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 -- The Wisconsin sex offender accused of beating, sexually assaulting and robbing a 73-year-old woman at a church waived his right to an omnibus hearing Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. A pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 22 for Lindon Roy Knutson, 61, who faces four felony charges: first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree aggravated robbery, third-degree assault and theft in connection to the Nov.
WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 Monday for David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, who faces two felony charges in connection with a five-hour armed standoff with Willmar police on Thursday evening. In Kandiyohi County District Court, Chambers faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, along with a gross misdemeanor charge for obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for intentionally pointing a gun. Conditional bail was set at $5,000 cash only by Judge Donald M. Spilseth.
WILLMAR -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved a resolution directing the district's administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions. Thus begins the timeline for budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year. Superintendent Paul Carlson presented a timeline whereby the board will work on the budget reductions over the next three months and approve the cuts at the April 12 board meeting.
WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 this morning for David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, who faces two felony charges in connection with a five-hour armed standoff with Willmar Police Thursday evening. Chambers faces charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, along with a gross misdemeanor charge for obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for intentionally pointing a gun in Kandiyohi County District Court. Conditional bail was set at $5,000 cash only by Judge Donald M. Spilseth.
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WILLMAR -- Three more people have made their first court appearances on first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force. Corinne Clariette Fader, 57, of Spicer, faces three drug sale and conspiracy charges. She appeared Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $120,000 with conditional bail at $8,000 cash only. Shea Morgan Carlson, identified as Fader's son, faces one drug sale charge and made his first appearance Thursday.
WILLMAR -- Jennifer Ann Jacobson, 44, of Kandiyohi, made her first appearance Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a set of first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in September. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000, with conditional bail for $4,000 cash. Judge Donald M. Spilseth ordered the bail to be in addition to the bail amounts on another drug-related case in which Jacobson is charged. She appeared Dec.
CLONTARF -- The Benson School Board has approved signing on to the state's application for the federal Race to the Top grant money. The decision came Monday at the board's regular meeting at St. Malachy's Church in Clontarf, according to Superintendent Lee Westrum. The board hosts four meetings a year in the outlying communities of Clontarf, DeGraff, Danvers and Swift Falls. The school district serves all four communities. The district had until Jan. 13 to decide if it would participate in the Minnesota Department of Education's application to the U.S.
WILLMAR -- In Minnesota, 403 people lost their lives as a result of traffic crashes in 2009, the lowest number of highway fatalities since 356 people died on the road in 1944. The preliminary number was released Monday by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, and may rise as more reports are received, according to a news release from the department.
WILLMAR -- A Clara City couple have entered pleas to amended felony charges for claiming more than $21,000 in public assistance while he worked under a false name. Sandra Veronica Martinez, 35, pleaded guilty Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court to a lower level felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance. Under a plea agreement, another charge for failing to meet declaration requirements for public assistance will be dismissed. She will be sentenced March 8. Isidoro Martinez pleaded guilty Dec. 23 to a similar charge. A check forgery charge was dismissed on Dec.