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 Willmar couple entered guilty pleas Wednesday to felony charges of wrongfully obtaining public assistance. Jose Angel Vallejo, 41, and Mariana Luna Vallejo, 39, entered the pleas in Kandiyohi County District Court. Under plea agreements, two additional felony charges against Jose Vallejo and five additional charges against Mariana Vallejo for violating the declaration requirements for public assistance will be dismissed.
WILLMAR -- Corinne Clariette Fader, 57, of Spicer, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of second-degree drug sale for selling methamphetamine to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force. Under a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was lowered from first-degree level and two additional first-degree drug sale charges will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April 17. Fader is one of five people charged after a series of drug sales to an informant last summer and fall.
WILLMAR -- The court trial of Harvey Alford Carlson, 76, of Pennock, began and was continued Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Attorneys gave their opening statements in the case, where Carlson faces a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly molesting a girl when she was 5 to 11 years old. The trial was then continued to March 16 and 17 by District Judge Michael J. Thompson.
WILLMAR -- After years of state and federal appeals court decisions, a 30-year-old Willmar man accused of sexually molesting a 3-year-old boy almost 7 years ago was back in district court Wednesday. Orlando Manuel Bobadilla, 30, will -- once again -- make a first appearance in Kandiyohi County District Co-urt to face criminal se-xual conduct char-ges. That co-urt appearance is set for Monday afternoon Before Judge Kathryn N.
WILLMAR -- Jaime Turrubiates, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 34 months in prison on a second-degree assault charge for hitting another man in the head with a metal baseball bat Aug. 22 at Regency Estates West. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Turrubiates was ordered to pay a $50 fine and was given credit for 193 days already served in jail. The charge was filed after Willmar police officers were called to the mobile home park around 1:50 a.m. Aug. 22 regarding a fight involving a group of men and women.
WILLMAR -- Manuel Antonio Leiva-Pineda, 27, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman Sunday morning at an apartment building. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000. His next appearance is March 15. According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called to Dana Heights Apartments complex, 1500 15th St. S.E., around 3 a.m. Sunday. A woman there reported she'd been sexually assaulted.
WILLMAR -- Jarod Denis Siegfried, 28, of Kerkhoven, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of fourth-degree drug possession with intent to sell for possessing methamphetamine seized by CEEVI Drug Task Force agents in November. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was lowered from a third-degree charge and three additional felony charges for drug and paraphernalia possession and sale will be dismissed.
WILLMAR -- Jose Luis Angel Salinas, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 62 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, on a felony charge of driving while impaired. According to court files, Salinas was arrested by Willmar police officers on Nov. 9 after a citizen reported a vehicle all over the road at speeds of 80 to 90 mph on U.S. Highway 12.
WILLMAR -- Shari Jo Jablonski, 26, of Benson, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of third-degree assault for pushing a 6-year-old child into the bathtub, causing the girl to fall and break her collarbone. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another fe-lony for ma-licious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge were dismissed. Jablonski was ordered to serve 60 days in jail now, with the remaining jail time possibly served in June 2011 and 2012.
WILLMAR -- Gary Lee Mattson, 56, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three misdemeanor charges for allegedly running his vehicle over a blind man Nov. 16 at the intersection of First Street South and 19th Avenue. Mattson entered a not guilty plea, by signing a statement of rights form in traffic court, in Kandiyohi County District Court.