Weather Forecast



This is the records summary for Feb. 11.

Men arrested while attempting to steal medical-grade freezer

LITCHFIELD — A 25-year-old Hawick man and a 17-year-old boy from Litchfield were arrested Sunday morning for allegedly attempting to steal a medical-grade freezer north of Litchfield.

According to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, the burglary in progress was reported just after 8 a.m. Sunday along the 31000 block of 620th Avenue in Harvey Township.

The responding deputies found that the teen and Matthew Bloomquist had allegedly entered a shed on the property and attempted to take the freezer, which was valued between $5,000 and $8,000.

Both suspects were arrested on third-degree burglary and theft charges and are being held in the county jail.

The burglary remains under investigation.

Fish house burglaries on Lake Ripley under investigation, sheriff says check your shack

LITCHFIELD — Meeker County authorities are asking the public to check their fish houses on Lake Ripley to determine if items are missing after a string of burglaries on the lake.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, two reports of burglarized fish houses were taken around 12:45 p.m. Sunday and the investigation revealed that some of the missing property was located at a home along 11th Street West in Litchfield.

The property, fishing equipment, was recovered and the suspects allegedly admitted to entering as many as seven fish houses on Lake Ripley. The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are pending.

Victims are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a report and assist with the identification of recovered property.

Woman to hospital after crash on Trott Avenue

WILLMAR — The driver of one of two vehicles involved in a crash around 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Trott Avenue and 16th Street Southwest was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.

According to Willmar Police, Kayla Baumann, 23, of Willmar, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile that was involved in the crash with a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by Kadar Muse Adan, 19, of Willmar.

Muse was cited for driving over the centerline and for violating an instructional driver’s permit.


WILLMAR — A 23-year-old woman was arrested for domestic assault and interfering with a 911 call around 8 p.m. Sunday along the 1200 block of Elizabeth Avenue Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a tire was reported around 1:25 p.m. Sunday along the 1400 block of Fifth Street Southwest.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Angel Hernandez, 33, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation, 120 days of jail time and $1,500 in fines on a felony charge of possession of a pistol or assault weapon by a convicted felon.

As part of a plea agreement, two additional felony charges for receiving stolen property and fifth-degree drug possession, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor count of possession of synthetic cannabinoid, were dismissed.

Hernandez and Liliana Sanchez Hernandez, 33, of Willmar, were charged in the case. Sanchez Hernandez faces two felony charges of fifth-degree drug possession plus a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, a misdemeanor count of possession of synthetic cannabinoid and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Her next appearance is April 8.

According to the criminal complaints, CEEVI Drug Task Force members served the warrant around 1 a.m. Jan. 9, 2013, in Regency Estates West and located evidence that Hernandez was buying incense via the Internet and using the incense to make synthetic marijuana.

Officers served the warrant and were met by Hernandez at the door of the trailer. He was taken into custody and officers found $22,160 in cash in his pockets. Hernandez told officers that Sanchez Hernandez was at work at a retail store in Willmar. An 18-month-old child was also at the home, in a chair that was 1 foot away from controlled substances.

The search revealed more cash, the marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid in multiple places in the home, narcotic medications, multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia including a water bong on the kitchen window sill, digital scales, shipping boxes and envelopes, a metal detector, a “Whizzanator” and the .38-caliber Ruger, which was hidden in the video cassette case for a “Lord of the Flies” movie. The serial number on the gun traced back to a gun reported stolen in April 2012.

- Stacey Joann Pederson, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a third-degree drug sale count for drugs found in a residence in August.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus petty misdemeanors for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession, will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April 7.

Pederson was one of three people charged in the case. Brandon Alvin Mead, 29, and Vanessa Ramirez, 27, of Litchfield, each face the same two felony charges for second-degree drug possession and for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus petty misdemeanors for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. Mead’s next appearance is April 10 and Ramirez’s is April 15.

According to the complaints, on August 28 a citizen provided information to Willmar police that Pederson and others were smoking drugs in the basement of a residence and that Pederson had been told to leave the home and not return to the home. The owner of the property wanted the police to get the group out of the house. In addition, the information included that a 9-year-old child was at the home and unsupervised while the adults were using drugs.

 Officers went to the home and were met by a 12-year-old child, who informed Pederson that she needed to come to the door. Police officers entered the basement to find Ramirez and Mead, who grabbed an item off a desk and threw it onto the floor. The officer noted that the item was a bag of what was suspected to be meth. There was drug paraphernalia visible to the officers.

 CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents were called in, petitioned for and received a search warrant and executed the warrant on the property. Agents found that the bag on the floor contained 12.5 grams of meth, that there were multiple other bags containing meth or traces of meth, marijuana, mushrooms, a digital scale and 50-gram weight that contained traces of meth, and drug pipes and paraphernalia.

The 12-year-old told police who had been at the home that day. Ramirez said that, while she had used the meth, it didn’t belong to her, that it was Mead’s meth. Pederson denied ownership of the meth and the paraphernalia, but admitted that the 9-year-old child was at the residence.