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This is the records summary for Aug. 7.

Granite Falls woman hurt in Highway 23 crash

HANLEY FALLS — A 30-year-old Granite Falls woman was taken to Avera Marshall Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 1:20 p.m. Tuesday along State Highway 23.

According to the State Patrol, Emily R. Peterson was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer that was westbound on the highway and collided with a 1999 Ford driven by John W. Murphy, 53, of Hanley Falls. Murphy was westbound and preparing to turn onto 510th Street. Peterson’s vehicle rolled after the collision. Murphy wasn’t injured.

Also responding were the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Cottonwood Ambulance and Hanley Falls Fire Department.


WILLMAR — A 19-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault and third-degree criminal sexual conduct around 9 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 13th Street and Lake Avenue Northwest.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to two vehicles and the theft of a credit card and vehicle mirror were reported around 11 p.m. Monday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.


WILLMAR — The theft of tools was reported around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday along the 100 block of 19th Street Northwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Roxana Soliz, 30, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft for her role in stealing $2,756.86 worth of merchandise from the Willmar Target while she was an employee of the store.

As part of a plea agreement, a felony theft charge will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Sept. 17.

Soliz and Susana Nieto, 46, of Willmar, were both charged in the case. Nieto’s next appearance is Thursday.

According to the complaints, the investigation began when Willmar police were called to the store on Feb. 27. Asset protection employees said transactions would be rung up at the food court register, with one of the women bringing the merchandise to the register and the other ringing up the sale, then voiding the transaction. The women completed 12 transactions between Jan. 2 and Feb. 15 for clothing, toys, housewares, health and beauty items and grocery items. On Feb. 15, they began a transaction, but then stopped their efforts, but not before taking two hot dogs.

The asset protection employees told investigators that the women had admitted to taking the merchandise, with Nieto admitting to taking $2,126.61 and Soliz taking $630.25 worth of items without paying.

The women were interviewed by the investigating officer and admitted that they stole the merchandise.

- Luis Ariel Hernandez, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of possessing a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun for a illegally modified shotgun found during a January search of a Regency West home.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge of receiving stolen property, plus a gross misdemeanor for possessing a pistol or assault weapon as a user of controlled substance and two petty misdemeanor charges of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, will be dismissed. Hernandez will be sentenced Sept. 17.

Hernandez and Cristian Vergana-Arellano, 19, of Willmar, were charged in the case, along with Paul Avery Leal, 18, of Willmar. Vergana-Arellano was sentenced in April to 18 months in prison, which was stayed, 20 years of probation, a $2,000 fine and 77 days in jail on a felony charge of receiving stolen property.

 Leal received a juvenile sentence of six months of probation and 40 hours of community service on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

 According to the complaints against the adults, two guns, including a Remington 870 Express 20-gauge shotgun and a Marlin Model 200 single shot shotgun were located in the home. The Remington shotgun was identified as one the items taken in a Jan. 11 burglary reported in the county. The Marlin had both its barrel and stock shortened, with the barrel measuring 13 inches.

Officers also located knives and rings, which were also discovered to be stolen property, along with drug paraphernalia and 26 grams of marijuana, a stolen iPhone, marijuana growing equipment and shotgun shells in the house.

- Martin Salinas, 18, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on two felony charges of theft and second-degree burglary for allegedly burglarizing a Willmar residence in September.

Unconditional bail was set at $5,000. His next appearance is Sept. 17.

Salinas, who is charged as a juvenile because the alleged crime happened before his 18th birthday, also faces misdemeanor charges of property damage and theft. Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the petition, a Willmar Police officer was called on Sept. 16 to a home in the northwest quadrant of the city. The resident of the home had been out the night before and arrived home to find a door open and a window damaged. Missing items included a Ruger BB gun and electronic items.

The resident knew Salinas as an acquaintance of a relative, who suspected Salinas because Salinas had come to the home the previous evening. The relative thought it was odd because Salinas hadn’t come to the home very often.

Salinas was interviewed and allegedly admitted to taking the items, which were located in his home and in the home of a relative. The resident of the burglarized home later identified the items as their property.