This is the records summary for Jan. 16.

Electrical fire claims Morton barn, living quarters

MORTON - A horse barn and living quarters in Beaver Falls Township of Renville County were a total loss to a fire reported around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, fire departments from Morton, Redwood Falls and Franklin were called to the blaze at 69359 316th Street. The structure was fully engulfed when the first emergency responders arrived at the scene.

The fire was attributed to an electrical appliance and is not suspicious in nature.

Also responding were the Morton First Responders and North Memorial Ambulance.

Check forgery

WILLMAR - A case of check forgery was reported around 3 p.m. Tuesday along the 1200 block of Trott Avenue Southwest.


WILLMAR - A 39-year-old man was arrested during a traffic stop around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Hawaii Street and Homewood Avenue Northeast

District Court, Kandiyohi County

- Eleazer Eli Resendez, 18, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of receiving stolen property for allegedly possessing a gun stolen from a Spicer residence.

His next appearance is Jan. 27.

According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies were called on Sept. 1 to a Spicer residence, where there had been an underage drinking party. The person who hosted the party reported that a gun was missing. The person also reported that the party had gotten out of hand, with many people there who were not invited, because the party was posted to Facebook. The gun was a Ruger rifle, a Model 77 bolt-action .270-caliber with a scope and a sling.

The investigation led to Zero Tolerance, where a man had sold the same rifle to the gun shop. The man said he got the gun from Resendez, who claimed it wasn’t stolen, for $100.

Resendez was one of the people who had been at the party. When he was interviewed, he claimed a guy gave him the gun at the party. He also admitted to selling it to the man, who then resold it to the gun shop, for $100.

The value placed on the gun by the owner was $900 and the insurance value was estimated at $748.

- Jessica Renee Fouty, 31, of Willmar, made her first appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of check forgery and offering a forged check.

Her next appearance is Jan. 27.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called to Wells Fargo bank in the city on Nov. 8, where bank officials reported that a $1,500 check had been written on a man’s account. The officials had suspected the check was forged because it was dirty, out of sequence and the man’s signature was different than on his other checks. They contacted the man, who said he hadn’t written the check.

Fouty was interviewed and claimed she sold the man a pickup. The man told police that he had sold Fouty a vehicle and that the check may have been in the vehicle.

Fouty was interviewed again and allegedly admitted that she found the check in the vehicle and that she forged the check to get cash to pay bills.

- Shannon Mary Pusc, 35, of Litchfield, made her first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of theft for attempting to steal more than $800 in merchandise from two Kandi Mall stores.

Her next appearance is March 25.

According to the complaint, Herbergers officials reported to Willmar police that a female shoplifter had fled from the store and the mall on Dec. 13 and gave a description of the woman and the license plate and description of the car she was driving.

An officer located the car near the mall and stopped it near Willmar Avenue and Lakeland Drive. The driver, identified as Pusc, was cited for theft.

Store officials reported that Pusc had concealed merchandise in her purse and a shopping bag and pushed an empty baby stroller through the store, not stopping at any of the registers to pay. She dropped the bags and fled when loss prevention officers chased her. The items included $803.50 worth of merchandise from Herbergers and $21 of items from Bath & Body Works.

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