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Man arrested after entering Atwater home

ATWATER -- A 28-year-old Litchfield man was arrested around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called to a home along the 400 block of North Garfield Street on a burglary-in-progress call. The caller reported she suspected someone was in the home because it appeared a seldom-used bathroom had been used.

According to Sheriff Dan Hartog, the man was in them home when he was arrested and the resident was not harmed, nothing was missing or damaged. The man believed he was in someone else's home, Hartog said. Alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

The man is expected to be charged with trespassing.

Theft by change-making scam in Bird Island

BIRD ISLAND -- A theft at the Bird Island Bottle Shoppe was reported around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday to the Renville County Sheriff's Department.

The report stated that two black men entered the store; one man paced the aisles while the other made a small purchase at the counter. The man at the counter distracted the clerk by continually making change into smaller bills. The men left with approximately $100 more than when they entered the store.

The men are believed to be driving a gray colored Cadillac Deville.

This incident is currently under investigation by several agencies. Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Renville County Sheriff's Department at 320-523-1161.


SPICER -- The theft of a ring was reported around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday along Miller Street.


WILLMAR -- A woman reported she had been assaulted around 1 a.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

WILLMAR -- A woman reported she had been assaulted around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 400 block of Benson Avenue Southwest.

Fire call

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department was called around 5 p.m. Tuesday to a gas leak at an apartment along the 300 block of Fourth Street Southwest. The stove, which was leaking gas, was shut off and the apartment ventilated after a dog in the apartment was secured into a bathroom by police officers.

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Kandiyohi County

- Gerardo Cory Lopez, 34, who is in the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St. Cloud, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree drug sale charge for selling methamphetamine to an informant last August.

Under a plea agreement, he will serve a 111-month sentence concurrently with his current 11-year sentence for another second-degree drug sale charge for selling meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on Aug. 13, 2009, and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. He will be sentenced May 10.

The charge was filed after a confidential informant arranged on Aug. 11 to buy 10.2 grams of meth for $700 from Lopez, and Daniel Sanchez, 28, of Willmar. The deal was conducted in a parking lot near the Willow Run apartment complex, along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The informant positively identified both men in photo line-ups provided by police. The meth was tested by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as 9.6 grams.

Sanchez also faces a second-degree drug sale charge, and his next appearance is an April 13 omnibus hearing.

- Maria Concepcion Rivera, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of aggravated forgery for using another woman's identification.

Under a plea agreement, another aggravated forgery charge will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April 15.

The charges were filed after March 10, when a Willmar police officer received information from officials at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant that a deputy had been to the plant to serve legal papers on Rivera in a domestic case. A county detective had interviewed Rivera earlier in connection to the case and she had allegedly admitted to using the identification of Teresa Perez for work. An investigation revealed that the photo on the driver's license issued to Perez was Rivera and that she had signed several employment documents in the Perez name. She was arrested on March 11.

- Shannon Dee Hargues, 44, of Raymond, made her first appearance Friday on a second-degree assault charge for allegedly assaulting a woman with a knife during the early morning hours of March 18.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $50,000. Hargues' next appearance is March 29. She also faces a misdemeanor property damage charge for allegedly breaking a window.

According to the complaint, three Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called to a home along Third Avenue in Raymond on a report of a threatening person. A woman there reported that Hargues had been carrying on outside of the home, beating on the side of the house, and that she broke a window in the kitchen area. The woman said that she had told Hargues to leave, had gone outside with a baseball bat, and that Hargues had told her she was going to cut her, displayed a knife and then took a swing at her with the weapon.

A knife was located by deputies near the kitchen window.

When interviewed, Hargues said that the woman had attempted to pay back a loan from her with drugs instead of money and that the woman had come after her with a baseball bat.