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

This is the records summary for July 16.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A burglary was reported around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday along the 1500 block of Becker Avenue Southeast. Missing items from the residence included a gaming system and accessories.

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Theft

WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off theft was reported around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at Sunray Express, 2001 First Ave. N.W. The unpaid bill was $14.89.

Arrests

SPICER -- A 22-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested on charges of fifth-degree assault, property damage, driving after revocation and possession of drug paraphernalia around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday along the 11200 block of Highway 71 Northeast.

Underage consumption

WILLMAR -- Four people were cited for underage consumption just after midnight Thursday near the Civic Center and the Sonshine Festival.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jeremy Josh Williams, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of second-degree riot for his role in an alleged fight over a girl.

As part of a plea agreement, felony charges for second-degree assault and third-degree riot will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 9.

Williams and Efren Vasquez, 22, of Willmar, were both charged with the same three felony charges in connection to the April 28 incident. Vasquez' next appearance is July 28.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 9 p.m. April 28 to a fight in progress near the intersection of 16th Street and 13th Avenue Northeast. Another caller reported a woman was being beaten up and that the suspects had left the area in a white car.

An officer located the car, pursued and stopped it while another officer went to the scene. At the scene, it was reported that the four men had come to the home to start a fight with a man, and that two others at the scene also were assaulted -- one of them by Olson.

The man allegedly sought by the four men told officers that he had anticipated a mutual fight with Williams, but that everything changed when he saw Williams get a bat from his vehicle and that the others were carrying knives. He said that Williams had a bat and that Vasquez came from behind the vehicle with a knife and chased him to his home. Two others had run behind the men, but didn't have weapons.

The man said Williams had broken off a relationship with a girl, who was now hanging out with him.

Officers took the man to the location where the officer had stopped the vehicle and he positively identified Williams as the person with the bat and Vasquez as having a knife and a pipe and for chasing him.

- Rodney Gene Vega Jr., 20, of Pennock, pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony charge of third-degree drug sale.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 23.

The paraphernalia charge was filed after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents were conducting surveillance June 18 on a Willmar residence. They were looking for Vega, who had a warrant on the drug sale charge. They observed Vega come to a window and look out at the street. The officers went to the door, where they asked a woman if Vega was there. She went to get him. Also present at the time were three children, ages 10, 5 and an infant. When Vega was searched, officers found a glass pipe on him. It tested positive for meth.

The drug sale charge stems from the alleged purchase of 2.5 grams of meth by a CEE-VI informant on Nov. 11, 2008. According to the complaint, the informant bought the drugs from Vega at a trailer in Regency West. The drugs were tested by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and were determined to be meth weighing 2.5 grams.

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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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