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Records, April 25

Rural Kimball farm buildings lost in fire

KIMBALL -- A machine shed, hay barn, milking parlor and silos were damaged by fire Thursday at the rural Kimball farmstead of Duane Edward Holker.

According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Mike Hirman, the Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Holker place around 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The Dassel, Kimball, Watkins and Litchfield fire departments were called to fight the blaze.

The responding deputy arrived to find multiple buildings on fire. Holker's son had been cutting metal in the shed when sparks ignited the fire and then the wind carried the fire to the other buildings. Estimate damage is believed to be more than $120,000.

Unusual ditch garbage

KANDIYOHI -- Two wheelchairs and an oven were found thrown in a ditch on a township road south of Kandiyohi. The incident was reported at 2 p.m. Thursday on 30th Avenue and 105th Street Southeast.

Child bitten by dog

WILLMAR -- A 3-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a dog at 9:38 p.m. Thursday at Regency West Apartments. The child was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital.

Domestic assault

WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar man was arrested Thursday evening for domestic assault and for interfering with a 911 call. The alleged victim was a 39-year-old woman.


WILLMAR -- An individual from St. Joseph told Willmar police on Friday that they suspected a Willmar man of taking $50,000 to $150,000 for a business venture and instead leaving the area and spending the money on other things.

WILLMAR -- Menards of Willmar reported the theft of a dog shock collar at 9:42 a.m. Friday. The item was valued at $190.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Victor Hugo Herrera, 31, of Austin, was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation and a $50 fine on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges for aggravated forgery were dismissed. He was also ordered to serve 22 days in the county jail, with credit for 22 days already served, and to cooperate with agents from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The charges were filed after April 3, when a Willmar police detective began investigating the identity of a person who had been arrested on a warrant and appeared in district court on a 2005 case with the name of Buck Barrera. A probation officer assigned to the case identified the man who appeared in court as a different person than the man charged in that case.

A review of Department of Motor Vehicles photo identification showed that Barrera was someone else until 2005. In 2007, the photo on the identification was that of Herrera.

Herrera was interviewed at the county jail with the assistance of an interpreter. He identified himself as Herrera and gave an Austin address. However, a Quality Pork Processors ID card in his wallet was issued in the Barrera name with Herrera's phone.

He had signed several court documents and jail documents in the Barrera name after being arrested on a warrant during a traffic stop by a state trooper.

* Jaime J. Gonzalez, 35, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of domestic assault by strangulation for allegedly choking a woman while he argued with her over a cell phone.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 with conditional bail at $1,000. His next appearance is May 4. He also faces a gross misdemeanor charge for interfering with a 911 call and misdemeanor domestic assault and assault charges.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called to a home in Regency West around 11 a.m. Thursday for a 911 hang up. The responding officers found Gonzalez and a woman arguing and separated them. The woman said that she and Gonzalez had argued over a cell phone, that he threatened her with a glass ashtray and prevented her from calling 911 with the only working phone in the house by knocking it out of her hands. She also said they had argued the night before and that he had held her down and choked her until a friend came by and intervened.

Gonzalez was also interviewed and said they had argued, but that the altercation had never turned physical.

All items are taken from public documents at county courthouses and from law enforcement agencies.

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