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Records for Aug. 15

This is the records summary for Aug. 15.


WILLMAR — Police responded to a crash around 5 p.m. Tuesday at Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street Southeast. According to the accident report, a vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle while slowing down for a stop sign.

The driver of the second car, a 25-year-old male from Willmar, fled the scene on foot, but a passenger in his car later identified him. The man was then cited for driving after suspension, hit and run to property, no motor vehicle insurance and careless driving.

The driver that was struck was listed as having a possible injury but was not transported for immediate medical attention.

WILLMAR — A crash occurred at 4:03 p.m. Tuesday on the 1900 block of U.S. Highway 12 West when a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup crossed over the center line and hit the back left tires of a 2002 Peterbilt semi.

According to the accident report, the semi driver tried to go in the ditch when he saw the pickup veering.

The driver of the Ford Ranger, a 62-year-old male from Willmar, was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the semi is a 30-year-old male from Atwater. He did not require medical attention.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Gang graffiti was discovered Wednesday morning on sheds, electrical boxes, a house, a garage and a garbage can in the area of the 800 block of Sixth Street Southwest, the 800 block of Fifth Street Southwest and the 800 block of Third Street Southwest.

Graffiti was also found on the shelter at Rice Park at Third Street Southwest and Kandiyohi Avenue. Preliminary reports say that the incidents are related.


WILLMAR — A bike was reported stolen at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the 300 block of Bernard Street Southeast. According to the report, the bike was stolen between 11 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. It was a pink girls’ bike with pink tassels on the handlebars.


NEW LONDON — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible scam Wednesday morning. A man received a sweepstakes letter claiming he had won a prize, with a check also enclosed. The company sending the letter wanted cash to process the check and taxes. The man was advised not to send the company cash or a check, and the man said he would contact the bank listed on the check.

The incident was reported on the 200 block of First Avenue Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Duane Louis Gonzales, 31, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony theft charge.

He was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance will be Aug. 26.

According to court records, Gonzales is accused of stealing merchandise from the Willmar Target store where he worked. The thefts allegedly took place in the past year, and came to light when another employee reported that a personal iPad had been stolen.

Store security footage allegedly showed Gonzales stealing the iPad.

When he was interviewed by law enforcement officers, he allegedly admitted to stealing about $17,000 worth of merchandise over a year. The merchandise included more than 40 iPads along with iPods, cameras, video games, CDs, food and drinks, according to the court file.

Gonzales allegedly admitted to selling the merchandise for half price on Craigslist and to stealing merchandise for another employee, who also sold items on Craigslist. Store records indicated that some merchandise was missing the days Gonzales worked in freight receiving.

* Jaime Cisneros-Pizarro, 21, and Maritza Ocampo, 22, both of Willmar made their first court appearances on felony theft charges Wednesday. Cisneros-Pizarro also appeared on two fifth-degree drug possession charges.

Both were released on their own recognizance.

The two were charged with allegedly stealing $680 in CEE-VI Drug Task Force cash in January. According to the criminal complaint, Cisneros-Pizarro allegedly set up a drug buy, acting as an informant. Task force agents fitted him with a recording device and gave him $500 in task force funds to buy cocaine. He entered an apartment building while agents waited and returned with a baggie containing white powder and $20 in change. The agents paid him $200.

When agents later tested the white powder, it did not test positive for cocaine, according to the complaint. When they listened to the recording device, there was little talking and no indication that a drug transaction had been made.

When agents viewed a surveillance video from the apartment building, they saw Cisneros-Pizarro go into a laundry room and speak with a woman, later identified as Ocampo, according to the complaint. He then left the building, and she returned to an apartment.

When investigators knocked on the apartment door, Ocampo allegedly admitted that she lived there with Cisneros-Pizarro, who was her boyfriend, and that they had been having money problems. She told investigators that she had watched Cisneros-Pizarro mix a powdery substance and put it in a baggie and that they had used the cash for personal items.

Ocampo also gave permission for a search of the apartment. During the search, a wallet containing a very small amount of cocaine and Cisneros-Pizarro’s identification was found, as well as a glass pipe that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

* Daniel Martinez, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison for selling methamphetamine, pills and marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

Martinez was sentenced to 52 months and given credit for 159 days already served. Fines and fees totaling $1,090 will be taken from prison earnings.

Martinez pleaded guilty last month to a third-degree drug sale charge. As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from second-degree level and another second-degree drug charge was dismissed.

Martinez, Randall Gene Mulligan, 47, of Willmar, and Sharon Kay Hagen, 49, of Montevideo, were all charged in the case. Mulligan was sentenced last month to a stayed prison sentence for a third-degree drug sale count. Hagen pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree charge and was sentenced in June.

According to the complaints, the task force informant purchased nine morphine pills and 4.6 grams of marijuana from Martinez on Dec. 19 at a residence along Litchfield Avenue. The informant also purchased 0.7 grams of meth from Martinez on Dec. 7 at a southeast Willmar home.

On Feb. 27, the informant purchased 2.8 grams of meth, with both Martinez and Mulligan participating in the sale, in the parking lot of a business on U.S. Highway 12 East.

Agents followed the vehicle involved in the drug sale to a residence along County Road 9 Southeast, where a search warrant was served March 8. The three defendants and another person were located in the home. Mulligan told officers that all of the paraphernalia located in the kitchen, including syringes and spoons that tested positive for meth, belonged to him.

When he was interviewed, Martinez claimed the 9.7 grams of meth located in a bedroom and also admitted to selling drugs.