Willmar man pleads guilty to gun charge

WILLMAR, Minn. — A Willmar man pleaded guilty to one felony charge in connection to allegedly restraining a teen in his apartment for at least two days in May 2018.

Jose Agapito Sanchez, 22, pleaded guilty this week to one felony charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is to be sentenced July 18 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Sanchez was originally charged with 10 felonies and two gross-misdemeanors. In a plea agreement, Sanchez pleaded guilty to one felony, and charges of false imprisonment and terroristic threats will be dismissed at sentencing along with two kidnapping charges and two gross misdemeanor assault charges.

According to court records, Sanchez and his girlfriend, Ashley Connie Marie Valadez, 25, were accused of detaining a teenager in their apartment for two days.

Two boys promised to pay the couple $1,000 and fled when they didn’t have the money, according to court records. One got away, but the other stopped when he heard a gunshot behind him.

Sanchez and Valadez held him captive in their apartment, beating him approximately a dozen times, according to court records.

Valadez pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge of deprivation of custodial rights and the state dismissed other charges. She was sentenced to jail time served, placed on probation and ordered to register as a predatory offender.

Patrol identifies teens killed in Itasca County crash

NASHWAUK — Two teenage boys killed Saturday afternoon in a crash on U.S. Highway 169 in Nashwauk have been identified.

The Minnesota State Patrol identified the two fatalities as Aiden Patrick Hall, 16, and Trent Casey Salminen, 13. The 17-year-old boy driving the Honda and another passenger, a 15-year-old boy, were taken to Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing with what authorities described as injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to the State Patrol, the two boys were riding in a 2005 Honda Accord about 2:42 p.m. Saturday when the driver attempted a left turn from northbound Highway 169 onto Minnesota State Highway 65. During the turn, a 1994 Chevrolet Cobra Camper driving south on Highway 169 struck the Honda.

The State Patrol reported that three of the boys were from Hibbing; no city was listed for Hall.

The driver of the Chevrolet camper, a 61-year-old man from Chisholm, was not injured. A 59-year-old female passenger from Chisholm was treated at Fairview Range Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation.

Man killed by train in Frazee

FRAZEE — A man is dead after being hit by a train here at 12:15 a.m. Sunday.

The incident happened between the Lake Street and Fifth Street crossings.

The investigation is ongoing and the name of the victim will be released after notification of relatives.

— Forum News Service

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