Court news: Man who threatened Becker County woman gets 29 months
He sent multiple threatening messages to her in response to a post she made on Facebook saying that he had assaulted her a year earlier, according to court records.
Man who threatened Becker County woman gets 29 months
Joshua Dale Vredenburg, 29, of Rochester has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony threats.
According to court records, on July 3, 2020, a Becker County deputy responded to a residence in Osage, where a woman reported that Vredenburg, a former boyfriend, had been calling and sending threatening messages to her.
He sent multiple threatening messages to her in response to a post she made on Facebook saying that he had assaulted her a year earlier. A threatening message was recorded as it occurred by one of the woman’s friends, and Vredenburg called again while a deputy was talking to the victim, according to the criminal complaint.
On Dec. 28, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Vredenburg to 29 months in prison at St. Cloud, to be served concurrently to two other cases. He must pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.
A gross misdemeanor harassment charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
Ponsford man accused of sex crimes
Robert James Warren, 35, of Ponsford has been charged in Becker County District Court with two counts of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to court records, he engaged in sexual touching of a girl under the age of 12 on a number of occasions over the course of several years. The victim reported the abuse to a mandated reporter, who informed law enforcement on Dec. 3.
A warrant was issued Dec. 28 for Warren’s arrest.
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Ogema man sentenced for police chase
William James Fasthorse, 32, of rural Ogema has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on Oct. 21, a White Earth police officer saw him driving a vehicle with expired tabs on Highway 34 in the village of White Earth.
When the officer tried to pull him over, Fasthorse accelerated onto Bear Clan Drive and drove west before turning into a driveway, striking a children’s playpen and a pontoon on the property before coming to a stop. He fled on foot, but was arrested after the officer chased him and drew his taser. Fasthorse said he fled because he had multiple warrants.
On Nov. 4, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Fasthorse to 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed four years.
He was ordered to serve 15 days in jail, with credit for 15 days served, and was fined $200 plus $150 in court fees.
He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.
On Dec. 17, a nationwide warrant was issued for Fasthorse’s arrest for a probation violation.
Man gets 57 months for DWI in Detroit Lakes
Harry Lawrence Lavallie, 47, of St. Paul has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.
According to court records, on July 30, 2019, a trooper pulled him over in Detroit Lakes for driving with expired and altered license plate tabs.
Lavallie displayed an elevated demeanor, had uncontrolled twitches and quick speech, and admitted to using methamphetamine two days prior. He was arrested after doing poorly on field sobriety tests and taken to jail, where a urine sample was taken and sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing. During a search of the vehicle, a recently used hypodermic needle was found on the floor. He was convicted of first-degree DWI in 2004.
On Dec. 28, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Lavallie to 57 months in prison at St. Cloud, with credit for 225 days served in jail. He must pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees. A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after his license was canceled was dropped in a plea agreement.
Dilworth man gets 18 months on drug charge
Richard Leroy Basswood III, 37, of Dilworth has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Jan. 10, 2020, a Becker County deputy learned that Basswood had an active felony warrant and was riding in a white Chevrolet Malibu traveling east on Highway 10 from Hawley.
The deputy pulled the car over after it crossed into Becker County, saw Basswood in the passenger seat, and arrested him.
The deputy searched Basswood and found seven Lyrica pills and a small clear plastic baggie containing about a third of a gram of meth.
Basswood was previously convicted on a fifth-degree drug charge in 2013.
On Dec. 29, Basswood was sentenced to 18 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.
Detroit Lakes man charged with meth possession
Everett Ormand Northup, 52, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and misdemeanor driving after his license was revoked.
According to court records, on Oct. 22, he was pulled over by a deputy on Highway 10 for expired registration on his vehicle. His license was revoked, and a pat-down search for weapons turned up a pipe with residue inside of it and a plastic bag in Northup’s front pocket that contained about 2 grams of meth, with packaging.
On Oct. 22, he was released without bail, under standard conditions. A settlement conference is set for Jan. 26.