Ring Deng Koul Arop, 35, of Callaway, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony domestic assault - strangulation.
According to court records, on Jan.13, at a residence in Detroit Lakes, he assaulted a woman with which he had been romantically involved for five or six years. The two had been drinking and Arop insulted her parenting skills, causing her to get angry and break his cell phone. She then locked herself in a bedroom with her daughter.
He broke down the door, tried to take her phone away, twisted her leg and choked her, accordion to the criminal complaint. He also threw her into a bedroom wall and pulled her hair as she was on the floor. The woman reported that she was scared for herself and her daughter.
Arop picked up a television, and she grabbed it so he could not throw it. He punched the TV multiple times and left the room, still breaking things. Police arrived to find Arop with bloody hands from the TV set. He denied assaulting the woman. He was previously convicted of third-degree assault in 2016.
On Nov. 12, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Arop to 15 months in St. Cloud, stayed four years, and ordered him to serve 47 days in jail, with credit for 47 days served.
He was fined $1,000, plus $1,150 in court fees, and was ordered to complete a domestic abuse counseling/treatment violence program, and get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. Arop was placed on supervised probation for four years. A gross misdemeanor assault charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
In a separate incident, Arop was charged with felony first- and second-degree burglary and gross misdemeanor violating a no-contact order.
According to court records, on Nov. 6, Detroit Lakes police were called to a residence on the report of a man refusing to leave. As an officer arrived, Arop was found walking down the street. He denied being at the house because of the restraining order, and smelled strongly of alcohol.
The reporting party, a woman, said Arop had broken into the home, and had broken several items inside. She found him inside when she got home. While the woman was talking to an officer, Arop called her, and the officer could hear him ask if the cop was still there, and ask the woman not to do this to him. The woman is protected by a no-contact order issued Jan. 14.
On Nov. 11, District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt set cash bail for Arop at $1,500 or bond at $15,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $40,000 without conditions.
Man accused of breaking registration law
Ernest Duane Clark Jr., 29, of Callaway, has been charged in Becker County District Court with violating predatory offender registration requirements, a felony. He was previously convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and is required to register his address with authorities.
According to court records, he was arrested Nov. 2 by a White Earth police officer and is accused of not living at his registered address in Callaway, but with his girlfriend in rural Becker County.
On Nov. 4, cash bail for Clark was set at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 without conditions. He posted $500 cash bail and was released Nov. 12. His next court appearance is Nov. 30.
Ponsford man sentenced in domestic assault case
Michael David Annette, 56, of Ponsford, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.
Felony charges of second-degree assault and threats of violence were dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on April 4 White Earth tribal police were called to a Pine Point residence, where Annette had threatened to use a shotgun on his family. He had been drinking, and told a family member he was going to kill anyone who lives in Minneapolis. The family member told him she was going to the bedroom. He grabbed a handgun and aimed it at her head (she later learned it was a pellet gun) and fired it, with the air from the gun blowing her hair. He said, “well, that didn’t work. I’m going to have to borrow a 12-gauge (shotgun) and kill you that way.”
He left and returned to the house two hours later, telling her he was going to go get that shotgun to kill her. The woman was shaking and scared. She told Annette she did not want to die, according to the criminal complaint.
On Nov. 10, District Judge Jay Carlson ordered Annette to serve 90 days in jail, with 77 days stayed two years, and with credit for 13 days served.
He was fined $500, plus $650 in court fees, and was ordered to complete a domestic abuse counseling/treatment violence program, and get a chemical dependency evaluation, and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. He must complete an affidavit showing he does not own any weapons. Annette was placed on supervised probation for two years.
Frazee woman charged with being fugitive from justice
Chelsea Rose Ann Shore, 22, of Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice, a felony.
According to court records, on Nov. 6 she was arrested in Becker County on local charges. A routine check for warrants showed one issued Oct. 15 for identity theft in Cass County, North Dakota.
On Nov. 11, she waived her right to an extradition hearing, and District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt granted her request for public defender.
Traffic stop turns up 100 grams meth
Rebecca Lynn Bauer, 40, of Moorhead, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on July 25, 2018, she was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a trooper on Highway 10 for having a cracked windshield and an object hanging from the rear-view mirror.
The trooper received information from other law enforcement officers that drugs were believed to be in the vehicle, and that the male driver was suspected of being actively involved in drug smuggling.
A search, involving a drug-sniffing dog, revealed 100 grams of methamphetamines and 100 grams of marijuana in the vehicle.
On Oct. 30, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Bauer to a year in jail, with 335 days stayed for two years, and credit for seven days served.
She was ordered to pay $1,150 in court fees, and get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare. She was placed on supervised probation for two years.
A felony charge of first-degree controlled substance crime was dropped in a plea agreement.
Fargo woman charged with being fugitive from justice
Patricia Anne Knudson, 51, of Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice, a felony.
According to court records, on Oct. 12, she was arrested in Becker County on warrants issued on March 3 and Aug. 19 in Cass County, North Dakota. On Nov. 11 an order for detention was issued by District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt.