Trevor Duane Smith, 31, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
According to court records, on July 16, a Detroit Lakes police officer was watching a residence when he saw Smith and another man get in a car and leave. They returned a short time later, and the second man was walking away from the residence when the officer saw Smith running up behind him with a 4-foot long stick in his hand.
Smith got into a “batter’s stance” and swung the 2-inch thick stick at the man’s head. “It would have caused death or great bodily harm if it hit his head,” the officer said in the criminal complaint. The man, who was not named in the complaint, realized the danger and ducked under the stick at the last second. Smith ran into the residence. The attack was captured on police car video.
The angry man told the officer that the attack was over a cellphone dispute. Smith came out of the residence, swore and told the man to shut up, and called him a “little bitch.”
Smith was arrested and did not deny the encounter, but said he did it in self-defense because the man was destroying his personal property inside the residence.
On July 17, District Judge Jay Carlson set cash bail for Smith at $3,000 or bond at $30,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $60,000 with no conditions.
Frazee woman accused of burglary
Christine Rosalyn Tinjum, 33, of rural Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree burglary.
According to court records, on July 16, Detroit Lakes police were called to the Riverview mobile home park on the report of a woman going through people’s property. The officer talked to a lot owner who said he had returned home an hour earlier and found Tinjum inside his residence. She had a towel on her head and he believed she had just taken a shower. She also drank orange juice and Squirt soda, and took a few dollars off a counter before leaving. She was arrested and taken to jail.
On July 17, District Judge Jay Carlson ordered her released on her own recognizance, without bail.
Man charged for threats against Becker County woman
Joshua Dale Vredenburg, 28, of Goodhue, Minn., has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence and gross misdemeanor harassment.
According to court records, on July 3, a Becker County deputy responded to a residence in Osage, where a woman reported that Vredenburg, a former boyfriend, had been calling and sending threatening messages to her.
He sent multiple threatening messages after she posted on Facebook that he had assaulted her a year ago. A threatening message was recorded as it occurred by one of the woman’s friends, according to the criminal complaint.
On July 16, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Vredenburg to appear in court at a date to be established later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wadena man accused of sending disturbing photos to Becker County woman
Shane Bruce McManigle, 49, of rural Wadena, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence and gross misdemeanor harassment.
According to court records, on June 29, a woman in rural Becker County reported that McManigle had been repeatedly contacting her since October of 2019. That month, he was charged with domestic assault against the woman in Wadena County.
She has received numerous calls, voicemails, texts and emails from him, most while she lived in Becker County. She responded only by message asking him to quit contacting her, according to the criminal complaint. On June 20, he called her four times, including one voicemail that was only the sound of gunshots. On June 29, he sent four emails, one with a photo that appeared to be a blood-covered body part, and one photo of a hand holding five live ammunition rounds.
The woman told an investigator that she does not go anywhere and is afraid for her life.
On July 16, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for McManigle to appear in court at a date to be established later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woman charged with drugs after alarmed resident calls DL police
Ivy Ladelle Ballard, 47, of Moorhead, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, at 2:17 a.m. July 15, Detroit Lakes police were called to a residence on Laura Avenue on the report of a woman, later identified as Ballard, digging through a trash bin and trying to remove tabs from a license plate. The resident was alarmed at her behavior.
When the officer arrived, he saw Ballard carrying an ax. She was arrested while trying to get into the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Jail staff found two baggies of meth on her, with a total weight of 0.8 grams. Two glass smoking pipes were found in her vehicle.
On July 16, District Judge Peter Irvine set cash bail for Ballard at $400 or bond at $4,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 with no conditions.