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 -- Erick Torres, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 78 months in prison on a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing meth and cocaine after he participated in a drug deal with CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December. As part of his sentence in Kandiyohi County District Court, Torres was given credit for 217 days already served, fined $1,500 and ordered to pay $900 in restitution. Two first-degree drug sale charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Torres was one of three people charged in connection to the Dec. 22 sale.
WILLMAR -- Lance Joel Cameron, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended second-degree drug possession charge for possessing 52 grams of methamphetamine found in his vehicle on New Year's Eve. As part of a plea ag-reement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was re-duced from first-degree and another first-degree drug sale charge and a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation -- inimical to public safety will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Sept. 2. Cameron and Vanessa Ramirez, 23, of Litchfield, were both charged after the incident.
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
WILLMAR -- Sarah Lynn Klein, 30, of Eden Valley, made her first court appearance Monday on criminal vehicular homicide charges for a motor vehicle crash Saturday that killed two Spicer residents. Unconditional bail was set at $200,000 in Meeker County District Court. Klein's next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 19. James R. Nelson, 50, and Amy J. Langford, 43, both died when the 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle they were riding was struck from behind by a 2005 Chevy van driven by Klein. The crash occurred around 4:20 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Christopher Gerald Wallace, 38, of Willmar, was sentenced Friday to five years of probation, a $500 fine and 99 days in jail on a felony charge of terroristic threats for threatening the life of a woman during a domestic incident on May 14. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Wallace was given credit for 62 days already served and ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and a batterer's intervention program.
Willmar Police Chief Jim Kulset may have han-ded in his badge on Friday, but he got to take his gun home with him. The retiring chief of was honored by the Willmar Police and Peace Officers Association, wh-ich purchased Kulset's service weapon, a .40-caliber Glock 22 handgun, from the city and had it engraved with his name and the dates of his tenure as chief.
WILLMAR -- New Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea was in Willmar on Thursday to observe the many innovative technologies used at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. Just 22 days into her tenure as chief justice, Gildea said she is inspired by the local courthouse staff's adaptation to the long list of technological advances and the staff's positive attitude. "Kandiyohi Co-unty is doing very well" with the advances, she said. "I appreciate the positive attitude from everyone.
WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old Willmar boy made his first court appearance Wednesday on felony assault and burglary charges for allegedly taking a bicycle from a garage and then pulling a knife on the man who confronted him about the theft. Martin Bravo was ordered held at the Prairie Lakes Youth Program secure unit. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is July 29. Bravo is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree burglary and a misdemeanor theft charge in connection to the July 20 incident.
WILLMAR -- James Howard Stellman, 50, of Grove City, was sentenced to 48 months in prison Thursday for robbing the Willmar Prescription Center of numerous types of pain medication last August. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Stellman was ordered to pay a $50 fine and $1,446.64 in restitution from his prison earnings.
WILLMAR -- Samantha Sue Roberts, 31, of Melrose, pleaded guilty Thursday to a third-degree drug sale charge and a gross misdemeanor child endangerment charge for her role in selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent. As part of a plea agreement, Roberts entered guilty pleas to the same charges as Brenda Sue Acrie, 53, also of Melrose.