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 -- An 18-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault for beating up a student at Willmar Senior High School. David Gutierrez Jr. was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was stayed, a $300 fine and one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay $1,231.55 in restitution. The sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Michael J. Thompson. Gutierrez had also been charged with a felony count of third-degree assault. That charge was dismissed March 30 at the request of the county attorney's office.
WILLMAR -- Two Melrose women made their first court appearance Thursday on first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling 200 hydrocodone tablets to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 for both Brenda Sue Acrie, 52, and Samantha Sue Roberts, 31. Conditional bail was allowed for both at $7,500. Their next appearance in court is May 10. According to the complaint, a CEE-VI agent received information in January that the women could sell Lortab, a prescription medication, for $5 a tablet. He gave his contact information to the women.
WILLMAR -- A 42-year-old Atwater man pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree assault charge for attempting to run down a 10-year-old child with a pickup last August. Brennan James Cave will be sentenced June 7. As part of a plea agreement reached the day before a jury trial was to begin in Kandiyohi County District Court, a misdemeanor for domestic assault will be dismissed. The char-ges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's detective began investigating a family services report that Cave had attempted to run down the 10-year-old on Aug. 1 in rural Atwater.
WILLMAR -- Kelly Marie Lipinski, 41, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to five years of probation and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines on two felony theft charges for making false ink cartridge re-turns at a local office supply store and pocketing the money. According to court records, Lipinski already paid $5,776.67 in restitution on April 13.
WILLMAR -- An 19-year-old Sparta, Wis., teenager was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, which was stayed, 25 years of probation and 363 days in the county jail on a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for assaulting two young girls last April. In Kandiyohi County District Court, Cameron John Waters was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, register as a predatory offender, submit to a psycho-sexual evaluation, attend sex offender treatment and have no unsupervised contact with minor females without permission from his probation officer. As part of a plea agreement, another first-degree
WILLMAR -- Brian Joseph Cash, 48, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a third-degree assault charge for allegedly hitting a woman during a domestic incident Friday evening. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 with conditional release allowed on his personal recognizance. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is May 10. Cash also faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. According to the complaint, around 11 p.m. Friday, two Willmar police officers were dispatched to an altercation along the 1600 block of Fifth Street Southwest.
WILLMAR -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday approved calling for bids for the demolition of the existing playground apparatus at Prairie Woods Elementary School. The demolition, scheduled between June 7 and 11, will make way for a new playground apparatus. The new equipment, along with relocation of some of the existing equipment, will be completed by the start of school in the fall.
These days, it's taking less and less imagination to see the Litchfield Opera House as, well, an opera house. That's because more and more work by volunteers, over the past three winters, has slowly returned the 1900 building from an office building and community center into the performing arts venue it was designed to be more than a century ago. To celebrate the progress on the restoration project, Greater Litchfield Opera House Association Inc., the non-profit corporation formed to save the historic building, is hosting an open house on Saturday, May 1. The event is scheduled from 9 a
BENSON -- A man has been charged with second-degree burglary in connection to the Oct. 19 burglary of Breen's Pharmacy in Benson, with another man in custody in Alabama, according to Benson Police Chief Jim Crace. Police are looking for a third suspect. James Michael McClintock, 55, of Hanceville, Ala., appeared March 31 in Swift County District Court.
WILLMAR -- Craig Allan Hargreaves, 39, of New London, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges for molesting a 12-year-old boy in the summer of 2007 and to first-degree witness tampering for asking fellow jail inmates to "take care" of witnesses in the sex case. Also in Kandiyohi County District Court, Hargreaves pleaded guilty to a fifth-degree drug charge and to furnishing alcohol to a minor. No sentencing date was set. According to prosecutor Connie Crowell, she met with the victims in the cases and they were supportive of the plea agreement.