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This is the records summary for Jan. 15.

Willmar men hurt in crash near Highway 71/7 corner

WILLMAR — Two Willmar men were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle, head-on crash around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday along U.S. Highway 71 near the intersection with State Highway 7.

According to the State Patrol, Alejandro Quintana, 29, of Willmar was driving a vehicle southbound and collided head-on with a vehicle driven northbound by Kelly Ann Degree, 22, of Renville. Degree was not injured and had attempted to move to the right to avoid the oncoming Quintana vehicle.

A passenger in Quintana’s vehicle, Frankie Josue Cruz, was also taken to the hospital.

St. Cloud man hurt  in snowmobile crash

KIMBALL — A 19-year-old St. Cloud man was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in a snowmobile crash around 5 p.m. Monday north of Kimball.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Ryan Berdan was driving a 2013 Polaris northbound in the ditch along State Highway 15 about a half mile north of Kimball, struck a field approach and was thrown from the machine.

Also responding were the Watkins Ambulance and Kimball Police Department.

Renville County establishments get perfect score on alcohol checks

OLIVIA — A round of recent alcohol compliance checks conducted throughout Renville County showed that 100 percent of alcohol retailers refused a sale to someone under the age of 21.

According to a news release from County Sheriff Scott Hable, the most recent check was conducted over the weekend. Working with plainclothes and uniformed officers, under-aged persons entered businesses and attempted to illegally purchase alcoholic beverages in both on-sale and off-sale settings. Of the 23 checks completed, all 23 retailers refused the sales.

The Sheriff’s Office began conducting compliance checks in 2009. This round is the first time that every business passed the compliance checks.

“We are very pleased with results of this compliance check.” said Hable. “The Sheriff’s Office commends the efforts of our local alcohol retailers for refusing to sell alcohol to persons under the age of 21.”


WILLMAR — The theft of horse saddles was reported around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday along the 13000 block of 172nd Avenue Northeast.

WILLMAR — The theft of traffic cones and signs was reported around 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Middle School, 209 Willmar Ave. S.E.

WILLMAR — The theft of an iPad was reported around 9 a.m. Tuesday along the 1100 block of Campbell Avenue Northwest.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a vehicle was reported around 2:50 p.m. Monday along the 1200 block of First Street South.


WILLMAR — A check forged in Florida was reported around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday along the 1700 block of First Street South.

Marriage dissolutions, Kandiyohi County

Patina Faye Kummrow, Willmar; Daniel Gene Kummrow, Raymond, Dec. 2

Richard Shannon Hobson; Jessica Marie Hobson, Willmar, Dec. 9

Daniel Joe Peterson, Spicer; April Lynn Peterson, Spicer, Dec. 9

Sheila Pierskalla, Willmar; Robert Pierskalla, Willmar, Dec. 10

Abbey Jean Combs, Willmar; Kristi Anne Combs, Spicer, Dec. 11

Megan Leigh Sondrol, Sunburg; Aaron Ross Sondrol, Sunburg, Dec. 12

Levi Wallace Hood, New London; Angela Christine Hood, Holloway, Dec. 17

Johnny Ray Sundin, Willmar; Christina Irene Sundin, Litchfield, Dec. 20

Ricky James Whitcomb, Lake Lillian; Angela Rene Whitcomb, Atwater, Dec. 27

Katie Lyn Swenson, Willmar; Loren Jon Sorenson, Raymond, Dec. 30

Lisa Ann Nolan, Willmar; Scott Edward Nolan, Willmar, Dec. 30

Magdiel Reyes, Willmar; Daisy Maria Reyes, Dec. 31

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Duane Louis Gonzales, 32, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and 10 years of probation on a felony theft charge for taking electronic equipment from the local Target store.

Gonzales was also ordered to serve another 90 days in jail, staggered in 30-day increments, until October 15, which can be deferred if he complies with the conditions of probation.

The charge was filed after May 13, when Target officials reported the theft of electronics from their store. The thefts came to light when another employee reported that a personal iPad had been stolen and store security footage showed Gonzales stealing the iPad.

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

Gonzales 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.

The total value of the items stolen between March and May of this year was $22,463.56.

- Dimas Javier Maldonado, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of fifth-degree assault for allegedly assaulting another inmate at the county jail.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Jan. 27.

According to the complaint, the assault was reported on Saturday afternoon, when jail officials observed Maldonado attempt to strangle another inmate, who had been sitting nearby and watching television at the jail.

Maldonado has two prior convictions, both in 2012, for gross misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

- Marky Lee Belmarez, 17, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to six months of probation and 40 hours of community work service on a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale for selling marijuana to a CEEVI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for drug sale was dismissed.

 The charges were filed after Belmarez sold 3.7 grams of marijuana to the informant on Dec. 20, 2012, and 5.5 grams to the informant on Jan. 2 at a Willmar residence. The informant identified Belmarez by his photo as the person who sold the drugs.

- Rene Gabriel Castro, 30, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on felony charges of aggravated forgery and terroristic threats

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 in the forgery case and $20,000 in the threats case, which also includes a misdemeanor charge of violating an order for protection.

Castro also appeared on two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and assault.

According to the forgery complaint, a woman reported to Willmar Police on Dec. 27 that she had been assaulted by Castro. Police went to Castro’s residence, but failed to locate him.

The woman who reported the assault told police that Castro was working under a false name at Jennie-O Turkey Store and gave officers two photos of Castro.

The investigation revealed that the false name, Lorenzo Larrea, was listed in the local police database and that the address listed matched Castro’s home address and that the driver’s license photo for Larrea matched the photo from the woman.

Officials at Jennie-O provided employment documents at the police department’s request. The documents showed a Missouri identification card and Social Security card in the Larrea name had been used with an employment application.

Castro was arrested and interviewed. He allegedly admitted he used the name for work purposes, that he signed the documents and was involved in the local incidents in the police database. He allowed officers to search his residence, and documents, including the Missouri ID and a Guatemalan passport were confiscated.

According to the threats complaint, the woman who reported the assault was granted an order for protection prohibiting Castro from having contact with her or from getting near her home. However, on Jan. 2, she reported that a letter signed by Castro had been left at her back door. The letter included threats against the woman and statements that the woman would pay for what she had done.