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

This is the records summary for March 17.

Property damage

PENNOCK -- Spray-painted graffiti on a building was reported around 2 p.m. Tuesday along West Highway 12.

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District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Charles Calvin Belton, 44, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of depriving custody or parental rights by violating a court order.

Unconditional bail was set at $12,000. His next appearance is March 28.

According to court records, Belton was extradited from Tennessee to Minnesota to face the court charge.

According to the complaint, a woman reported to law enforcement on Aug. 2, 2010 that she had been denied her court-ordered parenting time of two children, ages 4 and 6, she had with Belton. The woman reported she'd been allowed supervised visitation three times per week at Harmony Visitation Center. She'd attempted to schedule visitation and set a date for Nov. 20, 2009. Belton did not bring the children and allegedly told center staff members that he wouldn't bring the children to the center and to cancel all future visits.

The woman also brought a motion in their divorce case, but he did not appear for the hearing and refused to comply with the court-ordered visitation, of which notice was served upon him.

- Martin Gregorio Munoz, 23, of Pennock, made his first appearance Wednesday on fifth-degree drug sale and possession charges for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possession of cocaine.

The drugs were found Tuesday after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents and other law enforcement officers served a search warrant on Munoz' home.

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

According to the complaint, CEE-VI agents received a tip that a man named Martin was selling significant amounts of marijuana from a house in Pennock. The tip included the description of the house, which was identified as Munoz' home.

A garbage search was conducted on March 7 and revealed marijuana stems, seeds and leaves and baggies with cut corners and burnt foil pieces commonly used by drug users.

The search warrant revealed baggies of marijuana, paraphernalia, cash and a spoon with a measurable amount of cocaine. The marijuana weighed 21.8 grams. Agents used a scale found in the man's bedroom to weigh the drugs.

Munoz was interviewed and allegedly denied selling drugs or having knowledge of the cocaine spoon.

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