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 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 -- 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 -- Ernesto Pacheco Nieto, 49, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for taking more than $7,000 in public benefits while he was employed. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a higher-level felony and a felony charge against his wife, Susana Nieto, 42, of Willmar, will be dismissed. Ernesto Nieto will also pay $1,000 in restitution on his sentencing date, Aug.
WILLMAR -- Felony assault and terroristic threats charges against a 20-year-old New London man were dismissed Friday for lack of probable case. Jesse Jerald Keehn had also faced a misdemeanor charge of assault, which was also dismissed, for a May 14 incident that involved an argument with a neighbor and the firing of a shotgun. In the Kandiyohi County District Court order dismissing the charges, Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Paynesville man made his first court appearance Monday on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile female in June. Unconditional bail was set at $125,000 for Timothy George Powers Jr. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug. 2. According to the complaint, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office began investigating a sexual assault after receiving a family services report on July 1. A 17-year-old girl said she'd been forced to have sex with Powers.
WILLMAR -- A 20-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Monday on a felony second-degree assault charge for allegedly ramming a man's vehicle Friday afternoon in Spicer and pursing him to New London. Veronica Gonzalez Navarro also faces misdemeanor charges of domestic assault, property damage and driving after suspension. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. Her next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug.
WILLMAR -- Shea Morgan Carlson, 24, of Spicer, was sentenced Thursday to 58 months in prison on a second-degree drug sale charge for his role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Carlson was given credit for 265 days already served and ordered to pay a $50 fine. Carlson is one of five people charged in December in connection with a series of drug purchases made by a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in July and August of 2009. The informant purchased a total of 22.5 grams of meth during the d
WILLMAR -- Jarrett Zachary Galvin, 20, of Owatonna, pleaded guilty Thursday to two felony drug sale charges for his role in selling LSD-laced candy, narcotic pills and marijuana to a confidential informant and a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent. Galvin entered the pleas, to third- and fifth-degree charges, in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, six additional drug sale charges will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 26. Galvin is one of three men charged in connection with the alleged sales in October, November and March. L.W.
WILLMAR -- Brenda Sue Acrie, 53, of Melrose, pleaded guilty Wednesday 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, three first-degree drug sale counts and another gross misdemeanor for child endangerment will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Aug. 30 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Acrie and Samantha Sue Roberts, 31, also of Melrose, were both charged after they allegedly sold pills on March 10 to the agent.
WILLMAR -- Jessica Beth Kruger, 29, of Litchfield, was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail, five years of probation and a $50 fine on felony theft charge for taking $39,516.99 intended to help students pay school expenses from Lutheran Social Service in Willmar. As part of her sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Kruger was also ordered to pay $39,516.99 in restitution to LSS and the organization's insurance company.