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 -- A first-degree drug sale charge against Earl Hoting, 37, of Willmar, was dismissed Aug. 4 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Judge Michael J. Thompson dismissed the charge -- for two sales of 3.1 grams and 14.4 grams of meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant on July 15, 2009 -- after determining that Hoting was entrapped into selling the drugs.
WILLMAR -- Craig David Waterman, 51, of Raymond, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail, 10 years of probation and a $1,000 fine on a felony harassment charge for leaving sexually explicit phone messages on a neighbor's answering machine. As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Co-urt, Waterman was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to stay away from her residence, attend counseling, submit to a chemical use assessment, take his medications as prescribed and pay $285.63 in restitution. Up to 60 days of his jail time may be deferred if Waterman is complia
WILLMAR -- David Dennis Jacobson, 50, of Blomkest, appeared Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a felony charge of bribery for allegedly paying a man to "throw" his testimony in a drug sale case. Unconditional bail was set at $200,000. Jacobson's next hearing is an omnibus hearing on Sept. 2. According to the complaint, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force infor-mant met with drug task force agents in July regarding Jacobson offering the man money not to testify against him in the drug case. Jacobson faces first- and third-degree charges for allegedly selling the man 1.7 grams of meth on Nov.
WILLMAR -- Kenneth Alvin Christensen, 56, of Paynesville, made his first court appearance Thursday on three felony charges for allegedly pointing a gun at a sheriff's deputy Monday evening. Christensen faces charges of use of deadly force against a peace officer, second-degree assault and terroristic threats. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance is Aug. 16 in Kandiyohi County District Court. According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched around 5:45 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Edil Pineda Santos, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges of forgery and aggravated forgery for using the identity of another person. Santos, who is also known as Omar David Sanchez Melendez and Ericberto Pineda, was arrested July 5 for assaulting a woman at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Willmar. The subsequent in-vestigation by police re-vealed he was using at least one false name. As part of a plea ag-reement in Kandiyohi County District Court, five additional felony charges for aggravated forgery, forgery and terroristic threats, plus two misdemeanor charges for
WILLMAR -- Jeffery Sydney Summerlet, 41, of Raymond, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a first-degree drug sale charge for allegedly selling 10.4 grams of meth to a drug task force informant last December. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $30,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug. 16. According to the complaint, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant and an agent met Summerlet at his Raymond residence Dec.
WILLMAR -- Elio Naranjo Infante, 42, and Norma Infante, 47, both of Pennock, made their first court appearances Wednesday on first-degree drug sale charges for possessing 53 grams of cocaine. The drugs were found Tuesday during a search of the couple's Pennock home. Unconditional bail was set at $500,000 for both. No conditional bail was set for Elio Infante. Conditional bail was allowed for $100,000 for Norma Infante. Both are scheduled to make their next appearance Aug.
WILLMAR -- William Allan Tjaden, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree drug sale charge for selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from first-degree and another first-degree drug sale felony and a misdemeanor for driving after revocation will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 30. Tjaden was one of three people charged after the Dec. 22 sale.
WILLMAR -- A 51-year-old Willmar man is being held on $750,000 unconditional bail for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman Tuesday at and near the Eagles Club in Willmar. Jose Santoya Juarez faces five felony charges of first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and third-degree assault. He made his first appearance Thursday on the charges in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $400,000. His next appearance is Aug. 9. According to the complaint, Willmar police officers were dispatched around 8:45 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Manuel Antonio Leiva-Pineda, 27, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in prison, which was stayed, 10 years of probation and 150 days in the county jail on a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for sexually assaulting a woman at a Willmar apartment building. As part of his sentence handed do-wn in Kand-iyohi County District Co-urt, Leiva-Pineda was given credit for 150 days already served in jail. He was also fined $50, ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation and register as a