Records, Feb. 10
WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar woman was arrested for driving while impaired around 3 a.m. Monday along Seventh Street Southwest near Minnesota Avenue.
WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off theft was reported around 4:10 a.m. Monday at Super America, 415 First St. S. The unpaid bill was $34.81.
- Wilmer Antonio Trochez-Ramirez, 26, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on five felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance-theft and aggravated forgery for collecting public assistance on behalf of his child while denying he was the child's father and for working under a false name.
Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. However, court documents show that Trochez-Ramirez is in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His next appearance is Feb. 17. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for identity theft and two gross misdemeanor charges for giving a false name to a court official and a peace officer.
Trochez-Ramirez is also known as Eddie Valcarcel-Torres. He, along with Fidelfia Camacho, 28, of Willmar, face charges in the case. She appeared Feb. 3 on four felony charges for wrongfully obtaining assistance and failing to meet declaration requirements for public assistance.
Unconditional bail was set at $15,000. Conditional release was allowed on her personal recognizance. Her next court date is Feb. 17.
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 that 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 from June to August 2007 was $2,520.
- John Allan Vanzee, 38, of Renville, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge for violating a no contact order within 10 years of being convicted of a domestic assault charge.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Feb. 17.
According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was called around 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 to a rural Lake Lillian home on a report that Vanzee was at the residence. He is on conditional release on a felony domestic assault case, opened in December, which prohibits his contact with a woman living at the home. The woman said he was at the home earlier and that another woman had likely called law enforcement and reported his presence there. A review of his record shows domestic assault convictions in October 2003 in Kandiyohi County and Dec. 2000 in Renville County.
- Jessica Lynn Jones, 23, of Doran, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, 180 days in the county jail, 10 years of probation and a $50 fine on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance possession.
As part of a plea agreement, charges for driving without a Minnesota driver's license and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed. She was given credit for 148 days already served in jail and was ordered to complete and follow the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation and not to enter bars.
The charges were filed after an officer was called to a Willmar hotel Sept. 15 by a manager. The manager reported that Jones was leaving to go to the Kandiyohi County Humane Society to pick up a dog that he had reported to the police earlier to take to the society.
The officer was informed that Jones had a warrant for her arrest in Clay County for not having a Minnesota driver's license and that her North Dakota license was suspended. She was advised that she was going to be arrested.
Jones was arrested and taken to jail. A search of the vehicle revealed a lockbox containing a scale, a bag containing .3 grams of a white flaky substance and spoons with a sticky substance that tested positive as methamphetamine.
- Maria Rita Velasquez, 47, of Willmar, was sentenced Friday to three years of probation and a $50 fine on a felony charge of fourth-degree assault against a police officer.
As part of a plea agreement, a gross misdemeanor for assault on a police officer and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct were dismissed.
Willmar police were called on the morning of April 3 to a disturbance reported in the neighborhood of West Litchfield Avenue and 11th Street. Two officers found Velasquez out in the yard, crying and wearing only a T-shirt, and claiming that someone stole her pants and some money.
She appeared disoriented and tested positive for alcohol, and the officers brought her to a detoxification center. Court records said Velasquez was verbally abusive and threatened one of the officers with the "Texas Mafia." She also dug her nails into the officer's hand and spit at the officer.
- Sonia Faith Jimenez, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of theft for taking a number of electronic items from a rural Willmar residence.
She will be sentenced March 6.
The charge, along with a felony burglary charge, was filed after a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy was called on Nov. 5 to a burglary along the 6600 block of Highway 71 Northeast. A man reported electronic items, including a laptop, gaming consoles, controllers, games and other items were missing. The value of the items was $3,740.
Investigators reviewed surveillance footage from a St. Cloud pawn shop and identified Jimenez as one of four people who pawned several items from the burglary on Nov. 11. Two others who were involved informed officers that they had either allowed Jimenez to use their ID to pawn items or that Jimenez had told them a friend wanted her to pawn the items. One of the individuals had gone with Jimenez after the burglary to return some of the items to the man. During an interview with investigators, Jimenez admitted to taking the items, asking the others to help her pawn it and that she returned some of the items to their rightful owner on Nov. 15.