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Records for June 7

This is the records summary for June 7.

Elrosa man hurt

in ATV-truck crash

ELROSA — A 31-year-old Elrosa man was taken to Centra Care Hospital in Sauk Centre for treatment of injuries suffered when the all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a truck around 1 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Main Street and Third Avenue in Elrosa.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Paul Linn was injured after he was travling southbound on Main Street and collided with a truck driven by Michael Carrigan, 51, of St. Joseph. The truck was westbound on Third Avenue.

The crash is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Property damage

WILLMAR — Damage to a mailbox was reported around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday along the 3600 block of 45th Avenue Southeast.


LAKE LILLIAN — The burglary of a storage locker was reported around 10:30 a.m. Thursday along the 14000 block of 45th Street Southeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* Luis Angel Del Real, 30, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an amended gross misdemeanor charge of discharging a firearm in the city for an October 2012 incident outside of a southeast Willmar residence.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from felony level and another felony count was dismissed. Del Real was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 364 days stayed and credit for one day already served, a $750 fine and one year of probation. He was also ordered to attend a firearms safety class.

The charges were filed after Oct. 23, when Willmar police officers were dispatched to the area of 1800 Becker Avenue Southeast on a report that five to six gunshots had been heard in that area.

One of the officers heard an additional gunshot and determined that it was coming from an area near the Lincoln Elementary School. Another caller to police reported seeing a man fire a single round into the ground outside a home along the 500 block of 13th Street Southeast.

Multiple officers from the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, where officers saw a man getting into a black sport utility vehicle with personalized plates reading “Del Real.”

Del Real was identified as the man getting into the SUV, along with another man, a juvenile male and two women, one of whom was carrying a baby in a car seat.

Officers located the gun, a Kimber .45-caliber compact stainless model, in a case with three boxes of ammunition and a clip, inside the home.

The neighbors were also interviewed and one neighbor reported hearing four to five gunshots before he looked out a window to see the couple arguing. He said he saw Del Real fire the weapon into the ground. Officers located a divot and a piece of shell casing in that spot.

* Marcello Louis Eaton, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 66 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of fifth-degree drug sale.

Eaton was also ordered to complete chemical dependency treatment. He was given credit for 66 days already served in jail.

The charge was filed after March 27, when Eaton sold 3.5 grams of a marijuana mixture for $60 to a confidential informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force at a residence along the 1100 block of Third Street Southwest.

Eaton was interviewed and admitted to selling out of the house, claimed that the drug items were his property.

* Randall Gene Mulligan, 47, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a third-degree drug sale charge for his role in selling 2.8 grams of meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in February.

As part of a plea agreement, a fifth-degree drug possession charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 17.

Mulligan, Daniel Martinez, 35, of Willmar, and Sharon Kay Hagen, 49, of Montevideo, were charged in the case. Martinez’s next hearing is June 24. Hagan has pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree possession count and will be sentenced June 11.

According to the complaints, the informant purchased nine morphine pills and 4.6 grams of marijuana from Martinez on Dec. 19 at a residence along Litchfield Avenue. The informant also purchased 0.7 grams of meth from Martinez on Dec. 7 at a Gay Street home.

On Feb. 27, the informant purchased 2.8 grams of meth, with both Martinez and Mulligan participating in the sale, in the parking lot of a business on U.S. Highway 12 East.

Agents followed the vehicle involved in the drug sale to a residence along County Road 9 Southeast, where a search warrant was served March 8. The three defendants and another person were located in the home. Mulligan told officers that all of the paraphernalia located in the kitchen, including syringes and spoons that tested positive for meth, belonged to him.

When he was interviewed, Martinez allegedly claimed the 9.7 grams of meth located in a bedroom and also admitted to selling drugs.

* Taylor Sophia Zwart, 16, of Sunburg, made her first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of motor vehicle theft for allegedly taking a vehicle from a Willmar residence.

Zwart was released to parental custody. Her next appearance is July 17.

She also faces a misdemeanor theft charge.

Felony cases against 16- and 17-year-olds are public record.

According to the petition, the theft of a 1997 Buick was reported to Willmar police around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday from along the 700 block of Seventh Street Northwest. Zwart was suspected because she had been at the residence the previous evening and now the car, the keys and Zwart were missing. The owner of the car filed a stolen vehicle report with police.

About the same time, officers were also called to the Willmar Auto Plaza on a gas drive-off theft. Video from the gas station showed Christopher Mead, 24, pumping gas into the Buick.

Mead, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a misdemeanor theft charge. His next appearance is July 2.

The vehicle was located at Zorbaz in Spicer by a Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy soon after the theft and gas drive-off were reported. Zwart, Mead and two others were interviewed and Zwart claimed she had permission to take the car, that she did not drive the vehicle and that they picked up the two others in Murdock and drove around for most of the night. She said she knew Mead was not going to pay for the gas.

Mead allegedly admitted to pumping the gas and not paying for the fuel.


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