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This is the records summary for May 23.


WILLMAR — The theft of two bicycles was reported around 11:50 a.m. Thursday along the 800 block of 13½ Avenue Southwest.

WILLMAR — The theft of a lawnmower was reported around noon Thursday along the 400 block of Ninth Street Southwest.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a door lock was reported around 11 a.m. Thursday along the 6500 block of County Road 5 Northwest.

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Shane Mitchell Broten, 43, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of violating a no-contact order.

Broten was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 180 days to serve, 185 days stayed and credit for 24 days served and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and serve five years of probation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim, follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and cognitive skills training tests.

The charges were filed after April 28, when a woman reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office that Broten had called and texted her and that there was a court-issued no-contact order restricting him from contact with her. While the deputy was taking the report, Broten called the woman. The deputy called Broten back on the same phone number and he answered, said “this is Shane,” and then hung up.

Broten was later interviewed in person and initially denied calling the woman, but then admitted it. He had prior convictions for domestic assault and violating an order for protection.

- William Michael Peterson, 44, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 23 months in prison, which was stayed, five years of probation, a $5,000 fine, of which $3,500 was stayed, and five days in jail on a second-degree burglary for his role burglarizing an occupied residence last June in rural Spicer.

Peterson was given credit for five days already served and ordered to participate in mental health programming and a cognitive skills evaluation.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from first-degree and another felony for theft was dismissed.

Peterson was one of three people charged in the case. Shane Allen Peterson, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty in August to a second-degree burglary count and will be sentenced June 18.

Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced on a felony charge of second-degree burglary to 28 months in prison, which was stayed, and must serve 10 years of probation and 150 days in jail and pay a $1,500 fine.

According to the complaints against the trio, the burglary was reported via 911 around noon June 28 along 122nd Avenue Northeast.

A woman was home from work that day and sleeping and woke to find a man, later identified as Shane Peterson, in her home.

The woman reported that the man ran up the stairs and outside, where he got into a silver Buick that sped away toward U.S. Highway 71.

 The woman said she had heard the front door of the house slamming repeatedly and the dog barking continuously before she saw the man in the house.

 A deputy stopped the car along County Road 5 in Willmar and found that Meyer was the driver of the vehicle and the two men were passengers. The woman who reported the burglary was brought to the scene of the traffic stop and identified Shane Peterson as the man who was in her home.

 Meyer and William Peterson told deputies that Shane Peterson told them that a person at the home owed him a drug debt, and that he gave directions to get to the residence and then knocked and entered the home.

 Meyer said she assumed someone let him into the home, but she did not see anyone at the door. She said he later came out of the house walking fast and said “let’s go” with something in his hand. William Peterson confirmed that they had been at the residence.

 The stolen items, recovered when deputies searched the vehicle, included a laptop computer and several archery bows. The total value of the items was $2,550.

- Eric James Mord, 29, of Kandiyohi, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and theft for entering a Willmar home on Sept. 9, assaulting a man and stealing a game system from the home.

As part of a plea agreement, felony charges of first-degree burglary and simple robbery were dismissed. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with 84 days stayed and credit for 6 days served, a total of $300 in fines and a year of probation.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 7:45 a.m. Sept. 9 to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city on a report of a theft and a fight. The report included that the suspect, Mord, had left the residence.

A man there reported that Mord had pushed his way into the home, took a Play Station game system and game cartridge because he claimed they owned him money for a broken bicycle and then punched the man in the face. The man and another person at the home had attempted to keep Mord at the home while they called for police.

 Mord was arrested and, when interviewed by police, claimed he had an open invitation to the home and that the other guy had punched him.

- Joshua James Zenner, 33, of New London, made his first appearance Thursday on two felony charges of domestic assault and domestic assault by strangulation.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. His next appearance is June 2.

According to the complaint, a woman reported to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office on May 3 that Zenner was harassing her with constant calls and texts, driving by her Spicer residence and had assaulted her two days prior by strangling her. Zenner was located and interviewed by a deputy and claimed the woman and two others had beaten him up.

Zenner has two prior convictions, for domestic assault in 2012 and for violating an order for protection in 2007.