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, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing meth and cocaine after he participated in selling meth to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in December. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two first-degree drug sale charges against Torres were dismissed. He will be sentenced July 26. The presumptive sentence is 28 months in prison. Torres was one of three people charged in connection to the Dec. 22 sale.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved a budget for the 2010-11 year. The budget includes $12,960,044 in general fund revenues and $12,675,659 in expenditures, leaving $284,385 to help the district rebuild its general fund balance. The general fund balance was just $5,129 on June 30, 2009, but is expected to be $131,166 on June 30 of this year and $415,551 on June 30, 2011. "We are in recovery," Business Manager Barb Gjerde told the board after she presented the budget information. The leading factor in the recovery is funding from a $200 per pupil levy that ta
WILLMAR -- Harvey Alford Carlson, 77, of Pennock, was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison plus a five-year conditional release period on a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for molesting a girl when she was between the ages of 5 and 11. Carlson was also ordered to register as a predatory offender and pay a $1,000 fine. The pri-son sentence followed the sentencing guidelines that were in effect be-tween 1988 and 1994, when the abuse happened.
WILLMAR -- Manuel Antonio Leiva-Pineda, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to an amended charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a woman Feb. 28 at a Willmar apartment building. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from a third-degree charge. Leiva-Pineda will be sentenced to no further executed jail time so he may be turned over to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Leiva-Pineda entered an Alford plea to the charge.
WILLMAR -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in prison on a third-degree assault charge for stabbing a juvenile male on Jan. 15. David Hernandez was also ordered to pay a $50 fine as part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, a second-degree assault charge was dismissed. Restitution in the case was reserved for 30 days. He was given credit for 101 days already served in jail. The charges were filed after Willmar police officers were called around 9:15 p.m. Jan.
WILLMAR -- Oscar Manuel Trochez-Martinez, 17, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 41 months in prison for robbing a downtown Willmar business at gunpoint. As part of his sentence on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge, Trochez-Martinez was ordered to pay $2,932 in restitution, jointly with his co-defendant Angel Guzman-Rodriguez, 21, of Willmar. Guzman-Rodriguez was sentenced in March to 41 months in prison, also on a first-degree aggravated robbery charge. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony for second-degree assault was dismissed.
WILLMAR -- Eric Flores, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison and $100 in fines on drug and weapons possession charges for possessing meth and a rifle when he was stopped by Willmar police in March. The sentence was handed down by Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar man will serve jail time and probation for driving his vehicle over a blind man in the crosswalk of a busy intersection. Gary Lee Mattson, 56, was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of probation on a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a blind person. The charge was filed after a Nov. 16 incident at First Street South and 19th Avenue in Willmar. There, Mattson drove his vehicle over Thomas Sykora, 58, of Willmar. "It is unbelievable that someone would leave the scene of an accident such as this," Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- Gary Lee Mattson, 56, of Willmar, was sentenced this morning to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and a year of probation on a misdemeanor charge of failure to stop for a blind person for a Nov. 16 incident in which he ran over a blind man at First Street South and 19th Avenue in Willmar. As part of his sentence, handed down by Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- A district judge has ordered a mental competency evaluation for Thomas Harold Kremer, 62, of Kandiyohi, who faces eight first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct char-ges for al-legedly mo-lesting two children. In an order filed Monday, Judge Donald M. Spilseth or-dered that Kremer be examined by forensic psychologist Dr.