Records published March 27

The following contains the records summary for March 27. Criminal damage to property WILLMAR -- It was reported at 9:13 a.m. Thursday that someone had broken a window of a home in the 400 block of Ninth Street Southeast.Drug arrest NEW LONDON -- ...

The following contains the records summary for March 27.

Criminal damage to property
WILLMAR - It was reported at 9:13 a.m. Thursday that someone had broken a window of a home in the 400 block of Ninth Street Southeast.
Drug arrest

NEW LONDON - A 22-year-old man was arrested for drug charges at 12:10 a.m. Thursday near the intersection of 240th Avenue Northeast and 130th Street Northeast in rural New London.
The man remained in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail as of
5 p.m. Thursday, according to the jail’s online roster. He faces pending charges of felony drug possession, driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia.
District Court Kandiyohi County WILLMAR - A 51-year-old Columbus, Ohio man was sentenced Wednesday on a felony criminal damage to property charge stemming from a burglary this February at a Willmar business.
Brian Lake Balderson was sentenced to 17 months of prison time, stayed for five years, and 180 days of jail time, with credit for 52 days served.
Balderson pleaded guilty to the charge March 12. As part of that plea agreement, a charge of felony third-degree burglary was dismissed Wednesday.
He allegedly broke into Hansen Advertising, located at 1030 Highway 71 Service Road,
Feb. 2 while passing through Willmar for work.
The criminal complaint states that officers responded to a burglar alarm at Hansen Advertising and arrived to find a man, later identified as Balderson, inside the building.
Balderson reportedly told officers that he was in Willmar catching a bus and his credit card did not work when he tried to check into a hotel. He told officers he was trying to look for a warm place to stay so that he would not freeze, according to the complaint.
He allegedly shattered a window to gain entry to the business. Once he was inside the building, the alarm began to sound and he allegedly tore it off the wall in an attempt to disable it. Damages to the business were estimated to be more than $1,000.

WILLMAR - Thomas Ahrens, 46, of Paynesville, made a first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation stemming from a May accident involving serious injuries.
Ahrens also faces misdemeanor charges of violating a restricted driver’s license and careless driving.
He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday. An omnibus hearing has been scheduled for May 19.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, the accident occurred northwest of Paynesville along 277th Avenue Northeast.
Law enforcement arrived on scene and found an injured person, later identified as a woman named Kayla Smith, lying on the ground. Officers also found Ahrens inside the vehicle, who reportedly appeared to be intoxicated.
An investigation revealed that Ahrens’ vehicle entered the ditch with both tires, traveled sideways until it struck a field approach, vaulted and landed on the driver’s side.
Smith sustained multiple broken bones and fractured bones in the accident, including broken ribs and a fractured pelvis, according to the criminal complaint.
Smith reportedly told officers that she had been lying on the ground for multiple hours, crying for help, before Ahrens was able to find his cell phone and call 911.
Ahrens was also seriously injured in the accident, suffering from a punctured lung and multiple fractures.
Ahrens allegedly told officers that he had been drinking before the accident, but did feel like he was drunk at the time.
According to the criminal complaint, Ahrens license had been restricted, allowing no alcohol use.

WILLMAR - Israel Salinas-Cruz, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of third-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a man in April.
Cruz had originally faced a charge of second-degree assault, which was reduced as part of a plea agreement Monday.
Sentencing on the charge is scheduled for April 15.
An additional man tied to the incident, Cesar Arce, 42, was sentenced to almost five years of prison in December for a charge of second-degree assault.
A man told officers that both Arce and Cruze stabbed him during the April 27 incident in Willmar, according to the criminal complaint on the charges. Medical records showed that the man suffered from liver and stomach lacerations that required surgical repair.


WILLMAR - A 41-year-old Willmar man was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for a charge of felony second-degree assault stemming from a domestic situation reported in October.
Benito Rodriguez pleaded guilty to the charge Tuesday. As part of the plea agreement, additional charges of felony terroristic threats and gross misdemeanor domestic assault were dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint on the charges, Rodriguez reportedly assaulted a woman during a domestic incident the morning of Oct. 28.
The woman told law enforcement that Rodriguez threw a knife in her direction, threatened to cut her, punched her in the back of the head and dragged her by the hair across the floor.

WILLMAR - Ricky Wayne Wolf, 31, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of criminal vehicular operation for allegedly crashing his vehicle into a tree Oct. 31 in New London, injuring his passenger.
An additional two counts of criminal vehicular operation and three counts of misdemeanor driving while impaired will be dismissed upon sentencing May 4, as part of a plea agreement.
According to Tribune archives, Wolf was traveling southbound Oct. 31 on state Highway 9 in New London when his vehicle went off the road near Second Avenue and struck a tree.
He and his passenger, Kathleen Huiras-Weber, 48, both suffered serious injuries and were flown to St. Cloud Hospital. Huiras-Weber was later diagnosed with multiple fractured bones, according to the criminal complaint.
Law enforcement took a sample of Wolf’s blood around 8:47 p.m., which revealed a blood alcohol content of 0.137 percent. The legal limit is 0.08.
Wolf also pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating a harassment restraining order Tuesday. This charge stems from an unrelated incident.
As a result of the plea agreement, an additional three felony counts of violating a harassment restraining order will be dismissed upon sentencing.

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