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 19-year-old Minneapolis man made his first appearance Monday on felony assault charges for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a crowbar in January. Jimmy Alexander Gogoi faces a second-degree and a third-degree assault charge, in Kandiyohi County District Court, for an incident at an apartment complex near Ridgewater College. Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 with conditional bail allowed for $10,000 or $1,500 cash. He was ordered to have no contact with two others involved in the case, not enter the Evergreen Apartment complex and possess no weapons.
WILLMAR -- A 23-year-old Marshall man was sentenced Friday to five years of probation and a $1,000 fine and ordered to register as a predatory offender on a felony charge of possession of pornography for having sexual videos and images of children on his laptop computer. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Thomas Daniel Burt was also ordered to submit to a psychological-sexual evaluation and not possess pornographic or sexually explicit material. He was also ordered to serve 83 days in jail, with credit for 83 days already served. Burt received a stay of
WILLMAR -- Travis Charles Berends, 19, of Atwater was sentenced Thursday to 210 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and 10 years of probation on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide or injury for a Nov. 15 rollover crash that injured several passengers. As part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court, Berends was ordered to serve 150 days of the jail time immediately, attend a MADD panel, write an apology letter and submit to a chemical dependency evaluation. He was given credit for nine days already served in jail.
OLIVIA -- The Olivia Police Department has released a surveillance image of the individual suspected of robbing the Super America station around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. The suspect is described as a white male, 5'7"-5'8", wearing a long-sleeve black windbreaker, black jeans and black sunglasses. The suspect had reddish blonde hair and is in his 20s or early 30s. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash. Police were called around 7:33 p.m. and told by the store employee that suspect went behind the counter and grabbed cash that the clerk was going to place in the drop box.
WILLMAR -- Twenty-five years have passed since 75-year-old Joseph "Scriver" Olson was found dead Feb. 18, 1983, in his rural Belgrade home. He had been beaten and then stabbed with a knife found with his body. Even though decades have passed, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog believes the Olson murder case is solvable. "If we get the right information that ties into the physical evidence left at the scene ... sure, it is solvable," Hartog said. In the last five years, sheriff's office detectives have followed up on 25 leads -- the last piece of information a letter received last July.