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

Friday, Aug. 22

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Alexander Wayne Berry, 27, of Belgrade, made a first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of theft.

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According to the complaint, the Willmar Police Department received a call from an angry man on July 2 who believed Berry had stolen valuable coins from his residence.

When police arrived at the residence on the 800 block of 4th Street Southwest in Willmar, the man reported about $2,500 worth of missing jewelry and coins.

An individual from Security Coin and Pawn also reported to police that he had recently purchased coins from Berry.

After receiving this information, police arrived at Berry’s residence. According to the complaint, Berry admitted to police that he had pawned some of the items and had other stolen items in his car.

Berry claimed that he had purchased coins and silver certificates from the man previous to the incident, but thought he paid too much and, therefore, took other coins and jewelry on July 2.    

- Tyler John Allen Norstedt, 19, of Clara City, was convicted of felony third degree burglary Wednesday.

Norstedt was sentenced to 180 days in Kandiyohi County Jail with credit for 68 days served. He was also placed on five years of supervised probation, with conditions of completing a chemical assessment, following the recommendations of the evaluation and not using or possessing alcohol or drugs. He will also be subjected to random testing and be required to perform cognitive skill training, be evaluated and follow recommendations.

Norstedt plead guilty to felony third degree burglary on July 14. As part of a plea agreement, additional charges of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, fifth-degree drug possession, possession of a synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

The charges stem from a break-in and theft reported in March at a New London home. Tools, a four-wheeler and several other items were stolen, and most of them ended up being sold.

During the course of an investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff ’s Office, Norstedt was identified as a possible suspect. At the time he was arrested, drug paraphernalia and substances later identified as methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana were found on him.

- Esteban J. Ramos, Jr., 29, of Renville, plead innocent to a charge of felony second degree sale of drugs Thursday. A settlement conference is scheduled for October 23 and jury trial October 29.

- Marcus Lee Ramos, 23, of St. Cloud, plead innocent to a charge of felony third degree sale of narcotics Thursday. A settlement conference is scheduled for November 13 and jury trials are set for November 18 and 19.

- Jesse James Duron, 20, of Willmar, plead guilty and was convicted of felony third degree sale of narcotics Thursday. Another charge of felony fifth degree sale of marijuana mixture was dismissed.

Duron also faces a pending charge of felony fifth degree possession of marijuana.

A sentencing hearing will be held September 29.

- Cesar Flores Jr., 25, plead innocent to charges of felony third degree sale of narcotics, felony second degree drug sale and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday.

The criminal complaint alleges a confidential informant notified the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force that the informant could buy 1.9 grams of methamphetamine from Flores. The buy, which actually turned out to be 1.4 grams, took place Tuesday at the walking bridge near the intersection of Porto Rico Street and High Avenue. Agents followed the informant to the walking bridge where they identified Flores as the seller and arrested him.

Pre-trial is scheduled for October 13 and jury trial October 14.

Theft

WILLMAR — A male shoplifter was issued a citation by Willmar Police Wednesday afternoon for stealing clothes from Walmart in Willmar.

WILLMAR — Willmar Police received an update on the theft occurring Tuesday on the 100 block of Becker Avenue Southeast. It was reported that a purse containing a credit card and $50, along with prescription medication, was stolen sometime between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Vandalism

WILLMAR — Graffiti was reported on a steel building Wednesday evening on the 300 block of Gorton Avenue Northwest in Willmar.

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