RAYMOND -- A 28-year-old Marshall man was arrested for driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety around 2:15 p.m. Sunday along state Highway 23. The arrest came after a citizen called to report two vehicles speeding and passing other vehicles in an unsafe fashion.
WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off theft was reported around 6:35 p.m. Sunday from Casey's, 1021 19th St. S.W. The unpaid bill was $10.96.
WILLMAR -- A Marshall man reported the theft of a check and forgery around 10:30 a.m. Monday. The incident was reported at the Law Enforcement Center.
KIMBALL -- A rural Kimball family's home sustained major damage in a Saturday afternoon house fire, which apparently was started by a child playing with matches.
According to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a call around 1:50 p.m. Saturday from Nora Hendrickson, who stated that her house was on fire and that her four children and three friends were out of the house and safe.
Sheriff's deputies, along with the Dassel and Litchfield fire departments, arrived to find a large quantity of smoke coming from the residence. It appeared that the fire had started in the basement area and there was major damage to the home. At this time, the exact dollar amount of damage is unknown.
It was later found that the cause of the fire was from the homeowners' son who lit some wood on fire with matches in the basement.
Martin and Nora Hendrickson are the owners of the residence.
- Jesus Garcia, 23, of Laredo, Texas, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for impregnating a 15-year-old girl in 2005.
As part of a plea agreement, he will receive a stay of adjudication. He will be sentenced on Feb. 3.
The charge was filed after January 2006, when a 15 year-old girl gave birth to a baby. A social worker met the girl and Garcia, who said he was the father of the baby and signed the parentage documents at the hospital. The girl and Garcia said they had a sexual relationship and planned to get married.
- Derek Bergen Ellingson, 20, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional bail at $5,000. His next appearance is Jan. 19. Ellingson also faces two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault.
According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to an apartment in the city. A woman there reported that she had been assaulted both that day and the day before by Ellingson, with whom she'd had a relationship. She said he'd choked her and bit her repeatedly, leaving bruises on her body. Ellingson was located at a relative's home, where he was hiding in a closet. After he was arrested, he told police they had argued and that he also had injuries from the woman hitting and biting him.
- Frederick Douglas White, 49, of Brooklyn Park, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of failure to comply with predatory offender registration regulations.
Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 with conditional bail at $1,200 cash. His next appearance is Jan. 25.
According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer, reviewing a list of predatory offender registrations on July 1 noted that White had registered his address at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center. An WRTC employee told the officer that White had left June 11, but left no forwarding address. However, he did leave a phone number, which the officer called. When he called the officer back, White allegedly said he didn't know he was required to complete the paperwork. He said he would contact his local police department to change his registration. The registration was required because White has a first-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction. He also has a conviction for failure to register in Dec. 2004 in Hennepin County.