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 -- Juan Lomas Jr., 28, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a third-degree drug sale charge for allegedly accepting the delivery Monday of more than 11 pounds of marijuana to his home. The box was quickly confiscated when CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant at the residence. He is scheduled to appear again Se-pt.
WILLMAR -- Joey Gene Meyer, 50, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of second-degree drug sale for selling 13 grams of methamphetamine to an informant and agent for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was was reduc-ed from fi-rst deg-ree, and an another fi-rst-degree count will be dismissed. Meyer will be sentenced, likely to 41 months in prison, on Oct. 4. The charges were filed after a confidential informant for the drug task force made two meth purchases from Meyer on Aug. 28, 2009.
WILLMAR -- Samantha Sue Roberts, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, 20 years of probation, a $1,500 fine and 129 days in jail on a third-degree drug sale charge for her role in selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent. Roberts was given credit for 86 days already served in jail and will be allowed to do community service work to cover her fine. She was also se-ntenced on a gross misdemeanor charge for having children present during the March drug sale.
NEW LONDON -- Student enrollment in the New London-Spicer School District will likely exceed expectations when classes begin Sept. 7. As of Monday, the projected district enrollment is 1,464 students, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson. He presented the numbers during the district's school board meeting. The district budgeted for 1,441 students in grades kindergarten through 12 for the 2010-11 school year. However, there are either steady or increased student numbers in all grades except third grade and the senior class.
WILLMAR -- Michael Eugene Whitson, 64, of Atwater, made his first court appearance Monday on charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats for allegedly threatening his housemates with a gun Friday morning. Whitson was arrested after the Kandiyohi Co-unty Sheriff's Office Tactical Team used an armored vehicle to approach the home in the 6600 block of 159th Street Northeast, al-ong the east shore of Diamond Lake.
WILLMAR -- Two people made their first court appearances Friday on first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant. Elijah Manuel Gomez, 32, and Chillice Ann Angrimson, 24, of Willmar, were both ordered held on $200,000 unconditional bail. Both face two first-degree drug sale charges and a third-degree drug possession charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Both make their next appearance Aug. 30. According to the complaints against Gomez and Angrimson, the informant for the drug task force purchased 11.7 grams of meth on Aug.
WILLMAR -- One of three juveniles pleaded guilty Thursday to three third-degree burglary charges for burglarizing and setting fire to several garages in Willmar. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, five felony charges of first-degree arson, third-degree burglary and theft against Anthony Von Erickson, 16, of Willmar, will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Sept. 21. Erickson, Cody Ryan Sander, 17, of Kandiyohi and a 15-year-old juvenile were all charged after the June 12 incidents. Sander has pleaded not guilty to a total of 12 felony charges.
KANDIYOHI -- Michaela Bengtson, 18, daughter of Jerome and Kristine Bengtson of Kandiyohi, is one of 12 finalists for the 57th Princess Kay of the Milky Way.
WILLMAR -- Christopher Ruiz, 24, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a first-degree drug sale charge for allegedly providing methamphetamine sold to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force infor-mant. Un-conditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail allowed for $60,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Sept. 13. Ruiz is the second man charged in connection to the Dec. 22 sale. Jeffery Sydney Summerlet, 41, of Raymond, also faces a first-degree sale count. According to the complaint, the informant met Summerlet at his Raymond residence Dec.
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