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Records, July 8, 2006

District Court Kandiyohi County * A 23-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on charges of identity theft and forgery. Jesus Gerardo Diaz Meraz was charged with one felony count of identity theft...

District Court

Kandiyohi County

* A 23-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on charges of identity theft and forgery.

Jesus Gerardo Diaz Meraz was charged with one felony count of identity theft, one felony count of forgery and one gross misdemeanor count of giving a peace officer a false name, according to the criminal complaint.

Willmar police officers went to Diaz Meraz's house Thursday after a Texas man said someone in Willmar was using his identity to work at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar, according to the complaint. The Texas man said he had a received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service stating he had unreported income from Jennie-O and a Willmar bank account and owed more than $3,400 in back taxes, according to the complaint.

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Diaz Meraz showed the police officers a Minnesota identification card and a Social Security card with the Texas man's name, the complaint said. When police told him what they were investigating, he told them his real name, according to the complaint.

He also told police he had appeared in court on charges under the false name and said he is supposed to report to jail on Monday to serve time on one of those charges, the complaint said.

Judge Michael Thompson set his unconditional release at $10,000 bond or cash and his conditional release at $5,000 bond or cash with conditions that included requiring him to report to probation.

* A 44-year-old woman made her first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on drug charges.

Mollie Ruth Newsome, who has no permanent address, was charged with one felony count of fifth-degree drug possession and a petty misdemeanor count of possessing drug paraphernalia after a car she was riding in was pulled over on Wednesday in the 300 block of Becker Avenue Southeast, according to the criminal complaint.

Newsome was a rear passenger in a vehicle driven by a man who was driving after his license was revoked, the complaint said. Police noticed she appeared to be under the influence of drugs and saw a syringe and needle lying where she was sitting after she got out of the car, according to the complaint.

When an officer started speaking with her, she became uncooperative and started throwing items into the street, the complaint said. Those items included a glass methamphetamine pipe with a white powdery residue in it and a small plastic baggie containing 1 gram of methamphetamine, the complaint said.

Judge Michael Thompson set her unconditional release at $20,000 bond or cash and her conditional release at $5,000 bond or cash with conditions that she not consume or possess alcohol or drugs and that she submit to random testing. She must also report to probation.

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* A Spicer woman accused of attempting to get Vicodin with a false prescription made her first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Angela Lynn Linhoff, 28, was charged with one felony count of fifth-degree drug possession, one felony count of fifth-degree attempted drug possession, one felony count of obtaining drugs with a false prescription and one felony count of attempting to obtain drugs with a false prescription, according to the complaint.

Cub Foods Pharmacy reported Wednesday that a woman pretending to be a nurse for a Paynesville doctor had called in a prescription for Vicodin, a painkiller, for a man, according to the complaint. Thursday, a Willmar police officer was called to Cub Foods and observed Linhoff paying the pharmacist for the prescription, which was for 40 pills of Vicodin, according to the complaint.

She had signed a form under another name stating she was picking up the prescription for her fiancé, according to the complaint.

Judge Michael Thompson set her unconditional bail at $20,000 bond or cash or she could be released on her own recognizance if she met certain conditions, including not possessing or consuming drugs or alcohol, submitting to random testing and continuing chemical dependency treatment at New Beginnings.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A woman reported Friday morning that several valuable items, including jewelry, clothing and porcelain figurines, had been stolen from her house in the 600 block of Second Street Southeast in Willmar.

She also said a ring had been stolen from her mother at another location.

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Three women are suspects.

Disorderly conduct

ATWATER -- A 30-year-old Hastings man was arrested pending a disorderly conduct charge after an incident in the 200 block of Third Street South in Atwater. A 21-year-old Willmar man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital after the incident.

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