This is the records summary for Aug. 14.
LITCHFIELD — A fire destroyed a vehicle at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday on 180th Street in Greenleaf Township. The owner reported that he started his Buick Park Avenue and heard an explosion and saw flames coming from under the hood. The Litchfield Fire Department arrived on scene and extinguished the fire. The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office also responded.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
WILLMAR — Dameon Alonzo Taylor, 35, of Willmar, made a first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on three felony drug charges. The charges stemmed from three undercover buys, coordinated last summer by the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.
According to the criminal complaint, the first operation occurred June 25, 2013, involving a confidential informant. It netted a few grams of a substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. Approximately $150 allegedly changed hands between Taylor and the confidential informant. According to court documents, two other suspects also were involved in the transaction.
A second undercover buy reportedly occurred July 3 involving the purchase of $100 worth of a substance that amounted to 0.4 grams and field tested positive for methamphetamine.
A similar third drug buy reportedly took place Aug. 14, 2013, allegedly containing methamphetamine.
Taylor was charged last year with three counts of third-degree sale of a narcotic. He failed to appear in court, however, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
During Taylor’s court appearance Wednesday Judge Michael Thompson set bail at $100,000. Thompson also approved Taylor’s request for a public defender. Taylor’s next court appearance is Aug. 25.
WILLMAR — Ryan Dale Mortensen, 34, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday on charges of felony fifth-degree drug possession and obstructing the legal process. In a plea agreement accepted last month, additional charges of fourth-degree assault and driving after revocation were dismissed.
Judge Michael Thompson imposed a one-year prison sentence, but stayed execution of the sentence for five years, ordering Mortensen to undergo supervised probation for five years. Mortensen also must serve 180 days in jail and pay a $1,500 fine.
On the charge of obstructing legal process, he was ordered to serve one year in jail, but 185 days of the jail term will be stayed for two years. He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in fines. The jail terms on the two charges are concurrent, but the fines are consecutive.
Mortensen was arrested after Kandiyohi County sheriff ’s deputies were called to a disturbance at a rural New London home this past April. Court documents said he had to be subdued before deputies could take him into custody, and he later tested positive for Vicodin and methamphetamine in his system.