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Records for Feb. 15

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This is the records summary for Feb. 15.

Man killed in snowmobile

crash on Minnesota River

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MONTEVIDEO — A 41-year-old man was killed Thursday evening in a snowmobile crash on the Minnesota River between Montevideo and Wegdahl.

According to a news release from Chippewa County Sheriff Stacy Tufto, the crash was reported around 8:45 p.m. Thursday. Ryan Gilbertson was traveling northwest on the river toward Montevideo when his snowmobile struck a tree stump protruding from the ice. He lost control of his snowmobile and was ejected. He was taken by ambulance to Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Also responding were the Montevideo Police Department, State Patrol, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Natural Resources and the Chippewa County-Montevideo Ambulance.

Minneapolis woman hurt

in rollover in Renville County

BUFFALO LAKE — A 20-year-old Minneapolis woman was taken to RC Hospital in Olivia for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries suffered in a one-vehicle rollover crash around 5:30 p.m. Thursday along U.S. Highway 212 near Buffalo Lake.

According to the State Patrol, Paola T. Fuentes-Lanza was driving a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder eastbound and was approaching the intersection with County Road 8. She swerved to avoid a vehicle turning left from the highway onto the county road and lost control. The vehicle rolled once and came to rest on its passenger side.

Also responding were the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Lake Ambulance.

Fuentes-Lanza was wearing her seatbelt.

Theft

NEW LONDON — The theft of items from a storage unit was reported around 1 p.m. Friday near the intersection of County Road 9 and Fourth Avenue Southwest

SPICER — The theft of items from a fish house on Henderson Lake was reported around 11:20 a.m. Friday.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* German Tot-che, 26, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Thursday on a  misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault for his role in a fight in November at the Caribbean Club in Willmar.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree assault and a misdemeanor for driving after revocation were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, given credit for 90 days already served, and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

The charges were filed after Nov. 16, when Willmar police officers were called to the club around 12:50 a.m. for a fight. A security officer at the club indicated that a truck leaving the club’s parking lot was driven by a person involved in the fight.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver identified as Tot-che by his Honduran passport. Tot-che had injuries on his face, including that his eye had swollen shut, that were consistent with being in a fight.

Officers interviewed Tot-che, who said he had been in a fight, but had not hit the bouncer in the head with a bottle. A woman in the vehicle told officers a female bouncer had hit Tot-che in the face.

The bouncer was interviewed and said that he went into the fight to break it up and when he grabbed a man to remove him from the fight, Tot-che hit him in the head with a beer bottle. The man was taken to the hospital for treatment of a 1-inch cut on his head.

 Another bouncer at the club said he had been ordered to watch Tot-che after the first bouncer had removed Tot-che from the fight, but that someone else came and hit Tot-che, who thought the second bouncer had hit him. Tot-che and the second bouncer then exchanged blows.

* Ruby Tello, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of fifth-degree assault.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony count of domestic assault will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Sept. 14.

The charges were filed after Oct. 13, when a Willmar police officer and a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy were called around 1:30 a.m. to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city regarding a domestic assault. The officers found Tello, who was obviously intoxicated. She refused to speak to officers. A woman there reported that Tello had started a fight with her and had punched her in the face with a closed fist.

 Tello has prior convictions, for fourth- and fifth-degree assault in September 2011.

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