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

This is the records summary for Feb. 12.

Level III offender planning to live in Willmar, WPD giving notification


WILLMAR — A man classified by the State Department of Corrections as a Level III predatory offender will establish residency in Willmar this month.

According to the community notification from the Willmar Police Department, Matthew Scott Rorvig plans to move on Feb. 18 to the 900 block of Trott Avenue Southwest.

Rorvig, 24, is not wanted by the police and he will have served his sentence. He has a history of sexual contact with females from age 3 to 15 who were known to him.

The information about Rorvig is released in compliance with state law. Get more information by calling the Police Department at 235-2244.


NEW LONDON — A 20-year-old man was arrested, and impaired driving charges are pending the results of tests, after law officers were called around 6:40 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Highway 71 and 240th Avenue Northeast.

WILLMAR — A 56-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 9:10 p.m. Monday along the 600 block of Business 71 North.

WILLMAR — A 47-year-old man was arrested on charges of property damage, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct around 6:45 p.m. Monday along the 400 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Abshir Ahmed Jama, 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of probation, 365 days in jail and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge of second-degree burglary for entering a Willmar nursing home, stealing a woman’s wallet and then using a stolen credit card to buy a baseball cap. The incident happened in April 2010.

As part of a plea agreement two misdemeanor charges for theft and financial transaction card fraud were dismissed.

 The charges were filed after Willmar police were called on April 29, 2010 to Bethesda Heritage Nursing Home, where a woman reported that her wallet was missing from her purse, which had been under a desk in an office. She’d received a call from a person at Calvary Lutheran Church that her wallet had been found in a bathroom at the church. She’d called her credit card company, which reported a $33 charge to the local Foot Locker store that she hadn’t made.

Two people reported they’d seen a young Somali man at the nursing home and had questioned why he was at the facility. He’d told them he needed a drink of water and then left the building.

A woman at the church reported seeing a young Somali man leaving a bathroom and then the church building. She’d found the wallet in the restroom.

An officer went to Foot Locker, where two employees reported they’d sold a Cincinnati Reds baseball cap that afternoon and that they could identify the man who purchased it.

Meanwhile, two Willmar Police officers saw a young Somali man walking and wearing a Reds baseball cap. They followed him into a store and asked where he’d gotten the cap. He said as a gift, but didn’t want to tell who gave it to him.

 Jama was later identified by the Foot Locker employees as the person who bought the cap with a credit card in the woman’s name.

- Victor Manuel Sanchez Jr., 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 148 days in jail and a total of $2,000 in fines, of which $1,250 was stayed, on felony charge of theft and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

He was given credit for 148 days already served and was ordered to pay $2,791.31 in restitution.

 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 were dismissed.

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.

- Mitchell Edward Bane, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to a third-degree drug sale charge for his role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced March 12.

Bane was one of three people charged in the case. Mariah Shanlee Koenen, 19, of Willmar, has pleaded guilty to two third-degree drug sale charges and will be sentenced Feb. 21. Dameon Alonzo Taylor, 34, of Willmar, has a warrant for his arrest.

The charges were filed after an informant purchased 0.9 grams of meth from the trio June 25 in a parking lot at the Willow Run Apartment complex in Willmar. The informant also told law enforcement officers that Koenen was carrying a 2- to 3-month-old infant during the drug deal.

On July 3, the informant purchased 0.4 grams of meth from Taylor and Bane at the same location.

On Aug. 14, the informant purchased 1 gram of meth in the parking lot of the Willmar McDonalds restaurant, with Taylor arranging the sale, and Koenen delivering the drugs and accepting payment.