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WILLMAR -- A 54-year-old Willmar man was arrested on charges of forgery around 4:15 p.m. Monday at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant, 2505 Willmar Ave. S.W.


WILLMAR -- The theft of items from lockers was reported around 3:25 p.m. Monday by staff members at the YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Dr. S.E.

Students in scuffle, police ask for information

WILLMAR -- Anyone who has information about a scuffle involving several boys after school was released on Monday at Kennedy Elementary School is asked to call the Willmar Police Department at 320-235-2244.

According to the incident report, an 8-year-old boy was tackled and beaten by other students. The youngster was taken to urgent care by a parent and treated for a head injury and other minor injuries.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Jose Ismael Garcia Jr., 47, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison, which was stayed for 10 years, on a fourth-degree controlled substance crime for selling cocaine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant.

He was ordered to serve 365 days in the county jail, with credit for 88 days served, and 10 years of probation, plus a $3,000 fine.

As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a second-degree charge and another second-degree drug sale charge was dismissed.

The charges were filed after a confidential informant made three purchases of cocaine from Garcia in June 2008. For each purchase, CEE-VI agents provided money, used to buy 0.8 grams of cocaine for $100 on June 6, 1.3 grams of cocaine for $220 on June 19 and 1.9 grams of cocaine for $220 on June 27. On July 3, the informant attempted to buy 3.5 grams of cocaine from Garcia, but the deal was not completed.

- Robert Lee Schrank, 48, of Pennock, pleaded guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon and an amended misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

As part of a plea agreement, four felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats, plus a misdemeanor for fifth-degree assault, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced March 17.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called on May 27 and June 24 to an address along 75th Street Northwest.

On May 27, two women there told the officers that a man and Schrank had been arguing and that they fought, with Schrank punching the man repeatedly. They said Schrank had gone inside, gotten a shotgun and pointed it at one of the women and that he was inside the home pointing the gun out the window.

The officer spoke with Schrank, who appeared quite intoxicated, and said the guy came in yelling at him and pounding on his doors. Schrank said that he went outside, grabbed the man and punched him.

He denied using firearms and said maybe the people were confusing the gun with a stick. Officers saw a long gun case in the kitchen, but when allowed to search the home, found no weapon matching the description given by the alleged victims.

On June 24, the man and Schrank had another tussle that involved Schrank swinging at the man with a broomstick and the man punching Schrank. The man said Schrank again retrieved a gun, specifically a 12-gauge shotgun, pointed it at him and said he'd kill the man.

A review of Schrank's criminal history shows a felony conviction of receiving stolen property in 2003 in Wright County.