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Records, April 11



WILLMAR -- A 27-year old Willmar woman was cited for theft Thursday after taking undetermined merchandise from Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1301 10th St. S.E.

Marijuana at Junior High

WILLMAR -- A 14-year-old male was cited for possession of marijuana and for disorderly conduct at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Willmar Junior High. The teen resisted apprehension, according to Willmar police, and a second officer was called in to assist. The boy was later released to his mother.


PENNOCK -- A home on Charlene Avenue was broken into and ransacked and a Social Security card was reported stolen. The incident was reported at 7:50 p.m. Thursday. A juvenile suspect has been identified.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Daniel Miguel Villarreal, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation, plus two other misdemeanor charges, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 26.

The charges were filed after a Willmar police officer was called around 6:15 p.m. Jan. 10 to a home along the 1400 block of Lakeland Drive Northeast. A woman reported she was pushed and choked multiple times by Villarreal, who she said had been drinking. The officer observed abrasions and bruising on the woman and glass from a smashed table in the home.

Villarreal was arrested at another home, admitted to drinking eight beers and allegedly admitted he was guilty and would take full responsibility for his actions.

Ben Frank Christianson, 30, of Spicer, formerly of Blomkest, pleaded guilty Thursday to a gross misdemeanor charge of being an ineligible person possessing firearms.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge for possessing a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime, and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia will be dismissed.

The charges were filed after the CEE-VI Drug Task Force executed a search warrant Sept. 25 at a residence that Christianson shared with his girlfriend. The search uncovered several glass bowls and pipes commonly used for smoking methamphetamine and marijuana; marijuana residue; a youth model Winchester 12-gauge shotgun and a .45-caliber black powder rifle.

Sometime after the search, the defendant contacted a drug enforcement agent and told him that the seized materials belonged to him and not his girlfriend and that he used the glass bowls to smoke drugs. He said the shotgun had been given to him by his father when he was young and he was giving it to the son of his girlfriend.

Court records show that Christianson has a prior conviction for burglary in the third degree and that the terms of his sentence prohibit him from possessing firearms.

* Kevin Laquan Benton, 21, of Minneapolis and currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of seconddegree assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly hitting another jail inmate in the head with a broom.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is April 20.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff 's deputy was called around 12:15 a.m. Sunday to investigate an assault at the jail.

Video footage showed Benton picking up a broom and then hitting another person in the head with it. The man was seated at a table at the time. It took 17 stitches to close the gash left in his head. Benton was interviewed and allegedly admitted he hit the man with the broom because he was bothering him.

* Lazaro Vera Ruiz, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on two felony charges of aggravated forgery for using another man's name.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. He is also known as Wilson Javier Cruz Mulet and his next court appearance is April 20.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police detective met Tuesday with agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding an individual who had been served, by the local police, with a subpoena from Puerto Rico. The person was identified as Cruz Mulet through his work history at Jennie-O Turkey Store. The man had contacted a special agent and claimed he was not Cruz Mulet.

Investigators contacted Jennie-O officials and received copies of the man's employment documents and his identification and Social Security information.

On Thursday, officers went to the Jennie-O plant and arrested the man, who identified himself as Ruiz. He was interviewed at the jail, and allegedly admitted that he came to the U.S. from Mexico to work, was here illegally, bought his papers in Willmar and signed the employment documents in the false name.

*Jose Diaz Guzman, 29, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on eight felony charges of aggravated forgery and forgery.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is April 20. Guzman is also known as Adiel Lopez-Rosario.

According to the complaint, Willmar police interviewed a man, identified as Lopez-Rosario, on Tuesday in the county jail. He had been detained on an arrest warrant from Maryland as a fugitive from justice. During the interview, the man said his name was Guzman and that he was born in Honduras, came to Willmar to work for Jennie-O and used the Lopez-Rosario name to work. He had also applied for an instruction permit under the false name.

He had a state instruction permit card, identification card and Jennie-O identification card in the Lopez-Rosario name. The investigation also included receiving employment documents from Jennie-O signed in the false name in February 2008 and state Department of Motor Vehicles check that showed the ID and instruction permit in the Lopez-Rosario name, but with Guzman's photo.

*Dustin Roy Hentges, 24, of Bird Island, made his first appearance Friday on felony charges of first-degree attempted sale of 10 grams or more of a controlled substance and theft, for allegedly attempting to sell 14 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant and then running away with the money.

Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 with conditional bail set at $20,000. His next appearance is April 20.

According to the complaint, as part of an ongoing investigation, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent was contacted Wednesday by a confidential informant who said Hentges offered to sell him one-half ounce of meth for $1,250.

The informant was searched and provided with $1,250 in task force funds for the purchase. The informant met Hentges in a parking lot, drove around for a bit and then surveillance officers observed him leave the car, go around a building and get into another vehicle. That vehicle was stopped nearby and the officers found the $1,250 in task force funds. Hentges was identified as a passenger in the vehicle.

Afterward, the informant said that he gave Hentges the money, and then Hentges said he didn't have the meth, that it was in a nearby building or vehicle. He had the informant drive around the parking lot and then got out of the vehicle and ran away.

The driver of the other vehicle was interviewed, said Hentges called him for a ride from Willmar to Clara City. He said they stopped in Willmar and that he suspected something was going on, but that he wanted to abandon Hentges. He said Hentges jumped into his moving vehicle, freaked out and said something about "cops" but didn't tell him anything else.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Franklin Kyle Hayes, Alexandria, Va.; Charnelle Brion Hayhurst, Willmar

Brett Matthew Lauer, Willmar; Marissa Joy Roelofs, Willmar

Emin Oswaldo Rodriguez, Willmar; Jennifer Mellonie Rodriguez, Willmar

Brian Travis McDowell, Willmar; Pamela Jean Kraus, Willmar

Scott Kristian Bjornson, Atwater; Lisa Jeanne Heckman, Atwater

Santos Pena Reyes, Willmar; Angelica Lauriano, Willmar