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

Arrests

WILLMAR -- Two adult shoplifters were arrested Wednesday evening at Cash Wise Foods, 1300 Fifth St. S.E. A 25-year-old Willmar man and 21-year-old Willmar woman were taken into custody.

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Property damage

ATWATER -- Broken windows were reported Thursday morning in a loader located in the 18000 block of 15th Avenue Southeast. Two juvenile suspects were identified, and law enforcement is investigating.

WILLMAR -- A resident in an apartment building in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest reported late Tuesday that eggs had been thrown against the apartment door.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Daniel Lee Johnson, 22, of Raymond, made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Johnson also faces misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree driving while impaired, reckless driving and obstructing the legal process.

Judge Donald Spilseth scheduled Johnson's next court date for June 29. He was released on his personal recognizance with conditions, including no use of alcohol or drugs and weekly contact with probation.

Johnson was arrested after a high-speed pursuit in rural Kandiyohi County Wednesday night, which reached speeds of 100 mph.

When the driver, identified as Johnson, stopped the car, he resisted being handcuffed and told the deputy that he was not a criminal and was not drunk, according to the criminal complaint. He also apologized and said he had not seen the squad car following him.

According to the complaint, the deputy smelled alcohol on Johnson and noted that his eyes were bloodshot and watery eyes. The officer conducted several field sobriety tests, which allegedly indicated that Johnson was intoxicated. A breath test indicated blood alcohol of .085, and he agreed to submit to a blood test.

According to the complaint, a female passenger in Johnson's car said she had seen the squad car following, and Johnson did not respond when she asked him why he wasn't stopping.

- Dustin Roy Hentges, 25, of Bird Island, has been ordered to serve 75 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail with credit for 30 days already served. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court fees and to serve five years of probation.

Hentges pleaded guilty in May to theft by swindle for taking CEE-VI Drug Task Force money.

In a plea agreement, a felony charge of first-degree attempted sale of a controlled substance was dismissed.

Judge Michael Thompson stayed the imposition of sentence, which means that the felony conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor on his record if all sentencing conditions are met.

The charges were filed after Hentges met a CEE-VI Drug Task Force confidential informant to complete a drug purchase. Hentges allegedly took $1,250 in task force funds from the informant and ran away.

- Nathan Anthony Gonzales, 26, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation.

A misdemeanor domestic assault charge was dismissed.

Spilseth sentenced Gonzales to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed for three years. He will be on supervised probation for three years and received credit for 78 days served in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court fees and ordered to have no contact with his victim until he had completed a batterer's intervention program.

Gonzales was charged after an incident in April after an argument with a woman turned physical and the woman said he had tried to strangle her.

- Anthony Maurice Gorman, 45, of Atwater, was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of domestic assault.

Judge Donald Spilseth sentenced him to 18 months in prison, which was stayed for five years. Gorman is to serve five years of supervised probation and was ordered to serve 132 days in the Kandiyohi County Jail, with credit for 88 days already served.

He was ordered to pay restitution of $139 and a fine of $1,000, plus court fees.

The charge was filed in March after two Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called to a rural Atwater address where a woman said an argument with Gorman had become physical. She said he had slammed her head into the floor and stuffed a toy into her mouth. Officers found Gorman hiding in the bathroom. He was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment because he had ingested drain cleaner.

A review of his criminal history includes a December 2008 conviction for interfering with a 911 call and an April 2007 conviction for third-degree assault.

- Kevin Laquan Benton, 21, of Minneapolis, was sentenced to 15 months in state prison on a felony charge of third-degree assault with a dangerous weapon for hitting another jail inmate in the head with a broom.

Benton was ordered to pay a $500 fine plus court fees, and Spilseth ordered that his prison earnings be garnished to pay the fine. The sentence will be served consecutively with a sentence he is currently serving.

The charge was filed after an assault in the Kandiyohi County Jail on April 4.

Video footage showed Benton picking up a broom and then hitting another person in the head with it. It took 17 stitches to close the gash in the man's head. Benton was interviewed and admitted he hit the man with the broom because the man was bothering him.

Marriage dissolutions

Kandiyohi County

Gilbert Hugo Soliz, Willmar; Roxana Mendoza Soliz, Montevideo; May 5.

Chauntel Ann Backman, Hancock; Coby Steven Backman, Hancock; May 7

Michael Andrew Andreen, New London; Michelle Leigh Andreen, New London; May 7

Nathan L. Hauser, Spicer; Tammy Jo Hauser, Mankato; May 7

Lara Gallegos, Willmar; Philip Gallegos, New London; May 8

Jonathan Robert Hedtke, Belgrade; Susan J. Hedtke, Belgrade; May 14

William Schyler West, Willmar; Kathryn Grace West, Willmar; May 15

Christopher Shawn Robison, Willmar; Jessica Lee Robison fka Jessica Lee Tschida of Albany; May 20.

John Eric Lindemann, Willmar; Caitlin Hazard Firer, Whitefish Bay, Wis.; May 20

Sara Jane Wold, Willmar; Jason Del Wold, New London; May 21

Erika S. Heying, Willmar; Justin J. Heying, Willmar; May 26

Thomas Joseph Traen, Sunburg; Glenna May Traen, Portland, Ore.; May 26

Bryan G. Petersen, Willmar; Lori E. Petersen, Willmar; May 27

Donna Conroy Dobransky, Willmar; Robert Peter Dobransky Jr., Willmar; May 28

Kenneth Duane Wachter, Raymond; Theresa Ellen Wachter, Raymond; May 29

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