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This is the records summary for Dec. 10.

Fire destroys chicken coop

EDEN VALLEY — A fire believed to have been caused by heat lamps destroyed a chicken coop Monday afternoon at property rented by Cheryl Elliott, 34766 587th Ave., Manannah Township, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office reported.

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The sheriff’s office received a 911 report at 4:51 p.m. of a chicken coop on fire. A deputy sheriff and the Eden Valley Fire Department were dispatched.

The chicken coop was used to house three pet chickens and five pet Canada geese. Elliott, 53, was able to get two of the geese out of the building before the building became engulfed with fire.

She sustained minor burns to her hands while rescuing the two geese and she refused medical treatment. The approximate value of the 8-foot by 10-foot chicken coop and its contents is $5,000, and was a total loss, the sheriff’s office said.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Victor Manuel Sanchez Jr., 25, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of theft and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

As part of a plea agreement, the theft charge was amended from motor vehicle theft and another gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired, a misdemeanor for fleeing on foot and a petty misdemeanor for failure to use headlights will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Jan. 14.

The charges were filed after June 22, when a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy on routine patrol around 2 a.m. in Spicer, observed a car with its headlights off at a stop sign. The deputy followed the vehicle down the street and activated the squad car’s emergency lights. At that point, the vehicle abruptly turned into a driveway on Lake Avenue South. The driver exited while the car was still rolling forward, became tangled near the door and was dragged a short distance before getting up from the ground and taking off on foot.

As the deputy pursued him, the male suspect ran through backyards, onto the beach and into the waters of Green Lake. The suspect continued to try to elude arrest, at one point hiding under a pontoon that was up on a lift.

He spent an estimated eight to 10 minutes in the water while a growing number of deputies arrived at the scene. The chase ended when two deputies standing on the edge of a dock spotted the suspect in the water and maced him.

After decontamination from the mace exposure, the suspect was taken to the Kandiyohi County Jail. A preliminary breath test resulted in a reading of 0.13 blood alcohol content, above the 0.08 legal limit for driving. A search of Sanchez’s record revealed a prior conviction for driving while impaired in 2006.

- Martin Gregorio Munoz, 25, of Pennock, was sentenced Tuesday to 180 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and five years of probation on a fifth-degree drug sale charge for selling 7.8 grams of marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant last December.

The charge was filed after Dec. 26, 2012, when the informant met Munoz at an intersection in Pennock and sold him the marijuana. The informant identified Munoz by his photo.

n Jesus Sanchez III, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Jan. 17.

The charges were filed after Oct. 29 when Willmar Police were called to a residence on the southeast side of the city on a report of domestic assault. A woman reported that Sanchez had been abusing her at another residence and that the abuse included punching and pushing her. She said they had gone out to dinner and argued, with the argument escalating into him choking her. The woman had gone to another residence, where others persuaded her to call authorities.

 Sanchez was arrested the same evening and refused to speak with officers.

- Marky Lee Belmarez, 17,  of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale for selling marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for drug sale will be dismissed. His sentencing is Jan. 14.

The charges were filed after Belmarez sold 3.7 grams of marijuana to the informant on Dec. 20, 2012, and 5.5 grams to the informant on Jan. 2 at a Willmar residence. The informant identified Belmarez by his photo as the person who sold the drugs.

- Severiano Batalla-Castillo, 35, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for a domestic incident early Sunday morning.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Dec. 23.

Batalla-Castillo also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call and two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 1:30 a.m. Sunday to a residence on the southwest side of the city on a domestic incident. A woman there brought her boyfriend, identified by his Mexican identification as Batalla-Castillo, to the officers.

While one of the officers identified Batalla-Castillo, another officer noticed a bruise on the woman’s face. The woman said she and Batalla-Castillo had gone out for drinks and he took her phone because he suspected she’d had contact with another man. She said they argued and he hit her in the face. When she called 911, he got a kitchen knife and threatened to cut off her tongue if she told the 911 dispatcher his real name. She said he stood over her with the knife the entire time she was on the phone with 911, an estimated 7 minutes.

Batalla-Castillo was taken into custody and interviewed. Via an interpreter, he said he’d suspected she was seeing someone else and that they had argued, but that he had not threatened or hit her. He also denied holding a knife over her while she was on the phone.

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