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District Court, Kandiyohi County, Nov. 6

- Carlos Rivera, 25, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of interfering with a 911 call, a gross misdemeanor

As part of a plea agreement a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor for domestic abuse will be dismissed.

The charges were filed two Willmar police officers were called to the home around 5 a.m. March 1 on a domestic assault call. A woman told them Rivera had left in a pickup, which was located in a nearby alley. The woman told officers Rivera had come home the last three nights very intoxicated and that she had left him a voicemail around 10:30 p.m. telling him not to come back home. She said she and a small child were asleep when Rivera came in around 2 a.m. He grabbed her by the throat, held her down, threw her around and threw phones away as she attempted to call for help. When interviewed, Rivera admitted to the altercation and to drinking, but denied choking the woman or holding her down. He said he was very angry when he came home to find his clothing in the front porch of the home.

He will be sentenced Dec. 9.

- Timothy Louis Streling, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree burglary and misdemeanor attempted theft for breaking into an apartment, buying an adult film on the resident's cable television and performing a sex act while watching the film.

As part of a plea agreement another second-degree burglary felony and a misdemeanor charge will be dismissed. He will be responsible for $247.95 in restitution.

The charge was filed when a Willmar police officer was called to the Law Enforcement Center Sept. 15 to take a burglary and theft report. A woman said Streling, who lives in the apartment below her, had been breaking into her apartment. Money and other items were missing and her cable bill showed the purchase of adult films that she and her boyfriend didn't make.

The couple set up a web cam and captured video of a man, identified as Streling, entering the apartment twice that day. The first time, he came in and ordered the adult film, knelt in front of the television and masturbated. The second time, he appears to turn on the television to another adult film. Later, the woman provided more video to police that showed Streling entering the apartment again the next day. Streling was arrested. He admitted he didn't have permission to go into the apartment.

- Tyrone Lyndon Swanson, 46, of Grove City, was arraigned Wednesday on a felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 and conditional bail at $3,000 cash. His next appearance is Nov. 17.

According to the complaint, an Atwater Police officer was on patrol in the city around 11:15 p.m. Monday and saw Swanson on the street. The officer knew there was a warrant for his arrest on driving after revocation charges. The officer caught up to Swanson and informed him he was going to be arrested, and needed to take everything out of his pockets. He moved toward the squad car and allegedly threw something under it. The officer searched his pockets and found $435, cigarettes, pocket knives, keys, receipts and a phone charger. He was placed in the squad. The officer then retrieved the object, three small baggies of a white crystal substance.

When asked what it was, Swanson said, "It's just penicillin for my bad tooth that I got from the turkey barns" and then said it was meth for a girl who wanted it and that maybe he'd get lucky with her, but it wasn't for him.

Officers tested the drug, which weighed 10 grams, as positive for meth. A review of Swanson's record shows he was convicted of a third-degree controlled substance charge June 12 in Ramsey County.