Charles Henry Olson, 38, of Luverne was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony stalking.
A second charge of felony stalking and five felony harassment charges were dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, a restraining order was issued to protect a woman from Olson on Sept. 17, 2019. Less than a month later, he was arrested in Lake Park for violating the protective order, and was taken to jail.
On Dec. 5, the protected woman received a letter from Olson from the Becker County Jail, which was sent to a fictitious name at the woman’s address. She believes it was a made-up name and was very upset that he was harassing her from jail, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman said Olson also called her on Nov. 22 from jail under another inmate’s name, according to court records. In the call he mentioned writing her, asked her to write back, and said he would find her when he gets out.
On Dec. 16 Olson sent another letter to the woman’s address, according to court records. It was again addressed to a fictitious name, but mentioned the woman numerous times. In all, he tried to call the woman 10 times from jail, and left three voicemails.
He has four prior convictions for violating a restraining order, one in 2017 and three in 2019.
Olson appeared in court Jan. 15 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who sentenced him to 39 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $140 in court fees.
Man sentenced for 100 mph police chase
Parrish Wade Lusby Jr., 22, of Fargo was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on Nov. 9 an officer saw a 2008 Dodge Caliber, missing a driver’s side headlight assembly, going south on Highway 59 in Mahnomen County.
The officer tried to catch up to the Dodge and pull it over, but the driver, Lusby, fled at speeds over 100 mph and refused to stop. A 16-mile chase ensued, mostly at speeds around 100 mph, but Lusby did slow down going through Waubun and Ogema.
A PIT maneuver to force the fleeing Dodge to stop was successfully executed 3.6 miles south of Ogema on Highway 59, which ended the chase in Callaway.
Lusby tried to flee on foot, but fell after about 20 yards and was arrested. He gave a false name to the arresting officer, but admitted his real name at the jail. In the center console of the Dodge officers found a baggie of meth weighing half a gram, and a backpack in the backseat held a baggie containing nearly 1 gram of meth.
His driver’s license was suspended, he had no proof of insurance, and he was wanted on a North Dakota warrant.
Lusby appeared in court Jan. 14 before District Judge Mike Fritz, who sentenced him on the drug charge to a year and a day in prison in St. Cloud, stayed five years. He was ordered to pay $665 in court fees, and to serve 67 days in jail, with credit for 67 days served. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and to get a complete diagnostic assessment and follow the recommendations.
On the felony fleeing charge, he was sentenced to a year and a day in prison in St. Cloud, stayed five years, and ordered to serve 67 days in jail, with credit for 67 days served.
Lusby was fined $500 plus $500 in court fees, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.
Detroit Lakes woman sentenced for check forgery
Shenoa Marie Jackson, 38, of Detroit Lakes was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony forgery.
Charges of felony forgery and felony theft by swindle were dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, she forged or altered notes from her doctor saying she was unable to work following a March 12, 2017, motor vehicle crash involving another vehicle in Detroit Lakes.
From March 14, 2017, to Aug. 22, 2017, Nationwide Insurance Co. received nine doctor notes saying that Jackson was unable to work following the accident. Tipped off by Sanford Health that one of the doctor’s notes had been forged, the insurance company launched an investigation and Jackson ultimately admitted that she had forged six of the nine notes, resulting in an overpayment of $2,237 by Nationwide, her insurance company.
Jackson appeared in court Jan. 14 before District Judge Mike Fritz, who stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years.
She must pay a $1,000 fine and $1,090 in court fees, with restitution rights reserved. She was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, which can be served on electronic home monitoring without good time and at her own expense.
Auto theft charge dropped in Becker, picked up in Clearwater County
A felony charge of motor vehicle theft was dismissed in Becker County District Court against Ian Jorge Sargent, 22, of rural Bagley.
According to court records, at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 3, a woman reported to White Earth tribal police that Sargent had taken her blue 2016 Chevy Cruze without permission. It was locked, and the woman said he must have found an extra key fob hidden in the house.
At about 2:45 a.m. the vehicle was tracked to Detroit Lakes via its OnStar security system, and Sargent was arrested at gunpoint in a gas station parking lot, after the Chevy was blocked in by a squad car. At the jail, he admitted taking the Chevy without permission while others in the residence were asleep.
The charge was dismissed in Becker County Court Jan. 13, after Sargent was charged with the underlying theft in Clearwater County District Court.
“The interests of justice are best served by prosecution in the county where the theft occurred,” the Becker County Attorney’s Office said in its decision to dismiss.
Woman charged with being fugitive from justice
Patricia Anne Knudson, 50, of Fargo, N.D., has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.
She was transported Jan. 9 from Clay County on a Becker County warrant.
According to court records, Knudson was found to be wanted on a Cass County, N.D., warrant related to probation violations on a felony conviction for interference with an emergency call and misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order. She was ordered held in Becker County until picked up by North Dakota authorities.
Vergas man sentenced for drugs, gun charge dropped
Joseph Lee Rosenberg, 34, of rural Vergas was sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree controlled substance crime.
A gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit with dropped in a plea agreement.
Rosenberg’s license was revoked, and after he asked the officer to reach into the back seat to grab a bag of food, the officer noticed a handgun sitting on the center console, on top of two syringes, according to court records. Inside the console he found 21.8 grams of meth in a zipper-lock plastic bag, along with ammunition for the gun. Rosenberg did not have a permit to carry.
Rosenberg appeared in court Jan. 14 before District Judge Mike Fritz, who sentenced him to 78 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed 15 years.
He was ordered to serve 150 days in jail, with credit for 19 days served, and must pay a $1,000 fine and $1,165 in court fees.
He was ordered to complete the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation and get a mental health evaluation. He was placed on supervised probation for 15 years.