WILLMAR -- Willmar police charged a 21-year-old Willmar woman with theft and criminal damage to property and charged a 20-year-old Willmar woman with theft, criminal damage to property and underage consumption in connection with the theft of lawn ornaments. Police were called at 3:33 a.m. Tuesday to a residence in the 300 block of 23rd Street Southeast where a caller said two individuals were stealing lawn ornaments from yards.
ATWATER -- Diamond Paw Pet Care of rural Atwater reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department on Monday the theft of power tools, dog kennels, a table and chairs, a washer and dryer, and other items.
- Rachel Paula O'Brien, 49, of Willmar pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree narcotics sale, and Judge Michael Thompson set sentencing for July 8. A second charge of second-degree sale of 3 grams or more of cocaine/heroin/methamphetamine within a 90-day period was dismissed. O'Brien was charged in connection with the sale of 2.7 grams of methamphetamine during a drug investigation on Dec. 7, 2007, in Willmar.
- Judge Donald Spilseth sentenced Jose Mares III, 38, of Willmar on Monday to serve 120 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, gave the defendant credit for serving 28 days, and placed Mares on three years of supervised probation. Mares had pleaded guilty on May 4 to a charge of fleeing a peace officer. In addition, Mares was ordered to pay $1,220 in fines and fees.
Mares had also pleaded guilty on May 4 to a charge of reckless driving. Spilseth sentenced Mares on Monday to serve 90 days in jail and ordered payment of $300 in fine and fees. Charges of driving while under the influence, operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours of driving, and driving after revocation were dismissed.
Mares was charged in connection with a high-speed pursuit, with speed reaching 80 to 90 mph, with Willmar police on the night of April 25 on Lakeland Drive Southeast. Mares lost control of the vehicle at 14th Avenue and struck a tree.
- Bradley James Gustafson, 31, of Pennock pleaded guilty on April 23 to a charge of domestic abuse-violate order for protection and received a stay of imposition of sentence from Judge Spilseth on Monday. Gustafson was placed on five years of supervised probation, was ordered to serve 79 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail and was given credit for having served 79 days. Also, Spilseth ordered the defendant pay $1,717 in fine and fees.
Gustafson was charged with violating an order for protection on Nov. 18, 2007, in Atwater. The charge occurred within 10 years of the first of two or more previous qualified domestic violence-related offense convictions or adjudication of delinquency.
- Judge Spilseth on Monday sentenced Jennifer Kay Howell, 48, of Spicer to serve 365 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, of which 260 days were stayed, and ordered the defendant to serve 105 days. Howell had pleaded guilty on April 23 to operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of 0.08 within two hours of driving. She was charged after a Minnesota State Patrol officer found Howell stopped in the driving lanes of County Road 10 in Spicer on Jan. 24.
Howell was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine, of which $2,000 will be stayed until June 1, 2012, and was ordered to pay a fine and fees totaling $1,220. She was placed on supervised probation for three years.