Records for April 23
This is the records summary for April 23.
WILLMAR — A case of fraud was reported around 6 p.m. Monday along the 800 block of Olaf Avenue Northwest. A citizen reported sending money to California in expectations of renting a residence in St. Cloud.
* Alison Dawn Lorensen, 26, Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of theft for taking lottery tickets from her employer.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge for state lottery fraud was dismissed and she paid $5,381 in restitution on Monday. She will be sentenced June 5.The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was called to Trav’s Dino Mart on July 22 regarding the theft of lottery tickets. Store officials had been reviewing surveillance video for an unrelated reason and saw Lorenson taking lottery tickets and scratching them off at the store. The theft was estimated at $1,800 worth of tickets in two days.Lorenson was terminated from her job and admitted to the theft.Further review of the video footage by a state lottery security investigator showed that between $5,500 and $6,000 worth of tickets were taken by Lorenson between July 1 and July 22.* Michelle Francis Aguilar, 32, of Hutchinson, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended gross misdemeanor charge of theft.As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and a felony charge of financial transaction card fraud will be dismissed. She will also pay $2,383 in restitution.She will be sentenced May 19.The charges were filed after Willmar police began investigating on June 22 when a citizen reported that a relative had allowed Aguilar to use their vehicle and that Aguilar took a debit card from the car and used it for multiple transactions.The 13 transactions included a total of $1,110.50 in transactions at gas stations in Willmar and $1,255 in ATM withdrawals at a Benson gas station, plus phone and online purchases of $200.Aguilar was interviewed and admitted to using the card and exceeding the amount she had been given permission to spend. She claimed the man gave her the personal identification number for the card and told her to keep her spending under $1,000.* Shane Mitchell Broten, 43, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor domestic assault.As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level. He will be sentenced May 21.The original charge was filed after Dec. 2, when Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputies were called to a rural Willmar residence on a domestic assault. A woman there reported that she and Broten had argued and that he had pushed her into a wall and hit her in the face. Broten had prior convictions for domestic assault in March 2011 and for violation of an order for protection in July 2012.* Jeffrey Thomas Ellingboe, 50, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of misdemeanor domestic assault.As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level. He will be sentenced May 21.The charge was filed after Dec. 15, when Willmar police were called to the southeast quadrant of the city on a domestic assault. A woman there reported that she had gone to Ellingboe’s residence to get items from him and that he had assaulted her. The woman had visible injuries.He had prior convictions for domestic assault in August 2006 and for violation of an order for protection in 2004.n Marcello Louis Eaton, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday on a felony charge of failing to meet the requirements placed upon a predatory offender.Eaton was sentenced, and the charge will later be dismissed if he complies with the conditions of his sentence to a year of probation and an order to comply with all the requirements for predatory offender registration.The charge was filed after August, when Eaton moved from one address in Willmar to another location in September without notifying Willmar police of the move. He is required to register as a predatory offender because of a juvenile adjudication for first-degree criminal sexual conduct in January 1998.