Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications.
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WILLMAR -- Eric Flores, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison and $100 in fines on drug and weapons possession charges for possessing meth and a rifle when he was stopped by Willmar police in March. The sentence was handed down by Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court.
WILLMAR -- Gary Lee Mattson, 56, of Willmar, was sentenced this morning to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of probation on a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a blind person for a Nov. 16 incident in which he ran over a blind man at First Street South and 19th Avenue in Willmar. As part of his sentence, handed down by Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- A 50-year-old Raymond man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony harassment charge for leaving sexually explicit phone messages on a neighbor's answering machine. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, a misdemeanor charge for making obscene or harassing phone calls against Craig David Waterman will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 17. The charges were filed after a Raymond couple contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 29 regarding obscene phone messages left on their machine over several months.
WILLMAR -- Two men were sentenced Monday to prison terms on second-degree drug sale charges for selling methamphetamine to CEE-VI Drug Task Force informants. The sentences were handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. Eric Jon Larcom, 29, of Spicer, was sentenced to 68 months in prison and ordered to pay a $50 fine and $1,250 in restitution from his prison earnings.
WILLMAR -- A district judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for Thomas Harold Kremer, 62, of Kandiyohi, who faces eight first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct char-ges for al-legedly mo-lesting two children. In an order filed Monday, Judge Donald M. Spilseth or-dered that Kremer be examined by forensic psychologist Dr.
WILLMAR -- Gonzalo Sanchez, 41, of Blomkest, made his first appearance Monday on two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for alleged sexual contact last fall with a now 13-year-old girl. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. Conditions include no contact with the girl or her immediate family, no unsupervised contact with females under 18 and no assaultive behavior or weapons. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is June 28. According to the complaint, a man and a woman came to the Law Enforcement Center on Feb.
WILLMAR -- Travis Dean Ryks, 25, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree assault charge for allegedly shaking a 2-month-old baby and inflicting a traumatic brain injury. The plea was entered during an omnibus hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court. During the hearing, Scott Belfry, Ryks' public defense attorney, argued that there is no probable cause for the first-degree charge, which is based on great bodily harm. The child, now almost 7 months old, is in foster care and is doing well, Belfry argued before District Judge Donald M.
WILLMAR -- Guillermo Lopez Jr., 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison on a felony charge of failing to meet the registration requirements as a predatory offender. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Lopez was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and $80 in restitution in another theft case. A stay of execution was revoked on a prison term of one year and one day on a felony fifth-degree assault charge stemming from an August 2007 domestic incident that involved the attempted kidnapping of a Willmar woman. Lopez's sentence in that case r
WILLMAR -- Brian Joseph Cash, 48, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony third-degree assault charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 7. The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were dispatched to an altercation around 11 p.m. April 23 along the 1600 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The caller reported a man and woman were arguing outside a vehicle. The caller said the man hit the woman and forced her into the vehicle. He then drove away.
WILLMAR -- A jury found James Howard Stellman, 50, of Grove City, guilty Thursday on three felony charges for robbing the Willmar Prescription Center of numerous types of pain medication and threatening a pharmacy employee last August. The verdict, on charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, terroristic th-reats and theft, was returned af-ter about one hour of deliberation. The two-day jury trial was before Judge Michael J.