WILLMAR -- The theft of food was reported around 11 a.m. Monday at McMillian's, 2620 First St. S. A check had been written, without an address or account number, for a meal by the suspect.
WILLMAR -- The theft of $2,000 and a set of keys was reported around 5:20 p.m. Monday along the 1500 block of Becker Avenue Southeast.
WILLMAR -- The theft of $300 from a purse was reported around 5:50 p.m. Monday. The caller said the incident happened around noon at the Super Wal-Mart store, 700 19th Ave. S.E.
WILLMAR -- A 47-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday along the 1700 block of First Street South.
- Brandon Jerad Hoting, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of receiving stolen property for possessing a stolen trailer and some concrete forms and pins.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony for receiving stolen property, for possessing a stolen $50,000 skid loader, will be dismissed and he will pay restitution. He will be sentenced April 3.
According to the skid loader complaint, a $50,000 Caterpillar skid loader owned by Weidema Construction was stolen Nov. 20 from a work site west of Willmar. Weidema is a contractor working on the conveyance portion of Willmar's wastewater treatment project. Later, the sheriff's office was notified that the loader may be at a rural residence in the 3900 block of 15th Avenue Southeast. A sheriff 's deputy followed a pickup truck pulling a trailer on which the loader was sitting and identified as the stolen loader. The deputy stopped the truck after the truck drove over the center line twice on County Road 9. Hoting was questioned about where he obtained the loader and was arrested.
According to the trailer theft complaint, a detective was following up on the skid loader theft and noted that the license plate on trailer found with the skid steer was issued to a man in La Crescent for a homemade trailer. However, the trailer in question appeared to be factory built and relatively new. The detective examined the trailer and found a manufacturer's sticker from Towmaster in Litchfield. The vehicle identification number didn't match and came back as stolen out of Meeker County.
The detective contacted Meeker County law enforcement and learned that the trailer, along with concrete forms and equipment, was reported stolen on Sept. 11 from the Litchfield area.
Two Kandiyohi County detectives went to Hoting's home in southeast Willmar and a man there said that the trailers at the place belonged to his brother and uncle. He declined to talk further with the officers. The detectives returned with a search warrant and found the concrete forms and equipment in a garage. Two of the trailers parked at the place had very recently had their serial number plates obliterated. The officers seized the trailers.
n Guillermo Lopez Jr., 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fifth-degree assault for attempting to start a fight with a man in June.
As part of a plea agreement, a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct will be dismissed and he will serve a maximum of 120 days in jail. He will be sentenced March 31.
The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 5 p.m. June 22 to a fight call in Regency Estates East. A man there said he owed money to a family member of Lopez and that that person had told him not to give any money to Lopez. He said Lopez approached him while holding a stick and demanded money. He also said Lopez threatened to damage his home and vehicles. Two witnesses confirmed the man's statement and one of them stepped in between the men to keep them separated.
A review of Lopez' criminal history shows that adjudication was withheld on a fifth-degree assault charge against him as a juvenile last June, that he was convicted of a violation of a harassment restraining order and had a felony fifth-degree assault conviction in January.
- Aaron Michael Ford, 19, of Annandale, was sentenced to 10 years of probation, 45 days in jail, a $50 fine and 40 hours of community service on an amended charge of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for performing a sex act with a 6-year-old girl.
As part of a plea agreement, he received a stay of imposition on his sentence and another criminal sexual conduct charge was dismissed. Ford was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation, have no contact with the girl, her family or unsupervised contact with minor females and register as a predatory offender.
The charges were filed Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called Nov. 5, 2007, to investigate sexual abuse of a 6-year-old female during the summer months. On Nov. 6, the girl was taken to Midwest Children's Resource Center, where she confirmed that Ford forced her into oral sex on two occasions, both in the home.
On Nov. 8, a county detective and social worker met Ford at Rice Memorial Hospital at his request. He confirmed that he lived with the girl's family in the county. He initially denied the sexual touching with the child but then told the officers the girl walked into the room and observed him in a sex act. Later, he changed his story again, stating that the girl wanted to see his genitals, so he showed her.