Records, Jan. 8, 2008
Fire calls WATKINS -- The Watkins Fire Department was called to a fire in an outdoor sauna around 12:25 a.m. Sunday along County Road 34. When firefighters arrived the 10- by 12-foot sauna was engulfed. It was a total loss. Theft LITCHFIELD -- Th...
WATKINS -- The Watkins Fire Department was called to a fire in an outdoor sauna around 12:25 a.m. Sunday along County Road 34. When firefighters arrived the 10- by 12-foot sauna was engulfed. It was a total loss.
LITCHFIELD -- The theft of a propane tank from a fish house was reported around noon Sunday on Lake Ripley.
SPICER -- Broken glass doors were reported around 6 a.m. Monday along the 100 block of Lake Avenue North.
WILLMAR -- A door broken by a rock was reported around 8 a.m. Monday at Alltel, 2630 First St. S.
WILLMAR -- A broken window was reported around 7:40 a.m. Monday at Lake Region Bank, 1690 First St. S.
WILLMAR -- A report was made around 9:20 a.m. of broken doors and an automatic teller machine that had been tampered with at Blue Heron on the Green, 1000 26th Ave. N.E.
WILLMAR -- Damage to car windows was reported around 10:45 a.m. Monday along the 1200 block of 24th Street Northwest.
* Yvette Marie Spears, 37, of Willmar, made her first appearance Monday on two felony charges of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and theft.
According to the complaint, a county social worker asked Willmar police to investigate the financial exploitation of a Bethesda Heritage nursing home resident by a family member. The investigation revealed that Spears was handling the financial affairs of the resident, whose only income was from Social Security. She deposited the money into a joint account, but then withdrew it for her personal use. Between May and October 2007, the total taken for personal use was $6,747. As a result, the nursing home was left with an outstanding bill of more than $6,000. When contacted by county authorities, Spears made three payments of $3,650 to the nursing home. In an interview with police, she admitted to using the family member's money because of financial difficulty.
Her next court appearance is March 28.
* Brittney Jean Bomstad, 19, of Lake Lillian, appeared Friday on a felony check forgery charge.
Unconditional bail was set at $2,500 and conditional release was allowed on her personal recognizance.
According to the complaint, a Willmar attorney contacted Willmar police on Oct. 25 regarding forged checks on a man's account. The attorney had power of attorney for the man, who was terminally ill. The police investigation showed that four checks for a total of $1,450 were forged and cashed at a Willmar business. The business provided police a photo copy of the driver's license of the woman, identified as Bomstad, who had cashed the four checks.
When interviewed, Bomstad admitted to cashing the checks, one for cleaning services and the other signed by another family member. The man told police that he never paid Bomstad for cleaning and that the family member who supposedly signed the checks lives in Kentucky.
Bomstad's next appearance is Jan. 14.
* Michelle Joy Stomberg, 21, of Pennock, was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation and a $50 fine for liability for crimes of another - theft. The charge stemmed from her role in making more than 700 fraudulent returns at the Willmar Wal-Mart store. She must also pay $13,000 in restitution.
As a condition of Stomberg's stayed sentence, she was ordered to serve 75 days in the county jail. The first 30 days is to begin today. Three additional 15-day increments, over the next 18 months, can be deferred if she is in compliance with probation. Stomberg was also ordered to attend a property-crime impact panel and write an apology letter.
The charges were filed after a police investigation into more than 700 fraudulent returns at the store. The returns resulted in more than $41,000 in fraudulent transactions.
Stomberg and Veronica Menchaca, 32, of Clara City, worked at the store and would return items to create a positive balance on the customer service register. They then would take cash from the till. Surveillance video showed the women returning items, and Stomberg was also seen taking cash from Menchaca.
Menchaca was sentenced in December to 10 years of probation and ordered to pay $41,017 in restitution, plus serve up to 75 days in jail over a two-year period.
* Adam Howard Torke, 27, of Willmar, received a stayed sentence of five years of probation and a $1,000 fine for a fifth-degree felony drug charge for procuring, possessing or controlling a drug by fraud or deceit.
As a condition of his stayed sentence, Torke was ordered to serve 82 days in jail, with credit for 82 days already served. He was ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency.
Charges were filed in April after Willmar police were contacted by a pharmacist after they discovered a false prescription for Torke for Lortabs, an alternative to Vicodin, a Schedule III narcotic. Police asked pharmacy officials to contact them when Torke came in to pick up the prescription, which they did. When questioned, Torke denied that he called in the prescription and became evasive. He was convicted of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime in June 2006 and had a probation violation in November 2006, at which time court papers say there appeared to be an attempt to forge and present a fraudulent prescription.
Bradley Gene Remily, Doland, S.D.; Angela Mary Petersen, Doland, S.D.
Billy Joe Salinas, Willmar; Irene Lopez, Willmar