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

This is the records summary for July 30.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday at Regency Estates West. Someone had used spray paint to vandalize the storm shelter.

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Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a riding lawnmower was reported around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday along the 500 block of 15th Avenue Southwest.

ID theft

WILLMAR -- A case of identity theft was reported around 9:45 a.m. Thursday. A man from Alton, Texas, had been notified by the IRS that someone in Willmar was using his identity.

Three hospitalized after rollover crash near Montevideo

MONTEVIDEO -- Three people are hospitalized at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for treatment of injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover around 2:30 a.m. Thursday near Montevideo.

According to the State Patrol, Cody J. Heer, 22, of Baltic, S.D., Felicity D. Marczak, 22, of Russell and Jeremy S. Steinberg, 30, of Watertown, S.D., were passengers in a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, about two miles east of Montevideo on Highway 212. Marczak and Steinberg were ejected from the vehicle and the Patrol is still investigating which person was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

Eagle Lake man arrested after fleeing state trooper, two crashes

HUTCHINSON -- A 30-year-old Eagle Lake man was arrested after a Wednesday morning high-speed pursuit in McLeod and Meeker counties that included two crashes with other vehicles. No one was seriously hurt.

According to the State Patrol, a state trooper's pursuit of a 2001 Buick driven by Phillip J. Boyer began on State Highway 15 in McLeod County after a citizen made a driving complaint on the vehicle. The car was driving erratically and passing dangerously at high speeds. The trooper met the car at 85 mph in a 40-mph speed zone and attempted to stop the vehicle, but was unsuccessful.

The pursuit continued through Hutchinson at dangerous speeds. The Buick rear-ended a 1997 Mazda driven by David Pfeiler, 64, of Hutchinson. Pfeiler suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hutchinson hospital.

The pursuit continued north on Highway 15 until the Buick sideswiped a semi tractor and trailer at 195th Street, about four miles south of Dassel.

According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the vehicle attempted to pass the 1991 Freightliner semi, driven by Donald McGregor, 51, of Minnesota Lakes, on the shoulder. Boyer lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the side of the semi trailer and then into the ditch.

Boyer was not hurt and was arrested by the State Patrol. He is in the McLeod County Jail and is being held on several traffic violations and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Other agencies involved included the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Hutchinson Police Department, Dassel Rescue and Hutchinson Ambulance.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Rojelio Garza, 23, of Hawick, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of receiving stolen property for stealing his girlfriend's vehicle in North Dakota and driving it to Willmar.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for bringing stolen goods into the state will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 30.

The charges were filed after June 25, when Willmar police were called to an address along Third Avenue Northwest to determine if a stolen vehicle was at the address. Police had received a report from Jamestown, N.D., that a woman had reported she'd had an argument with her boyfriend, Garza, and that he'd taken her vehicle and left with it, even though she'd told him not too. Officers located the vehicle and Garza admitted to taking the vehicle and driving to Willmar, even though he assumed the woman would report it stolen.

- Francisco Javier Tamez Jr., 38, of Blomkest, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault in connection to a Feb. 20 domestic incident.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony third-degree assault charge was dismissed. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 86 days stayed and credit for four days served, a $1,000 fine, with $250 stayed, and a year of probation.

He was also ordered to submit to a domestic abuse evaluation and to follow the recommendations of the evaluation.

The charges were filed after Feb. 20, when a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A woman there reported she, Tamez and several others had gone to a casino and had been drinking. She said Tamez got jealous that she was talking with a friend and, while they were driving on County Road 15 southwest of town, sped up to 80-90 mph and then engaged the brake, causing the vehicle to go into the ditch. She said he punched her in the face and smashed her face into the gear shift and window and then into the ground when they got out of the vehicle. She had bumps on her head, a swollen eye that was black and blue, swollen nose and lip.

Tamez was arrested and said they had ongoing domestic issues and he'd punched her and smashed her face.

- Nidia Carolina Mejia-Madrid, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 65 days in jail and a $50 fine on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

She was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As part of a plea agreement, seven other forgery and aggravated forgery charges were dismissed.

She is also known as Elia Crystal Padilla and Ashley Ann Cortez.

The charges were filed after May 3, when a Willmar police officer was called by a woman who reported she'd recently gotten a job at Willmar Poultry and that she recognized a person working there who was using her name. The woman had previously reported her identity as stolen.

A company official was asked to review a photo on a state identification card. The card had Padilla's name on it and the official told officers that the person was Cortez, who had worked at the company for a while. Officials turned over numerous employment documents falsely signed by Mejia-Madrid in Cortez' name

Mejia-Madrid was interviewed, identified herself as Cortez and was arrested on a Swift County warrant under that name. At the jail, she was asked to write her real name, which she indicated was Mejia-Madrid. She admitted to buying two identities, Texas birth certificates and Social Security numbers, for $800, and getting state identification cards in both names, but only using the Cortez name to get work. She said she kept the Padilla card in case she couldn't work under the Cortez name. She admitted to signing the employment documents as Cortez and both identification applications. The woman also admitted she is in the country illegally and is from Honduras.

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