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WILLMAR -- A Play Station 3 and a game, with a combined value of nearly $500, were stolen from a home in the 1600 block of 17th Avenue Northwest in Willmar. The theft was reported Thursday afternoon and was thought to have taken place last weekend, when the owner was gone.

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WILLMAR -- The theft of medications was reported from a home in the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southeast Thursday afternoon.

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District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Mahmoud Ameen Abdul Shareef, 30, of Kandiyohi made his first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court Friday on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm and on other felony charges related to the use of stolen credit cards.

Judge Kathryn Smith set bail at $30,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $5,000 cash or bond for conditional release. One of the conditions is no possession of firearms or other weapons. His application for a public defender was granted.

His next court appearance will be on March 23.

Shareef was arrested Thursday after Willmar Police were notified that he was at the county Health and Human Services Building with a firearm. He was also wanted on a warrant from Ramsey County.

The pistol in the front of his belt was determined to be a .177 caliber BB gun. He has previous felony convictions for kidnapping in 1997 and for fifth-degree controlled substance crime in 2005. He is not allowed to have a firearm in his possession.

Shareef also appeared on charges stemming from the theft of a purse and its contents at a Willmar restaurant in December.

Charges include financial transaction card fraud, transaction card fraud - liability for crimes of another, theft and aiding or abetting theft.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or bond for unconditional release and $1,500 cash or bond for condition release, including no contact with anyone else involved in the incident and no possession of firearms.

A woman reported that her purse had been stolen on Dec. 10, and the next day reported that a number of unauthorized charges in excess of $1,300 had been made at stores in Willmar. Other unauthorized charges were reported later.

According to the court file, police recognized Shareef in Wal-Mart security tapes showing a man and two women using one of the stolen credit cards.

After questioning, the women admitted signing receipts for the credit card purchases but said they did not know the cards were stolen. One of the women eventually told police that Shareef had stolen the purse by hiding it under his coat at the restaurant.

- Kenneth Lee Lacy, 22, of Erskine made his first court appearance Friday on a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was also charged with driving after revocation and open bottle.

Judge Kathryn Smith set bail at $20,000 cash or bond for unconditional release or $5,000 cash or bond for conditional release, which includes no contact with the alleged victim and no possession of firearms. His application for a public defender was granted.

His next court appearance is March 23.

According to the court file, the county dispatch center received a call shortly after 3 a.m. Friday from a man who said he was being followed as he drove east on Highway 12. He told the dispatcher that the man following him had threatened him and had a gun in his car.

Two Willmar squad cars stopped the vehicle. Lacy was taken into custody, and he and a female passenger were questioned. Officers also found an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, which the woman said Lacy had been drinking from while he drove.

Lacy said he hadn't known the gun was in the car until he saw officers remove it from the trunk.

The court file lists several felony convictions for Lacy: felony theft in November 2005, solicitation of a juvenile in July 2006, third-degree burglary in July 2006, third-degree burglary in January 2007 and motor vehicle theft in September 2007.

- Nadia Italia Martinez, 31, of Pennock, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft.

In return for the plea, 10 separate charges of perjury were dismissed. She will be sentenced on April 21.

The complaint against Martinez alleged that she wrongfully obtained $6,239 in public assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services. She filed for public assistance on behalf of herself, three children, and Jose Angel Quilantan, 32. She reported that Quilantan was a member of the household but was not working or receiving income. An investigation revealed that he was working for Lake Country Resources, under someone else's Social Security number, from April 2007 to September 2008 and that the income was not reported to Family Services, resulting in the overpayment by $6,239, according to the allegations.

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