Records, Dec. 1, 2007

Theft LAKE LILLIAN -- The theft of fuel was reported around 3 p.m. Thursday by the Lake Lillian city offices, 531 S. Lakeview St. About 25 gallons of fuel was missing from the city plow truck. Suspicious activity WILLMAR -- A Molotov cocktail was...


LAKE LILLIAN -- The theft of fuel was reported around 3 p.m. Thursday by the Lake Lillian city offices, 531 S. Lakeview St. About 25 gallons of fuel was missing from the city plow truck.

Suspicious activity

WILLMAR -- A Molotov cocktail was extinguished and disposed of by an officer around 10:45 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of Seventh Avenue Northwest and County Road 5. A caller had reported kids playing with sticks on fire. Further investigation revealed a 12-ounce glass bottle with a burning, gas-soaked bandanna, but no kids around the area.

District Court


Kandiyohi County

* Samuel Carmona-Cruz, 28, of Willmar, was arraigned Friday on felony charges of aggravated forgery and forgery.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 with conditional bail at $25,000. He is also known as Michael Angel Aguilar and Mark Lee Gallegos.

According to the complaint, Carmona-Cruz applied for a Minnesota driver's license identification card on April 25, 2005, using the Social Security number and Texas birth certificate of Michael Angel Aguilar at the state Driver and Vehicle Services office in Willmar.

In a Thursday interview with police, Carmona-Cruz told officers he was working at Willmar Poultry under the alias and that he had gotten the false documents about one or two months before he began working for the company in July 2004.

He told officers he paid $600 for the papers but didn't actually get the papers. Rather, he was picked up by two men who took him to Driver and Vehicle Services and assisted him with the application. He signed as Aguilar and got an ID card in Aguilar's name. He said he purchased the documents in downtown Willmar and that he is from Vera Cruz, Mexico. Carmona-Cruz also had used the name of Gallegos and was on probation under that name for driving while impaired and driving after revocation. He was convicted of giving a false name to a peace officer in January 2005.

Carmona-Cruz's next court appearance is Dec. 10.

* Justin Ruiz, 19, of Willmar, received a 10-year stay of imposition of sentence Wednesday, plus 10 years of probation and a $500 fine on a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.


As a condition of his stayed sentence, Ruiz was ordered to serve 30 days in the county jail starting within seven days, plus two 30-day segments in November 2008 and 2009. He was also ordered to attend a sex offender treatment program, submit to polygraph tests as requested and have no direct or indirect contact with the victim.

Ruiz pleaded guilty to the amended fourth-degree charge in a plea agreement reached Sept. 20. He was originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charges were filed after police investigated a mother's report in March that her daughter was involved in a sexual relationship with the 19-year-old man she was dating. When police interviewed Ruiz, he confirmed they had had sex twice, that the girl was 14 at the time of the first encounter and that he knew his actions were against the law.

* Johnny Juan Molina, 23, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in jail, which was stayed, five years of probation and 200 hours of community service for a smash-and-grab theft.

As a condition of his stayed sentence, he was ordered to serve 106 days in jail, with credit for 106 days already served. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim and an accomplice, attend a property-crime impact panel and write a two-page paper and write an apology letter.

Two additional felonies, for damage to property and fifth-degree controlled substance, and a misdemeanor for tampering with a motor vehicle were dismissed. Molina entered an Alford plea to the theft charge on Sept. 10, meaning he agreed there was sufficient evidence against him to convict but he did not admit to the crime.

The charges were filed after a June 22 incident in which a purse containing identification, checkbook and $600 in cash was stolen from a vehicle along the 100 block of 14th Street Northwest. The back window of the vehicle was smashed with a rock, found in the back seat of the car. Security video revealed two men had been circling the area on bicycles. Witnesses identified Molina and another man in photos taken by police. Officers found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine in Molina's shoe after he was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.

* Raymundo Cavazos, 45, of Willmar, was sentenced Nov. 19 to 74 months in prison, which was stayed, a $1,000 fine and 30 years of probation for a first-degree drug sale felony.

As part of a plea agreement reached Aug. 16, five additional felony drug-sale charges for the sale of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine in a 90-day period against Cavazos were dismissed.


As a condition of the stayed sentence, Cavazos was ordered to serve 300 days in jail, with credit for 166 days already served. He must also complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, remain law abiding and use no alcohol or drugs.

The charges stem from two drug deals in May and June, with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents, in which Cavazos arranged for the agents to buy two and four ounces of cocaine. The deals were to happen in the parking lots of two Willmar businesses. Each time, Cavazos arrived with another man and told agents the other guy was the person determining the price and availability of the drugs. He was arrested after the second deal.

Marriage licenses

Kandiyohi County

Matthew Morgan Freeland, Spicer; Lindsay Rae Lieser, Spicer

Harlie David Johnson, Willmar, Coleen Marie Prentice, Cosmos

Justin Andrew Robinson, Atwater; Kimberly Kay Warren, Atwater

Dorrel James Spencer, Belgrade; Rhonda Louise Brown, Belgrade

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