WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar man reported a case of identity theft around 2:20 p.m. Tuesday along the 1400 block of 15th Street Southwest. The man reported that someone was using his name and received a ticket in Hennepin County.
WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar woman reported a case of identity theft around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 1600 block of 15th Street Southeast. She reported that someone had used her Social Security number.
WILLMAR -- A 38-year-old Willmar woman was arrested for driving without a driver's license and not having insurance around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday along Third Street Southwest.
PRIAM -- A burglary was reported around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Minnesota Valley Alfalfa, 7410 Highway 23 S.W. Someone had entered the building and taken a number of tools.
- Matthew James Zuroff, 17, of Spicer, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor for violating the county's paintball ordinance.
As part of a plea agreement, a felony for third-degree assault will be dismissed. His dispositional hearing is set for April 7.
According to Tribune archives, the county's paintball ordinance restricts people under the age of 18 from having paintball guns in a vehicle unless the guns are in the trunk of a car; or unloaded, in a case and stopped with a barrel plug; or if a youth is accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy received information around 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 10 that a teen had been shot in the face with a paintball gun and was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
The victim had a laceration on the bridge of his nose and received two stitches. He said he was a passenger in a vehicle that was parked outside a home on Lake Florida. Another vehicle drove by four or five times, eventually stopping within five feet of the vehicle the victim was in. The victim said the occupants of the other vehicle then fired paintballs and one of the paintballs hit him in the face.
During an investigation, a girl who was driving the other vehicle said Zuroff was in the rear seat and was shooting paintballs out the window. In an Oct. 8 interview with police officers, Zuroff admitted to riding in the vehicle, driving by the other vehicle and wanting to hit it with paintballs. He said he didn't see anyone in the vehicle. He said he only learned later on that the teen in the other vehicle was hit in the face with the paintball.
- Daniel Martinez, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and a $50 fine on a felony charge of failure to meet the registration requirements of a predatory offender.
He was given credit for 166 days already served in jail.
The charges were filed after a Willmar police detective checking the status of predatory offenders in the city noticed on July 1 that Martinez had failed to return a verification letter. Information from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension listed his last address as a home in the city, but had no updated information.
The owner of the home informed police that no one lived there between January and May because a water pipe had burst and repairs were needed. The person also said that Martinez was not living or welcome at the home. On July 29, officers spoke to a woman who told them that Martinez was her boyfriend and living with her on the city's southwest side. Police made attempts to locate the man, but were unsuccessful. Martinez' criminal history shows that he is required to register as a predatory offender because of a conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was also previously convicted of failure to register in 2006.