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 57-year-old rural Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on felony charges for allegedly threatening a man with a gun and shooting seven puppies on Saturday. Terence Dale Schwartz faces charges of second-degree assault and animal cruelty in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Nov. 9. According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called around 6 p.m.
WILLMAR -- A 36-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on two felony criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly molesting a young girl. Adrian Lee Vanderlinden faces one first-degree and one second-degree charge in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $150,000 with conditional bail allowed for $25,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the children involved in the case and any other children under the age of 18 and possess no weapons.
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday supporting a grant application to the Minnesota State High School League for funding to help low-income students pay participation fees and for automated external deliberators and training. The action was taken at the board's regular meeting.
OLIVIA -- Three people were arrested Thursday and made their first court appearances Monday in Renville County District Court on drug-selling charges. According to a news release from the Olivia Police Department, Rey David Guerrero, 26, and Jessica Elizabeth Munoz-Guerrero, 22, of Olivia, and Charles Manual Willert, 27, of Hector, were arrested after as search warrant was served Thursday on a home along Cedar Avenue in Olivia. Olivia officers, and officers from the Renville County Sheriff's Office and CEE-VI Drug Task Force, served the warrant and discovered drugs, a gun, money and other ev
OLIVIA -- Two 33-year-old Olivia women have been arrested and charged with controlled substance crimes for allegedly selling prescription pills to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent and informant. Nikki Jean Chalupsky and Fay Lynn Eisenbraun were arrested late last week by the Olivia Police Department and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force and made their first appearances in Renville County District Court on Oct. 16 and Tuesday. Chalupsky made her first court appearance on Oct. 16 on a first-degree controlled substance sale charge.
WILLMAR -- A 19-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. As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, a fifth-degree drug sale charge against Vanessa Marie Garza will be dismissed and she will receive a stay of adjudication on her sentence. Under a stay of adjudication, no conviction will appear on her record. She will be sentenced Nov.
WILLMAR -- A 74-year-old Spicer man made his first appearance Thursday on criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy about 10 years ago. Marlin Leroy Kroona faces three felony charges, two first-degree charges and one second-degree count, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. His next appearance is Nov. 2. The charges were filed after sheriff's deputies were called to a verbal domestic between Kroona and a 20-year-old man on Aug.
WILLMAR -- A 28-year-old Wyndmere, N.D., man made his first court appearance Thursday on felony charges for claiming more than $21,000 in public assistance while working under a false name. Isidoro Martinez faces two felony charges for wrongfully obtaining assistance and check forgery in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. His next appearance is Nov. 2. Martinez is also known as Bentino Narvaiz Jr.
WILLMAR -- The sentencing date for Miles David Edinburgh has been set for Dec. 2 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Edinburgh, 19, of Willmar, was found guilty last Thursday of second-degree murder for the July 2008 stabbing death of Adam Kenneth Milton. A jury of seven men and five women found the young man guilty of the original charge of second-degree intentional murder and a lesser included charge of second degree felony murder.
BENSON -- The Benson City Council heard, but did not take action on proposed increases in the city's utility rates at the regular meeting Monday evening. The rates, if approved, would take effect on Jan. 1, according to city manager Rob Wolfington. City staff has been reviewing water, wastewater and electric rates and recommended the increases, which would include water, sewer, electric, garbage and taxes.