WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Kerkhoven man was arrested around 3:50 p.m. Sunday along the 900 block of First Street South for driving after revocation and for having more than 1.4 grams of marijuana.
WILLMAR -- A 36-year-old Willmar woman was arrested for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct around 2:20 a.m. Saturday along the 700 block of Second Street Southeast. The arrest came after officers were dispatched to a domestic incident.
SPICER -- The theft of a battery and heater from a fish house was reported around 7:30 a.m. Monday on Green Lake. The value of the items was estimated at $280.
ATWATER -- The Atwater Fire Department was called to a building fire around 7 p.m. at 3401 180th St. N.E. The Grove City department was called for mutual aid.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was called to a trailer home fire around 10:15 p.m. Sunday at Regency Estates West, 401 30th Street N.W. According to Fire Chief Marv Calvin, the department was able to contain the fire in the back bedroom of the home, but the trailer was significantly damaged by smoke and water. The fire is believed to be caused by an unattended candle. The woman living in the home was at a nearby home at the time of the call. The department remained on the scene until about 12:45 a.m.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- Reina I. Guevara, 37, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, $100 in fines and 60 days in the county jail on felony charges for wrongfully obtaining assistance and aggravated forgery.
She was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and pay $4,910 in restitution.
As part of a plea agreement, five additional felony charges and a misdemeanor identity theft charge were dismissed.
According to court records, she applied in December 2006 for welfare but did not reveal she was living with the father of the child for whom she was applying for benefits, nor reveal on the application that he was helping to financially support her and that she was also employed. As a result, she collected $4,910 in welfare benefits to which she wasn't entitled.
She also applied for a job in Willmar in May 2006, using a false name. She signed two documents using the false name of Maileen Rivera. She also applied for a state identification card under the name of Maileen Rivera Forti.
- Darren Robert Oeltjen, 33, of Belgrade, was sentenced Monday to 60 days in the county jail, a $500 fine and three years of probation on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
As part of a plea agreement, he received a stay of imposition on his sentence. If he complies with the court's conditions the conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
The charge, along with several lesser charges, were filed after, on July 18, Willmar police received a driving complaint that a black pickup was all over the road on First Street. Officers located the vehicle along 16th Avenue Southwest and initiated a traffic stop. The driver exited the vehicle, smelled of alcohol and got upset with officers for stopping him. As one of the officers was attempting to conduct field sobriety tests on Oeltjen, the other officer went back to his squad car to adjust the camera in the car. Oeltjen ran back to his vehicle and took off with the other officer standing on the running board. The officer jumped off and both officers pursued the vehicle with lights and sirens on. Eventually, Oeltjen pulled over along the 1200 block of Sixth Street. He was arrested and taken to jail. A search of the vehicle revealed a cooler containing numerous beers. At the Law Enforcement Center, Oeltjen refused to submit to a breath test.
A review of his record shows driving while impaired convictions in December 2005, April 2004 and June 1998.
- Daniel Alfonso Lara, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $50 fine and 58 days in the county jail on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.
As part of a plea agreement, another charge of aggravated forgery, plus a gross misdemeanor for giving a false name to a peace officer and a misdemeanor for driving without a valid license, were dismissed.
He was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lara is also known as Jonathan Jose Rios Pagan and Daniel Alfonso Castron Lara.
The charges were filed after a Willmar officer was on routine patrol around 9 p.m. Aug. 28 and stopped a vehicle with a broken taillight near the intersection of Second Street and Trott Avenue Southeast. The driver handed over a Jennie-O Turkey Store identification card in the Pagan name and said he didn't have a driver's license. He was arrested and taken to jail, where he filled out and signed booking forms in the Pagan name. He admitted to using the name to work. However, he had other documents in his real name.
Via an interpreter, he said his name was Lara, that he was born in Honduras, that he came to Minnesota last year and bought the Pagan documents from a man in Marshall. He had worked for Jennie-O for about four months and at the packing plant in Buffalo Lake for about two weeks. Officials at Jennie-O provided police with employment documents signed in the Pagan name that were accompanied by a Social Security card that was issued to a deceased person in California and a California ID card.