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Records, Oct. 1, 2008

Vandals damage Capitol Hill marker

KANDIYOHI -- Damage to the Kandiyohi County Historical Society's temporary marker at the Capitol Hill site along County Road 134 was reported around 1:30 p.m. Monday.


WILLMAR -- Gang writing was reported around 2 p.m. Monday on the playground east of Lincoln School, 511 Julii St. S.E.

WILLMAR -- Graffiti on the roof of a building was reported around 4 p.m. Monday along the 200 block of Third Street Southwest.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a headset was reported around 3:20 p.m. Monday at Alltel Wireless, 2630 First St. S. Value of the headset was estimated at $80.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a bike and helmet was reported around 6 p.m. Monday at Super Wal-Mart, 700 19th Ave. S.E. The caller reported that the bike was locked near the business and the lock was cut. The value of the bike was estimated at $300 and the helmet at $15.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a 4-gigabyte iPod and an mp3 digital music player was reported around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 20th St. N.E.

Fire call

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was paged around 5:25 p.m. Monday to Becker Avenue and Fourth Street Southeast to monitor a cut gas line. The department was at the scene for 20 minutes.


WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old Willmar man was arrested for driving after revocation and speeding around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday along County Road 5 near 150th Avenue.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Mark Edward Wenberg, 44, of Willmar, was arraigned Monday on a felony charge of being a felon in possession of a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of conviction on a violent crime.

He also faces two misdemeanor charges for driving while impaired.

Unconditional bail was set at $15,000. Conditional bail was allowed on his personal recognizance, provided he possess no firearms. His next appearance is Oct. 13.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer on patrol along Lakeland Drive observed a vehicle weaving around 2 a.m. The officer followed the vehicle and stopped it along U.S. Highway 12. The driver, identified as Wenberg, smelled of alcohol and was given a breath test. He failed to blow a sufficient amount of air through the tester, registered a 0.093 blood-alcohol level and was arrested.

A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded .40-caliber handgun inside of a stocking cap in the glove box. The box also held a full clip of rounds and there was a round in the gun's chamber. Officers also found shotgun shells and a box of .40-caliber rounds in the vehicle. A passenger told police all of it belonged to Wenberg and that he was just getting a ride home. Wenberg was taken to the Law Enforcement Cneter, where an Intoxilyzer test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19. In an interview with officers, he claimed the gun was his ex-wife's and that she had put it in the vehicle a few days earlier. He later admitted that he knew the gun was loaded.

A review of Wenberg's records shows a conviction for aggravated robbery in December 1982.

* Joseph Carl Olson, 44, of Spicer, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired.

As part of a plea agreement, another gross misdemeanor for driving while impaired and a misdemeanor for fleeing an officer on foot will be dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Dec. 22 incident in which a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy spotted a truck speeding west on County Road 32 on the south side of Nest Lake. The deputy activated the squad car's lights and siren after observing the truck skid out of control on the wet, freezing pavement. After a two-mile chase, the truck turned into a residence on County Road 9 and the driver, later identified as Olson, fled on foot, leaving his dog behind in the truck. Additional deputies were called to the scene. They managed to track boot prints to a nearby home on 133rd Avenue Northeast, where Olson was found and arrested. While Olson was later being booked into the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar, he refused to take a breath, blood or urine test for blood-alcohol.

He will be sentenced Nov. 6.

* Maria Guadalupe Reyes, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony fifth-degree drug charge for selling 27.6 grams of marijuana for $100 to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force.

The charge was filed after May 15, when two CEE-VI agents spoke with a confidential informant. The informant would give another person a ride to meet a Hispanic female known as "Lapita" -- who was later identified as Reyes. The confidential informant was given $100 in task force funds and drove to a location to pick up the other person, then Reyes and finally to Regency Estates West. After the deal, the informant handed over 27.6 grams of a substance that tested positive as marijuana.

Reyes will be sentenced Nov. 6.

* Mohamed Dubed Ismail, 59, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a fifth-degree controlled substance charge for possessing khat.

As part of a plea agreement, two misdemeanor charges for driving while impaired will be dismissed.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was called to an apartment building on the city's southwest side on Nov. 2. The officer arrived to find a car parked behind a set of garages. It was not running, but had the keys in the ignition and the accessories on. A person inside the vehicle was identified as Ismail. The officer also spotted an open can of beer and a bag of a green, leafy substance in the car. Ismail failed several field sobriety tests. The officer also saw him chewing the green substance and spit it out. His mouth was stained green and he had pieces of the leaves in his teeth. His blood-alcohol level was 0.071 on a breath test. He was placed into custody and the vehicle searched. The officer found five empty beer cans and the bag of green substance.

At the jail, Ismail said the substance was "jot" or "jaraow" and indicated it was the leaves, but not the root, of the khat plant. He gave a urine sample, which was sent to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension along with a sample of the green substance. The sample showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.071 and the substance was 12.9 grams and tested positive for cathinone, a Schedule I narcotic found in khat.

He will be sentenced Oct. 23.