Marcus Ryan Maurstad Jr., 23, of rural Onami, Minn., was charged in Becker County District Court on felony charges of second-degree and third-degree burglary.
According to court records, on Sept. 23, 2016, two guns were stolen in a residential burglary in Becker County. A wrench was found in the back seat of a vehicle in the garage that did not belong to the homeowner. It was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.
A little over three years later, on Oct. 22, the BCA reported that the DNA profile found on the wrench was a match for Maurstad. He was wanted on a warrant from Mille Lacs County. On Nov. 6 District Judge Jay Carlson matched that with an arrest warrant from Becker County.
Richwood residents facing meth charges
John Randy Lindgren, 41, of rural Richwood, was charged in Becker County District Court with a felony first-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on Aug. 15, he sold just over 4 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The sale occurred within 400 feet of a public park in Detroit Lakes.
On Oct. 1, according to court records, he sold 5.68 grams of meth to the same informant near a public park, and on Nov. 4 he sold another 6.84 grams of meth to the informant in Detroit Lakes.
The vehicle Lindgren was riding in was pulled over after the Nov. 4 sale, and 1.49 grams of meth were found on Lindgren, according to court records. He later admitted to the sale, and the total amount of meth sold or possessed was 36.52 grams within a 90-day period.
That includes 18.5 grams of meth that was found on the driver, Katie Sue Welsh, 34, of Richwood, who has been charged with felony third-degree controlled substance crime, according to court records. A large (unspecified) amount of cash was found on her as well, and numerous cellphones were found in the vehicle.
The two appeared in court on Nov. 6. Cash bail or bond was set at $60,000 for Lindgren with standard conditions of release, or $120,000 with no conditions.
Cash bail was set at $1,000 for Welsh or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions of release, or $20,000 with no conditions.
Alcohol, threats lead to criminal charges and possibly Veterans Court
Quentin Lamont Henry, 42, of rural Audubon was charged in Becker County District Court on felony charges fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and making threats of violence, as well as gross misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault on a peace officer and DWI.
According to court records, on Nov. 2 he was pulled over by a deputy for driving erratically on Becker County Road 6. He smelled strongly of alcohol, his speech was slurred and his eyes were red and glassy, according to court documents. He was very upset about the traffic stop, and pointed to a house at the end of the driveway and said he would drive up there and get his license. The deputy advised him not to drive, but he did anyway.
Once there, he ran toward the entry of his house, actively resisting and fighting with the deputy, according to the court report. He threatened to kill a deputy, according to court records, before calming down and again trying to go inside his house. He was arrested with the help of other officers that arrived on the scene.
He said he suffers from the lung disease COPD and can’t do breathalizers, so he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, where he saw the medic’s name tag and threatened several times to kill the medic and his family. A search warrant was obtained for blood and urine, and two hours after the initial contact, blood was drawn.
Henry appeared in court on Nov. 4, and was released without bail, on his own recognizance. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims and will be considered for Veterans Court.
Man charged with violating order for protection
Duane Lawrence Fineday, 30, of rural Ponsford was charged in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of violating a no-contact order.
According to court records, on March 7, Becker County deputies following up on a previous call from a Pine Point residence saw him in the garage. He was under court orders to stay away from the home through an active domestic abuse restraining order.
Fineday shut the garage door and could not be found in the residence, according to court records. The woman with the restraining order denied he was there, but his identity was confirmed through police video. He has been wanted since May for probation violations. On Nov. 4
District Judge Jay Carlson also issued a warrant for his arrest.
Offender gets more than 2 years for not registering address
Dennis Michael Norcross, 33, of Ponsford was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony violating the state’s predatory offender registration law.
According to court records, he has been required to register his address with authorities as a predatory offender since he was convicted of an offense on Sept. 8, 2000.
On April 5, 2018, he was found not to be living at his registered address, and the law enforcement investigator was told that Norcross was living somewhere with a girlfriend. There was no record of him ever registering the new address.
Norcross appeared Sept. 25 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who sentenced him to 26 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees from his prison earnings.