Anthony Mark Vogt, 54, of rural Detroit Lakes, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree burglary.

The original charge of felony first-degree arson was amended by the court on July 30.

According to court records, at 6:52 p.m. Sept. 1, 2018, a sheriff’s sergeant responded to a house fire in rural Becker County. Upon arrival, he noted a large amount of smoke coming from the house, but no flames. A citizen who had called 911 said they were driving by and saw the smoke coming from the mobile home. They pulled up, saw two windows were broken out, and called 911.

The sheriff’s officer walked around the house and noted all the other windows and doors were secure, and the two broken windows had their screen cuts and appeared to have been broken from the outside. He found a white tissue on the ground under a broken window, next to a stepladder.

Nothing appeared disturbed inside the residence, other than fire damage. He noted that a piece of comforter on fire in a bedroom had gone out by itself. Since arson was suspected, the state fire marshal’s office was called in.

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A sheriff’s investigator learned that the owner of the home had recently broken up with Vogt and he was upset that she was dating someone else. The sheriff’s investigator learned that Vogt had sent 114 text messages to the victim on Sept. 1. In several he said he was going to the victim’s house.

A witness at Charlie’s Bar at Height of Land Lake said Vogt was there from roughly 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. That was confirmed by surveillance video from Charlie’s.

Cell-site data from Vogt’s phone was analyzed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and showed that Vogt was in the vicinity of the victim’s home twice that day, at about 2:44 p.m. and again at 6:39 p.m. The investigator noted that Charlie’s Bar is less than three minutes away from the victim’s residence. He also noted a 20-minute gap in Vogt’s text messages to the victim, from 6:25 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

On Oct. 22, the state fire marshal’s office reported the fire was intentionally set by somebody lighting multiple location in the mobile home, after breaking two windows.

Vogt appeared in court Sept. 19 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed him on supervised probation for 10 years.

He was ordered to pay $121,001 in restitution, a $500 fine and $165 in court fees, and to serve nine days in jail, with credit for nine days served.

Frazee man sentenced on meth charges

Kyle Jay Kellogg, 37, of Frazee, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, Kellogg was arrested July 17 in Detroit Lakes by agents with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, who knew he was wanted on a warrant and saw him crossing on foot at the intersection of highways 34 and 59. He was searched and caught with .89 grams of field-tested meth.

Kellogg appeared in court Sept. 18 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 10 years.

He was ordered to pay $1,165 in court fees, and to serve 64 days in jail, with credit for 64 days served. He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He was placed on supervised probation for 10 years.

Red Lake woman sentenced for heroin

Kimberly Jo Cook, 47, of Red Lake, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 3, 2018 she was a rear-seat passenger in a car stopped by a state trooper on West Lake Drive for having a rear passenger window covered with duct tape.

A search of the car revealed a bag containing four bindles of heroin (weighing a total of 2.79 gram, with packaging) under her seat. Another 2.79 grams of heroin in a plastic bag was found on Cook while she was being booked into the Becker County Jail.

Cook appeared in court Sept. 19 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for 20 years.

She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees, and to serve five days in jail, with credit for five days served. She must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

DL woman sentenced for puncturing tires, smashing windshield

Jacqueline Louise Cassel, 35, of Detroit Lakes, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree damage to property.

According to court records, on May 17, 2018, Cassel used a screwdriver to puncture the tires on a woman’s car in Detroit Lakes. She also smashed the windshield with the screwdriver in front of multiple witnesses, then drove away. Damage to the vehicle exceeded $5,000.

Cassel appeared in court Sept. 23 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who stayed adjudication and continued the case.

Cassel was ordered to pay $584 in restitution, along with a $600 fine and $765 in court fees, and to serve 16 days in jail, with credit for 16 days served. She was also ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

She was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Woman sentenced for writing bad check in Detroit Lakes

Megan Mae Fairbanks, 25, of Rice, Minn., was sentenced in Becker County District Court for gross misdemeanor dishonored check. A felony charge of writing a dishonored check was dismissed in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Aug. 24, 2017, Fairbanks wrote a $1,166 check to Dan’s Service Center in Detroit Lakes for goods and services rendered, with the intent that it would not be paid. The Bell Bank check was returned for nonsufficient funds.

Fairbanks appeared in court Sept. 23 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who stayed adjudication and continued the case.

She was ordered to pay $1,316 in restitution and a $300 fine, and to serve a year in jail, stayed two years. She was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.

Man sentenced for fake sex ad that brought 150 unwanted texts to victim

Tony Curtis Garcia, 37, of Glyndon, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony stalking. Two other felony stalking charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Dec. 4, 2017, a Becker County deputy responded to a report of an unauthorized Craigslist (online classified) posting made the day before and containing the victim’s photo, city, state and phone number and soliciting sexual activity. The fake post also asked men to send photos of their genitals to her phone.

The deputy subpoenaed records from Craigslist and Google, and Craigslist reported back that the post was made using an email address from a "Tony G." in Lake Park. The Google report came back with the same email address and a phone number. The victim told investigators the only Tony G. she knows is Tony Garcia.

The investigator called the phone number and Garcia answered. During the interview, Garcia said he and several others had been messing around that night and making jokes, but no post was actually made. Then he asked “even if I did make a post, is there anything illegal about it?”

He said he did not know how anybody else could have used his phone or email to post the false ad on Craigslist.

The ad resulted in 151 unwanted messages and calls to the victim’s phone on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, 2017.

