Records, Aug. 2, 2007
Fire call DASSEL -- The Dassel Fire Department responded to and put out a grass fire around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday along County Road 4. Theft WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off was reported around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday from Holiday, 817 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The b...
DASSEL -- The Dassel Fire Department responded to and put out a grass fire around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday along County Road 4.
WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off was reported around 3:20 p.m. Tuesday from Holiday, 817 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The bill was $20.01.
WILLMAR -- A gas drive-off was reported around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday from Holiday, 817 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The bill was $10.14.
WILLMAR -- The theft of two bicycles was reported around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of 13th Street Southeast. The value of the bikes was estimated at $240.
PAYNESVILLE -- The theft of cases of soda and snacks was reported around 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Nordland Lutheran Church, 18510 180th Ave. N.E. The value of the missing goods was $70.
WILLMAR -- The theft of a cell phone was reported around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from a caller in the 500 block of Julii Street Southeast. The phone was missing from the warming house at Lincoln Elementary School.
* A 23-year-old Willmar man, an alleged illegal immigrant from Honduras, made his first appearance Monday on nine counts of criminal sexual conduct, forgery and giving a false name to police and judicial officers.
Marvin Yobani Taborn's unconditional bail was set at $50,000 by Judge Kathryn N. Smith. The charges include two fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges, with the victim between the ages of 13 and 15 and the perpetrator greater than 48 months older than the victim, and two fourth-degree criminal sexual charges alleging force or coercion of the victim. The two forgery charges were for the multiple false identifications he was using to gain employment and the giving a false name to police and judicial officer charges were for traffic stops and court appearances under the false name of Christopher Lee Claudio-Bermudez.
According to the complaint, Willmar police officers were called July 26 to a residence along Robert Street on a sexual assault. A female told the officers that her sister's friend was the victim and that she had been sexually touched against her will by a man at that residence.
The victim, age 14, alleged she had repeatedly told the man to stop when he was touching her breasts and vaginal area. Further investigation revealed that the man had touched two other girls in a similar fashion.
Officers also discovered that Taborn used two aliases, Christopher Lee Claudio-Bermudez and Christopher Lee Claudio-Memudez, to gain employment. He gave officers another name, Hector Ivan Santiago-Hernandez, when they questioned him. Officers also discovered that he appeared in court on no proof of insurance charges on Dec. 5, 2006, and May 14, 2007, under the false name of Christopher Lee Claudio-Bermudez.
Taborn's next court appearance is Aug. 13.
* A 19-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Monday on a felony fleeing a police officer charge stemming from a Sunday police chase on the east side of Willmar.
Jeremy Matthew Thorpe was released on his personal recognizance by Judge Kathryn N. Smith. He also faces misdemeanor charges for fleeing an office by means other than a motor vehicle, driving while impaired and reckless driving.
According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer on routine patrol met a vehicle driving at a high rate of speed on 23rd Street in the Pheasant Run neighborhood. The officer pursued the vehicle east on County Road 23 and onto the ramp to the Highway 23/71 Bypass, where the car ran into the median and sustained a flat tire. The driver ran away from the car but was caught. The passenger identified the driver as Thorpe. He failed a field sobriety test and his blood alcohol level was tested at 0.14, more than the legal limit.
Thorpe's next court appearance is Aug. 13.
* A 28-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty on Monday to two felony counts of wrongfully obtaining assistance and forgery.
Marvin E. Martinez had faced 15 felony counts of wrongfully obtaining assistance, forgery, aggravated forgery and public assistance/food stamp/food support declaration requirement violations.
According to the complaint, Martinez and his wife, Tami An Martinez, collected an overpayment of $13,304 in public assistance between 2004 and 2006. As recipients of the assistance, the couple was required to report their employment and income to the Kandiyohi County Family Services office. A fraud investigation was launched in June 2006, and revealed that Martinez had worked for four local employers since March 2004 under the false name of Enoc Jiminez Cardona and didn't report his income to the county Family Services Department.
Martinez was initially charged with the two counts, but officials added the additional forgery and welfare declaration counts on May 30 and July 26 based on numerous employment documents, including health care, W-4 withholding and life insurance documents, falsely signed by Martinez as Enoc Jiminez Cardona.
Martinez's sentencing is set for Sept. 18.