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

Fraud

WILLMAR -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 9:25 a.m. Wednesday along Grace Avenue Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center.

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WILLMAR -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 2 p.m. Tuesday along the 1600 block of Ninth Street Southeast.

NEW LONDON -- A case of credit card fraud was reported around 10 a.m. Tuesday along Fourth Avenue Southeast.

Disorderly teens

WILLMAR -- Two 17-year-old girls were cited for disorderly conduct around 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th Ave. N.E.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of gas was reported around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday from Kum and Go, 2550 U.S. Highway 12 E. The unpaid bill was $53.

WILLMAR -- The theft of an 80-gigabyte iPod was reported around 4 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Trott Avenue Southeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a billfold from a purse that was left unattended was reported around 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cub Foods, 2201 First St. S.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jon Daniel Leuze, 31, currently in the county jail, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl and getting her pregnant.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from third-degree. He will be sentenced March 1.

The charge was filed after 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, for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, from April 2000.

- Jeffrey Alan Halls Jr., 18, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Under a plea agreement, another third-degree charge will be dismissed and he will receive a stay of adjudication until his 21st birthday. He will be sentenced Feb. 24.

A stay of adjudication removes the conviction from a person's record if all sentencing conditions are met.

Halls had been charged as a juvenile, but was certified as an adult in the case.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy met with the girl, 15, and her parents on July 7. The girl said Halls raped her on the night of July 3 at a rural Atwater home. The girl said that he knew how old she was and that they had dated last summer and had sex three or four times in a car at Neer Park in New London.

- Derek Nathan Dresser, 24, of Spicer, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree burglary and fifth-degree assault for breaking into a home and assaulting a man.

Under a plea agreement, the burglary charge was reduced from first-degree. He will be sentenced Feb. 25.

The charges were filed after 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 told the officer he went to the home, found an unlocked door, entered and went to tell the woman their relationship was over.

- Alton Richard King, 64, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft for accepting public assistance while not reporting his income and assets.

As part of a plea agreement, five felony charges of perjury will be dismissed. He will be sentenced March 17.

The charges were filed after September 2008, when 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, 2009.

- Ryan Lee Theel, 27, of Paynesville, pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced on a gross misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property for possessing three motors stolen from a Paynesville business.

Under a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony and he will not be prosecuted in Stearns County for possessing other items from Premier Motor Company. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 166 days stayed and 14 days to serve, a $1,000 fine, with $500 stayed and one year of probation. He was also ordered to participate in a victim impact panel and write a letter of apology.

The charge was filed after two Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called Sept. 7 to a rural Willmar residence on a report of stolen property. The resident showed the deputies three motors that had been placed in the yard and covered with sleeping bags. The motors included a Kama diesel, a Honda and a small motor for a weed trimmer, all in excellent condition, with tags on them.

Another person there reported that the motors had been removed from a vehicle the night before and another said that Theel had bought them at Premier.

Theel arrived as the deputies were loading the motors into a squad car. He claimed he had taken them for a relative to fix. When confronted with the fact that they were new, he claimed he was holding them until he got paid for work he had done for Premier.

A deputy contacted the owner of Premier, who positively identified the motors and said Theel didn't have permission to take them. The value of the items was estimated at $1,367.

- Allen Ray Shannon, 27, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of terroristic threats.

Under a plea agreement, another felony for domestic assault by strangulation and two misdemeanor domestic assault charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 24.

The charges were filed after Dec. 12, when Willmar police were called to a residence in the city's southwest quadrant on a domestic case. A woman reported she had been assaulted by Shannon after they argued. She said he choked her, talked about a relative who had killed his wife and gone to prison and then held her in the apartment and wouldn't let her leave. She was able to leave by running away after he pried open a locked door with a 12-inch butcher knife.

Shannon was located in the apartment, apparently intoxicated, and was arrested, after officers secured the knife from him.

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