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Court news: Two face felony charges for abandoning dog in DL apartment

Officers entered the apartment due to the emergency of the malnourished dog. Upon entry, the smell of urine was almost unbearable. A black Labrador retriever was on the couch. Officers could see every rib bone of the dog and its bones were protruding.

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Two people face felony charges for allegedly abandoning a dog and letting it nearly starve to death in a Detroit Lakes apartment.

Emilio James Bunker, 29, of rural Ogema and Savanna Lynn Antell, 25, of rural Mahnomen have been charged in Becker County District Court with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor abandoning an animal.

According to court records, on Oct. 9, police officers responded to a report of a dog that was abandoned in an apartment in Detroit Lakes. The reporting party stated the dog was in very bad shape. The landlord told an officer that the apartment was being rented by Antell and Bunker.

Tenants reported that they had not seen Antell or Bunker at the apartment in at least a month. The landlord said their rental agreement had expired.

Officers entered the apartment due to the emergency of the malnourished dog. Upon entry, the smell of urine was almost unbearable. A black Labrador retriever was on the couch. Officers could see every rib bone of the dog and its bones were protruding.

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Dog feces was throughout the apartment. There was no food or water found in the apartment for the dog. The dog was transported to the Marshmallow Foundation and was later seen by a veterinarian.

The veterinarian concluded the dog was emaciated and very malnourished. The dog weighed 36 pounds, but a normal dog of that type should weigh 65 pounds. The veterinarian told police the dog likely would not have survived another week, according to the criminal complaint.

On Nov. 23, Becker County District Court Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Antell and Bunker to appear in court. A Zoom hearing for the two was later set for Jan. 27, 2022.

Man charged with negligent storage of gun used in fatal shooting

Daniel Richard Keranen, 42, of Becker County Road 119, Menahga, has been charged in Becker County District Court with gross misdemeanor negligent storage of a loaded firearm that a child could access.

According to court records, on the morning of Sept. 18, 2020, Keranen’s 16-year-old son, who had two other teen boys sleep over that night, was showing off a shotgun, and shot and killed a friend who was lying in bed.

The boy told police that he had not checked the shotgun to see if it was loaded, and stated he was showing the shotgun off and waving it around when the gun went off. He put the gun back into a gun cabinet after the discharge.

The shotgun was found with the safety off and the chamber partially open. The shotgun contained one fired shell that was not ejected. The shotgun’s magazine contained four unspent shells.

On Nov. 24, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Keranen to appear in court. A Zoom hearing was later set for Jan. 27, 2022.

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Man living in stolen camper charged with receiving stolen property

Francis Edward Durant, 50, of Bear Clan Drive, rural Ogema, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony receiving stolen property and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Sept. 28, law enforcement officers executed a narcotic search warrant at a residential property on Bear Clan Drive in rural Ogema. The search warrant included two campers that were parked on the property, one that was blue and silver and one that was yellow.

A special agent found about a third of a gram of cocaine in the blue and silver trailer, and the trailer itself turned out to have been stolen from Outlet Recreation earlier in the year. The grey 2021 tandem-axle 26-foot DBA Cherokee Camper was valued at $25,000.

The owner of the property where the camper was parked said that Durant and his wife had purchased the camper from a woman they knew (who is now deceased) for approximately $3,000. She said that Durant and his wife currently live in the camper.

The special agent received a call from Durant’s wife later in the day. She said that she and her husband had purchased the camper from the woman in April. She said that the woman was selling the camper for cheap because the woman did not have the title for the camper. She stated that she purchased the camper for cash and that she did not get a bill of sale.

On Nov. 24, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Durant to appear in court. A Zoom hearing was later set for Jan. 27, 2022.

Perham man accused of dropping meth on way into jail

Hunter James Neyens, 25, of Perham, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Nov. 8, surveillance video in the sally port at the Becker County Jail showed that Neyens had dropped a baggie on the floor as he was being escorted into the booking area of the jail.

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The clear baggie held a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 1.36 grams with packaging.

On Nov. 24, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Neyens to appear in court. A Zoom hearing was later set for Jan. 27, 2022.

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