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news Willmar, 56201
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 3

Renville County Sheriff investigating discharge of firearm in traffic stop

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MORTON — The Renville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discharge of a firearm during a traffic stop early Sunday morning north of Morton.

According to Sheriff Scott Hable, the Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:05 a.m. Sunday to U.S. Highway 71 and County Road 15 regarding a traffic stop made by a Morgan police officer.

The Morgan officer had stopped a vehicle because there was an arrest warrant for the driver of the vehicle. Both the driver and a passenger were taken into custody on warrants and during the course of the stop, a firearm, believed to be the officer’s gun, was discharged.

No one was injured in the incident.

Theft

WILLMAR — The theft of a wallet, money and medications was reported around 10:20 p.m. Sunday along the 1800 block of 23rd Avenue Southwest.

WILLMAR — The theft of a 1995 Jeep Cherokee was reported around 9:45 a.m. Monday along the 1400 block of 13th Street Northeast.

Burglary

WILLMAR — A burglary was reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday along the 1900 block of First Street South.

Threats

WILLMAR — A case of terroristic threats was reported around 1 p.m. Monday along the 1300 block of First Street South.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Sarah Anna Spaulding, 33, of New London, was sentenced Monday to 20 years of probation, a $1,000 fine and 45 days in jail on a third-degree drug sale charge for selling meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December 2012.

Spaulding was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and a mental health evaluation. She was given credit for two days already served in custody.

As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree drug sale charge, a fifth-degree drug possession count and a petty misdemeanor for paraphernalia possession were dismissed.

The drug sale charges were filed after Dec. 21, 2012, when Spaulding sold 0.7 grams of meth to the informant in the Affiliated Community Medical Center parking lot in Willmar. Later in the day, she sold the 3 grams of meth to the same informant at the Lakeview Motel. The drug possession charge was filed after Feb. 20, when CEE-VI agents located Spaudling working at a Willmar restaurant. When she was entering a squad car to be interviewed, she was asked if she had anything on her person that the agents needed to know about. She produced a marijuana grinder and a glass pipe and said she’d purchased 0.25 of a gram of meth that day and that the drugs were in the grinder. An agent did locate the meth in the item.

n Michelle Francis Aguilar, 32, of Hutchinson, made her first appearance Monday on two felony charges of financial transaction card fraud and theft.

Unconditional bail was set at $12,000. Her next appearance is Dec. 16.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police began investigating on June 22 when a citizen reported that a relative had allowed Aguilar to use their vehicle and that Aguilar took a debit card from the car and used it for multiple transactions.

The 13 transactions included a total of $1,110.50 in transactions at gas stations in Willmar and $1,255 in ATM withdrawals at a Benson gas station, plus phone and online purchases of $200.

Aguilar was interviewed and allegedly admitted to using the card and exceeding the amount she’d been given permission to spend. She claimed the man gave her the personal identification number for the card and told her to keep her spending under $1,000.

- Octavio Valenzuela Solis, 38, of Austin, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $12,000. His next appearance is Dec. 16.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on Saturday afternoon to the Super America gas station on First Street for a domestic assault happening in a vehicle. A State Trooper also responding to the incident stopped a vehicle near Becker and Ferring Street that matched the description given by the person reporting the incident to 911 dispatchers.

The driver was identified as Solis and the female passenger said they had argued while driving to Willmar and that he’d hit her in the face somewhere near Lake Lillian. She’d attempted to walk away from Solis at the gas station, but he put her in a headlock and then dragged her back to the vehicle. The woman had injuries to her face and lip.

Solis was arrested and claimed they only had a verbal argument. The person who called 911 reported seeing Solis drag the woman to the vehicle.

- Stanley Gutierrez, 23, of St. Cloud, made his first appearance Monday on two felony charges of offering a forged check.

His next appearance is Jan. 29.

According to the complaint, the investigation began when Renville Police reported to Willmar Police that a Renville man had reported checks forged on his account had been cashed at two Willmar businesses. Gutierrez was identified as one of four people who had forged a total of $5,150 on checks between Oct. 5 and 13 at the two businesses.

Also charged in the case are Samuel Lee Berends, 21, of Willmar, Omar Escalante and Oscar Escalante, both 23, of Renville. Each has been charged with one felony for check forgery and each has a warrant for their arrest.

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