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 28-year-old Paynesville man made his first court appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of assault for allegedly attempting to run over several people with a vehicle Sunday morning. Robert Stanley Jones faces a second-degree assault charge, plus five misdemeanor charges for fifth-degree assault, driving while impaired and driving without a license. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 and conditional bail for $400 cash only. His next appearance is Sept. 21. According to the complaint, two Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called around 1 a.m.
WILLMAR -- An 18-year-old Sparta, Wis., teenager made his first court appearance Friday on criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly assaulting two young girls in April. Cameron John Waters faces two first-degree felony charges in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. No conditional bail was allowed. His next appearance is Sept. 14. According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called May 9 to a Lake Lillian residence regarding a sexual assault. A man there said that Waters had visited their home for a week in April.
WILLMAR -- A 31-year-old New London man pleaded guilty Thursday to a fifth-degree drug sale charge for running a marijuana growing operation in the basement of a home on North Long Lake. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, two additional fifth-degree drug possession charges against Marc Alan Gau-quie will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Oct.
Update: The sex charges against KC Shannon Johns of Rochester, Minn., listed in West Central Tribune stories published Aug. 28, 2009, and Sept. 3, 2009, were dismissed. The dismissal was filed March 3, 2010, by the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office.
WILLMAR -- The corn and soybean crops still have potential to make good yields this fall, all that's needed is warm fall days and a later first frost. Considering the conditions this year's crop has endured -- dry conditions in June and July, lots of moisture in August and cool temperatures over the entire summer -- there is still lots of potential for a good crop, said Larry Konsterlie, who raises corn and soybeans near Willmar. "We need a good September, with decent temperatures, and we need to keep the frost away," he said. Konsterlie estimates the crops are 10 days behind normal develop
Update: The sex charges against KC Shannon Johns of Rochester, Minn., listed in West Central Tribune stories published Aug. 28, 2009, and Sept. 3, 2009, were dismissed. The dismissal was filed March 3, 2010, by the Kandiyohi County Attorney's office and a West Central Tribune story on the dismissal was published on March 19, 2010.
WILLMAR -- Jenna L. Van Buren, 19, of Willmar, died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 11 a.m. Wednesday along U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar. Van Buren's grandmother, Marilyn Faber-Schafer, confirmed this morning that the young woman was taken to a Twin Cities hospital and that she has died. According to the State Patrol, Van Buren was driving a 1998 Mercury that collided with a 2005 Ford van driven by Paul A. Wier, 50, of Osakis, at the intersection of Highway 71 and County Road 90, also known as 37th Ave.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled against the man sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for shooting at Clara City Police Chief Ralph Bradley during a September 2005 high-speed chase into Willmar. In an unpublished opinion released Tuesday, the court disagreed with Enrique Villareal Jr.'s appeal that the testimony of his accomplice was not enough to prove that he intended to kill Bradley by shooting at his squad car.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School board approved the district's participation in the River Lakes Hockey cooperative at its regular meeting Monday. The hockey agreement, which includes NLS, ROCORI, Paynesville, Albany, St.
WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on a second-degree assault charge for allegedly hitting another man in the head with a metal baseball bat early Saturday morning in Regency Estates West. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 for Jaime Turrubiates. Conditional bail was set at $10,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim or his home and possess no weapons, guns or baseball bats. Turrubiates' next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Sept.