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District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Two felony charges against a 39-year-old New London man were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge in front of Judge Gerald J. Seibel Thursday.

Gregory Patrick Foster was charged with felony counts of false imprisonment and domestic assault by strangulation after allegedly detaining his ex-girlfriend and beating her. Foster was also charged with a gross misdemeanor count of fifth-degree assault, to which he pleaded guilty. The two felonies were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

Foster was arrested after the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department received a report from Foster's ex-girlfriend that she was being held against her will Sept. 14, 2005.

According to the criminal complaint, Foster allegedly coaxed his ex-girlfriend and her children to come over by telling them his grandmother had died on Sept. 7, 2005. Foster allegedly drove the ex-girlfriend and children to his home in New London. She later discovered that Foster's grandma had not died.

Foster's ex-girlfriend told authorities that between Sept. 7 and 14 Foster beat her on several different occasions. In one instance she alleges that she tried to escape using his vehicle, but was thrown down on the ground and struck before being forced back inside the house.

The woman was finally able to contact authorities by calling her mother when Foster was out buying cigarettes.

Foster's sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 13, at 1 p.m.

- A 38-year-old Carlos woman made her first appearance Thursday facing a felony fraud charge.

Dena Reece is being charged with financial transaction card fraud. Judge Gerald J. Seibel did not set bail and allowed Reece to be released on her own reconginzance.

Reece was arrested after being caught by Cub Foods security cameras allegedly using someone else's credit card June 16. Reece allegedly used the card on June 16 to purchase nearly $400 worth of groceries and gift cards. Several other transactions at Cub and other stores failed.

Reece allegedly gave several of the $100 gift cards away. Authorities were able to use interviews and security camera footage to identify Reece.

According to the criminal complaint, Reece said she had been given the card by her grandfather to buy grocieries. However, the name of the card owner was later found to have no relation to her. Camera footage also allegedly shows Reece throwing the card away after making the purchases at Cub.

Reece's next court date is scheduled for Aug. 14, at 1:15 p.m.

n A 31-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Thursday facing a felony theft charge after allegedly stealing a vehicle.

Joshua Louis Stoops was charged with theft of a motor vehicle after an April incident when he allegedly stole a vehicle from his ex-girlfriend. Judge Michaeld J. Thompson set unconditional bail at $10,000. Bail with conditions was set at $500.

Stoops was arrested after an April 2 incident when his ex-girlfriend reported to the Willmar Police Department that Stoops had taken her 1971 Ford Explorer without permission. Stoops was stopped by authorities in Redwood Falls and arrested. He claimed to have bought the Explorer from his ex-girlfriend, according to the criminal complaint.

Stoops' next court date is scheduled for Aug. 14, at 1:15 p.m.