DL News Staff
A felony complaint was filed against a Detroit Lakes man in Becker County District Court Feb. 9. Shane Newman, 31, of 912 Minnesota Avenue, is accused of one count of offering a forged check. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. According to the complaint, Newman allegedly issued $575 in checks to businesses in Audubon and Lake Park in December 2005 on a Perham man's bank account.
A Waubun woman was sentenced in Becker County District Court on an amended complaint Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder ordered Angel VanWert serve 35 days in jail and pay $1,397.50 in fines on one count each of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. VanWert was originally charged with felony and gross misdemeanor assault, stemming from a Dec. 10, 2004, incident at an Elbow Lake Village residence. VanWert tried to stab a man with a knife, and then kicked a police officer who went to the scene in response to an emergency call.
A Frazee man made his first appearance on a felony charge in Becker County District Court Wednesday. District Judge Waldemar Senyk set bond at $10,000 against Gary Merrill, 25, of 30397 U.S. Highway 10, for escape from custody. His next court appearance is Feb. 21. According to the court complaint, Merrill allegedly failed to return to the Becker County Jail Feb. 2 after being on work release. Merrill was arrested Feb. 3, and allegedly had marijuana, methamphetamines and needles in his possession. Merrill was serving a sentence for felony theft at the time of the Feb.
The Minnesota Sheriff's Association gives 15 scholarships to students attending a two- or four-year law enforcement degree school. Becker County Sheriff Tim Gordon said the association will award $9,000 in scholarships, with each recipient getting $600. Application forms are available at the BCSO office. Deadline is March 11, with the scholarships awarded by May 1.
A Frazee man was sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge Wednesday. District Judge Thomas Schroeder stayed imposition of a prison sentence against Brian Skappel, 19, of 606 East Main Avenue, for receiving stolen property. Skappel must serve 30 days in jail, was fined $1,097, and was placed on supervised probation for up to five years. Restitution was left open for 30 days. Skappel pawned electronic items stolen from a Frazee residence on Aug. 24, 2005, while keeping several other items. Skappel said he purchased the stolen items from another individual.
By SGT. ANDY SCHMIDT Minnesota State Patrol Question: A friend of mine brags about a device he bought that changes red lights to green for him. He says that most police cars have them and that the law says if it OK for the police it is OK for the rest of us. Can this be true? I am not a traffic expert but I see lots of problems here. Answer: As of Aug.
Pamida, Inc., a leading general merchandiser serving small and rural communities through 216 stores in 16 Midwest states, announced the appointment of Larry S. Johnson as president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Johnson joins Pamida from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., where he was most recently vice president of Sam's International. In his role, he held senior level responsibility for the operations of 94 Sam's Clubs with approximately $5.8 billion in revenues.
In cooperation with the Native American Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, UIDA Business Services, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is sponsoring a Government Procurement Auction on March 9 at the Northern Lights Casino & Hotel near Walker. The auction is free to the public and will take place at the Northern Lights Casino Event Center, 6800 Y Frontage Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and trade fair and various workshops are slated to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lois E. Bergh, 67, of Audubon, died Friday, February 10, 2006 at St. Mary's Regional Health Center in Detroit Lakes. Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, rural Detroit Lakes. Visitation will take place prior to services at the church, from 5-7 p.m. The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.
A hearing by Minnesota's two U.S. senators, Democrat Mark Dayton and Republican Norm Coleman, on high energy costs will be held Monday in St. Paul. The informational session was to have been held Friday, but was postponed because of pending Senate votes that same day. Coleman, who organized the meeting, said audience concerns would be heard on energy prices, low income heating assistance programs and market manipulation. During the week, the U.S.