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Theft

WILLMAR -- An Epson projector valued at $603 and belonging to the Willmar Senior High School was reported stolen from an 1800 Civic Center Drive North East address. The theft was discovered Wednesday morning.

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A CD player valued at $120 and 60 CDs of unknown value were reported stolen from a vehicle parked on the 100 block of Augusta Avenue Southeast on Wednesday morning. The vehicle was not damaged.

A cell phone valued at $260 was stolen from a vehicle parked on the 1100 bock of Second Street Southeast in Willmar, its owner told police on Tuesday.

Vandalism

Four tires were slashed on a car parked on the 3100 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue, Willmar, its owner reported Wednesday morning.

A windshield as shattered and the two passenger side tires slashed on a vehicle parked on the 100 block of Third Street North in Atwater, its owner reported on Tuesday.

Assault

WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old woman told police that she was assaulted by a 20-year acquaintance in a hallway of the Dana Heights Apartments on the 1500 block of Southeast 15th Street on Tuesday.

Distrct Court

Kandiyohi County

- A man who led a Minnesota State Trooper on a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour will serve three years probation, and have his vehicle seized.

District Judge David Mennis sentenced Rodney Lee Broten, 42, of New London, to 60 days in jail and to serve three years of probation on Monday. The judge stayed imposition of the jail sentence and provided credit for three days served.

Under terms of a plea agreement, Broten's conviction for felony fleeing a police officer will be reduced to a misdemeanor offense if he successfully completes the terms of his probation.

Kandiyohi County has filed papers to seize a 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix owned by the defendant.

Broten was charged Nov. 4, 2008, after a chase that began at 5:45 p.m. on Minnesota Highway 55, went into Stearns County and ended near the intersection of County Roads 9 and 35 in Kandiyohi County. For part of the chase the suspect vehicle drove without its lights.

The chase ended when the suspect overshot an intersection, drove into a ditch and back on to the road. The suspect pulled over and got out of the car and placed himself on the ground. According to the complaint, Broten told the Trooper he had attempted to flee because he had not transferred the vehicle's title and didn't have insurance.

- A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend before taking her car and driving it into Willmar Lake entered guilty pleas in district court on Tuesday.

Jesus Immanuel Molina, 21, pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft and domestic assault, charges resulting from an April 28 incident in Willmar. He also pleaded guilty to fifth degree drug sale, marijuana, for a July 10, 2008, incident.

In return for the guilty pleas, charges of fifth degree assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property were dismissed.

Molina was charged after a woman was taken to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital at 11 p.m. on April 28 for injuries to her face and head. The complaint charged that she was injured when Molina drove with her to Regency Estates East after she told him she planned to end their relationship.

There, another woman approached and punched the victim in the face while she was seated in the car with the defendant. The complaint charged that Molina also grabbed the victim, punched her in the face twice and on the side of the head. The victim exited her vehicle and Molina drove away.

The victim's 1997 Saturn was recovered by Willmar Police officers in Willmar Lake.

In a separate matter, Molina was also charged after selling a half ounce of marijuana to an informant for the CEE-VI- Drug Task Force on July 10. The informant knew the suspect as "Chewy,'' and he was later identified as Molina, according to the complaint.

- Heriberto Guevarra-Polo, 30, of Willmar, will serve five years of probation for conviction on two counts of felony, aggravated forgery in district court on Monday.

The court ordered the defendant to serve 47 days in jail, but granted credit for 47 days already served.

The court also ordered the defendant to make restitution not to exceed $8,977.47.

Eight other charges of aggravated forgery were dismissed in exchange for the guilty pleas. The plea agreement allows the felony convictions to be reduced to misdemeanor offenses if the defendant successfully completes probation and make restitution.

Guevarra-Polo was charged after Willmar Police officers received a call from the Haines City, Fla., Police Department. It reported that a man had received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service claiming he owed $8,977.47 in unpaid taxes for wages earned at the Jennie-O Store in Willmar.

Willmar Police officers interviewed a worker at the Jennie-O Store using the name of the victim from Haines City, Fla. The man using the name was identified as Heriberto Guevarra-Polo, according to the complaint.

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