KINGSTON -- Anyone with information about a weekend burglary of a Kingston business is asked to contact the Meeker County Sheriff's office at 320-693-5400.
A burglary was reported Monday morning at King Crow Company located at 31161 County Road 19 in Kingston. Someone had forced entry into the building and several keys and an unknown amount of alcohol was taken.
District Court, Kandiyohi County
- Adam Lee Norstedt, 19, of Spicer, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft and a gross misdemeanor theft charge for allegedly taking a relative's vehicle and money from his employer.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next court appearance is April 13.
According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called on Tuesday and Wednesday to the Westwood Café in Spicer to take reports of theft. Between the two thefts, more than $900 was missing from the business' safe. Norstedt was suspected of stealing the money, as he had keys and alarm codes to the building. A detective investigated and learned that Norstedt had allegedly told a coworker he had won $300 in a scratch-off lottery ticket.
On Saturday, another deputy was called to a rural Hawick home to take a auto theft report. Relatives of Norstedt said he had arrived the night before, said he hit a deer with his vehicle and that it was towed to a salvage yard. When they woke that morning their vehicle was missing. The same day, a Stearns County deputy located the vehicle in Waite Park and Norstedt was arrested. He allegedly admitted to taking the vehicle, money from the café and items from a friend's home in Stearns County.
- Nathaniel Norman Doty, 25, of Lake Lillian, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft for taking a trailer and fuel tank containing up to 800 gallons of diesel fuel from a farm field.
As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a felony. He will be sentenced May 11.
The charge was filed after a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched Oct. 9 to a field near state Highway 7 on a theft report. The officer met a man, who said a trailer and tank filled with 800 to 850 gallons of fuel was missing from the location. He estimated the value of the trailer and diesel to be $1,500 and $3,400, respectively. He also noted the trailer was parked in a location not easily visible from the road.
On Oct. 13, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent received information that the fuel tank and trailer were spotted at a residence north of Lake Lillian.
Officers went to the home and observed the tongue of the trailer protruding from a garage. A man there said that someone had brought the trailer over in the last week and that some of the fuel from the tank had been pumped into a fuel oil tank in the home's basement.
Another person there said Doty had called the home asking if anyone needed diesel fuel to heat their homes. The man who reported the items missing arrived at the residence and identified the trailer.
The homeowner said he paid $450 for the trailer. He added that two people sold him the fuel and he still owed them $1,400 for it. The man looked through photo lineups prepared by investigators and identified Doty and another man as those who sold him the fuel.
The other man identified was interviewed by a detective. He said Doty contacted him about needing a pickup and that they went to Montevideo to borrow one, picked up the trailer and tank and pulled it to the home where it was discovered by the officers.
A woman called law enforcement on Friday, stating that her boyfriend's nephew had borrowed his pickup after dark one evening and returned it between 3 and 4 a.m. the next morning. She gave a description of the vehicle, which matched the description of Doty's vehicle.
- Guillermo Lopez Jr., 19, of Willmar, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, 120 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of fifth-degree assault for attempting to start a fight with a man in June.
He was given credit for 94 days already served in jail. As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct was dismissed.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 5 p.m. June 22 to report a fight in Regency Estates East. A man there said he owed money to a family member of Lopez and that person had told him not to give any money to Lopez. He said Lopez approached him while holding a stick and demanded money. He also said Lopez threatened to damage his home and vehicles. Two witnesses confirmed the man's statement and one of them stepped in between the men to keep them separated.
A review of Lopez' criminal history shows that adjudication was withheld on a fifth-degree assault charge against him as a juvenile last June, that he was convicted of a violation of a harassment restraining order and had a felony fifth-degree assault conviction in January.
- Fidelfia Camacho, 28, of St. Cloud, was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation, 56 days in jail and a $50 fine on a felony charge for wrongfully obtaining assistance.
She was ordered to pay $2,520 in restitution to Kandiyohi County Family Services and was given credit for 56 days already served in jail. According to court documents, Camacho is in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As part of a plea agreement, three other felonies for failing to meet declaration requirements for public assistance were dismissed.
According to the complaint, during the past seven years, Camacho had applied for public assistance through Kandiyohi County Family Services. On May 4, 2007, she had given birth to a third child, for whom she requested assistance. She claimed her co-defendant, Wilmer Antonio Trochez-Ramirez, was the father, but that she didn't know where he was. She also reported she lived with a friend, named Eddie Valcarel, and that her only income was $350 in child support on her first two children.
An investigation revealed that Valcarel was a false name that Trochez-Ramirez was using to work at Jennie-O Turkey Store. He allegedly admitted he was the father of the third child and that he bought documents in the Valcarel name for $1,000. He also said he knew the child was receiving public benefits and that his income was not reported to Family Services. Jennie-O records confirmed his statement regarding his work. The resulting overpayment was $2,520.
- Michael R. Lemke, 18, of Willmar, was sentenced to six months of probation, 40 hours of community service, a chemical dependency evaluation and anger management classes on a felony charge of making terroristic threats for threatening to kill another teen and his family.
Judge Donald M. Spilseth ordered that adjudication be withheld, so if the Lemke complies with the court's conditions, no conviction will appear on his record.
The charge was filed after a 15-year-old teen received a phone message from Lemke on Aug. 28 that indicated Lemke was going to slit the teen's throat inch-by-inch and threatened to kill his entire family. The teen's mother reported the message to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office the next day. The woman said that Lemke was dating a girl that her son had dated. The boy had received derogatory text messages, which he tried to ignore, the woman said.
The sheriff's deputy listened to the recorded phone message and confirmed its contents.