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 -- 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 In an unpublished opinion released Tuesday, the court disagreed with Enrique Villareal Jr.'s appeal that the testimony of his accomplice was not enough to prove that he intended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.
WILLMAR -- The next Princess Kay of the Milky Way just might be a dairy farmer's daughter from right here in Kandiyohi County. Two young women, Emily Schueler of Raymond and Bethany Urban of rural New London, are among the 12 finalists to become the 56th Princess Kay, who will be crowned Wednesday and serve for the next year as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's 5,000 dairy farmers. Schueler and Urban, both 20, are in their third year serving as Kandiyohi County dairy princesses. The finalists were selected in May from a field of more than 70 county princesses.
WILLMAR -- A 46-year-old Raymond man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and to a misdemeanor for careless driving in connection with a March 8 incident that involved running from an officer with almost a pound of marijuana in his vehicle. Brian Scott Turbes will be sentenced Sept. 21 in Kandiyohi County District Court. As part of a plea agreement, two additional felony charges, plus another misdemeanor, will be dismissed. The charges were filed after a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy on patrol around 3:30 a.m.
WILLMAR -- Gerardo Cory Lopez, 34, of Willmar made his first court appearance Monday on a first-degree drug sale charge for possessing 17.6 grams of methamphetamine and felony burglary and assault charges for allegedly breaking into a home in May and beating a man with a stick. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. Lopez' next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug. 31. He also faces a misdemeanor assault charge in the burglary case. According to the drug complaint, Willmar Police were looking for a suspect in an assault with a knife case around 12:45 a.m.
WILLMAR -- A 29-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on two felony first-degree witness tampering charges for allegedly threatening to kidnap a woman's daughters, take them to Mexico, get them hooked on drugs and prostitute them. The woman was scheduled to testify in another court case, which charges Omar Jason Romero with a second-degree drug felony for allegedly selling 5.4 grams of methamphetamine to a confidential informant for $800 on Dec. 16. Bail was set at $50,000 for Omar Jason Romero. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Aug.
WILLMAR -- James Howard Stellman, 49, of Grove City, made his first appearance Monday on four felony charges for allegedly robbing the Willmar Prescription Center of numerous types of pain medication and threatening a pharmacy employee late Friday afternoon. The charges in Kandiyohi County District Court include first-degree aggravated robbery, terroristic threats, third-degree drug possession and theft. Stellman made two appearances in court Monday.
WILLMAR -- A man is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of aggravated robbery, theft and possession of controlled substances for allegedly robbing the Prescription Center around 5:30 p.m. Friday in Willmar. According to a news release from the Willmar Police Department, James Howard Stellman was located by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy shortly after the incident and was arrested. The county dispatch center received a call just after 5:30 p.m. Friday from an employee of the Prescription Center who said that a man had brandished a gun and demanded prescription drugs.