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

This is the records summary for Sept. 1.

Triplex damaged by fireworks fire

WILLMAR -- A triplex sustained at least $20,000 in damages from a fire caused by illegal fireworks Monday evening in Willmar.

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According to Fire Chief Marv Calvin, several young adults were lighting bottle rockets in the area of 601 18th St S.W. and one of the rockets started a fire on the exterior of the building. The fire spread to the attic before it was extinguished by the Willmar Fire Department.

Firefighters were called around 8:15 p.m. and remained on the scene until around 10 p.m. The Pennock and Raymond Fire Departments provided mutual aid.

The fireworks were confiscated and destroyed, Calvin said.

Starbuck woman airlifted after Glenwood crash

GLENWOOD -- A 49-year-old Starbuck woman was taken to Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood and later airlifted to another hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 9:15 a.m. Monday.

According to Pope County Sheriff Tom Larson, a pickup driven by 86-year-old Arnold Rinken of Glenwood and a van driven by Rhonnda Opolen were involved in the crash. Rinken was also taken to Glacial Ridge Hospital. The crash happened at the intersection of County Road 21 and 190th Street south of Glenwood.

Also responding were the Glenwood police and fire departments, State Patrol and Glacial Ridge Ambulance.

The crash is still under investigation.

Theft

SPICER -- The theft of iPod from a vehicle was reported around 2:15 p.m. Monday along North Shore Drive.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a boat motor was reported around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 2300 block of County Road 5.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 44-year-old Willmar woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 12 near 28th Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A 51-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 1:10 a.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 12 near 23rd Street Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Rick Thomas Goblirsch, 26, of Pennock, made his first court appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for allegedly threatening a woman's life while holding a knife.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is Sept. 13.

Goblirsch also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, sheriff's deputies were called around 12:45 p.m. Sunday to a home in Pennock. A woman there reported that she and Goblirsch had argued, that he had thrown a pop bottle at her, pushed her down some stairs, shredded her clothing and hit her with a closet door. He'd left the home and she locked the door, but he reentered the house, got a kitchen knife and then threatened her with it.

Goblirsch was interviewed, denied the assault and said the woman assaulted him.

- Michael Allen Nelson, 45, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a third-degree burglary charge for his role in a series of thefts at the Little Crow Country Club of New London.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional charges of theft and receiving stolen property will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Oct. 5.

Nelson and Joseph Clayton Schaeffer, 38, of Spicer, were charged with the theft and possession of a number of items from the country club from June through November 2009. The items include sets of keys, golf clubs and bags, numerous smaller golf-related items, cash from a pop machine, two-way radios and 75 to 100 gallons of gasoline.

Law enforcement began investigating in late September after receiving an anonymous letter connecting Schaeffer to an unrelated crime. A deputy who went to Schaeffer's residence saw items that appeared to have been stolen.

A surveillance system set up at the country club also yielded video images that appeared to show Schaeffer and Nelson stealing gasoline.

- Phillip Oliver Bergstrom, 55, of Raymond, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, which was stayed, a $300 fine and one year of probation.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of terroristic threats and a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called April 19 to a rural Raymond home. A woman there reported that Bergstrom had been drinking and decided to go out and mow the lawn. She later observed him beating a dog, which was tied up, with a shovel because the dog had dug holes in the lawn. She confronted him about mistreating the animal and he threatened her life.

n Darcy Lou Maxine Holwerda, 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and three years of probation on a felony charge of aiding an offender for her role in an April 7 incident in rural Willmar.

Holwerda was given credit for 19 days already served in jail and will be allowed to do community service work to pay her fine.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for aiding an offender and a misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process was dismissed.

She received a stay of imposition on her sentence, under which if she successfully complies with the conditions of the sentence, the felony conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Holwerda is the third person charged in the case. Erik Ozornia, 21, and Jessica Marie Ozornia, 19, of Willmar, also face two felony charges for aiding an offender, along with misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting a crime and obstructing the legal process for their roles in allegedly preventing the arrest of Erik's brother, Emilio Ozornia, who was wanted on a first-degree drug charge and on a probation violation.

