Brandon Travis Vogt, 28, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony possession of firearms.
According to court records, on May 13, law enforcement officers found a tan Buick passenger vehicle in a ditch. Vogt was the driver. He did poorly on field sobriety tests and was arrested on an active North Dakota warrant.
A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded .357 caliber Springfield pistol and a cased .22 caliber Browning pistol. The Springfield had earlier been reported stolen, and Vogt said he bought it from a friend for a couple hundred dollars. He said he had borrowed the .22 caliber for “target practice.”
A baggie of meth weighing about 2 grams was also found: The resulting felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.
He was twice convicted of felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime in 2018 and is not allowed to possess guns or ammunition.
On Aug. 25, Becker County District Judge Mike Fritz sentenced Vogt to 60 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.
In a separate case, he was also sentenced to a concurrent 13 months in prison on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. He was also fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $1,165 in court fees.
According to court records, on Oct. 21, 2019, a Becker County sheriff’s investigator caught him riding a stolen 2000 Yamaha YZ 125 dirt bike. He said he bought the dirt bike, valued at $1,500, for $150 that morning from a friend and wasn’t too surprised to learn it was stolen.
Meth, high-speed chase lead DL man to Drug Court
Cameron James Stoen, 31, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.
Felony charges of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm were dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on June 19, 2019, a state trooper attempted to pull over the 2005 Chevy Malibu that Stoen was driving, after clocking him going 57 mph in a 40 mph zone on County Road 21 (Richwood Road).
As the trooper turned around, he saw Stoen accelerate rapidly, and ended up pursuing the Malibu at speeds over 100 mph heading towards Detroit Lakes.
Before reaching town, Stoen turned around in a business parking lot and headed back north on Richward Road. The pursuit ended several miles later, after the trooper successfully performed a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver on the Malibu.
A search of the car revealed 5.6 grams of meth, $520 cash, and a 20-gauge shotgun and ammunition in the trunk, according to the criminal complaint.
Stoen declined testing for alcohol and drugs, saying that meth would show up in his blood, according to court records. He was previously convicted of DWI in 2013, 2014 and 2018, and was convicted of felony drug charges in 2007 and 2011.
On Aug. 19, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony ordered him to serve 54 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years, and to serve 31 days in jail, with credit for 31 days served. He was fined $1,000, with $500 of that stayed seven years, and ordered to pay $665 in court fees and $2,595 in restitution.
Stoen must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, and must successfully complete all the requirements of the Clay-Becker County Drug Court.
Woman gets 17 months for drug possession
Melissa Marie Manypenny, 38, of Mahnomen, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on May 19, a tribal police officer pulled over the white Buick Regal she was driving because a passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer smelled marijuana, and a back seat passenger turned out to have marijuana.
A search of the vehicle turned up a little less than a half-gram of meth in a baggie on the driver’s side floor and two small baggies in her purse. A small tin, inside a hand purse, inside the center console, held trace amounts of heroin. Her license had been canceled as inimical to public safety.
On Aug. 26, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced her to 17 months in prison at Shakopee and ordered her to pay $140 in court fees. The sentence is to run concurrent with another case.
A second charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after her license was canceled as inimical to public safety were dropped in a plea agreement.
Teen sentenced for stealing car, driving it to Ponsford
Thayian Christopher Greenfeather, 17, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County Juvenile Court for felony theft of a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on June 28 White Earth police officers who were looking for a black Chevrolet Suburban in the Pine Point area spotted it at Pine Point Road and Rush Lake Road.
Greenfeather was a passenger in the Suburban, whose driver led police on a high-speed chase through all sorts of terrain, across fields and down country roads. The Suburban made contact with a pursuing officer’s squad car at the end of the chase.
Greenfeather admitted stealing the Suburban from a Moorhead auto dealership a day or two earlier, after seeing the keys in the center console and finding the vehicle unlocked. He told officers he drove it home to Becker County.
On July 31, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony ordered Greenfeather to pay $3,166 in restitution, to get a mental health screening as required by law, and to get counseling and a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations. He was placed on supervised probation and ordered into a secure treatment facility.
Drug charges filed against DL man, Duluth woman
Dean Alan Sargent, 40, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer on foot.
According to court records, on Aug. 23, he ran when approached by a Detroit Lakes police officer who knew he was wanted on a warrant. The officer eventually had to use a taser to make the arrest.
A woman who had been walking with him, Mercedz Seirra Sargent-Legore, 22, of Duluth, was also arrested on a warrant, after approaching the officer and yelling at him, according to the criminal complaint.
A small baggie of meth weighing 4.6 grams was found where Sargent had been lying.
A search of Sargent-Legore’s purse at the jail turned up a little less than half a gram of meth. She was charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
On Aug. 25, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for Sargent at $1,000 or bond at $10,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $25,000 without conditions.
On Aug. 24, she set cash bail for Sargent-Legore at $100 or bond at $2,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $15,000 without conditions.