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This is the records summary for April 2.

Vandalism

SPICER -- The back window of a car parked at a home on 112th Avenue Northeast in rural Spicer was smashed out some time Thursday night or early Friday morning. The damage was reported Friday morning to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

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Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

David Alexander Knakmuhs, Willmar, and Samantha Jo Mehr, Willmar.

Erik Brent Frederickson, Willmar, and Kirsten Michelle Wagner, Willmar.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jane Margaret Wagner, 42, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of theft for taking lottery tickets from a Willmar business.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level.

Wagner was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was stayed, a year of probation, a $1,000 fine, of which $800 was stayed. She was also ordered to pay $690 in restitution to the state lottery.

The original charge was filed after 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 admitted to taking the lottery tickets.

- Manuel Jesse Zapata, 52, of Willmar, appeared Friday on four felony charges of fifth-degree drug procurement by false name or credit for allegedly for allegedly using a false name to get doctors to prescribe him pain medication.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is April 21.

According to the complaint, in June 2008, a woman filled a prescription for "Joe Padilla" at the Prescription Center in Willmar. The script was for 40 pills of Vicodin, which was picked up in the drive-thru window. A man, who said he was Padilla, but was identified as Zapata, was in the vehicle with the woman. They only had money for 20 pills and paid cash for the drugs.

A CEE-VI agent talked with the pharmacist, who said that the man couldn't spell Paynesville, as the prescription was from a doctor with the Paynesville Area Healthcare Center. The man had also given a Texas address. The pharmacist suspected the prescription was real, but that it wasn't the man's real name.

The PAHCC doctor was interviewed and said they treated a man who gave the Padilla name, but had no identification and gave a Texas address. Both the doctor and a nurse identified Zapata in a photo.

The woman was interviewed and said she'd brought the man, she said Padilla, to the pharmacy to fill the prescription.

Zapata was interviewed and allegedly admitted to using the Padilla name because he has a history of seeking medications and doctors wouldn't give him anymore. He said he doesn't sell the drugs, but uses them himself.

On June 20, 2008, a pharmacist assistant reported that Zapata had used the name "Jesse Salas" in February 2008 to get Vicodin. The prescription was from a doctor practicing in Olivia. The doctor identified Zapata has the man who gave him the Salas name.

Three Willmar Police officers and a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy also identified Zapata, in a photo lineup, as a man who'd given them the Salas name.

The investigation also revealed that in March 2008, Zapata had used the Salas name to get Vicodin prescriptions from doctors in Renville and Stearns counties.

- Paul Gonzales Jr., 41, of Pennock, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of violating a domestic abuse no-contact order.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000. His next appearance is April 11.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer was called to the county jail on March 12. A jailer provided a letter, addressed to a Willmar woman, that Gonzales had given jail staff to mail. The letter would have been mailed, but Gonzales was ordered to have no contact with the woman. He has twice been convicted of violating a domestic abuse no-contact order attempting to protect the woman from him.

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