Brian Wayne Crabtree, 34, of rural Bagley has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary.
According to court records, on Sept. 7, he forced open a back window at the Elbow Lake Store and tried to pry open a slot machine inside. The crime was caught on surveillance video, but the perpetrator's face was not clearly visible, although the man had Crabtree’s approximate build, height and complexion.
An investigating officer found what appeared to be Crabtree’s cellphone lying on the grass directly below the forced rear window. It was not password protected, and a check of recent activity showed messages sent to “Brian.” Also, the Facebook Messenger app was open and logged into Crabtree’s account.
On Oct. 27, District Judge Michael Fritz issued a summons for Crabtree to appear in court Dec. 21.
White Earth man accused of stealing tires from tribal storage
Dustin Alan Jackson, 26, of White Earth, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary.
According to court records, in September, he tried to sell nine vehicle tires taken from the White Earth vehicle fleet department. He told a woman he would sell her the tires for $325 or $350. Access was gained by cutting a hole in the east wall at the rear of the building. Taken were five Laufenn tires, three Nankang tires, and one Toyo Tire.
On Oct. 29, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Jackson to appear in court Dec. 21.
Menahga man faces charges for shooting neighbor's dog
Ken Paul Isaacson, 38, of rural Menahga has been charged in Becker County District Court with gross misdemeanor mistreatment of animals.
According to court records, on Oct. 25, he shot a neighbor’s 10-year-old Rottweiler on the east side of his property. Isaacson told a deputy he was familiar with the dog, and that it was not actively attacking his children or his chickens. He said he intentionally shot it in the hind leg with a .38 caliber gun to injure, but not kill, the dog. The dog was taken to a veterinarian and survived.
On Oct. 29, District Judge Jay Carlson issued a summons for Isaacson to appear in court Dec. 21.
Loud pedestrian ends up charged with meth possession
Christopher Joseph McDougall, 51, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Nov. 4, a Detroit Lakes police officer responded to a report of a man walking on Richwood Road, yelling and screaming. It was McDougall, and he was wanted on an active warrant out of Polk County. He was arrested, and when he was searched, two baggies of meth were found in his pocket -- one weighed just short of half a gram and one weighed .17 grams.
On Nov. 5, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for McDougall at $200 or bond at $2,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $10,000 without conditions.
Fargo woman charged with felony for marijuana wax
Alysa Ruth Picker-Ralston, 19, of Fargo has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Nov. 5 she was pulled over by a trooper on Highway 10 in Becker County for driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone. The officer saw a marijuana dugout (a small kit for loading a one-hitter pipe) under the radio. Asked if there was any more marijuana in the vehicle, she handed over a case containing marijuana wax, with a total weight of 16 grams. She was taken to jail.
On Nov. 6, District Judge Douglas P. Anderson ordered Picker-Ralston released without bail, under her own recognizance, with standard conditions of release.
Wadena man accused of assaulting woman who won't buy him meth
James Douglas Criss, 29, of Wadena, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence and misdemeanor domestic assault.
According to court records, on Nov. 4 Criss hit a woman in the face. They have had an on-again, off-again relationship for the past eight years and have two children together.
The two had driven to the woman’s grandfather's house in Frazee, and afterwards Criss was angry that she wouldn’t give him money for meth. At a stop sign in Frazee, he hit her in the head with a carton of cigarettes.
She turned around to go back to her grandfather’s house, but near the intersection of County Road 29 and 120th Street, Criss smashed out the passenger side window. She pulled over the vehicle, and he started hitting her in the head with a fist and an elbow. He threatened to burn the house down with her and the children inside. A child in the car at the time witnessed it and confirmed the woman’s account.
On Nov. 9, District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt set cash bail for Criss at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $20,000 without conditions.
2 accused of stealing, selling auto parts
Joseph Lee Rosenberg, 34, of rural Vergas, and Shawn Anthony Mosca, 42, of Detroit Lakes, have been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft. Mosca faces two counts of felony theft.
According to court records, on Nov. 6 a man reported to the sheriff’s office that people had been coming onto his property without permission and stealing auto parts, with a total value of over $1,000. He said they had also taken down a No Trespassing sign.
Later that day, the man called to report an unknown pickup truck was there with the tailgate down. Officers responded and Rosenberg appeared. He said Mosca was with him. Rosenberg admitted they had earlier taken three or four catalytic converters. He said they sold the auto parts for $300 or $400. A small baggie of meth was found on Rosenberg, according to the criminal complaint. Both men were arrested. Further investigation turned up a document from Lakes Iron and Metal Sales with Mosca’s name on it. The two admitted that another person was with them the previous day who received $105 for a sale at Lakes Iron.
On Nov. 12, District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt ordered Rosenberg and Mosca released without bail, under their own recognizance, with standard conditions of release.
Ogema man accused of choking woman in twice
Timothy James Brown, 35, of rural Ogema has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation and two gross misdemeanor charges of domestic assault.
According to court records, on Nov. 11, at an Ogema residence, he was very intoxicated and accused his girlfriend of cheating on him. Brown grabbed her by the hair, threw her on a bed and got on top of her, covering her mouth and choking her with his hands to the point that she couldn’t breathe. He also bit her and slapped her in the face. A deputy noted her injuries were consistent with the allegations. Brown was found and arrested.
On Nov. 12, District Judge Jay Carlson issued an order for detention and granted a request for public defender.
In a separate incident, Brown is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, gross misdemeanor domestic assault, and gross misdemeanor interfering with a 911 emergency call.
According to court records, on Aug. 17, officers were called to an Ogema residence, where a woman said Brown had been harassing her all day and she was scared of him. She said he was high on alcohol and heroin and took her phone away when she tried to call 911, then put her in a choke hold until she quit resisting.
On Oct. 29, Carlson issued a summons for Brown to appear in court on Dec. 21.