Ziboy Akiba Noah, 37, of Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony false imprisonment, felony threats of violence, gross misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, on July 19, officers responded to complaints of a silver Honda with North Dakota plates driving erratically on Highway 10, at speeds ranging from 30 mph to 80 mph.
The vehicle was pulled over. Noah was the driver. As officers tried to talk to a passenger, Noah locked the car door and rolled up the window, saying officers didn’t need to talk to him (Noah) and it was his car, his rules.
A Detroit Lakes police officer opened the driver’s door and told Noah to step out. He smelled strongly of alcohol, and after one DWI test, he refused to take any more. He was arrested on suspicion of DWI.
A female in the back seat said she had agreed to go with him from Fargo to the lakes, but he was taking shots of vodka and got crazy. He took her phone away and kept her locked in the back seat, telling her “my car, my rules -- what I say goes.” He wouldn’t return her phone, she couldn’t get out because the door was locked, and he was waving a knife around, she said.
Officers recovered her phone and a knife from the front seat, and found an open bottle of vodka in the trunk.
On July 21, District Judge Mike Fritz set cash bail for Noah at $1,500 or bond at $15,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $30,000 with no conditions.
Woman accused of ramming cars with her Oldsmobile
Tara Lynn Libby, 35, of White Earth, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree damage to property, over $1,000 in damages.
According to court records, on July 19, law enforcement was called to a residence on the 40000 block of Highway 34 on the report of gunshots.
They found there had been a confrontation among several different groups of people, and as a result Libby was angry and drove her silver Oldsmobile Alero into the back of several vehicles numerous times. She was part of the aggressor group and was angry about the altercation, according to the criminal complaint.
On July 21 District Judge Mike Fritz ordered her released without bail, on her own recognizance.
Recovered security camera reveals woman who took it
Genna Louise Burrow, 36, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree burglary.
According to court records, on June 16 she entered a West Lake Drive residence and took a sweatshirt and a DVD player, then grabbed the security camera that had recorded her and took that as well. The camera was tracked to a man who had bought it, and when officers viewed it, it showed Burrow inside the residence, according to the criminal complaint.
On July 21, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a warrant for her arrest.
DL man sentenced for meth, DWI
Jareth James Krogen, 33, of rural Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and two counts of gross misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, on May 4, his black Chevy Impala was pulled over by troopers on Highway 59 for going 56 mph in a 40 mph zone. He and a woman passenger had switched places, but she admitted that he had been driving. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to jail, where he refused DWI testing and refused to provide a blood or urine sample.
A little over a third of a gram of meth was found in a package between the seat and center console.
He was previously convicted on a fifth-degree drug charge in 2019 and a DWI test refusal charge in 2015.
On July 29, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the felony case. Krogen was ordered to serve 120 days in jail, with credit for four days served, and can serve his time on electronic home monitoring at his own expense.
Work release privileges were granted. He was fined $50 plus $50 in court fees, and his conviction was deemed a gross misdemeanor as provided in state law. He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.
One DWI charge was dropped in a plea agreement. On the second DWI charge, Krogen was sentenced to a year in jail, all but 120 days stayed six years, and four days credit for time served. He was fined $50 plus $245 in court fees, and was placed on supervised probation for six years.
Woman sentenced for domestic assault
Nicole Grace Jackson, 26, of rural Waubun has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic assault.
According to court records, on July 6, tribal police were called to an Ogema residence after Jackson refused to leave. A man there had several injuries caused by Jackson, who had attacked and bitten him and thrown a lamp at him. The glass in the storm door was shattered and the main door had been gouged with an ax, which was laying on the porch.
Jackson and the man had been living together for about a month. She was previously convicted of domestic assault in 2014 and fourth-degree assault in 2018.
On July 29, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years.
Jackson was ordered to serve 45 days in jail, with credit for 24 days served. Work release privileges were granted.
She was fined $500 plus $665 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.
Woman sentenced for meth after police chase
Sheldon Rae Butcher, 25, of rural Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Aug. 11, 2018, she was a passenger in a vehicle pursued from Otter Tail County into Becker County, where the police chase ended. Officers found a total of 20 grams of meth on Butcher and in the vehicle.
On July 28, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case. She was ordered to serve eight days in jail, with credit for eight days served.
Butcher was fined $500 plus $627 in court fees. She must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.
A gross misdemeanor counterfeiting charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
Felony fleeing charge dismissed after DL man meets conditions
A felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle has been dismissed against Steven Joseph Morris, 49, of rural Detroit Lakes, in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, at 12:35 a.m. on June 23, 2018, a Callaway police officer saw an obviously intoxicated man -- later identified as Morris -- leave the Callaway Liquor Store. He got on his 2016 Polaris Ranger side-by-side utility vehicle and drove away, swerving violently at times, fleeing down country roads with the officer pursuing at speeds of 40-49 mph. He eventually escaped over a planted soybean field and was later identified via surveillance video.
On July 24, the charge was dismissed because he successfully completed the terms of his probation and his stay of adjudication, which included serving 30 days in jail, followed by 30 days on electronic home monitoring and following the recommendations of a chemical dependency evaluation.
Ogema man gets 30 months for firearm charge
Christopher James Dodd, 33, of rural Ogema, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony possession of a firearm.
According to court records, on Nov. 10, 2018, the younger Dodd was hunting with an older man, Morris Silas Dodd, 55, near Little Flat Lake, on the White Earth Reservation in Becker County.
A bullet fired by the older man accidentally killed another hunter, former Lake Park police chief Jay Nelson, 53, who was found dead in his car in the woods, after being shot through the upper back-shoulder area.
In an interview with authorities, the older Dodd admitted to hunting in the area on the day Nelson was killed, and told them that he had fired a shot, hoping to "spook" a fawn. He said he didn’t see Nelson's vehicle or purposefully shoot at him or the vehicle.
A few weeks after Nelson's death, the older man was arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting.
Christopher James Dodd was hunting with him that day, and is accused of using a .30-06 rifle to fire multiple shots and missing a deer near Mary Yellowhead Road.
He was previously convicted of felony second-degree burglary and felony third-degree drug possession and is not allowed to possess guns or ammunition.
On July 22, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced him to 30 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $215 in court fees.
The sentence is a downward departure from state sentencing guidelines.