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ATWATER -- Law enforcement agencies were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in front of the Bushmills Ethanol plant, one mile west of Atwater on U.S. Highway 12 at 165th Street.

The crash occurred shortly after 8 a.m. The State Patrol handled the call. Also called were the Atwater Fire Department and Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad. No other details were available at press time.

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WILLMAR -- The rear window of a 1993 Chevrolet was smashed, possibly by a BB gun, while the car was packed in the Kandi Mall parking lot Thursday night, according to Willmar Police Department reports.


WILLMAR -- The Willmar Police Department said a digital camera was taken from an apartment in the 1500 block of 15th Street Southeast. The theft was reported Thursday.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Jhony Abel Caballero Mendoza, Willmar; Laurie Kay Adame, Willmar

Francisco Contreras Jr., Willmar; Myrna Esmeralda Diaz, Willmar

Jeremy John Lee, Willmar; Courtney Leigh Hauge, Willmar

Michael Roy Lush, Willmar; Renae Alice Schliemann, Willmar

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Kandiyohi County

- Angel Gabriel Torres-Maldonado, 19, of Montevideo, was sentenced Thursday to 37 days in the county jail, a $50 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of aggravated forgery.

He was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Under a plea agreement, he received a stay of imposition on his sentence and two additional charges of aggravated forgery and forgery were dismissed. Under a stay of imposition, the charge on his permanent record will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he meets all sentencing conditions.

The charges were filed after Jan. 26, when a Willmar police officer was looking for David Hernandez, 21, who is wanted on a felony arrest warrant for assault. The officer received information that Hernandez was working at Jennie-O Turkey Store plant No. 4 on Willmar Avenue. He contacted human resources who provided information that Hernandez was indeed working at the plant.

Two officers went to the plant, where they met a man who said he was Hernandez, but the man claimed he didn't speak English. However, one of the responding officers believed the man to have been born and raised in Willmar and speak English. The officer verified the man's Social Security number and date of birth and, because the case was suspected of being an aggravated forgery, requested employment forms from plant officials.

The state ID card accompanying the man's I-9 form had a photo of Torres-Maldonado, but contained Hernandez's information.

The man was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center, where he allegedly told police his real name. He also said he was born in Honduras and had been living in Willmar for a year. He'd said he had received a phone number to call for forged documents and received a birth certificate and Social Security number for $1,000.

- Two felony charges for possession of firearms with altered serial numbers and two gross misdemeanor charges of negligent storage of firearms against Elizabeth Rodriguez, 19, of Willmar, were dismissed Thursday for lack of probable cause.

Judge Michael J. Thompson noted in the omnibus order dismissing the charges that Christopher Ruiz, 23, of Willmar, said that the gun, drugs and paraphernalia found in a search belong to him and there was no evidence against Rodriguez other than that she was found sleeping in the room where a gun was hidden.

Rodriguez and Ruiz were arrested on Dec. 4 after officers served a search warrant on their home in Regency Estates West. Ruiz still faces the same four charges, plus a felony charge of possessing a pistol or assault weapon after being convicted of a violent crime. His next appearance is March 22.

According to the complaint, CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents, plus officers from the Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, served a search warrant around 8 a.m. Dec. 4 on a home in Regency Estates West. Ruiz and Rodriguez were there and had been sleeping on a pullout sofa in the living room. With them were three small children, ages 2, 1 and 3 months. The smallest child was in a crib in the same room.

During a search of the room, an officer located a Walther P22 handgun under the cushion of a chair, which was within easy reach of the young children. The gun's magazine was fully loaded with .22-caliber ammunition and there was a round in the chamber of the gun.

When an officer was checking the gun into evidence, it was noted that the serial numbers had been removed from the gun.

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