Records for May 19, 2008

District Court Kandiyohi County - Tad Michal Lynch, 19, of Kerkhoven, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of check forgery. He was released on his personal recognizance. According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on ...

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Kandiyohi County

- Tad Michal Lynch, 19, of Kerkhoven, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of check forgery.

He was released on his personal recognizance.

According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called on April 8 to Gerry's Liquors for suspicious check activity. On the previous Friday, a young man had cashed a $50 check on a joint checking account. Three days later, on April 7, a woman had cashed $160 check on same account for liquor and cigarette purchases at the liquor store. Later the same day, another employee was working when a $120 check from the account was cashed.


On April 8, police were contacted by an area bank and informed by investigators that 10 checks were forged on the account, which had been closed on Jan. 30. The checks had been written for $848.04 at several Willmar businesses in early April.

Both the people named on the account signed affidavits swearing they did not write the checks and one suspected that a family member had taken the checks and passed them. Two employees of stores where checks were passed identified Lynch in photo line-ups.

His next appearance is May 27.

- Angel Cesar Garcia, 29, of Pennock, was sentenced May 8 to five days in jail, three years of probation and a $800 fine on a felony charge for fleeing a peace officer and a petty misdemeanor stop sign violation.

Garcia received a stay of imposition on his sentence, so if he complies with the court's conditions, the conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor. He also received credit for three days already served in jail.

The charges were filed after Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputies were called around 10 p.m. Aug. 18 to Kandiyohi where Lazaro Soliz III was supposed to be. Officers knew he had multiple felony warrants and they pursued a car for a short chase. When ordered to stop, the passenger attempted to exit the vehicle but was detained by officers, arrested and transported to county jail. Garcia told officers Soliz told him not to stop the car because there were warrants for his arrest, but he stopped anyway.

Soliz, 41, of Willmar, was sentenced in January to 104 months -- eight years and eight months -- in prison for selling methamphetamine and cocaine, tampering with witnesses to his drug charges and assaulting a man who confronted him for abusing a woman.

WILLMAR -- Police received a report at 10:04 p.m. Saturday that a home in the 500 block of southeast Lakeland Drive was burglarized after someone gained entry by cutting a screen and opening a window in a child's bedroom. A computer, printer, small television and CDs were reported stolen.


NEW LONDON -- A home in the 6000 block of northeast 193rd Avenue was broken into in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police received a report at 12:39 a.m., however, it wasn't evident whether anything was stolen.

NEW LONDON -- A rural New London woman said she saw a bear eating from her bird feeder early Sunday morning. The small black bear was seen in the 12000 block of 199th Avenue Northeast. According to the report, the bear got spooked and was last seen running north through the woods. The message was passed on to the local Department of Natural Resources office.

WILLMAR -- A car driven by Mohamed A. Issa, 24, of Willmar, ended up in a water-filled ditch Friday. Issa and a passenger, Abdi Abdullasi Mohamed, 23, of Willmar were not injured. The accident was reported at 6:12 p.m. on West Highway 12 and 45th Street.

VILLARD -- A home was destroyed and the homeowner was seriously injured in a fire early Friday in Villard. According to the Pope County Sheriff's Department, the fire was reported at 5:14 a.m. at 421 State Avenue.

The homeowner, who was not identified, was taken to Glenwood Hospital and then airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The Villard and Glenwood Fire Departments, Villard First responders and Glenwood ambulance all responded to the scene.

There was also a fire reported at a home in Glenwood and at a home south of Starbuck over the weekend, according to the Pope County Sheriff's office.

PENNOCK -- Fire departments from Pennock and Kerkhoven were called to a controlled burn Friday that got out of control. The incident was reported at 9:18 p.m. in the 14000 block of northwest County Road 1.


WILLMAR -- A fire was reported in a garbage dumpster at 1:46 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest at Regency Estates West. An individual was cutting steel nearby and items in the dumpster caught fire, according to a complaint filed with the Willmar Police Department.

WILLMAR -- A Willmar man reported a window broken at his home Friday afternoon when an object was thrown by someone in a passing vehicle. The suspects, who were identified, also allegedly punched the victim. They could face charges of fifth0degree assault and criminal damage to property.

SPICER -- A steel gas can worth $35 that contained $20 of gas was reported stolen at 3:42 p.m. Sunday from Cedar Point Resort. The initials "SW" are written in black on top of the gas tank.

WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported on a fence in the 900 block of Third Street Southwest in Willmar, on an electrical box at Super America, 415 S. 1st St., on an electrical box in the 800 block of Third Street Southwest and on a stop signs at a couple of streets in Spicer.

Marriage Licenses

Daniel Roger Burdett, Willmar; Sarah Marie Vlaminck, Willmar

Nathan Paul Brown, Belgrade; Cindy Pearl Ampe, Belgrade

Erlan Roberto Almendares, Willmar; Dinora Del Rosario Mehcano

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