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This is the records summary for Oct. 10.

Rollover near Sacred Heart under investigation; driver ejected from vehicle

OLIVIA -- A one-vehicle rollover crash reported around 7:10 p.m. Monday north of Sacred Heart is under investigation by the Renville County Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Maria Dejesus Gonzalez, 31, of rural Sacred Heart, was traveling westbound on County Road 11 near County Road 9 when her vehicle entered the westbound ditch. She attempted to regain control of the 2004 Ford Expedition before the vehicle entered the eastbound ditch and rolled.

Gonzalez was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was transported by the Renville Ambulance Service to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Also responding were the Sacred Heart Police Department, Sacred Heart MRU and Willmar Ambulance Service.

Meeker County participating in

seat belt patrols

LITCHFIELD -- The Meeker County Sheriff's Office will be among nearly 400 state law enforcement agencies increasing patrols from Oct. 12 to 26 to encourage motorists to buckle up.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin announced the extra patrols Tuesday. The campaign also includes enforcement of the state's child passenger safety law, which requires the use of booster seats from age 4 until children are 4 feet 9 inches tall or at least age 8.

In the last three years on Minnesota roads, 377 unbuckled motorists were killed in crashes. Of those killed 41 percent were motorists ages 16 to 18. In Meeker County during this time period, 13 unbelted motorists were killed and 15 were seriously injured.


WILLMAR -- A man reported he'd been assaulted by three men around 3:30 p.m. Monday. The incident allegedly happened around 2:30 a.m. along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest.


WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault and criminal damage to property around 1:20 p.m. Monday along the 6500 block of First Avenue West.

Property damage

NEW LONDON -- Damage to a door and the theft of a speaker/amp was reported around 3:25 p.m. Monday along Third Avenue Southeast.


WILLMAR -- The theft of scrap metal was reported around 9:50 a.m. Monday at Willmar Senior High School, 2701 30th St. N.E.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Billy Jo Brian Vanzandt, 32, of Minneapolis, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison on a felony charge of check forgery for writing more than $7,000 in bad checks on another man's account.

Vanzandt was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and $7,765 in restitution. He was given credit for 71 days already served.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for check forgery was dismissed.

The charges were filed after Willmar Police were called on Oct. 5, 2011, to investigate a check forgery. A man reported that he'd been notified by a check cashing business that checks had been written on insufficient funds on his checking account. The man said he'd not used the account for some time and suspected his roommate, Vanzandt, at Becker House in Willmar.

The investigation revealed that eight checks had been written in September and October on the account for a total of $7,025, all to Billy Vanzandt. The check cashing business turned over the identification, of Vanzandt, used in each of the transactions.

- Sarah Faith Briggs, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, 82 days in jail and a $500 fine on a felony charge of terroristic threats for threatening a man's life in July.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of second-degree assault and two misdemeanors for domestic assault were dismissed.

The charges were filed after July 20, when Willmar police officers were called to a residence in the southeast quadrant of the city just after midnight on a domestic incident. A man reported Briggs was upset with him over a pornographic email he had received and that she had accused him of cheating on her. She flushed a ring he had given her down the toilet and he began putting her property outside the home. The man said that Briggs locked him out of the home and that he broke down the door to get back inside.

The man also reported that Briggs had pressed a 13-inch kitchen knife against him and threatened him with the knife before punching him in the face and wrestling on the floor with him.

- Jarod Jeffrey Hennen, 23, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of first-degree witness tampering for allegedly breaking the windshield of a car belonging to a man who cooperated with a drug investigation.

Unconditional bail was set at $15,000. His next appearance is Oct. 15.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called around 11:15 p.m. Sept. 29 regarding a case of vehicle damage in Kandiyohi. The person reporting the damage said they were following the suspect in a silver car to Willmar.

The car went to a home along Quincy Avenue Southwest, where deputies met the man reporting the incident. The man said he had aided the Stearns County Sheriff's office in a drug task force investigation into the sale of marijuana. Hennen was charged with felony fifth-degree sale charges as a result of the investigation.

Hennen was located at the residence and initially denied breaking the man's windshield. A witness told deputies Hennen did the damage and he then admitted to the vandalism. He said he used a tire iron to break the windshield.

- Chase David Frieze, 18, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of representing a non-controlled substance as a narcotic for selling pills to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Frieze also pleaded guilty, in a juvenile case, to an amended charge of fifth-degree drug possession for selling Vicodin pills to a CEEVI Drug Task Force informant. As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from third-degree.

He will be sentenced Nov. 14.

Frieze and Dillon Wolfgang Nazarenus, 17, of Spicer, were charged after the Feb. 8, when they sold 9 pills that they said were Vyvanse, an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication and Schedule II narcotic, to the informant on Feb. 8 at the Nest Lake boat access. The pills turned out to be diet pills.

Nazarenus was sentenced to six months of probation and 40 hours of community service on the same felony charge.

The third-degree sale charge was filed after Frieze sold the pills to the informant for $30 at the Nest Lake boat access on Nov. 29. The pills are a Schedule II narcotic.

- Jesus Sanchez III, 27, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale for possessing 170 grams of marijuana with intent to sell the drugs.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional charges of felony fifth-degree possession and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia will be dismissed.

He will be sentenced on Nov. 6.

The charges were filed after March 30 when CEE-VI Drug Task Force members performed a garbage search at an apartment in the 1300 block of Gorton Avenue Northwest. They found items associated with drug use and were granted a search warrant.

The warrant was executed on April 3. Agents entered the apartment and took Sanchez into custody. He admitted to selling marijuana from the apartment, that he sells about one-half pound of marijuana per week and that he had used cocaine in the past, most recently a month ago.

The search of the apartment revealed the 170.29 grams of marijuana, $952 in cash, gallon bags of marijuana and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.