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This is the records summary for Dec. 31.


WILLMAR -- The theft of $153.53 in groceries was reported around 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Cub Foods, 2201 First St. S. The theft allegedly happened on Dec. 23

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Michael Rivera, 35, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on two felony charges of driving while impaired.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Jan. 10.

Rivera also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancelation - inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor charge of fleeing an officer on foot.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police officer was on patrol around 1:25 a.m. Wednesday along Lakeland Drive. The officer stopped at the intersection with Highway 12 and noticed a vehicle with a headlamp out on the driver's side. The officer followed the car and stopped it along Eighth Avenue Southeast.

The driver identified himself as Rivera and allegedly ran from the vehicle as the officer was returning to the squad car to check his driver's license status. The officer caught Rivera after a short foot chase and while walking him back to the squad, noticed alcohol on his breath.

Rivera was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where a breath test showed a blood alcohol concentration of 0.09. A check of records showed that Rivera's license was listed as driving after cancelation - inimical to public safety and that he has three prior DWI convictions in November 2009, May 2007 and March 2005, all in Kandiyohi County.

- Corey James Fordham, 16, of Spicer, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of probation and 40 hours of community service on a felony charge of second-degree assault.

He was also ordered to attend counseling, take his medications as prescribed and write a letter of apology.

He received a stay of adjudication on his sentence. Under the stay, no conviction will appear on his record. Felony matters against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

As part of a plea agreement reached Nov. 23, two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

The charges were filed after May 26, when a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy, working as the school resource officer at New London-Spicer High School, was called to the emotional behavioral disability classroom. A teacher reported that two students had been involved in an incident that involved a student hitting Fordham with a hat, the two fighting and shoving each other around. The incident had ended with Fordham getting an aluminum bat out of a locker and chasing the other student out of the classroom with the bat.

Fordham said the other student hit him with the hat, which upset him, so he took an item from the other student and wouldn't return it, which caused an altercation between the students. He refused to say what had happened after the altercation.

The other student admitted hitting Fordham with the hat and struggling over the item. He said Fordham cussed him, got the bat and that he heard him swing the bat as he was leaving the room. The student said he saw fearful expressions on other people's faces as Fordham swung the bat. Security video confirmed that Fordham swung the bat as the other student left the room.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Peter Leroy Schreiner, Blomkest; Jewels Deva Hennessey, Willmar

Kurt Lee Johnson, Willmar; Tera Sue Berg, Willmar