Jeremy David Bromley, 29, of rural Belle Plaine, Minn., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on felony firearms and burglary charges, after a run-in with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge.
According to court records, on Aug. 20, 2019, the Fish and Wildlife officer ended up in a pursuit with Bromley and his companion, a Minneapolis woman, after a suspicious initial interaction in Tamarac.
When asked to get out of his silver Dodge Ram pickup truck, Bromley put it into gear and sped away. The officer pursued the truck for about two miles before the vehicle turned onto a dirt road, then a forest trail. The officer followed the tracks through the woods, through a cornfield and through a grass field before finding the truck stuck in a swamp near Schram Road, off County Road 25.
The Silverado — which was stolen, with stolen license plates — was empty: The two had fled on foot.
A perimeter was set up around the area, and with the help of a sheriff's office dog, officers found the two about two hours later.
According to court records, both admitted to ingesting heroin a short time before officers arrived. Bromley was wearing an empty gun holster, and next to him officers found a stolen, loaded Ruger .380 handgun.
A camo bag near the two held several more stolen guns.
The woman told officers that it was Bromley’s idea to flee from the Fish and Wildlife officer, telling her their truck was “faster.” She admitted grabbing a backpack from the pickup when she fled on foot.
She also said Bromley stole tools, guns and a jewelry box from a Todd County residence, and that the two had stolen more items from a garage in Becker County that was “in the middle of nowhere.” Bromley had taken a motorcycle from that garage and hidden it on a trail, she said.
The storage garage was near the Tamarac Refuge and the burglary had been reported earlier. Multiple items from the garage and from the Todd County burglary were found in the truck.
Also found in the Silverado was another stolen, loaded pistol hidden between the front passenger seat and the center console.
Bromley was convicted on a felony fifth-degree drug charge in 2013, and is prohibited for life from possessing guns or ammunition.
On Oct. 5, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him on the felony firearms charge to five years in prison at St. Cloud, with credit for 413 days served. He was fined $50 plus $165 in court fees, and ordered to pay $22,737 in restitution.
On the felony third-degree burglary charge, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison at St. Cloud. Three other felony charges were dropped in a plea agreement.
Easy as pie: DNA from Perkins dessert tin leads to Frazee man
Trent Rain Poitra, 23, of Frazee has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony first-degree criminal damage to property.
According to court records, on June 13, 2018, Detroit Lakes police were called to a business where the manager said several campers had been damaged and a battery stolen from a fish house. Total damage to the camper was set at $1,170, and stolen property came to $325.
A Perkins pie box and plate were left in the grass near the fish house. The manager said they had not been there the day before. Surveillance video from Perkins showed two men leaving the Detroit Lakes restaurant with a pie box at 3:52 a.m. that day. The pie plate was swabbed for DNA and sent for testing to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab.
On Aug. 15, 2019 the BCA reported a match between the pie plate swab and Poitra’s DNA. He admitted he was one of the men in the Perkins video.
On Oct. 2, District Judge Jay Carlson stayed imposition of sentence and placed Poitra on supervised probation for five years. He was ordered to serve 99 days in jail, with credit for 99 days served, and was fined $500 plus $665 in court fees and $2,095 in restitution. He must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. A misdemeanor theft charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
DL man sentenced in Walmart theft case
Donald Paul Chounard, 43, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor theft charge.
A felony theft charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, in August, 2019, he and another man stole $1,498 worth of items from Walmart over several days by sliding them under an exterior gate in the lawn and garden department.
On Oct. 8, District Judge Mike Fritz sentenced him to 180 days in jail with 178 days stayed two years and credit for two days served. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine, $215 in court fees, and 642 in restitution.
He was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.
Former DL bookkeeper pays $82K restitution, felony charge dismissed
Charges were dismissed in Becker County District Court against Twyla Kay Bucholz, 57, of Detroit Lakes, in an employee theft case, because she met the conditions of the court.
According to court records, she was a long-time bookkeeper at Morrison Eye Care in Detroit Lakes, and was charged with felony theft in 2016 after an on-site evaluation by a consultant found that she had stolen more than $62,000 from 2011 to 2016.
On Sept. 30, the charge was dismissed after she met court conditions that included paying $82,408 in restitution, paying a $500 fine and $500 in court fees, and getting chemical dependency and gambling evaluations and following the recommendations.
Alexandria man gets 21 months in prison for domestic assault
Christopher Alan Ruth, 29, of Alexandria, Minn., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic assault.
According to court records, on Dec. 29, 2019, he got into an altercation with his live-in girlfriend, angry with her because she had spoken to a deputy about a prior incident. Among other things, he threatened multiple times to hurt her in a specific way, and said “someone would come do something to her, and she’d end up like some other girl ended up,” then disconnected the security cameras and left the house, according to court records.
On Oct. 9, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Ruth to 21 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.
He was also sentenced on a felony charge of violating a no-contact order.
According to court records, Ruth was in the Becker County Jail from Dec. 31 to Jan. 15, and made 178 phone calls during that time to the same woman, in violation of a no-contact order issued Dec. 31.
On Jan. 15, he called her and urged her to change phones to avoid detection.
Thilmony sentenced him on that charge to 21 months in prison, to be served concurrently with the first charge, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees. A second felony charge of violating a no-contact order was dropped in a plea agreement.
DL man sentenced for meth possession
Casey H.W. Johnson, 37, of rural Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on June 28, he was pulled over in rural Becker County. The arresting deputy found a cigarette pack on him that held 1.4 grams of meth and a glass smoking pipe. He gave a false name to the officer.
On Oct. 5, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Johnson to a year and a day in prison at St. Cloud, stayed five years, with credit for 31 days served. He was ordered to pay $650 in court fees, and successfully complete Becker County Drug Court. A gross misdemeanor charge of giving a false name to a peace officer was dropped in a plea agreement.