This is the records summary for April 10.
WILLMAR — Sugar in the fuel tank of a vehicle was reported around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday along the 600 block of Charlotte Street Southeast.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- William Michael Peterson, 44, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of second-degree burglary for his role burglarizing an occupied residence last June in rural Spicer.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from first-degree and another felony for theft will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 14.
Peterson was one of three people charged in the case. Shane Allen Peterson, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in August to a second-degree burglary count, but is now under evaluation for mental competency. Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced on a felony charge of second-degree burglary to 28 months in prison, which was stayed, and must serve 10 years of probation and 150 days in jail and pay a $1,500 fine.
According to the complaints against the trio, the burglary was reported via 911 call around noon June 28 along 122nd Avenue Northeast.
A woman was home from work that day and sleeping and woke to find a man, later identified as Shane Peterson, in her home.
The woman reported that the man ran up the stairs and outside, where he got into a silver Buick that sped away toward U.S. Highway 71.
The woman said she had heard the front door of the house slamming repeatedly and the dog barking continuously before she saw the man in the house.
A deputy stopped the car along County Road 5 in Willmar and found that Meyer was the driver of the vehicle and the two men were passengers. The woman who reported the burglary was brought to the scene of the traffic stop and identified Shane Peterson as the man who was in her home.
Meyer and William Peterson told deputies that Shane Peterson told them that a person at the home owed him a drug debt, and that he gave directions to get to the residence and then knocked and entered the home.
Meyer said she assumed someone let him into the home, but she did not see anyone at the door. She said he later came out of the house walking fast and said “let’s go” with something in his hand. William Peterson confirmed that they had been at the residence.
The stolen items, recovered when deputies searched the vehicle, included a laptop computer and several archery bows. The total value of the items was $2,550.
- Michael James Merkins, 34, of Hutchinson, made his first appearance Tuesday on third-degree drug and fifth-degree drug possession charges for methamphetamine and marijuana found when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant Monday.
Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance is April 21.
According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol Monday afternoon in Kandiyohi saw Merkins driving a vehicle and discovered that there was a warrant for his arrest. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and placed Merkins under arrest. Merkins told the deputy he had drugs on his person and the 5 grams of meth were found on him. A search of the vehicle revealed 555 grams, or 1.2 pounds, of marijuana.
Merkins was interviewed and allegedly claimed the drugs belonged to him.