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

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle's windshield was reported around 6:20 p.m. Sunday at Robbins Island Park, 621 Highway 71 N.E.


WILLMAR -- Damage to a window, presumably by a pellet gun, was reported around 11 p.m. Sunday along the 1000 block of Second Street Southeast.

WILLMAR -- Slashed tires were reported around 11:40 p.m. Sunday along the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast.

WILLMAR -- Damage to 13 trees was reported around 7:50 a.m. Monday along Fifth Street Southeast between 19th and 28th Avenues. It appeared that a vehicle had driven over the trees, breaking and bending them over. The damage estimate was $650.


WILLMAR -- Two males, ages 14 and 17, were cited for shoplifting around 3:50 p.m. Friday at Cash Wise Foods, 1300 Fifth St. S.E.

Underage consumption

WILLMAR -- Two juvenile females were cited for underage consumption around 8 p.m. Saturday at Rice Park. The citations were issued after police were called about a female who had taken her top off at the park.

Tipsters can now text, e-mail Meeker County law

LITCHFIELD -- Citizens in Meeker County have two new ways to report anonymous tips to law enforcement.

County Sheriff Jeff Norlin announces that citizens can use the Internet or text their information to his office.

To report on the Internet, go to Meeker County's Web site,, click on Sheriff, and then on Crime Stoppers, and report your information anonymously.

Citizens can also text information by texting "TIP674 plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).

The new features are available thanks to assistance from Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.

Sheriff Norlin also wishes to remind people that this is in addition to the sheriff's office TIP line at 320-693-5411, and Crime Stoppers toll-free TIP line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jon Daniel Leuze, 31, currently in the county jail, made his first appearance Friday on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl and getting her pregnant.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Oct. 12.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County detective was assigned in August to investigate a report of a girl under the age of 16 who was pregnant by someone much older than her. The girl, now 16 years old, said she and Leuze were in a sexual relationship from January to May, that she got pregnant by him and later miscarried and that she also contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him.

Leuze has a prior conviction, also for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, from April 2000.

- Juan Manuel Pizano Tenorio, 38, of Willmar, made his first appearance on 11 felony charges for allegedly using another man's identity to live and work in Willmar.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Oct. 12. He also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for giving a court official the name of another and a misdemeanor for identity theft. He is also known as Francisco Gonzalez.

According to the complaint, Willmar police received a call Aug. 10 from a man in Laredo, Texas, who had received a letter from the IRS stating he owed $2,647 in taxes from employment at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. The man had never worked in Willmar.

The investigation revealed that a person using that identity had applied for an instruction permit and driver's license and completed a title transfer at the Department of Motor Vehicles, had signed numerous employment documents at Jennie-O and appeared in district court under the false name.

Pizano Tenorio was located on Sept. 30 in Regency East and arrested. He allegedly admitted to signing the forms under the false name, and presenting the man's identification and Social Security number to secure employment. He also allegedly admitted that the Permanent Resident Card he gave to officers, with his real name, was also falsified.