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Records, Nov. 1, 2008

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Graffiti

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Police Department on Friday investigated reports of graffiti and the letters "ITT" sprayed with silver paint on a dumpster and construction office at Perkins Lumber Company. Graffiti was also reported under the bridge on U.S. Highway 12 West.

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Three face charges in burglaries in Grove City, Atwater

LITCHFIELD -- Charges are pending against three men, including an 18-year-old from Atwater, stemming from recent burglaries in Grove City and Atwater.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Mike Hirman, the Sheriff's Office and the Atwater Police Department on Thursday evening searched a rural Cosmos home.

Officers and deputies seized 31 items, including five computers and monitors. The items were connected to several burglaries, which happened over the past three weeks.

The 18-year-old is in custody at the county jail. Charges are pending against two other individuals. The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Priscilla Lopez Trevino, 23, of Willmar made her first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly having stolen computer equipment in her vehicle.

She was released on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is Nov. 10.

According to the complaint, police were called around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 19 to an apartment along Dana Drive in Willmar on a burglary report. A couple reported someone entered their apartment through a window and took a computer and gaming system.

A neighbor informed the officer that he had seen a man acting suspiciously near the apartment and had observed a vehicle the man and Trevino were known to drive in the area.

On Sept. 6, the officer was investigating a gas drive-off linked to the same vehicle when he saw the vehicle driving down the street. The officer stopped the vehicle. The driver, Trevino, admitted to the gasoline theft and was arrested on a warrant and for driving after suspension of her license.

The vehicle was towed and searched. A number of computer towers, monitors, tools, wiring and other items were found in the trunk. One of the computer towers, plus cords and a keyboard, were positively identified by the person who reported them stolen.

When interviewed, Trevino denied knowing anything about how the items got in the trunk of her car and claimed not to remember where she was on Aug. 19.

* Robb Leroy Christiansen, 44, of Lake Lillian was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail, which was stayed, a year of probation and a $200 fine on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed. He must also submit to a domestic abuse evaluation and remain law abiding.

The charges were filed after three Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were dispatched around 11 p.m. June 21 to a Lake Lillian home on a domestic call.

A woman there told the deputies she and Christiansen had been out drinking earlier in the evening and that he suddenly became upset, pushed her onto the floor and choked her. She kicked him in the groin and was able to get to call 911. Deputies observed redness on her neck.

* Jeremy Chris Flickinger, 22, of Spicer was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation and a total of $1,050 in fines on two felony charges of third-degree assault and criminal damage to property, and a misdemeanor charge of driving while impaired.

He was also ordered to serve 180 days in jail, with credit for 68 days already served, complete a chemical dependency evaluation, exhibit no assaultive behavior, have no dangerous weapons, have no contact with two women involved in the incident and write a letter of apology. He was also ordered to pay $1,591 in restitution for damages to a vehicle.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge for assault, a gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired and several other misdemeanor charges were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called to investigate a fight around 3 a.m. Aug. 24 at a residence in Spicer. Officers found two vehicles, one containing two people who had been beaten up and another man, who gave the name of someone else, who they determined to be Flickinger.

Deputies, aware Flickinger was driving after revocation after numerous alcohol violations, placed him into a squad car. He failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.

During an interview with officers, he said there was an altercation between him and a former girlfriend, that she hit him and that others at his party were fighting.

Others at the scene told deputies that he had thrown rocks at the woman and struck her in the face. The woman said she was invited to the home by Flickinger, that they argued and that he picked up the rocks and threw them at her. She had a wound on her forehead, stitches on her lip and contusions on her face and arms.

Another witness said he saw Flickinger pick up the rocks and throw them at the woman from about 10 feet away and that she fell to the ground and started to bleed.

* Pedro Martin III, 23, of Willmar was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of domestic assault.

He was also ordered to serve 120 days in jail, with credit for three days served, attend victim-offender mediation, attend a domestic abuse program, write a letter of apology and pay $269 to Hope Pregnancy Center for a damaged crib.

He received a five-year stay of imposition on his sentence, under which the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he complies with the court's conditions.

As part of a plea agreement, two other felony charges of domestic assault were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 8:20 a.m. July 14 to a home on the city's southwest side. A woman there informed the officers that Martin was the father of her baby and that they had argued over who was going to watch the child while she worked. The argument turned physical, the woman said. She reported that Martin pushed her down, held her down on the bed and choked her. Martin was arrested at the scene.

The West Central Tribune publishes Records and Convictions as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.

All items are taken from public documents at county courthouses and from law enforcement agencies.

It is the Tribune's policy that this column contain a complete record. Requests for items to be withheld will not be granted.

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