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

This is the records summary for March 22.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- The burglary and theft of items from African Community Services, 410 Becker Ave. S.W., was reported around 8:40 a.m. Monday. Someone entered the business over the weekend and took office supplies and equipment.

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Forgery

WILLMAR -- A case of check forgery was reported around 1 p.m. Monday at Cub Foods, 2201 First St. S.

Sexual assault

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old woman reported Sunday morning she'd been sexually assaulted at the 19th Avenue Bar and Grill. The report was made around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The woman was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Matthew Alan Schorn, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed. He will be sentenced May 19.

The charges were filed after Feb. 6, when Willmar police were called to a domestic incident at a home in the northwest quadrant of the city. A woman, who was on the phone with Schorn, gave the phone to officers. Schorn admitted to choking the woman. He was later arrested.

The woman told officers they had been at a bar in Paynesville and that he was jealous because of who she danced with. He choked her twice on the drive back to Willmar.

- Joshua James Haug, 19, of Spicer, was sentenced Monday to 135 days in jail, $2,000 in fines and five years of probation on felony charges of third-degree burglary and theft for stealing two four-wheelers and a go-kart last fall.

He was also ordered to pay $716.15 in restitution.

Haug and Chase David Frieze, 17, of New London, were charged in connection to the four-wheeler theft on Oct. 14 from a New London home. Frieze has been sentenced to probation until his 19th birthday and 40 hours of community service, plus paying $426.37 in restitution.

The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called on Oct. 14 to the home north of New London. The owner reported that a 2004 Suzuki all-terrain vehicle was missing from the lower-level garage of the home. A door had been left unlocked and the family was home at the time.

On Oct. 21, a citizen reported finding an ATV hidden in some woods off of a field along County Road 5 Northwest. He reported seeing the ATV operating in a nearby gravel pit, seeing it with an older white Chevy pickup and a group of young men. Another man reported seeing the ATV running on 240th Avenue Northwest, with a white Chevy pickup with a red hood and graphics on the side.

Another citizen had reported a driving complaint, involving an ATV and a white Chevy pickup, around 5 a.m. Oct. 14. The man told investigators he had almost hit the ATV, which was attempting to pass the pickup. He also identified the pickup as a white Chevy with a red hood.

Investigators interviewed Frieze. He claimed he was home on the night of Oct. 14, but that he saw others riding the ATV.

Haug was interviewed and said he and Frieze took the ATV, pushed it away from the home and rode it away. They had hidden it in a wildlife area and used it to pull out a boat they stole and sold for scrap.

Haug and Brandon Dan Thorson, 20, of New London, were charged with two counts of felony theft and two counts of misdemeanor property damage in connection to the theft of the four-wheeler and go-kart in September. Thorson's next appearance is April 19.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies on Sept. 8 located a go-kart and four-wheeler in the southeast part of the county. The owner of the items confirmed they belonged to him and said he just noticed they were missing.

Because the go-kart and the four-wheeler were damaged, repair estimates were gathered and showed that $36.40 worth of repairs were required on the go-kart and $193.38 in repairs were needed for the four-wheeler.

During the investigation, Thorson was questioned and denied any knowledge of the stolen items. A 17-year-old juvenile was questioned and identified a ring of keys, found with the four-wheeler, as those that he had seen in Thorson's possession.

Haug was interviewed and initially claimed he had nothing to do with the theft of the vehicles. He later admitted to being one of four people who took the go-kart and the four-wheeler, to riding both of them and then hiding them at the location where law enforcement officers found the vehicles.

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