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Records, Feb. 18, 2009

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News Willmar,Minnesota 56201
West Central Tribune
Records, Feb. 18, 2009
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201


WILLMAR -- The theft of a jacket was reported around 2:50 p.m. Monday along the 2200 block of Trott Avenue Southwest. The clothing was later recovered.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a wallet, cash, driver's license and bank card was reported around 10 a.m. Tuesday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.

WILLMAR -- The theft of shoes from a locker room was reported around 10 a.m. Tuesday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.

Vehicle theft

NEW LONDON -- The theft of a snowmobile was reported around 4 p.m. Monday along the 7100 block of 196th Avenue Northeast. A 1996 Polaris was missing.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle was reported around 2:45 p.m. Monday along the 3500 block of U.S. Highway 12 East. A 20-year-old Granite Falls man reported his truck had been damaged on Saturday night.

Litchfield men arrested

LITCHFIELD -- Two Litchfield men, ages 44 and 41, were arrested when law enforcement officers executed a search warrant Friday afternoon on a home along the 300 block of South Armstrong Avenue in Litchfield.

According to the Litchfield Police Department, the search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation for the trafficking of illegal drugs. An undetermined amount of methamphetamine and marijuana, plus drug paraphernalia and packaging supplies, were seized. The Police Department, along with the CEE-VI Drug Task Force and the State Patrol executed the warrant.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected. The men are being held in the Meeker County Jail pending formal charges.


DASSEL -- A 30-year-old Dassel man was arrested for driving while impaired after law enforcement was notified around 3 a.m. Saturday of a one-vehicle rollover accident on 185th Street and 730th Avenue in Dassel. He was checked over by personnel from the Hutchinson Ambulance and was found to have no injuries.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Cody Lyle Lawrence Jackson, 19, of Atwater, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation and a $50 fine on a felony charge of fifth-degree assault for hitting an acquaintance and breaking his jaw on Aug. 8.

Jackson was ordered to serve 174 days in jail, with credit for 76 days already served. The remaining 60 days are to be served on May 1 and Aug. 1 and can be deferred if he is making restitution payments and is compliant with probation. He was also ordered to do 150 hours of community service work, write an apology letter and attend a 12-week anger management program.

While a restitution hearing is still pending, Jackson was ordered to pay $38,948 in medical bills, including those from Rice Memorial Hospital, from an oral surgeon and other medical costs, to the victim and his health insurance company.

The victim, along with several witnesses, told law enforcement officials that Jackson became involved in a fight at an Atwater home. After the fight broke up, the victim was handing Jackson his sandals when Jackson punched him in the jaw, breaking it in two places.

Jackson claimed to an investigator that he was swinging to hit someone else.

* A 23-year-old Spicer woman and a 25-year-old Willmar man both made their first appearances Tuesday on two felony drug charges and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia for methamphetamine and a drug pipe found in a vehicle in a traffic stop.

Unconditional bail was set at $35,000 for Jessica Lynne Quam. Conditional bail was allowed for $20,000.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 for Jesse Adolph O'Brien. Conditional bail was allowed for $15,000. Both make their next appearance on March 2.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer stopped Quam's vehicle Friday because she had a warrant for her arrest. She was identified and taken into custody. O'Brien, the passenger, had a suspended license and was not allowed to drive the vehicle.

The officer searched the driver's seat area of the car and found a glass pipe. Another officer and the city's K9 unit arrived and the dog searched the vehicle. A $20 bill was found stuffed into an air vent in the dash. Officers found meth in the bill.

Both were interviewed and said they got the meth and were going to use it, but were stopped by the officer. They said the pipe and the bill were stashed before the traffic stop. The bill, and drugs, weighed 1.2 grams and the drugs tested positive as methamphetamine.

* Ismael Gomez, 26, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony fifth-degree drug charge.

Unconditional bail was set at $35,000 and conditional bail was allowed for $20,000. His next appearance is March 2. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for giving a false name to a peace officer.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was leaving the 1409 building of the Willow Run apartment complex on Friday and encountered a man walking quickly with his hood up and avoiding eye contact. The officer stopped the man, who gave a name and appeared very nervous. The officer believed the name was false and that the man was Gomez and that he had a warrant for his arrest. Records showed the name and birth date were not on file. He was arrested and during a search, a plastic bag with 1 gram of methamphetamine was allegedly found in his pocket.