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 -- Shari Jo Jablonski, 26, of Benson, was sentenced Thursday to 180 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of third-degree assault for pushing a 6-year-old child into the bathtub, causing the girl to fall and break her collarbone. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another fe-lony for ma-licious punishment of a child and a misdemeanor domestic assault charge were dismissed. Jablonski was ordered to serve 60 days in jail now, with the remaining jail time possibly served in June 2011 and 2012.
WILLMAR -- Gary Lee Mattson, 56, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three misdemeanor charges for allegedly running his vehicle over a blind man Nov. 16 at the intersection of First Street South and 19th Avenue. Mattson entered a not guilty plea, by signing a statement of rights form in traffic court, in Kandiyohi County District Court.
WILLMAR -- Adrian Lee Vanderlinden, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison, a 10-year conditional release period and a $3,000 fine on a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting a young girl. Under a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony criminal sexual conduct charge against him was dismissed.
WILLMAR -- David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of terroristic threats for threatening several officers during a five-hour armed standoff with local police on Jan. 7. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a gross misdemeanor charge for obstructing the legal process and a misdemeanor for intentionally pointing a gun will be dismissed. He will be sentenced March 25. Judge Kathryn N.
WILLMAR -- A 37-year-old Blomkest man made his first court appearance Monday on a third-degree assault charge for allegedly beating up a woman early Sunday morning. Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 for Francisco Javier Tamez Jr. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is March 8. According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called Sunday to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A woman there reported she, Tamez and several others had gone to a casino and had been drinking.
WILLMAR -- Jury trial dates for Aug. 17 to 20 were set Monday for the Wisconsin sex offender accused of beating, sexually assaulting and robbing a 73-year-old woman in November at a rural church. Lindon Roy Knutson, 61, also has a pre-trial hearing set for April 12 in Kandiyohi County District Court. A pretrial hearing was conducted Monday afternoon, with attorneys in the case meeting in chambers with District Judge Michael J. Thompson. Knutson lists a Bemidji address but has spent much of the last 30 years in Wisconsin prisons or institutions.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board unanimously appointed current assistant principal Joe Broderick as the new elementary principal at the regular meeting Monday. Board member Helena Lungstrom made the motion after Superintendent Paul Carlson began presenting information on how the district could assess leadership and the use of school site leadership teams, especially in light of current elementary principal Sonya Peterson's retirement after this school year. Lungstrom advocated for taking the opportunity, created by Peterson's retirement and budget cuts that may eliminate the
WILLMAR -- Alfredo Encarnacion Hernandez, 22, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to an amended charge of second-degree drug sales and will likely be sentenced to 57 months in prison. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge was reduced from first-degree and he will serve a "top of the box" sentence based on state sentencing guidelines.
WILLMAR -- Jared John Netzke, 22, of New Ulm, and Esteban J. "Stevie" Ramos Jr., 24, of Willmar, made their first court appearances Friday on drug charges for selling methamphetamine to a drug task force informant on Wednesday. Netzke faces a second-degree drug possession charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000 with no conditional bail allowed. Ramos faces a second-degree drug sale charge in connection to the drug sale, plus charges for fifth-degree drug possession and possession of a pistol or assault weapon by someone convicted of a violent crime.
WILLMAR -- Lake Country Wind Energy LLC has almost reached its goal of signing easements on the 30,000 acres of land needed for the community-owned wind energy project in Kandiyohi and Meeker counties. Lake Country and National Wind, a Minneapolis-based consultant for 13 similar wind energy projects across the country, announced Wednesday that almost 25,000 acres have been signed onto the project.