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 24-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on a single felony charge of aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing a man at knifepoint early Sunday morning. Mowalid Muse Hirsi also faces charges in Kandiyohi County District Court of driving while impaired. Unconditional bail was set at $70,000 with conditional bail at $5,000 cash. His next appearance is Nov. 23. According to the complaint, a man called police around 2:40 a.m. Sunday from the area of Ella Avenue and Seventh St-reet Northwest and reported he had been robbed at knifepoint.
WILLMAR -- A 27-year-old Willmar woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for her role in receiving more than 10 pounds of marijuana in the mail in September. Ana Patricia Gutierrez, 27, entered the plea Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Under a plea agreement, a fifth-degree drug sale charge will be dismissed and she will receive a stay of adjudication when sentenced Dec.
BENSON -- The Benson City Council approved increases in the city's utility rates at the regular meeting Monday. The rate increases take effect on Jan. 1, according to city manager Rob Wolfington, and include water, sewer, electric, garbage and taxes. An average residential user of the minimum amount of water would see a 5.3 percent increase in utility costs.
WILLMAR -- Erick Antonio Caballero, 31, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to a year and a day in prison, which was stayed and five years of probation on a third-degree assault charge for beating a man with a belt and his fists in June. Caballero was also ordered to cooperate with agents from the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and serve 149 days in jail, with credit for 149 days served, as part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, the charge was elevated from a fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charge and a felony second-deg
WILLMAR -- Omar Jason Romero, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison on a felony charge of second-degree drug sales for selling 5.4 grams of methamphetamine for $800 to an informant last December. The sentence was one of three handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court. Romero was also se-ntenced to a year and a day in pris-on on a fel-ony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and 365 days in jail on a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. The lesser sentences will be served concurrently with the prison sentence. The charges stem from a serie
WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of assault for allegedly hitting a 16-year-old boy in the head with a baseball bat during a fight. According to court documents, the teen identified Daniel Loera by the large gang tattoo on the back of his head and by his mug shot. Loera faces three felony assault charges, including second-, third- and fifth-degree counts, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $80,000. His next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 16. According to the complaint, Willmar police were called on Sept.
WILLMAR -- The little black and white puppy romps and chews playfully on a toy, seemingly oblivious to all that has happened in the last two weeks of her short nine-week long life. The pit bull/Brittany spaniel cross, who has no official name but is called "Missy" or "Puppy," is the only surviving member of a litter of nine pups first dumped into a drainage ditch and then shot last Saturday by a rural Willmar man. Trisha Chapman, her fiancé Mike Schulz and two children intend to keep the puppy after what she has been through. "We will keep her," Chapman said Thursday.
WILLMAR -- A 55-year-old Kerkhoven man made his first court appearance Thursday on 10 felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $17,000 from West Central Industries over a period of two years. Steven Douglas Byers, the former accounting director for West Central Industries, faces five charges in Kandiyohi County District Court of financial transaction card fraud and five charges of theft by swindle. He was released on his personal recognizance and ordered to have no contact with West Central Industries. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec.
WILLMAR -- A 28-year-old Litchfield woman made her first court appearance Thursday on a single felony theft charge for allegedly stealing $39,516.99 intended to help students pay school expenses. Jessica Beth Kruger is charged in Kandiyohi County District Court with stealing the money from Lutheran Social Service in Willmar. Kruger was released on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is Jan.
WILLMAR -- Jesus Elizabeth Vasquez, 32, of Willmar was sentenced to a year and a day of stayed prison time, 10 years of probation and 2,080 hours of community service work on felony charges of aggravated forgery and wrongfully obtaining assistance. As part of her sentence handed down by Judge Kathryn N. Smith in Kandiyohi County District Court, Vasquez was ordered to pay $68,368.65 in restitution in the case.