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

This is the records summary for Feb. 17.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle was reported around 3 p.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of Willmar Avenue Southwest.

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Arrest

WILLMAR -- A 32-year-old Paynesville woman was arrested on charges of open container and transporting an loaded firearm around 10 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Second Street and Becker Avenue Southwest.

SUNBURG -- A 26-year-old Sunburg man was arrested on charges of fifth-degree assault around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday along Front Street.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Estella Blanca Posadas Contreras, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for collecting public benefits while her husband was working.

As part of a plea agreement, four felony charges of perjury will be dismissed and she will pay $3,878 in restitution. She will be sentenced March 21.

According to the complaint, Contreras and her husband, Amilcar Antonio Posadas Contreras, 25, applied for public assistance and claimed that he could not work because he was in the country illegally.

An investigation revealed that he was working for Labor Choice and that he was deported on May 18, 2010. Because his income was not reported, they received $3,878 in overpayments between May 2009 and May 2010.

- Todd Keith Espelien, 47, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of fifth-degree drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 with conditional bail allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance is Feb. 28.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents were attempting to locate Todd Espelien around 1 p.m. Jan. 26 and went to Linda Denise Carlson's home looking for him. Carlson, 51, of Willmar, also faces a felony charge of storing meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child or vulnerable adult.

The agents arrested Espelien and located a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on his person. The residence was secured and the agents sought and received a search warrant. The search of the home revealed meth paraphernalia in plain view, .2 grams of meth on a plate and a vial with .5 grams of meth in a bedroom, plus numerous other paraphernalia items.

Other adult members of the household told agents that Espelien was using meth in the home and that minor children had access to the bedroom where the drugs and paraphernalia were found.

Carlson was interviewed and allegedly admitted Espelien lived with her and that two children, both age 9, lived at the home. She knew he smoked meth, but she'd asked him to smoke it outside.

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