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news Willmar, 56201

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

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ATWATER -- A 19-year-old Atwater man was arrested around 5:40 a.m. Monday after officers were called to a home along Pacific Avenue for a burglary in progress.

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District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Dale Anthony Hatch II, 21, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on felony burglary charges for allegedly burglarizing an apartment in Willmar in March 2007.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional release allowed for $30,000. His next court date is Aug. 3. Hatch is also known as Dale Anthony Ross.

Hatch also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of providing officers with a false name, along with a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property.

The charges were filed after a March 12, 2007, incident when the Willmar Police was contacted about a burglarized apartment along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.

According to the complaint, a man reported that someone had broken into his room and taken numerous items, including a cell phone, food and video games. After meeting with police, the man called authorities again to report he had seen another man loading the stolen items into a vehicle. Police officers were able to track down the vehicle along with the stolen items. Hatch admitted to driving the vehicle, but gave officers the Ross name.

During a police interview, Hatch told authorities that he had allegedly agreed to transport the stolen goods for a person named "Casper." According to Hatch, Casper burglarized the apartment and put the stolen goods in Hatch's apartment. Hatch told authorities he was allegedly going to drive around to find Casper and give him the items, the complaint states.

Items from a March 11 burglary were also found in the vehicle.

- Alton Richard King, 64, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on six felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance-theft and perjury for allegedly accepting public assistance while not reporting his income and assets.

He was released on his personal recognizance. King's next appearance is Aug. 10.

According to the complaint, in September 2008, King applied for medical and food support assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services. He was obligated to report his income and assets as a recipient of public funds. However, a fraud investigation revealed that he had received at least $16,000 to $17,000 in a divorce settlement and had used the money to buy items including a vehicle, boat and fish house. Meanwhile, he had signed numerous forms and allegedly failed to report those assets. The overpayment of benefits was $3,976.04 between Sept. 15, 2008 and Feb. 28.

- Derek Nathan Dresser, 24, of Benson, made his first appearance Monday on a felony first-degree burglary charge for allegedly breaking into a home and assaulting a man.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional release allowed for $1,000 cash. His next appearance is Aug. 10. He also faces misdemeanor charges for fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 5 a.m. June 27 to an apartment building in the southwest quadrant of Willmar. Two people there said that someone had come into the home, attempted to wake her and then argued with him. The man, who they said was Dresser, allegedly punched the man in the head and left. The woman said she had a relationship with Dresser and the fight was over her. Officers went to another home in the city and found Dresser. He was interviewed and allegedly told the officer he went to the home, found an unlocked door, entered and went to tell the woman their relationship was over. He denied striking the man.

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