This is the records summary for July 9. Break-in WILLMAR — Ridgewater College reported that someone had broken into the house on campus that is used for insurance training. A sheet of plywood covering a window had been removed, and empty beer cans, plastic cups and tobacco products had been found inside.
District Court, Kandiyohi County - Michael James Merkins, 34, of Hutchinson, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fourth-degree drug possession Tuesday.
Judge Michael Thompson ordered a presentence investigation and a chemical dependency evaluation to be completed before Merkins is sentenced on Sept. 2.
According to court files, a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy on patrol 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 5 grams of meth were found on him. A search of the vehicle revealed 555 grams, or 1.2 pounds, of marijuana.
- Martha Guadalupe Salazar, 33, of Willmar, was convicted by a jury last week of two felony charges of forgery.
She will be sentenced on Aug. 6.
According to the criminal complaint, Willmar police on Nov. 18 received a report from police in Yuma, Ariz., that a Maria Padilla had reported that someone in Willmar had used her identity, which had been stolen, to open a Charter Communications account.
The investigation revealed Salazar had applied twice, in 2005 and 2010, at the Department of Vehicle Services for an identification card. Further information connected the name to a post office box in Willmar, which had recently received a letter from Jennie-O Turkey Store.
Officials at Jennie-O provided information that an employee, later identified as Salazar, was living at the same address as listed on the Charter account and had signed multiple employment documents in the Padilla name.