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Records, April 4
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Boy shot by BB gun

WILLMAR -- Police officers were called around 8:20 p.m. Thursday to Rice Memorial Hospital, where a 12-year-old boy was being treated for a wound caused by a shot from a BB gun.


The boy told officers he and three other boys were walking along Pleasantview Drive Southeast when he heard something, felt pain and saw that he had been shot and the BB was still in his arm. The boy did not see who fired the shot or where it came from.


KANDIYOHI -- An apartment burglary and theft was reported around 2 p.m. Thursday along Eighth Street South. Reported taken were a .40-caliber handgun, ammunition and accessories, jewelry, DVDs, CDs and clothing.


WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Spicer man was arrested for fifth-degree controlled substance possession around 3:20 p.m. Thursday along the 800 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A 23-year-old Herman man was arrested for driving while impaired, violation of an instruction permit and a stop sign violation around 1:55 a.m. Friday along the 2100 block of U.S. Highway 12 East.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a kids bike was reported around 6:40 p.m. Thursday along the 1600 block of Eighth Street Southwest. The value of the bike was estimated at $380.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a purse was reported around 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Target, 2505 First St. S.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Dinora Magdalena Tabora-Rivera, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of aggravated forgery and a malicious punishment of a child.

As part of a plea agreement, four additional forgery and perjury charges, plus a gross misdemeanor for malicious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor for domestic assault, will be dismissed. Tabora-Rivera entered an Alford plea to the charges, under which she is not required to admit guilt but only that there is likely enough evidence for a jury to convict her.

The malicious punishment of a child charge was filed after Kandiyohi County Family Services received a report in February that Tabora-Rivera had physically abused her daughter, who was almost 4 years old. A social worker found marks and abrasions on the girl's body and a split lip. The girl allegedly told the investigator that her mother had hit her that morning and demonstrated hitting with a closed fist. Another child said Tabora-Rivera also hit her. Photographs were taken of the younger child's injuries.

The forgery charges were filed after a Willmar police detective began an investigation Feb. 25 into a person identified as Tabora-Rivera. The department had received information that she was using a false identity, that of Ana Maria Saenz, to work. The investigation revealed that she is a citizen of Honduras and had applied for work at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in December under the Saenz name. Documents from the company personnel file on her included signed employment forms and identification in the false name.

- Tracy Lynn Pillatzki, 34, and Jorge Armando Benavides, 29, both of Willmar, made their first appearances Thursday on felony charges of financial card transaction fraud for allegedly using a stolen credit card to purchase items from local stores.

Both were released on their personal recognizance and make their next court appearance on April 13. Pillatzki also faces two felony charges for theft.

The complaint charges that Pillatzki assisted her boyfriend by placing his jacket over a woman's purse while he was working Dec. 10 at Arby's Restaurant in Willmar, and that he subsequently took the purse with his jacket. The owner reported the purse as stolen that day.

A Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy identified Pillatzki and her boyfriend on a video allegedly showing them using a credit card from the purse to make purchases Dec. 11 at Wal-Mart in Willmar. The defendant and others are also accused of using credit cards in the purse at a number of other stores to purchase $2,276 in items ranging from a Playstation to a ring and shoes. The purse also held two pairs of prescription glasses, medicines, an inhaler, billfold and other items, valued at $1,100.