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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NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board continues to work through budget reductions for the 2010-11 school year. At the regular meeting Monday, the board also accepted two letters of retirement that will help the district make the reductions without cutting teacher jobs, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson.
WILLMAR -- Mowalid Muse Hirsi, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison for robbing a man at knifepoint in November. Hirsi was given credit for 121 days already served in jail and ordered to pay $102 in restitution and a $50 fine. A jury found Hirsi guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery on Feb. 4 after a one-day trial in Kandiyohi County District Court. The charges were filed after a man called police around 2:40 a.m. Nov.
WILLMAR -- Sandra Veronica Martinez, 35, of Clara City, was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of wrongfully ob-taining assistance. Martinez was also ordered to pay $21,065 in restitution. Her husband, Isidoro Martinez, 29, was sentenced Jan.
WILLMAR -- A 58-year-old Willmar man was ordered on Friday to serve 54 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, for molesting several young girls eight years ago. In Kandiyohi County District Court, Judge Donald M.
BUFFALO -- The driver in the April 5, 2008, bus crash along Interstate 94 that killed a Pelican Rapids High School student was sentenced Friday to 30 days in jail, 30 days of house arrest and 30 days of community work service. Loren Ernst, 71, of Moorhead, was sentenced Friday afternoon in Wright County District Court in Buffalo on a gross misdemeanor charge of criminal vehicular operation. He'd earlier entered a plea agreement that dismissed two felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide or operation in the case.
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 -- 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 -- 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.