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WILLMAR -- A burglary was reported around 11 a.m. Monday along the 2200 block of First Street South. A store owner reported someone had stolen $170 from the business.

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WILLMAR -- A burglary was reported around 9:45 a.m. Monday along the 1200 block of Eighth Street Southwest. A game system, DVD player, jewelry and other items were missing from a home.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Elizabeth Rodriguez, 19, and Christopher Ruiz, 23, of Willmar, both made their first appearances Monday on felony charges of possessing or receiving a firearm with an altered serial number.

Ruiz also faces a felony charge of possessing a pistol or assault weapon after being convicted of a violent crime.

Both also face gross misdemeanor charges of negligent firearm storage for keeping a weapon where children can access it.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for Rodriguez and at $50,000 for Ruiz. Both make their next appearance on Dec. 21.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents, plus officers from the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant around 8 a.m. Friday on a home in Regency Estates West. Ruiz and Rodriguez were there and had been sleeping on a pullout sofa in the living room. With them were three small children, ages 2, 1 and 3 months. The smallest child was in a crib in the same room.

During a search of the room, an officer located a Walther P22 handgun under the cushion of a chair, which was within easy reach of the young children. The gun's magazine was fully loaded with .22-caliber ammunition and there was a round in the chamber of the gun.

When an officer was checking the gun into evidence, it was noted that the serial numbers had been removed from the gun.

A review of Ruiz' criminal history shows an adjudication of delinquency for first-degree burglary in June 1999 and second adjudication of delinquency for liability for crimes of another for second-degree burglary in July 2001.

- Tyler Dean Ryks, 20, of New London, made his first appearance Monday on a felony theft charge for stealing a motor vehicle.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional bail at $5,000. His next appearance is Dec. 21. Ryks also faces a misdemeanor charge of theft.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 7:15 a.m. Nov. 9 to a home in New London. A couple there reported that their 1989 Chevy Blazer had been stolen the night before. They said Ryks had been at the home and that items inside the vehicle were also missing.

Later that same day, Willmar police located the vehicle in a parking lot near the 1200 block of First Street. A woman who lived nearby told officers Ryks had come to the window of her son's room that morning and said that he'd stolen a vehicle, said where it was parked and that he'd thrown the keys into the backyard. The son said Ryks told him he'd stolen it from a guy who owed him money.

- Johnny Rodriguez, 56, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of terroristic threats and a misdemeanor for domestic assault.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000 and conditional release at $15,000. His next appearance is Dec. 21.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around noon Sunday to a home along the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast. They found a woman there who reported she had been assaulted by Rodriguez and showed signs of being hit in the face. She said he came home drunk, accused her of eating all the leftover chicken noodle soup and talking to his relatives. She said he hit her in the face and punched her in the abdomen. Rodriguez was arrested and admitted he was drunk.

- Kristal Jean Hicks, 36, of Belgrade, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $1,000 fine and 90 days in the county jail on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance possess.

Under a plea agreement, another fifth-degree charge and a charge of aggravated forgery were dismissed.

The charges date back to 1996 and were filed against Hicks after an Aug. 17, 2006, incident at Cub Pharmacy when she tried to use a forged prescription to increase the dosage of a drug she was buying by changing the prescription for 60 10-mg pills to 60 20-mg pills. Police were called when an employee at Cub Pharmacy became suspicious of the prescription.

Hicks had tried to fill the prescription earlier in the day at the Wal-Mart pharmacy. She left with the prescription after one of the pharmacists said he would have to check with the prescribing doctor. The pharmacist then called other area pharmacies to warn them about Hicks, according to the complaint. Hicks was taken into custody when she returned to pick up the prescription at Cub.

The West Central Tribune publishes Records and Convictions as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.

All items are taken from public documents at county courthouses and from law enforcement agencies.

It is the Tribune's policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.

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