Records, Dec. 29, 2006

District Court Kandiyohi County * A 51-year-old man made his first appearance Thursday on felony charges after allegedly raping a woman with whom he used to live. Mark Lawrence Olson was charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, third-...

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Kandiyohi County

* A 51-year-old man made his first appearance Thursday on felony charges after allegedly raping a woman with whom he used to live.

Mark Lawrence Olson was charged with felony counts of first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and pattern of harassing conduct. Misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree criminal damage to property and violating an order for protection were also filed. Court records indicated Olson's address is unknown.

Judge Donald M. Spilseth set unconditional bail at $50,000. Conditional release was set at $30,000 bond or $2,500 cash.


Charges were filed after several incidents in December between Olson and a woman with whom he lived for more than 10 years.

According to the complaint, the woman filed an order for protection against Olson after a Dec. 10 incident when he allegedly assaulted her. After the order was filed, Olson continued to call and leave messages with the woman, which is a violation of the order.

On Monday, the woman woke up in the early morning with Olson allegedly standing over her in her home. She told Olson he had to leave, but Olson wouldn't leave and raped the woman, the complaint states. He left afterward.

Olson allegedly broke a window to get into the home. He came back later in the morning and boarded up the broken window and returned again around 10:30 p.m. He ran away when the woman threatened to call authorities, according to the complaint.

Olson is scheduled to appear in court again Jan. 8.

* A 21-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty to two felony charges Dec. 20 stemming from two separate incidents.

Derrick William Gilbert faced felony charges of third-degree assault and a fifth-degree controlled substance violation.

Gilbert pleaded guilty to the assault charge and the controlled substance violation. A third assault charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. As part of the agreement, Gilbert will also be able to argue for a stay of adjudication, which would remove the charges from his criminal record if he meets conditions set at sentencing.


Charges against Gilbert stem from two separate incidents.

According to the criminal complaint, Gilbert was at a May 6 party at which several fights broke out. The party went on into the early morning hours of May 7. At the party, Gilbert was allegedly seen punching another male in the face. He allegedly punched the individual three to five times in the face.

The individual and several of his friends left the party but were followed by Gilbert and a friend, the complaint states. The group of friends confronted Gilbert and his friend in a parking lot where Gilbert allegedly flashed a gun.

The individual that was assaulted suffered broken bones in his upper nose and around the left eye socket area.

Gilbert was charged with the controlled substance violation after Willmar police officers found approximately 137.5 grams of marijuana on him during an arrest on another warrant. He was found in the men's bathroom of the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar with the drugs in a backpack. According to the complaint, the marijuana was packaged to sell.

* A 33-year-old Belgrade man pleaded guilty Dec. 20 to a felony charge that stems from a July incident when he allegedly stole a Cadillac from a Litchfield man.

Gene Alan Hiltner was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle. He also faced misdemeanor charges for fleeing a peace officer on foot and driving after revocation.

Hiltner pleaded guilty to the charge of receiving stolen property under the agreement that the remaining charges would be dismissed. As part of the agreement, prosecutors agreed not to request any more jail time at sentencing.


Charges were filed against Hiltner after he stole a car he was supposed to be test driving. According to the complaint, Hiltner was located in the stolen vehicle around noon Aug. 7 by a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy on patrol in Raymond.

As the deputy approached the car, Hiltner allegedly fled on foot. The passenger in the vehicle told the deputy that he and Hiltner had been on a lunch break. A cell phone belonging to the owner of the vehicle and paperwork and items with Hiltner's name on them were found in the car.

The car was originally reported stolen July 14 to the Meeker County Sheriff's Office after Hiltner failed to return the car after a test drive, the complaint states. The owner had given Hiltner his cell phone in case Hiltner experienced trouble while driving the car.

Hiltner is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29.

* A 23-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to a felony charge of forgery.

Marco Antonio Ramos faced felony charges of aggravated forgery, forgery and identity theft after using a fake name to obtain employment with Jennie-O Turkey Store. Ramos pleaded guilty to the forgery charge under the agreement that the remaining charges would be dismissed.

Charges were filed against Ramos after the Willmar Police Department began an investigation. According to the complaint, Ramos was working under the name of Gilberto Martinez. Police were able to obtain forms from Jennie-O Turkey Store signed in the name of Martinez and photos of Martinez that matched Ramos.

During an interview with police officers, Ramos admitted to purchasing the fake documents so that he could work at Jennie-O Turkey Store.



WILLMAR -- A 26-year-old Willmar man was arrested Wednesday evening after allegedly assaulting a 24-year-old woman.

The Willmar Police Department responded to the call around 6:25 p.m. along the 500 block of Trott Avenue Southwest. Two police officers responded to the scene. The 26-year-old was later arrested for fifth-degree assault and domestic assault.


WILLMAR -- A burglary was reported to the Willmar Police Department around 7:20 a.m. Thursday at Grand Rental Station, 2309 U.S. Highway 12 E. Nothing was reported missing after the burglary.

WILLMAR -- A safe containing a large amount of cash and some hair products was taken Thursday morning after burglars struck Midwest Wireless and New Image Salon, 2630 S. First St. The Willmar Police Department received the call around 6:10 a.m. after an alarm company contacted the Police Department. Officers arrived at the business by 6:18 a.m., but a safe containing cash and checks and some hair products had already been stolen.


WILLMAR -- The theft of a tool set was reported to the Willmar Police Department around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday along the 700 block of Seventh Street Northwest. The 130- to 140-piece Craftsman socket set was valued around $130 and taken from a garage.


WILLMAR -- A lottery scam was reported to the Willmar Police Department around 9:30 a.m. Thursday along the 400 block of Becker Avenue Southeast. An individual lost $50 in the scam that was identified as a Spanish sweepstakes lottery.


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