The charges were filed after CEE-VI agents went to a rural Willmar home around 1:15 p.m. on April 7 to apprehend Emilio. Holwerda told the officers repeatedly he was not there. She left the residence, but was advised by officers she could be charged if officers found him in the home. She again denied that he was there.

Officers continued their surveillance of the home. Meanwhile, they received a call from dispatch that there was a large fight, with men with baseball bats busting out car windows at Regency Estates West. Other officers responded to the location, where there was no fight.

Officers traced the call reporting the fight back to Jessica's phone and called it. She answered and handed over the phone to Erik when she learned the nature of the call. Erik allegedly said that he had seen his brother in the trailer park and wanted him picked up for his own good, as he was high on drugs.

A search warrant was served on the home, and Emilio was arrested.

- Brenda Sue Acrie, 53, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, 20 years of probation, a $1,500 fine and 78 days in jail on a third-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent.

She was given credit for 78 days already served in jail and ordered to pay $1,000, jointly with her co-defendant, Samantha Sue Roberts, 32, of Willmar.

She was also sentenced on a gross misdemeanor charge for having children present during the March drug sale. That sentence included a $3,000 fine, with $2,950 stayed, 365 days in jail, with 78 days to serve and credit for 78 days already served, and two years of probation. The jail time is to be served concurrently, or at the same time as the felony sentence.

As part of a plea agreement, three first-degree drug sale counts and another gross misdemeanor for child endangerment were dismissed.

The charges were filed after a CEE-VI agent received information in January that the women could sell Lortab, a prescription medication, for $5 a tablet. He gave his contact information to the women. On March 10, he received a call from Acrie, who offered to sell him 100 pills. The agent asked if she had 100 more.

They arranged to meet in a parking lot along U.S. Highway 12 East, where the agent received 200 pills at a cost of $1,000. The purchase was made with previously recorded funds from the task force and was observed by other officers on surveillance. There were children in the backseat of the vehicle occupied by Acrie and Roberts.

Analysis by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension showed the 200 tablets had a total weight of 128 grams. The active ingredients in Lortab are hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

- Two felony charges of fifth-degree drug sale against L.W. Rashawn Frost, 21, of Burnsville, were continued for dismissal Monday.

Frost was placed on probation for one year and ordered to have no contact with two people involved in the case. If he successfully completes the probation period, the charges will be dismissed.

Frost is one of three people charged for selling drugs to a confidential informant and a CEEVI Drug Task Force agent last fall and this spring.

Jarrett Zachary Galvin, 20, of Owatonna, was sentenced last week to 45 days in jail, five years of probation and a $1,500 fine on two felony drug sale charges.

Anthony Carl Brouillette, 21, of St. Michael, is charged with two second-degree, four fourth-degree and one fifth-degree drug sale charges. His next appearance is Sept. 27.

The charges against Frost were filed after a drug task force informant met Frost on Oct. 9 at a street corner in Willmar. The informant said he had previously bought marijuana from Frost.

From there, the men entered a home. Frost then introduced the informant to Galvin, who sold him 3.8 grams of marijuana.

The informant also purchased 8.9 grams of marijuana from Galvin on Oct. 13 at a First Street business and the agent allegedly bought 7.4 grams of marijuana from him Oct. 22 at the same location.

The agent also arranged the purchase of five LSD candy drops with Galvin. Those drugs were purchased Nov. 3 from Brouillette at another First Street business. The drops, which weighed 13.525 grams, were sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis and tested positive for LSD, a Schedule I narcotic. On the same day, the agent also allegedly purchased 20 Adderall pills from Brouillette.

According to the complaint against Brouillette, the agent also purchased three Adderall pills and 33.4 grams of marijuana from him on March 4 in Willmar.

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