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Records - Feb. 12, 2009

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota teens have a chance to win $1,000 by producing television spots that deliver a "buckle up" message to their peers. The Buckle Up, Teens! TV Commercial Contest is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA. Minnesota students in grades 9-12 are eligible to enter. The 30-second spots must be received by DPS by April 20.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and seat belt non-use is a main factor cited in teen traffic deaths. Over the last three years, 149 teens ages 16-19 were killed on Minnesota roads and half of them were not wearing seat belts.

Teens are encouraged to post their spots on the new DPS Facebook group page, Rock the Belt Teens, as well as other video-sharing Web sites.

The top spots will be posted on the DPS website in May for a public viewing and voting period. AAA will award a grand prize of $1,000 for the winning producer, $600 for second place and $400 for third place. The winning spot will also make its TV broadcast premiere in the spring of 2009 on programming to be determined.

"The goal of this contest is to encourage peer-to-peer reinforcement about the importance of wearing a seat belt," says Cheri Marti, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. "Teenagers continue to take greater risks behind the wheel, and they need to know that something as simple as buckling up can greatly reduce their chances of serious injury or death in a traffic crash."

Find contest rules and entry forms online at, click the "Buckle Up, Teens!" link.

WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar man was arrested for attempting to cash a check with a false identity around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Fargo, 101 19th Ave. S.W.

WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was arrested for shoplifting and giving a false name to a peace officer around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Cub Foods, 2201 First St. S.

WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Pennock woman was arrested for driving after suspension and for having no insurance around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday along the 300 block of Seventh Street Northwest.

WILLMAR -- A 20-year-old Willmar man was arrested around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest during a traffic stop. Charges include fourth-degree assault, fleeing a peace officer on foot and obstruction of the legal process. He also had a warrant for his arrest.

WILLMAR -- A 51-year-old Malta, Mont., man was arrested for driving while impaired around 3 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of State Highway 55 and County Road 2.

WILLMAR -- Slashed tires on a vehicle were reported around 3:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 800 block of Fourth Street Southwest.

WILLMAR -- A 43-year-old Willmar man reported credit card fraud around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. There were $1,932 in unauthorized charges on his account.

KANDIYOHI -- The Kandiyohi Fire Department was called to a garage fire around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Seventh Street North.

Kandiyohi County

- Raymond Jo Matykiewicz, 19, of Renville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for impregnating a 15-year-old girl.

As part of a plea agreement, he will receive a stay of adjudication on his sentence. He will be sentenced March 24.

The charge was filed after Aug. 14, when a Willmar police detective learned from Kandiyohi County Family Services that a 15-year-old girl was 12 weeks pregnant and that Matykiewicz was the father. In an interview, the girl confirmed she was pregnant, that Matykiewicz was the father and that they had sex at his family's home and at her family's home. She said she's known him for two years and that he knew she was 15 years old and that she is pregnant and due in February.

In an interview, Matykiewicz said they had consensual sex and that he knew she was 15 years old.

- Alma Veronica Cabrera, 35, of Willmar, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed, 77 days in the county jail, five years of probation and a total of $100 in fines on a felony charge of aggravated forgery and a misdemeanor charge of identity theft for using another woman's identity.

She was given credit for 77 days already served in jail and ordered to comply with immigration rules, laws and regulations. She was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution on the identity theft charge.

As part of a plea agreement, six additional felonies for aggravated forgery, forgery and perjury and three gross misdemeanors for giving a false name to a peace officer were dismissed.

Cabrera is also known as Carla Irene Gonzalez.

The charges were filed after a Willmar Police officer was assigned on Oct. 16 to investigate an identity theft case with a person living in Willmar under a false identity. The real Gonzalez had reported she received a letter at her home in Texas stating that she had unpaid income taxes from employment at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar. She had never worked at the local company.

Officers contacted Jennie-O and learned that the person using that ID had applied for work in July 2006. The person was later identified as Cabrera. She had signed employment forms in the false name and presented a false Social Security card and driver's license. She is a citizen of Mexico. On Nov. 25, the officer received more information and went to Cabrera's home. She answered the door and presented the Gonzalez identification as her own. She insisted that she was Gonzalez, even after she was arrested. However, she later admitted her real name was Cabrera.

- Lorenzo Rene Portillo, 19, of Willmar, was sentenced to five years of probation, 58 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft.

He was given credit for 58 days already served in jail and ordered to complete an alcohol assessment, follow its recommendations and write an apology letter. He was also ordered to pay $203.75 in restitution.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for first-degree burglary was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Dec. 14, when Willmar Police were called to a home along the 1400 block of Lakeland Drive on a report that a Ford Taurus had been stolen.

Three people said they received a call from someone asking where they were because the vehicle was not in the driveway. They discovered the vehicle was gone and inside the home, observed a cigarette on the end table that was not theirs, the front door was unlocked and a jacket and other items were on the floor.

The complainants called area law enforcement agencies and discovered the vehicle was towed in the Redwood Falls area. They believed Portillo had taken the vehicle and filed a motor vehicle theft report.

The local officers contacted the Lower Sioux Police, who reported that an officer found the vehicle along the side of the road around 6 a.m. and had it towed around 8:45 a.m. The officer received a call from what sounded like an elderly female around 9:40 a.m. claiming that the car ran out of gas. The local officer called the number and during the conversation, heard a male voice, identified later as Portillo, say the car belonged to the person reporting it stolen.

Portillo was interviewed, claimed he bought the car the previous day for $700 cash and that he didn't receive a title. He said he visited Willmar and drove to Morton early in the morning before the car ran out of gas.

The officer confirmed that the person reporting the vehicle stolen hadn't sold the vehicle. Portillo was arrested and transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail.

According to an amended complaint, Portillo had a Ford key on him when he was booked into the jail. The key matched the car that was involved. He later admitted the keys belonged to one of the complainants, that he didn't have permission to take the vehicle and that he was in Morton with the vehicle when he sobered up.