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Records, March 4

Woman to hospital after crashing into snow bank

WILLMAR -- A 26-year-old Granite Falls woman was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital after a crash around 12:30 p.m. Monday along 19th Avenue Southwest.

According to the Willmar Police crash report, Michele Abel was eastbound in a 1994 Ford and veered off the road into a snow bank in an attempt to avoid a vehicle changing lanes into her lane. She was wearing her seatbelt.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a laptop and an iPod was reported around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest.


WILLMAR -- The burglary of a garage was reported around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday along the 500 block of 11th Street Southwest. The caller reported that someone had broken into the garage, damaged a vehicle and stolen a DVD player and a VCR.

Property damage

SPICER -- Damage, estimated at $1,000, to a soda vending machine was reported around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday along Manitoba Street

ID Theft

WILLMAR -- A 39-year-old woman reported a case of identity theft around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jose Luis Sanchez Vazquez, 42, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional felonies for aggravated forgery and check forgery, plus a gross misdemeanor for giving a peace officer a false name, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced April 6. He is also known as Carlos Javier Abril Grajales.

The charges were filed after a Willmar Police officer was called to the local branch of Wells Fargo around 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10 on a report of a person using a false identification card.

A bank employee informed the officer that a person had presented himself as Grajales and tried to cash a $1,000 check with a state identification card in the Grajales name. However, a teller had determined that the ID card was fake and confronted the man, who was identified as Sanchez Vazquez. He was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. In an interview, he admitted he received the ID card in the mail from someone and that his real name is Sanchez Vazquez.

- Santiago Reyes, 53, of Willmar, was ordered Monday to serve 21 months in prison on a third-degree controlled substance charge for receiving a shipment of 15 pounds of marijuana in October 20006.

The sentence, originally handed down in March 2007, was executed at Reyes' request. He was given credit for 107 days already served and ordered to pay his remaining fines and court fees with his prison earnings.

Court files show that Reyes has committed at least three probation violations, including positive tests for drugs, since his sentencing.

Charges were filed after CEE-VI agents were notified Sept. 30, 2006, by Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension authorities about a package containing 15 pounds of marijuana.

The package was confiscated at the airport but was en route to a David Uribe in Willmar.

The task force arranged for the package to be delivered Oct. 2 by undercover agents. The package was accepted and signed for by a Gabriel Moreno Bazaldua, 37, of Willmar. Shortly after the package was delivered, task force agents searched the house. The box was found locked in a bedroom closet.

The bedroom was later determined to belong to Reyes. Other drug-related material was found in the home as well.

Reyes came home during the search and was questioned by authorities. He told agents that he was the only one with a key to the lock on the closet. He denied selling marijuana or knowing David Uribe -- the name to whom the package was addressed.

The complaint states that Bazaldua later admitted that Reyes had asked him to wait at the home for the package and to lock it in the closet. Bazaldua pleaded guilty to an amended fifth-degree controlled substance charge Dec. 7 stemming from the same incident.