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

This is the records summary for Feb. 8.


WILLMAR -- A 26-year-old Willmar woman was arrested on charges of driving while impaired around 12:30 a.m. Monday along the 1800 block of 13th Street Southeast.


WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 8:30 a.m. Sunday along the 3000 block of Third Avenue Northwest.

Property damage

PENNOCK -- Damage to a door was reported around 6:30 p.m. Sunday along Charlene Avenue Northwest.

Teen to

hospital after parking lot crash

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old Grove City teen was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital by ambulance after a two-vehicle crash around 4:50 p.m. Friday along the 1600 block of East Highway 12.

According to the crash report, Laura Krouth was driving a 2002 Chevy Cavalier westbound through the parking lot of Appletree Square and collided with a 2005 Ford pickup driven by Adrian Stuhr, 42, of Olivia. Krouth was experiencing pain in her left shoulder.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Wilber Ernesto Cerritos Molina, 31, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. His next appearance is Feb. 22.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 6 a 52-year-old woman reported she'd been sexually assaulted at a friend's residence. The woman said she'd fallen asleep and woke up to find a man, later identified as Molina, who is also known as Axvier Edgardo Nieves Flores, touching her vagina.

The woman picked Molina out of a photo lineup and gave police vehicle information that led to a traffic stop of his pickup. While he was being booked into jail for driving without a driver's license, officers discovered that the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a hold on him for entering the country illegally.

- Nathan Wade Albrecht, 33, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of malicious punishment of a child.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional bail at $5,000. His next appearance is Feb. 22.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 5:30 p.m. Friday to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city. A woman there reported that she and Albrecht had had an argument and that he'd grabbed the arm of a child, age 3, and twisted it. The child screamed and the woman attempted to leave with the children. The woman reported that Albrecht had attempted to prevent her from dressing the child to leave and had pushed her while she was holding the child.

The child told the officer that Albrecht had hurt his arm and showed the officer the twisting motion Albrecht allegedly used. The woman sought medical attention for the child and the medical personnel noted the child had bruising on the arm.

- Shane Mitchell Broten. 40, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of domestic assault for pushing a woman early Saturday morning.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. His next appearance is Feb. 22.

Broten also faces misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired and open bottle.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called to a home in Regency Estates East around 3:20 a.m. Saturday. A woman reported that Broten had pushed her and caused an injury to her back. She said that he was drunk and driving her car and that she asked him to stop at a home, where she attempted to get the keys away from him. She then attempted to go to the door of a home to get help. She said he pushed her into the railing of a deck, causing a bleeding cut on her back. A witness had observed the incident.

An officer located Broten about 100 yards from the home and, as the officer approached, Broten allegedly attempted to cover himself with snow. He denied driving or assaulting the woman. He was arrested and submitted to a breath test, which showed a blood alcohol content of 0.10.

His criminal history includes a domestic assault conviction from 2002. He also pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to a gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge, with sentencing set for March 9.

- Jane Margaret Wagner, 42, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing $1,375 in lottery tickets from a Willmar business.

She was released on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is Feb. 14.

According to the complaint, a sheriff's deputy was called on Nov. 17 to Sunray Express regarding the theft of lottery tickets by an employee. Two people reported that someone had stolen two packs of lottery tickets. The tickets had been activated, which is required for them to be sold, around 5 a.m. Oct. 21, with a winning ticket redeemed at 5:10 a.m. that day. Wagner was suspected because she was working at Sunray that morning. However, a customer could not have redeemed the ticket because the station doesn't open until 5:30 a.m.

On Dec. 10, investigators received information that winning, stolen tickets had been redeemed at Case Wise Foods in Willmar on Oct. 22 and 23. The person identified in store video footage said he got the tickets from Wagner, who had denied any involvement in lottery ticket theft. The man said that she gave him 4 to 5 winning tickets to cash at a time, with a total of 23 tickets cashed at Willmar, Pipestone and Granite Falls businesses.

Wagner was interviewed and allegedly admitted to taking the lottery tickets.

- Justin Ryan Fernelius, 32, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of malicious punishment of a child for allegedly hitting a 2-year-old child and causing the child to have a bloody nose.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is March 10.

Fernelius also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with a 911 call and a misdemeanor for domestic assault.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer was called to a home in the northwest quadrant on Jan. 19. A woman, who has a long-term relationship and four children with Fernelius, reported that Fernelius was taking the child to bed the night before and that she heard the child say "no hit" and then the child being struck and crying. She said the child had a bloody nose. She also said that she told Fernelius that she was going to call law enforcement and that he took her phone away and took the battery out of the phone.

Fernelius was interviewed and said that the child had kicked him in the testicles. He later said that he spanked the child, but denied hitting him, that the child may have gotten hit in the nose when he was having a tantrum. He said he told the woman that he spanking the child because he'd gotten out of bed twice that evening.