. The responding officers kept the group of people from fighting and determined that no one involved wanted to press charges.

 The same officers were in the Willow Run Apartment area just after 1 a.m. March 23 when a fight was reported in the parking lot of one of the buildings in the complex in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest in Willmar. They quickly located the four men. Three knives were located with the men.

 The officers interviewed witnesses who said the victim who suffered the multiple stab wounds had had an altercation with one of the men over the Honduras-Mexico soccer match. They reported they were taking the man who was stabbed to get stitches when the four men ambushed them with knives as they exited the building. The second victim was stabbed in the back during the “ambush.” A woman told police that Pineda-Amaya had also threatened the second victim. He identified Pineda-Amaya as his assailant.

n Barbara Lee Beecroft, 65, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of fifth-degree drug possession.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was amended from a felony theft count. She will be sentenced Sept. 9.

The charge was filed after a Willmar resident reported to Willmar police on Feb. 15 that Vicodin pills were missing from her home. The woman had last seen the pills on Feb. 13, stored in a candy container on her kitchen counter with other medications. She said she was suspicious of Beecroft, as Beecroft had been at her home.

When questioned by an officer, Beecroft initially denied taking the medication or ever being in the kitchen area of the home. However, she admitted to taking the medication when the officer called her about the matter on Feb. 26.

n Sharika Latoya Webb, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft for taking a woman’s purse, containing money and prescription medications, during a June 30, 2012, incident.

 As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and two additional felony charges will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Aug. 13.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was called on June 30, 2012, to the 400 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast on a public fighting call. A woman came to the incident and parked her car in a driveway, leaving her purse in the car. She later reported that someone stole her purse, containing six different Schedule II and IV medications, cash and a check.

Video footage from the camera in the police squad car showed Webb standing next to the car, then looking from side to side and then walking away with a purse in her hands.

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