Garcia appeared in court Sept. 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed him on supervised probation for five years.

He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,090 in court fees, and to serve 15 days on electronic home monitoring. He must get a mental health evaluation and follow the recommendations.

Albert Lea woman sentenced for selling meth in Detroit Lakes

Satera Marie Kontz, 33, of rural Albert Lea, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime. The original second-degree charge was reduced in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Jan. 22, she and a man traveled to Detroit Lakes to sell 11.47 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Kontz appeared in court Sept. 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for 10 years.

She was ordered to pay a $750 fine and $915 in court fees, and to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

Pelican Rapids woman sentenced for DL burglaries, drugs

Sunnie Marie Darville, 42, of Pelican Rapids, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony burglary and felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on July 25, 2018, she and a man were caught burglarizing a Detroit Lakes residence after the homeowner came home and parked behind the black Ford Edge they were driving, blocked it from leaving, and then called police. The car was searched and revealed items stolen in recent White Earth burglaries. A large pipe in her purse contained .16 grams of meth.

In a second burglary case, on Jan. 13 she and a man attempted to steal $706 worth of items from the Detroit Lakes Walmart. They replaced a price tag for a $99 vacuum cleaner with a 20 cent shot glass tag, and they loaded up a plastic storage tote with items, went through a self-pay teller, and only scanned the tote, not the items inside it.

When confronted by employees, they abandoned the loaded tote and immediately left the store.

Darville appeared in court Sept. 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who stayed imposition of sentencing in the Walmart case and placed her on supervised probation for five years. She was fined $1,000 plus $1,160 in court fees and ordered to pay $99 restitution, and ordered to serve 37 days in jail, with credit for 37 days served. She must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.

In the first case, she received a stay of adjudication and the case was continued. She was ordered to serve a year in jail, with all but 34 days stayed for two years. Credit was given for 34 days served. She was fined $500 plus $500 in court fees, and placed on supervised probation for two years.

Vergas man sentenced in DL parking lot assault

Wyatt Robert Nelson, 24, of rural Vergas, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree assault. A felony charge of aggravated robbery was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, Nelson was one of several people charged in connection with an assault against a man who was “jumped” and badly beaten in a Detroit Lakes parking lot at about 3:30 a.m. March 9.

According to court records, the victim said his girlfriend asked him to meet her at the parking lot. While the two spoke, a vehicle pulled up and Nelson and two others got out. After one man approached the victim and hit him, starting a fight, Nelson joined in, punching the man in the jaw a half-dozen times.

Others participated in the beating, after which the victim’s cellphone and cigarettes were stolen and he walked to a nearby house, called 911, and was taken to the emergency room for treatment. He was “severely injured,” according to the complaint, with a large bulge on his forehead, a bloody mouth and red marks across his face.

Nelson appeared in court Sept. 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who ordered him to serve 60 days in jail, stayed five years, with credit for 18 days served. Work release privileges were granted. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees.

He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and have no contact with the victim. The sentence was imposed concurrently with another case. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.

Threat charges dropped after DL man sent to prison

A felony charge of threats of violence and two misdemeanor domestic assault charges were dropped against Corey Lee Weber, 25, of Detroit Lakes, in Becker County District Court.

According to court records, on May 3, 2018, he sent a text to a girlfriend threatening her by telling her she was “on the list” of people he wanted to hurt or kill. In a phone call from jail, according to court records, he was recorded saying he still wanted to “slit her throat.” In a text to her, he also alluded to blowing up the convenience store where she worked.

The charges were dropped as a housecleaning measure because he was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison in another case.

Man gets year in jail following traffic stop in Detroit Lakes

Donald Jeffrey Helps, 56, of Bayport, Minn., was sentenced in Becker County District Court for providing a false name to a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor. A felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 6 p.m. Aug. 11, 2018, a trooper on West Lake Drive in Detroit Lakes pulled over a vehicle for driving 51 mph in a 40 mph zone. Three people were in the car and Helps was a passenger in the rear seat. He was sweating profusely and a hypodermic needle was in the officer’s view behind the front driver’s seat.

A K-9 unit was called in and the driver gave permission to search the vehicle. Officers found 2.8 grams of meth under the seat where Helps was sitting. Two meth pipes were found on his person and he gave his brother’s name to the police to avoid arrest, because Helps was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant.

He appeared in court Sept. 24 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who ordered him to serve a year in jail, with credit for 247 days served. He was fined $50 plus $140 in court fees.

He was placed on unsupervised probation for one year.

Detroit Lakes man sentenced for assaulting woman

Ronald Kai Wicker, 34, of rural Detroit Lakes, was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic assault. A felony third-degree assault charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, at 1:43 a.m. June 26 a man contacted the Becker County Sheriff’s Office about a woman who he believed had been taken by Wicker. The man had received several photos throughout the day from the woman showing two black eyes, missing hair and a broken tooth.

Officers tracked her phone to the Mountain View Recreation Area off South Tower Road and found the victim and Wicker in a vehicle. She said that Wicker had caused her injuries, and had also assaulted her the prior week, because he was angry about another man.

Wicker appeared in court Sept. 26 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to serve a year and a day in jail, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 43 days in jail, with credit for 43 days served. He was fined $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees.

He must get chemical dependency and domestic abuse evaluations and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and get a complete diagnostic assessment. He is to engage in no assaultive or threatening behavior and have no contact with the victim. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.