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This is the records summary for July 17.

Owner had been woodworking in

garage just before Sunday afternoon fire

WILLMAR -- The owner of a garage that burned Sunday afternoon north of Willmar had been in the building working on a wood carving project just prior to the blaze.

According to Spicer Fire Department Chief Mike Holme, Barry Schanbachler was in the garage only about 10 minutes before firefighters were notified that a garage along 66th Avenue Northeast was fully engulfed.

The late afternoon fire destroyed the garage, tools and wood carvings and caused both interior and exterior damage to the nearby home, Holme said. The blaze also melted the vinyl siding on a neighboring garage.

No one was injured in the fire. Also responding were the Willmar and New London fire departments, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squad and Willmar Ambulance Service.

Porch fire in Willmar caused by carelessly discarded cigarette, fire chief says use caution

WILLMAR -- Due to dry conditions, the Willmar Fire Chief is urging citizens to use extreme caution when using cigarettes or fireworks or having recreational fires.

The warning from Fire Chief Marv Calvin comes after the fire department responded Sunday afternoon to a fire caused by the careless discarding of a cigarette.

According to Calvin, a homeowner discarded a cigarette Sunday afternoon and the cigarette started a fire under a porch at 423 Fourth St. S.E. An alert neighbor put the fire out with an extinguisher and the responding firefighters made sure the blaze hadn't entered the structure of the home. The fire was reported around 3:40 p.m. Sunday.

The house is still habitable, Calvin said, but the homeowner will need to make repairs to the porch.

Blaze burns unoccupied trailer in Regency East

WILLMAR -- An unoccupied trailer home was completely burned by a fire that was reported around 12:45 a.m. Monday at Regency Estates East, 1400 Lakeland Dr. N.E.

According to Fire Chief Marv Calvin, the first police officers on the scene found the fire coming through the roof and windows of the home. By the time firefighters arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed. All that remains of the trailer is the frame.

The utilities to the residence had been shut off and city building inspector had deemed that the home needed to be removed, Calvin said. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Man arrested for fleeing police, motor vehicle theft early Monday morning

SPICER -- A 25-year-old man was arrested on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and motor vehicle theft just after midnight Monday along Highway 23 near the intersection with Agnes Street.

The vehicle had been reported stolen around 11:30 p.m. Sunday from along the 700 block of First Street South. According to Willmar Police, the person who stole the vehicle was known to the owner and is suspected of taking a set of keys to the vehicle.

The arrest came after a pursuit involving Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office deputies.


LAKE LILLIAN -- The burglary of a cabin was reported around 8 a.m. Monday along the 8600 block of 123rd Avenue Southeast.

WILLMAR -- The theft of electronic items was reported around 6 p.m. Sunday along the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast.


SPICER -- A 59-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and speeding around 6 a.m. Monday along the 300 block of Lake Avenue South.

SPICER -- A 32-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety around 2:30 p.m. Sunday along Access Drive.

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old man was arrested for trespassing around 1 a.m. Monday at Rice Memorial Hospital, 301 Becker Ave. S.W.


BELGRADE -- A case of debit card fraud was reported around 12:15 p.m. Sunday along the 29000 block of 145th Street Northeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- Damage to a television cable was reported around 7 a.m. Monday along the 400 block of 16th Street Southeast.

WILLMAR -- Two reports of damage to vehicles were reported around 6:20 and 7 a.m. Monday along the 200 block of Benson Avenue Southeast. The reports included a broken vehicle window and spray-painted graffiti on a vehicle.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle was reported around 5:50 a.m. Monday along the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast.

WILLMAR -- Damage to a vehicle when someone attempted to break into the vehicle was reported around 5:15 p.m. Sunday along the 1000 block of Hill Road Southwes.t


WILLMAR -- The theft of items from a vehicle was reported around 6 p.m. Sunday along the 900 block of First Street South.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jaime Escobedo Valadez, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 12 months and one day in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 102 days in the county jail and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession was dismissed. Valadez was given credit for 102 days already served an order to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and not use or possess drugs or alcohol.

The charges were filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent received information that Valadez had guns in the home and was using drugs. A search of his criminal history showed a felony conviction for drugs in Texas.

Agents were granted a search warrant, which was executed around 4 a.m. March 6 along the 400 block of 30th Avenue Northwest. Valadez and Tiffany Kaye Reyna, 29, were in the home with four juveniles, one who was wanted on a warrant and taken to Prairie Lakes Detention Center.

Reyna has since pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree controlled substance charge in the case.

Agents found unsafe conditions in the home, including holes in the flooring, exposed wiring and plumbing, the gas line disconnected from the stove, no food in the fridge and garbage and food on the floor. Kandiyohi County Family Services was called and released the other three children to a relative.

Also located in the search were drug pipes, one with meth residue, and a marijuana cigarette butt.