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

Woman to hospital after crash at troubled intersection

WILLMAR -- A 57-year-old Willmar woman was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital after a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast near the county Health and Human Services building.

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According to the crash report from the Willmar Police, Pamela Sue Nelson was northbound on Business 71 around 3:15 p.m. in a 1995 Ford passenger car that struck a 2005 Chrysler driven by William Fry, 55, of Willmar. Fry was eastbound, crossing the highway onto 23rd Street Northeast.

Fraud

WILLMAR -- Fraudulent credit card charges were reported around 12:30 p.m. Monday along the 2100 block of 75th Avenue Southwest.

Theft/property damage

SPICER -- Damage to fish houses and the theft of items from within them was reported around 2:35 p.m. Monday and around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the boat access to Green Lake.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a window was reported around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday along the 1500 block of Dana Drive Southeast.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a door, from someone attempting to pry it open, was reported around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday along the 1300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

Fire call

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was called around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday to Bethesda Sunrise Independent Living. The cause of smoke in the building was identified as a furnace motor.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Kimberly Kay Barocio, 38, of Raymond, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, with the sentence executed at her request, and a $50 fine on a fifth-degree drug charge dating back to 2005.

As part of a plea agreement, three first-degree drug sales charges, plus a gross misdemeanor charge for child endangerment, were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Barocio and Mattilde Augustin Villegas, 29, were involved in a methamphetamine sale with an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force on Feb. 8, 2005.

The complaint said the informant set up a buy and went to Barocio's home, where Villegas was also located.

Barocio showed the informant three ounces of meth, but said it wasn't "glass," the purest form of meth.

Barocio then left the house with Villegas to get the drugs and returned in 45 minutes. The informant bought 14.5 grams of meth for $550.

A search warrant was executed at the home on Feb. 18. Barocio was searched and as she reached in her pocket to take out cigarettes, she dropped a small bag of meth on the ground.

She said all the drugs in her home were her ex-husband's. She said she was recently divorced and her ex had moved to Washington state.

But the complaint says she then admitted to dealing methamphetamine and marijuana a handful of times during the previous six months. While police were searching the home, the complaint says, a person called asking for drugs. The person came over and told officers that they'd called wanting to get drugs from Barocio. Officers located drug paraphernalia, about 20 grams of marijuana, a tan powder substance weighing 1.53 grams and a 28.27 gram bag of white powder, neither of which was identified in the complaint.

- A felony first-degree witness tampering charge against a 17-year-old Willmar boy was ordered to be continued for dismissal on Friday.

Selvin Rolando Fernandez was ordered to be law abiding and have no contact with the alleged victim or his family. If he abides by those conditions, the charge will be dismissed in 90 days.

The charge was filed during the investigation into the case of Jose Luis Zepada-Caballero. According to the petition against Fernandez, a Willmar police investigator met with the witness, also a teenager, who reported being threatened by Fernandez after the case was investigated and Zapeda-Caballero was arrested and charged with burglary and criminal sexual conduct.

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