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This is the records summary for June 26


WILLMAR -- A New London woman was injured Thursday evening in a two-vehicle accident in Willmar.

Gwen Marlys Ruchti, 72, was the driver of a vehicle that rear-ended another vehicle on North Business 71 near the traffic lights at Civic Center Drive.

According to the police report, Ruchti was going south on Highway 71 just before 6 p.m. and was in the process of slowing down for a red light when she struck the rear of vehicle driven by Randy James Silver, 47, of Glenwood, that was also slowing down for the light. Two other south-bound vehicles that were already stopped at the intersection were not affected by the crash.

Ruchti, who was alone in the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to Rice Hospital where she was treated and released.

Silver and two passengers, Elizabeth Ann Silver, 23, of Glenwood and John Valentine Silver, 57, of Tracy had possible injuries but were not transported to the hospital.

Car fire

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Fire Department responded to a car fire Thursday in the 900 block of South First Street near Subway. Crews were on scene for about 15 minutes.

Juvenile issues

WILLMAR -- While conducting extra patrol early Friday at a city park where there has been recent vandalism, police had contact with a half-dozen juveniles, including one who was cited for giving a false name to an officer. The incident was reported at 2:48 a.m. at Eighth Street and Lake Avenue. The youth involved were between the ages of 14 to 18.

WILLMAR -- Juveniles are suspected in an incident of fireworks being shot off and flour dumped on two vehicles in the 1000 block of Southwest Fourth Street. That incident was reported at 8:05 a.m. Friday.

WILLMAR -- Police were called to a report of a fight at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 900 block of Southeast Fourth Street. Three juveniles were located who said they were "just messing around."

WILLMAR -- Three juveniles were located in the 900 block of Southeast 20th Avenue at 12:30 p.m. after an individual reported that people were peeking into a bedroom window. Footprints and bike tracks were seen near the house.


NEW LONDON -- Vandalism and the theft of an air compressor was reported at a farm in the 4000 block of 165th Avenue Northwest. The incident was reported at 10:41 a.m. Friday.

WILLMAR -- A clothes dryer and cable television control box were reported stolen from a garage sale in the 600 block of Southeast Becker Avenue at 11:23 a.m. Friday.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Darryl Woods, 46, of Redwood Falls, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of harassment for allegedly harassing a woman for more than two years.

Unconditional bail was set at $6,000. Conditional release was allowed on his personal recognizance, pr-ovided Woods has no contact with the woman, her home, work or day care. His next appearance is July 6.

Woods also faces a gross misdemeanor harassment charge in the case.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was called to the northwest quadrant on March 18 on a report that Woods was harassing the woman by following her as she picked up her children from day care. The officer located Woods' vehicle and stopped it. Woods told the officer he was driving around and had visited a friend in Willmar, but could not name the friend.

On March 24, a harassment restraining order was granted and prohibited Woods from contact with the woman. That same day, he appeared at the county courthouse, wanting to report that the woman was harassing him. He said he had been following her because she owed him money. Woods was advised to report the information to law enforcement.

The detective on the case reviewed incident reports and was unable to locate any report made by Woods on that date.

The subsequent investigation revealed that Woods allegedly had been following the woman as she went about her business, repeatedly asking her out on dates, frequenting the restaurant she worked at, flagging her down on the street, following her as she dropped her children at school and day care and lurking in the street near her home. The woman told police she had changed her work hours and looks around before going shopping because of his actions.

Woods was interviewed and said he saw her a few times over several years, that he didn't want to be seen with her, but that she owes him $500, which he'd given her over a period of time. He denied going to the restaurant where she worked.

Another woman was interviewed and allegedly told officers that Woods was calling, following and bugging the woman. She said he said that he doesn't know why he follows her, but that he gets a rush from it.

n Paul Gonzales, Jr., 40, of Pennock, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of third-degree assault for allegedly breaking a woman's nose during a domestic incident last month.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. Conditional bail was allowed for $1,000. His next appearance is July 6.

Gonzales also faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called around 6:30 a.m. May 28 to a home in Pennock. A woman there reported that she and Gonzales had argued the night before and that he'd hit her nose with his elbow. She stated he also punched, pushed and shoved her during the prolonged argument. The woman had both old and new bruises on her arms, face and chest. She also had a cast on her arm and wrist that she said was from a previous domestic incident with Gonzales. Blood was also on her shirt

Officers interviewed Gonzales, who said the woman started the argument and had hit him. He had a bruise on his face and blood on his shirt, which he said came from a bloody nose inflicted by the woman's cast. He denied hitting her.

The next day, the woman went to a local clinic, where doctors determined that her nose was broken.

- Michael Keith Grandt, 28, of Hurley, Wis. and formerly of Spicer, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for possessing saws allegedly stolen from a Spicer business.

Unconditional bail was set at $5,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next court date is Aug. 28.

According to the complaint, on Oct. 16, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called to Spicer Power Sports in response to a burglary report. The business had been burglarized, with 20 or more chainsaws, concrete saws, blades and other materials missing. Included in the missing items was two Stihl cutoff saws, valued at $905 and $1,065, and a chainsaw valued at $267.96.

On Dec. 21, the sheriff's office was notified that Grandt had pawned a chainsaw at a St. Cloud pawn shop. The man at the pawn shop said Grandt had offered a chop saw to pawn, but he hadn't completed the deal because the value was too high. The model and serial number of the saw matched the one stolen from the power shop.

On Dec. 28, personnel at Spicer Power notified the sheriff's office that two saws had been returned and had been left outside of the business. Those model and serial numbers also matched.

When interviewed by a detective, Grandt said he bought the saws for $100 from "a couple of Mexicans" in Willmar and had returned the saws when told by a neighbor that they had been reported as stolen. When confronted about the pawn shop information, he allegedly changed his story to include three saws bought from the Mexican men. The next day, numerous items were turned over to the sheriff's office from a local law office. The items were determined to be stolen from Spicer Power Sports.

- Rikki Jo Monson, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud for using a relative's credit card for more than $13,000 in fraudulent purchases, including a trip to Las Vegas.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level. Monson agreed to pay restitution.

The charge was filed after a man reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office that Monson had made fraudulent charges on his credit card after he'd given her his card information to make a legitimate purchase for him. He said the charges included a trip to Las Vegas.

When interviewed, Monson admitted to taking the credit card number and expiration date and then booking all the expenses for her and three others to go to Vegas. The cost of the trip was $9,331.58.

Investigators questioned the three others who went on the trip. They said that Monson told them she'd either gotten money from a relative or an inheritance to pay for the trip.

Other charges, for gas, food, clothing, tickets and home improvement supplies, all purchased in the Willmar area, were also made on the card. The total amount of purchases was $4,082.29.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Alejandro Navarro, Willmar; Gloria Hilda Garcia, Willmar

Kirk Howard Darling, St. Paul; Kjersten Joy Karlsgodt, Atwater

Alexander Bruce Torkelson, Bird Island; Jena Rae Cofer, Prinsburg

Aaron Mark Ziemer, New London; Jennifer Marie Schick, New London

Adam Richard Schmidt, Kerkhoven; Kristin Beth Sundin, Kerkhoven

Carl Raymond Douglass III, Willmar; Karen Renee Gerschutz, Willmar

Bryan Lynn Henslin, Raymond; Jennifer Ann Leyse, Granite Falls

David John Pierce, Pennock, Krista Marie Paumen, Pennock

Casey Erwin Johnson, Willmar; Bridget Ashley Coit, Willmar