Weather Forecast



This is the records summary for April 23.


WILLMAR -- Three people were treated at Rice Memorial Hospital and released after a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening in southeast Willmar.

Vehicles driven by Kelly Ann Sing, 42, of Willmar and Chelsey Jayne Hamann, 19, of Willmar collided at the intersection of Sixth Street Southeast and Augusta Avenue Southeast shortly before 8:30 p.m. The 1998 Jeep Cherokee driven by Hamann rolled after the impact.

Sing was uninjured.

Hamann was transported to Rice by Willmar Ambulance. Two passengers in her vehicle, Mariah Hamann, 14, and Chelsey Stang, 18, were transported by vehicle.

According to the Willmar Police accident report, all the drivers and passengers were wearing seat belts, and no airbags deployed.


WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar woman reported at 1:42 a.m. Friday that her $200 smart phone had been stolen from her back pocket while she was at the Green Mill in Willmar.

The woman told authorities that she had called her phone, and a man answered it. She reported the stolen phone to her carrier, and the company shut it off. The woman said she also had to delete harassing messages that had been posted to Facebook from the phone.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Christopher Alen Geer, Willmar; Casidy Lynn Holwerda, Willmar

Mark Robert Skindelien, New London; Danielle Nichole Swanson, New London

Daniel Luverne Brink, Blomkest; Lucy Elizabeth Madsen, Spicer

Chad Donald Powers, Spicer; Erin Elizabeth Madsen, Spicer

Chris Willard Hofstad, New London; Nicole Lee Downs, Lake Elmo


records crime

This is the records summary for April 25.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Ruby Tello, 25, of Willmar, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony first-degree damage to property charge for allegedly using a beer bottle and hammer to smash and ex-boyfriend's windshield and for smashing electronic items.

She was released on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is May 2.

Tello also faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge, for allegedly hitting the man in the arm with a beer bottle.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called on March 28 to a home in the southwest side of the city regarding a domestic incident. A man reported that Tello had just damaged his vehicle and property. He said that she'd gotten very upset when he refused to resume a relationship with her and hit him and the windshield of his vehicle with a beer bottle, then smashed a television into the vehicle. The TV then fell on the ground. She also threw a stereo to the ground before taking out a hammer and striking the windshield twice. She allegedly said to the man that she didn't "give a (expletive) if I go to jail."

The estimate to repair the damage was $1,425.

n John Kenneth Vanstrom, 51, of East Gull Lake, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of theft by swindle for allegedly taking $1,977 from local building contractors for advertising in a publication that was never published.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is May 9.

According to the complaint, on Dec. 9, 2009, the owner of a masonry business reported to the sheriff's office that Vanstrom had approached him regarding advertising in a builder's connection publication. The business owner paid $559 for the advertising. He later learned that Vanstrom was being investigated by the Better Business Bureau and attempted to stop payment on the check, but it had already been paid by the bank.

The investigation connected local detectives to Brown County, where an investigation revealed numerous similar victims in southern Minnesota. In addition, two other Kandiyohi County businesses had paid $859 and $559 to Vanstrom in November 2009.

In February 2010, the Kandiyohi County and Brown County investigators interviewed Vanstrom. He claimed the transactions had not yet been processed and the builder's publication was projected to be completed in February or March 2010.

Investigators also interviewed Vanstrom's wife, who claimed a Wisconsin printer was working with them. Officials with the printing company told investigators they didn't want to renew business relationships with Vanstrom.

In March, investigators interviewed the graphic artist that Vanstrom said he was working with. The artist said he'd talked with Vanstrom in a generic way about a New Ulm and Rochester area publication, but no Kandiyohi County or Willmar publication was discussed.

According to court records, Vanstrom also faces a theft by swindle charge in Brown County.

- Lionel Lopez, 27, currently in the Kandiyohi County Jail, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge for violating an domestic assault no-contact order.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is May 2.

According to the complaint, jail officials reported an attempted violation of a no-contact order to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office on April 7. A postcard, written by Lopez to a woman asked the woman to pass a message on to another woman. A no-contact order barring Lopez from any contact, direct or indirect, was issued March 8.

When interviewed, Lopez allegedly admitted that he wrote the postcard, asked the woman to pass on the message and that he had been served a copy of the no-contact order.

Lopez has been convicted of domestic assault in October 2006 and September 2010.

- Benito Sanchez, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

He will be sentenced June 9.

The charge was filed after Willmar Police detective began investigating a sexual assault on Feb. 16. The report included that a now-16-year-old girl had a baby born in January 2010 and Sanchez was the father of the child. The child was conceived when the girl was 14 and Sanchez was 19 years old.

Both were interviewed and Sanchez admitted he was the father of the child. A paternity test showed that it is 99.99 percent likely that Sanchez is the father. In January 2011, he was adjudicated as the father in a family court case.

- Tracy Elizabeth Riederer, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale for selling marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

She will be sentenced May 24.

The charge was filed after the informant purchased a ½ ounce of marijuana from Riederer for $80 on Nov. 4. She was arrested after a search warrant was served on her home, on the southeast side of town on Feb. 17. The search revealed marijuana and paraphernalia.