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

This is the records summary for March 16.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a shed and a coin-operated washing machine was reported around 10 a.m. Tuesday along the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast.

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Arrests

NEW LONDON -- A 26-year-old Olivia man was arrested for disorderly conduct around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday along Central Avenue East. The arrest came after deputies were called regarding an intoxicated man.

Forgery

WILLMAR -- The forgery of a payroll check was reported around 10:30 a.m. Monday along Fairway Drive Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Peter David Hannig, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of aiding an offender for destroying drugs found at his home by police officers.

As part of a plea agreement, a fifth-degree drug possession charge was dismissed. He will be sentenced April 18.

The charges were filed after July 29, when Willmar Police were called around 3:50 a.m. to a home along Willmar Avenue Southeast regarding a loud party. Two officers responded and approached the home, observing five men, including Hannig, through a window. The officers saw lines of drugs on a countertop and watched as one of the men snorted a line. Hannig saw the officers outside and asked who was there. The officers responded "police" and the men scattered, uttering various curse words. Hannig took the drugs into his hand, opened the door to the officers and brushed the drugs off his hands and onto his pants. The drug tested positive as cocaine. He wouldn't say who the drugs belonged to.

- Jose Holden Sorto Munoz, 35, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of aggravated forgery for allegedly using another man's name on an employment form.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is March 28.

Munoz, who is also known as Armando Luna and Javier Rivera Mojica, also appeared in court Tuesday on two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired, plus misdemeanor charges of giving a false name and driving after revocation.

According to the felony complaint, in July 2009, a man named Armando Luna reported to Willmar Police that he'd applied for a job in Texas and a background check showed he'd been charged with driving while impaired in Willmar. The man had never been to Willmar or been convicted of impaired driving, but he'd lost his wallet in Texas in 1999 or 2000.

The name and criminal history was linked to the name Jose Holden Sorto, which connected investigators to an I-9 form signed in April 2009 at G&S Staffing.

On Friday, Munoz was stopped for driving while impaired by a Willmar Police officer. He allegedly was identified as Mojica, booked into the jail and released. His fingerprint was run though the IBIS system and connected him to the Luna name and a warrant for the 2002 driving while impaired case.

Officers went to Munoz' home and arrested him. He was interviewed and allegedly admitted to assuming the Mojica name about four years ago and working for Willmar Poultry. He said he'd previously used the Luna name, had been arrested for driving while impaired under that name and went back to Honduras because of the legal trouble. He later returned and used the Mojica name.

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