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

This is the records summary for Dec. 24.

Theft

NEW LONDON — The theft of a trailer was reported around 10 a.m. Monday along the 3800 block of 198th Avenue Northwest.

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Arrests

WILLMAR — A 32-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and a 26-year-old man was arrested for giving a false name and obstruction of the legal process around 11:20 p.m. Sunday along the 300 block of 14th Street Southeast.

Fraud

WILLMAR — Fraudulent charges on an account were reported around 5:25 p.m. Sunday along the 1200 block of Ninth Street Southeast.

District Court, Kandiyohi County 

- Abel Ricardo Mendoza III, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 17 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 365 days in jail and a $1,200 fine on a felony escape from custody charge for not returning to the jail from his community service work assignment in June.

Mendoza was given credit for 79 days already served.

The charge was filed after June 19, when Mendoza was in jail on a fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and for felony fifth-degree assault, and failed to return to the jail with the community service work crew. Others said that Mendoza left in another vehicle when the rest of the crew boarded the county van to go back to the jail.

- Travis Daniel Clermont, 36, of Zimmerman, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of theft for stealing a vehicle.

 He will be sentenced Jan. 22.

The charge was filed after Nov. 21, when the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s office received a report that a vehicle had been stolen. Relatives of the owner of the vehicle reported their friend had asked for a ride, which they had declined to offer and that the vehicle was missing the next morning.

Later that same day, the Osakis Police Department informed the local sheriff’s office that they had located the car and a man who was acting erratically and attempting to put gas in the vehicle. The man was identified as Clermont and arrested. He claimed another man had driven the vehicle, but officers found the key to the vehicle in his pocket when he was searched at the jail. He was later identified as the person who took the vehicle in a photo lineup by one of the relatives.

- Jonathan Adam Pawlowski, 26, of Atwater, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing a stolen all-terrain vehicle.

His next appearance is Jan. 15.

Pawlowski also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation.

According to the complaint, the Meeker County Sheriff’s office received a report on Sept. 11 that a four-wheeler had been stolen from a garage at a Grove City address. The person who lived at the residence reported that Pawlowski had been at the home asking for someone who wasn’t there. The four-wheeler was a 2013 Polaris Razor valued at $6,911.63.

On Sept. 13, Atwater Police received information that Pawlowski had stolen the four-wheeler and that it was at an address in the city. Officers found the four-wheeler at that location and also received multiple reports that Pawlowski had been seen driving the vehicle on the city’s streets and at a residence.

- Kelli Debra Jean Rueckert, 25, of Canton, made her first appearance Monday on two felony charges of theft and theft by swindle for allegedly failing to make a down payment on a vehicle for which she signed a purchase agreement.

Unconditional bail was set at $6,000. Her next appearance is Feb. 13.

According to the complaint, Atwater Police received a report on Oct. 17 that Rueckert had recently bought a vehicle from Atwater Ford. She had allegedly agreed to pay $600 down on the 1999 Ford Explorer, giving a $300 money order and agreeing to pay another $300 by Oct. 8. The payment hadn’t been received. The purchase price of the vehicle was $4,400.

On Dec. 13, the vehicle was involved in a crash in Filmore County.

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