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 -- Two adults and two children were taken by ambulance Sunday morning to Rice Memorial Hospital after their minivan was struck, spun around and overturned in a two-vehicle crash around 9 a.m. at Seventh Street and Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest. The man driving the other vehicle fled the scene, but was located soon afterward by Willmar police. Cesar Vidal Rodriguez, 18, made his first court appearance Monday on five gross misdemeanor charges of criminal vehicular operation, driving while impaired and leaving the scene of an accident.
OLIVIA -- Longtime Olivia family physician Dr. James A. Cosgriff, 85, died Saturday at his home, nearly two years after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Cosgriff, know as Dr. Jim or Doc Jim to many in the community, practiced medicine in Olivia for almost 60 years, according to his sister, Nancy Cosgriff of Marine on St. Croix. Dr.
WILLMAR -- Two Willmar women made their first court appearances Friday on drug charges for allegedly receiving more than 10 pounds of marijuana in the mail. Ana Patricia Gutierrez, 27, and Vanessa Marie Garza, 19, both face fifth-degree drug sale and possession charges. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for each. Conditional was allowed for $10,000. Both make their next appearance on Oct. 5. According to the complaint, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent received information Wednesday from a U.S.
WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty Thursday to three charges for a series of crimes between January and June of this year. Omar Jason Romero pleaded guilty to a second-degree drug sale felony, a felony for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a gross misdemeanor for domestic assault. As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, two first-degree witness tampering charges, a second-degree assault charge, a terroristic threats charge and a list of lesser traffic violations against Romero will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar couple made their first court appearance Thursday on felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance - theft for allegedly receiving more than $42,000 in medical assistance funds while they were working and earning up to $5,000 a month. Jose Angel Vallejo, 41, and Mariana Luna Vallejo, 38, also face additional charges in Kandiyohi County District Court for violating the declaration requirements for public assistance. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000 for both of them. Conditional release was allowed on their personal recognizance.
MONTEVIDEO -- Unconditional bail was set at $750,000 Thursday for the 21-year-old Montevideo man charged with six counts of assault for allegedly stabbing three people outside of a Montevideo bar No conditional bail was set for Victor Daniel Medina when he appeared in Chippewa County District Court, according to county attorney Dwayne Knutsen. Medina waived extradition Wednesday from Codington County, S.D. He was arrested last week by law enforcement officials in Watertown, S.D., after a person from the Montevideo area recognized him in a retail store and notified law enforcement. Medina h
WILLMAR -- Craig Allan Hargreaves, 39, of New London, has been allowed to withdraw his guilty pleas to witness tampering and criminal sexual conduct charges in Kandiyohi County District Court. In an order issued Tuesday, District Judge David L.
WILLMAR -- The 21-year-old man wanted for allegedly stabbing three people outside of a downtown Montevideo bar has been arrested in Watertown, S.D. According to Sgt. Ken Schule of the Montevideo Police Department, Victor Daniel Medina, of Montevideo, was arrested Thursday evening in a Watertown store after a person from the Montevideo area recognized him and called law enforcement. Medina will ap-pear at 9 a.m. today in an extradition hearing in Codington County in South Dakota.
WILLMAR -- The 21-year-old Montevideo man wanted for allegedly stabbing three people outside of a downtown Montevideo bar on Sept. 4 has been arrested in Watertown, S.D. According to a news release from the Montevideo Police Department, Victor Daniel Medina was arrested Thursday evening in a Watertown store after a person from the Montevideo area recognized him and called law enforcement. Medina will appear in an extradition hearing in Codington County, S.D., at 9 a.m. Wednesday. If he waives extradition, he could be transported back to Chippewa County later that day.
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Atwater man made his first court appearance Friday on charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and driving while impaired for allegedly running from the law at speeds over 100 mph early Thursday morning. Steven Bruce Wothe faces the felony fleeing charge, two counts of gross misdemeanor driving while impaired and a misdemeanor careless driving charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 with conditional bail allowed for $500. His next appearance is Sept.