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This is the records summary for Aug. 29.

Sheriff warns of ‘national lottery’

fraud attempts

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens about a scam letter that has been reported by two individuals in the county.

According to a news release from Sheriff Dan Hartog, the letter says the recipient has won the World International Consumer sweepstakes put on by the National Lottery in the United Kingdom. The letter states the person was entered into the sweepstakes by shopping at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, Costco, Staples, Home Depot, Lowes or Best Buy.

The letter comes with a check for $3,750 in the recipient’s name and instructs them to deposit it in their bank and then write out checks for $2,800 and $1,600 for tax and processing fees. The recipient is then supposed to receive $153,700.

The sheriff advises people who receive these letters to not deposit the check or send money to the address. Any questions can be directed to the Sheriff’s Office at 320-214-6700.


training house at

Ridgewater damaged

WILLMAR — Willmar Police are investigating the burglary and property damage done to the building used for insurance adjuster training at Ridgewater College.

The damage to the home was reported around 9 a.m. Wednesday and is believed to have happened in the last few days. Someone entered through a window, threw a party inside of the house and caused significant damage to the interior of the building.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle windshield was reported around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday along the 2100 block of 15th Avenue Northwest.

KANDIYOHI — Damage to crop fields was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday along 45th Avenue Northeast.

Fight/property damage

WILLMAR — A 10-foot by 20-foot window was reported broken by people involved in a fight around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday along the 300 block of Fourth Street Southwest.


SPICER — A 25-year-old man was arrested on a charge of false name to a peace officer around 12:20 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Highway 23 and North Eagle Road.


WILLMAR — A garage burglary was reported around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday along the 1000 block of Trott Avenue Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

n Joseph Balboa, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended charge of fifth-degree drug possession for selling methamphetamine to an CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in April.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a third-degree sale count and another third-degree sale count will be dismissed. He will be sentenced, to 39 months in prison, on Oct. 3.

The charge Balboa pleaded guilty to was filed after April 3, when an informant met Balboa in a downtown Willmar parking lot and purchased 1.5 grams of meth for $120. The drugs were turned over to CEE-VI agents and tested positive as meth.

The other sale charge was for selling meth to an informant on March 26.

n A felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime against Frank Louis Klang, 46, of Willmar, was continued for dismissal Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, Klang will serve one year of probation and agreed to give a statement to law enforcement about the methamphetamine-related incident and testify in court, if necessary, against his roommate, who is also charged in the case.

Under the continuance, the charges will be dismissed if Klang complies with the agreement.

Klang and Angel Cesar Garcia, 35, of Pennock, were charged after April 18, when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents searched a Willmar apartment and found 34.9 grams of methamphetamine. Garcia’s case has been taken under advisement by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

According to the complaint, CEEVI agents received information on April 18 that there were drug sales happening in an apartment along the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast. They went to the apartment, where Klang let them into the residence. When asked if there were any drugs in the apartment, Klang responded by pulling a bag of marijuana and a pipe out of a drawer in the coffee table.

When he was asked if there was meth in the residence, he responded that there weren’t drugs that he was aware of. Then, he said there was meth in the coffee table drawer. Items in the drawer included drug paraphernalia, a scale and bags containing approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine.

Klang said a man he called “Wedo” slept at the apartment from time to time, and that the clothing in the bedroom belonged to the man. Agents knew the “Wedo” nickname to belong to Garcia.

Klang was arrested and agents secured a search warrant, finding three more bags of meth, a total of 34.9 grams, in a pair of pants in the bedroom. In a bag with the pants, they found documents in Garcia’s name.