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 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.
WILLMAR -- Two men were sentenced Monday to prison terms on second-degree drug sale charges for selling methamphetamine to CEE-VI Drug Task Force informants. The sentences were handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. Eric Jon Larcom, 29, of Spicer, was sentenced to 68 months in prison and ordered to pay a $50 fine and $1,250 in restitution from his prison earnings.
WILLMAR -- A 50-year-old Raymond man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony harassment charge for leaving sexually explicit phone messages on a neighbor's answering machine. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, a misdemeanor charge for making obscene or harassing phone calls against Craig David Waterman will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Aug. 17. The charges were filed after a Raymond couple contacted the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 29 regarding obscene phone messages left on their machine over several months.
WILLMAR -- Gonzalo Sanchez, 41, of Blomkest, made his first appearance Monday on two first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for alleged sexual contact last fall with a now 13-year-old girl. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. Conditions include no contact with the girl or her immediate family, no unsupervised contact with females under 18 and no assaultive behavior or weapons. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is June 28. According to the complaint, a man and a woman came to the Law Enforcement Center on Feb.
WILLMAR -- Travis Dean Ryks, 25, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty Monday to a first-degree assault charge for allegedly shaking a 2-month-old baby and inflicting a traumatic brain injury. The plea was entered during an omnibus hearing in Kandiyohi County District Court. During the hearing, Scott Belfry, Ryks' public defense attorney, argued that there is no probable cause for the first-degree charge, which is based on great bodily harm. The child, now almost 7 months old, is in foster care and is doing well, Belfry argued before District Judge Donald M.
WILLMAR -- Brian Joseph Cash, 48, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony third-degree assault charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced July 7. The charges were filed after two Willmar police officers were dispatched to an altercation around 11 p.m. April 23 along the 1600 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The caller reported a man and woman were arguing outside a vehicle. The caller said the man hit the woman and forced her into the vehicle. He then drove away.
WILLMAR -- Guillermo Lopez Jr., 21, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison on a felony charge of failing to meet the registration requirements as a predatory offender. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Lopez was also ordered to pay a $750 fine and $80 in restitution in another theft case. A stay of execution was revoked on a prison term of one year and one day on a felony fifth-degree assault charge stemming from an August 2007 domestic incident that involved the attempted kidnapping of a Willmar woman. Lopez's sentence in that case r
WILLMAR -- A jury found James Howard Stellman, 50, of Grove City, guilty Thursday on three felony charges for robbing the Willmar Prescription Center of numerous types of pain medication and threatening a pharmacy employee last August. The verdict, on charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, terroristic th-reats and theft, was returned af-ter about one hour of deliberation. The two-day jury trial was before Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- A 32-year-old man from Brownsville, Texas, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for molesting an 8-year-old girl while his family lived in Willmar. Renato Rodriguez entered an Alford plea to the charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but does admit there is likely enough evidence for a jury to convict him. As part of a plea agreement, three additional first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges will be dismissed.
WILLMAR -- Daniel Amor, 45, of Montevideo, was sentenced Tuesday to 33 months in prison, which was stayed, 305 days in the county jail, 25 years of probation and a $1,500 fine on a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for molesting a girl over a period of three years. As part of his sentence handed down by Judge Donald M.