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Records summary for Dec. 15
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

This is the records summary for Dec. 15.

Lac qui Parle County Sheriff investigating burglaries

MADISON — The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Grant County, S.D., Sheriff’s Office to investigate several business and residential burglaries in the small town of Nassau.


According to a news release from Sheriff Rick Halvorson, a burglary was reported around 7:15 a.m. Monday at the Nassau Farmers Elevator. Damage was done to the building and access was gained at some point over the weekend. Later that day, a burglary at Northern Plains Tiling Company in Madison was reported. No damage was done in that case, but items were stolen.

A residential burglary was reported around 4 p.m. Monday at a rural Nassau residence. The home was damaged and items were stolen.

No arrests have been made in the case. The Minnesota law agency is working with the South Dakota agency because there are also burglary reports across the state line in South Dakota.


NEW LONDON — An 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested on drug charges around 9 a.m. Friday along Ash Street.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Arturo Ruiz, 42, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 79 days in jail and a $1,500 fine on a felony charge of terroristic threats for a domestic incident in September in Willmar.

Ruiz was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a domestic violence assessment and have no contact with the victims. He was given credit for 79 days already served.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats and two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault were dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 7 p.m. Sept. 25 to the southwest quadrant of the city regarding an ongoing assault.

 A woman reported that Ruiz had used a knife to cut up items in a residence and threatened her with the knife, cutting her neck with the blade. Ruiz was arrested at the scene and taken to the county jail.

 The woman, who had a 2½-inch cut on her neck, was interviewed and said that Ruiz was upset with a relative, threw a television on the floor, flipped over a table and used the knife to stab the sofa and a suitcase. The woman had attempted to call for help, but Ruiz cut the phone cord and line to disconnect the connection.

 Ruiz also held the knife to the woman’s stomach and neck, but she managed to get away and leave the house. However, Ruiz caught up to the woman as she walked down the street and put the knife against her back and threatened her and the relative.

 Officers found two knives in the home, including one in Ruiz’ possession, and household items damaged as the woman had reported.