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This is the records summary for April 24.

Two arrested in Litchfield, had stolen items from across region


LITCHFIELD — Two people, a 27-year-old man from Cosmos and a 35-year-old woman from Pennock, were arrested on charges of possession of stolen property and controlled substances after law enforcement officers served search warrants on Wednesday in Litchfield.

According to the Litchfield Police Department, multiple search warrants were served on 115 N. Marshall Ave. by officers from the Kandiyohi County and Wright County sheriff’s offices, Paynesville and Belgrade police departments and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.

The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation for information on stolen property being sold on an online auction company.

Both suspects are in the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges.

Stolen items from across the region, including the Willmar, Paynesville, Belgrade, Maple Lake, Redwood Falls and Litchfield areas, was recovered, along with an undetermined amount of synthetic marijuana and marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia and packaging supplies.

The investigation is ongoing and the public is encouraged to report any recent thefts to their local law enforcement agencies. Multiple items were seized at the scene, which were not immediately identified.


WILLMAR — The theft of electronic items was reported around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday along the 2300 block of First Street South.

WILLMAR — The theft of items from storage units was reported around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday along the 4500 block of Highway 71 Northeast.

WILLMAR — The theft of a vehicle was reported around 10:15 a.m. Thursday along the 9200 block of 240th Avenue Northeast.

WILLMAR — The theft of a trailer was reported around 10:40 a.m. Thursday along County Road 9 Northeast.


WILLMAR — A 42-year-old man was arrested on drug charges around 9:30 a.m. Thursday along the 200 block of Eighth Street Southwest.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Isabel Hernandez, 26, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of storing drug paraphernalia in the presence of children.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony of second-degree drug sale or possession of drugs will be dismissed. Sentencing is June 3.

Hernandez was one of four people charged in the case. Jose Juan Rodriguez, 27, is scheduled to appear on May 14 and Andrea Nicole Hernandez, 25, has a hearing on May 28.

 Martin Hernandez, 30, has pleaded guilty to the same felony charge. He will be sentenced May 14.

According to court records, officers from the Willmar Police Department and agents from the CEE-VI drug and gang task force executed a search warrant Feb. 4 at a home in the 1700 block of Seventh Avenue Southeast in Willmar.

The four adults lived at the home along with four children from ages 3 to 9, according to the court file. The search occurred while the children were at school, and they were placed in the custody of Kandiyohi County Family Services.

The search yielded 14 grams of methamphetamine and 11.8 grams of marijuana. Also found were drug paraphernalia, small baggies, a digital scale and a sheet detailing payments and debts related to drug sales.

The defendants allegedly told investigators that they smoked meth in the house and the attached garage and that Rodriguez had been selling meth and marijuana from the house.

- Michael Anton Kessler, 22, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a third-degree drug possession charge for allegedly possessing 6 grams of methamphetamine at his residence.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is June 19.

Kessler also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of synthetic cannabinoid and petty misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the complaint, Willmar police officers went to Kessler’s apartment along the 300 block of Seventh Street Northwest around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday with an arrest warrant for Kessler. They noted the signs of substance use when taking him into custody and noted that three other men at the apartment also showed signs of substance use.

A search warrant was later served on the residence and officers found 6 grams of meth, a gram of synthetic cannabinoid, 1.4 grams of marijuana and cash in a safe and on Kessler’s person. They also found numerous items of drug paraphernalia.