Court news: Man sentenced for fleeing tribal police on a motorbike
The man wouldn’t stop until the police officer pulled in front of the motorbike and forced it to stop.
Frank Joseph Kettle, 42, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on June 2, 2019, a White Earth police officer attempted to pull over his 2011 Baja motorbike on Powwow Highway because it did not have tail lights or brake lights and he was driving 37 in a 30 mph zone. Kettle wouldn’t stop until the officer pulled in front of the motorbike and forced it to stop. He would not answer questions and resisted arrest by pushing away as the officer tried to handcuff him.
Two micro baggies of meth were found on him during processing at the Becker County Jail, one weighed .8 grams and one weighed .7 grams, with packaging.
On March 10, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed adjudication and continued the case.
On the drug charge, Kettle was ordered to serve 44 days in jail, with credit for 44 days served, and was fined $500 plus $500 in court fees. He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.
On the fleeing charge, he was ordered to serve 44 days in jail, with credit for 44 days served (to be served concurrently to the first charge) and was fined $500 plus $590 in court fees. He was placed on supervised probation for four years.
A misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process was dropped in a plea agreement.
White Earth man sentenced for burglary after Walmart theft
Anthony Joseph Vannett, 35, of White Earth, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary.
According to court records, on Nov. 18, 2020, he was pulled over at 10:15 p.m. as he was leaving the Detroit Lakes Walmart parking lot.
Walmart asset protection had reported to police that he had over $100 worth of merchandise in his vehicle, and that he had violated a no-trespass order in effect at Walmart.
The police officer found a car jump-start/charging unit, stolen from Walmart, inside Vannett’s vehicle. Vannett provided a false name to the officer who pulled him over.
On March 10, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed imposition of sentence and placed Vannett on supervised probation for five years.
He was ordered to serve 50 days in jail, with credit for 50 days served, and was fined $500 plus $650 in court fees. He must get chemical dependency and mental health evaluations and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.
A gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer was dropped in a plea agreement.
Fargo woman charged with being fugitive from justice
Briana Joy McCarty, 32, of Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony being a fugitive from justice from another state.
According to court records, on March 3, she was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a state trooper in Becker County. She was wanted on a warrant for a probation violation, issued that same day in Cass County, North Dakota. She admitted the person in the warrant was her and waived her extradition rights.
Woman sentenced after being caught with syringe, meth
Elizabeth Ashley Heim, 29, of Fertile, Minn., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Jan. 15, 2020, she was in a vehicle involved in a traffic stop in Detroit Lakes. The officer smelled marijuana in the vehicle and a search turned up a small metal container holding a syringe containing meth that belonged to Heim. She was previously convicted on a drug charge in North Dakota in 2017.
On Feb. 23, District Judge Jeffrey Remick sentenced Heim to 366 days in prison at Shakopee, stayed five years.
She was ordered to pay $265 in court fees, serve 20 hours of community service, and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for 366 days.