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This is the records summary for Jan. 4.


WILLMAR — A case of credit card fraud was reported around 8:25 a.m. Thursday along the 700 block of Augusta Avenue Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Graffiti in a bathroom was reported around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Willmar Public Library, 410 Fifth St. S.W.


KANDIYOHI — The theft of cash, credit cards, identification and other items was reported around 12:30 p.m. Thursday along the 800 block of County Road 8 Southeast.


WILLMAR — A 34-year-old man was arrested on charges of domestic assault, interfering with a 911 call, fifth-degree assault, property damage and disorderly conduct after an assault was reported around 10:45 p.m. Monday along the 400 block of 13th Street Southwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Amanda Michelle Garberding, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale for her role in selling marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

As part of a plea agreement, three additional felony charges will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Feb. 19.

Garberding and Joseph Balboa, 27, of Willmar, were both charged in the case. Balboa has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession and will be sentenced Jan. 22.

According to the complaints, a confidential informant for the CEEVI Drug Task Force arranged the purchase of 15.3 grams of marijuana from Balboa on Sept. 13 at his residence. The informant went to the home and bought the drugs from Garberding.

On Oct. 5, task force agents performed a garbage search on the home and found drug paraphernalia and baggies with cut corners, a sign that the bags are used for drugs. On Oct. 11, agents executed a search warrant on the residence and arrested Balboa. They located paraphernalia with meth and synthetic cannabinoid residue.

Garberding came to the residence and was arrested. Also located in the home during the search were two young children, ages 1 and 2.

- David Mitchell Scott, 44, of Litchfield, made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is Monday.

According to the complaint, Willmar police took a report on Friday from a woman that Scott had threatened her life during a phone call that afternoon. The woman reported that Scott had also come to her Willmar residence on Dec. 20 and attempted to strangle her during an argument.

- Sharika Latoya Webb, 23, of Willmar, made her first appearance Wednesday on three felony theft charges for allegedly taking a woman’s purse, containing money and prescription medications, during a June 30 incident.

Unconditional bail was set at $30,000. Her next appearance is Jan. 14.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was called on June 30 to the 400 block of Litchfield Avenue Southeast on a public fighting call. A woman came to the incident and parked her car in a driveway, leaving her purse in the car. She later reported that someone stole her purse, containing six different Schedule II and IV medications, cash and a check.

Video footage from the camera in the police squad car showed Webb standing next to the car, then looking from side to side and then walking away with a purse in her hands.

Webb was interviewed and denied taking the purse, but said she watched other people take the handbag from the car.

- Edward Brown, 56, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on two felony charges of theft for allegedly stealing a motor vehicle in August 2000.

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

According to the complaint, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office took a report in August 2000 that Brown had been allowed to use a 1991 Plymouth van for two days but had not returned it to the Decision Hills Bible Camp. The affidavit of restitution filed in the case claims $4,943 for the cost of the vehicle and other expenses incurred by the theft.

- Demetria Lynise Smith, 22, of Minneapolis, made her first appearance Monday for her role in shoplifting cell phones from the local Wal-Mart Supercenter this summer.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Her next appearance is Monday.

Smith is one of four women charged in the case. Latoya Desiree Rodgers, 23, of Minneapolis, faces two felony charges of theft plus a gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer.

Antenese Scottesia Baker, 19, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft. She will be sentenced Feb. 21.

Teresa Marie Morrow, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to a gross misdemeanor charge of theft. She will be sentenced Jan. 28.

According to the complaints against the women, Willmar police were called June 19 to an area near Best Buy, along First Street South, regarding the alleged shoplifting of cell phones by four women at Wal-Mart. A store loss prevention employee had followed the women to Target and then to the Best Buy parking lot.

When questioned by the officer about why they were in Willmar, the women all gave different answers, including that they were visiting a friend or were in town to return baby shower gifts. The officer saw plastic packaging in the car for cell phones and equipment. Baker, the owner of the car, allowed the officers to search the vehicle. The search revealed a Boost Mobile phone, instruction manual, cords and packaging.

Morrow was taken into custody, as there was a warrant for her arrest. A search of her purse revealed two new cell phones that matched the serial numbers of those taken from Wal-Mart.

Loss prevention officials at Wal-Mart told police the women appeared to be working together, by distracting employees or acting as a lookout while another woman took a phone, before theft alarms went off in the store. The women then fled from the store.

According to an amended complaint in the Smith file, the value of the items taken from the store was $1,183.22.