Brandon Travis Vogt, 27, of rural Detroit Lakes was charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.
According to court records, he was wanted in Cass County, N.D., on a Dangerous Drugs charge, and was arrested on that warrant in Becker County Oct. 21. Two days later he waived his right to an extradition hearing and was ordered held until Cass County authorities picked him up. He remained in the Becker County Jail Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Ponsford man sentenced for possessing a small amount of meth
Robert Eugene Butcher, 42, of rural Ponsford was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Oct. 1, 2018, he was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by a tribal officer for no license plate and altered registration papers. Two syringes and two microbaggies with meth residue were found in his possession. One weighed nearly half a gram and the other just over a quarter gram, with packaging.
Butcher appeared Oct. 23 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for five years, and ordered him to serve 46 days in jail, with credit for 46 days served. He must pay $665 in court fees and follow chemical dependency aftercare recommendations. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.
Drug charge dropped after motion against illegal search
A felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime was dismissed against Maisie Ann Lund, 28, of rural Detroit Lakes in Becker County District Court, because the state believes it can no longer prove its case.
According to court records, on Aug. 1, a state trooper stopped her vehicle in Detroit Lakes for window tint over 50%. The trooper said he could smell marijuana, and Lund consented to a search. The trooper found a pill bottle under the center console containing 57 Gabapentin pills, five Hydrocodone Bitartrate pills, and five acetaminophen (Tylenol) pills.
Lund’s attorney, Chris Cadom of Fergus Falls, had filed a motion to dismiss evidence obtained through an illegal search and seizure, arguing that there was no reasonable basis for the traffic stop and no basis to expand the stop to include a search of the vehicle.
The Becker County Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge Oct. 29, stating that it believed it could no longer sustain its burden of proof at trial.
Wadena man sentenced for domestic abuse, DWI
Cory Lance Vellieux, 29, of Wadena was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic abuse and gross misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 1, a state trooper saw a red Chevy Tahoe with hazard lights flashing pulled over on the side of a rural road in Becker County. Vellieux was standing outside the Tahoe with a woman. He smelled of alcohol and had an open bottle of Fireball whiskey between his legs, according to the criminal complaint. When asked to identify himself, he gave the name of a cousin to the trooper, later saying he was “scared” of the officer.
There was an active order of protection in Utah preventing him from being with the woman. Three more open bottles of Fireball were found in the Tahoe, according to court records. A preliminary test put his blood alcohol level at .14%.
Vellieux appeared Oct. 30 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 15 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed for five years, and ordered him to serve 61 days in jail, with credit for 61 days served. He was fined $1,000 and $1,165 in court fees.
He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, and complete domestic abuse counseling/treatment. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.
On the DWI charge, he was sentenced to a year in jail, stayed 304 days for six years. Credit was granted for 61 days served, and he was placed on supervised probation for six years.
A misdemeanor charge of providing a false name to a peace officer and a misdemeanor DWI charge were dropped in a plea agreement.
Man sentenced in group beating in DL parking lot
Shane Ray Lague Jr., 23, of Bemidji was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree assault. A felony charge of first-degree aggravated robbery was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, Lague was one of several people charged in Becker County District Court in connection with a man who was “jumped” and badly beaten in a Detroit Lakes parking lot at about 3:30 a.m. March 9.
Lague appeared Nov. 6 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who fined him $1,000 plus $1,165 in court fees, and ordered him to serve 69 days in jail, with credit for 67 days served. He was released into ShareHouse, an in-house chemical dependency treatment center in Fargo, on Nov. 8. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.