Probation has been extended for one year for a one-time Lake Park firefighter sentenced in 2016 for setting a number of grass fires in 2014.
Michael Lyn Gullard, 41, of Lake Park, appeared Feb. 25, 2016, before Becker County District Judge Joe Evans, who sentenced him to 13 months in prison, stayed five years. He was ordered to serve 25 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine plus $285 in court fees. He was placed on supervised probation for five years.
According to court records, fellow Lake Park firefighters started to become suspicious after a sharp increase in grass fires that happened after Gullard joined the department, throughout April and May of 2014.
Lake Park firefighters responded to 25 wildfires that spring – they normally handle only five or six a year.
Since his conviction, Gullard has been convicted of nine misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or petty misdemeanor offenses, mostly driving- or auto-related, including theft of fuel and intent to escape taxation. On Nov. 23, he was cited for driving after revocation, and no proof of insurance.
On Jan. 14, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony extended Gullard’s supervised probation to Jan. 25, 2022.
Ammunition charges dismissed against Detroit Lakes man
Beau Dakota Hoverson, 28, of Detroit Lakes has had two felony charges of illegally possessing ammunition dismissed in Becker County District Court. According to court records, on Jan. 5, he was arrested on a warrant by a Detroit Lakes officer who found two bullets in his front coat pocket.
He is not allowed to possess guns or ammunition since being adjudicated guilty of fifth-degree assault in 2006, and has a pending Becker County charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
On Jan. 25, both felony charges of illegally possessing ammunition were dismissed at the request of the Becker County Attorney’s Office, because it said both charges lack probable cause, and the state would not be able to meet its burden of proof to convict.
Detroit Lakes woman sentenced for writing checks on closed account
Donna Jean Knutson, 30, of Detroit Lakes has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a gross misdemeanor dishonored check charge. A felony dishonored check charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, during a 10-day span in November 2018, she wrote a number of bad checks in Detroit Lakes to Lakes Liquor ($277 total) and Casey’s General Store ($370 total).
The checks were written on the closed Bremer Bank account of Raymond and Donna Knutson. Her signature matched those on all the checks, and four checks included her Minnesota identification number, according to the criminal complaint.
On Jan. 25, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz sentenced her to a year in jail, all but two days stayed two years, and credit for two days served. She was ordered to pay restitution to Lakes Liquor and Casey’s, and was fined $50 fine plus $215 in court fees. She was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.
Two charges dismissed against Detroit Lakes man
Because he has been sentenced to prison in another case, Jeffrey Scott Gunderson, 26, of Detroit Lakes, has had two charges dismissed in Becker County District Court: A felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and a misdemeanor charge of driving after his license was revoked.
According to court records, at 1:57 a.m. on Sept. 1, Detroit Lakes police officers responded to Central Street East on the report that Gunderson was very drunk and threatening someone. He was driving his mother’s red Chevy four-door car.
An officer heard squealing car tires and saw the Chevy, but Gunderson fled at high speeds when the officer tried to pull him over. He drove several blocks around the north side of town before abruptly stopping and surrendering to the officer. His license had been revoked.
On Jan. 11, District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Gunderson to 19 months in prison at St. Cloud on felony charges of first-degree damage to property and counterfeiting. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine, $200 in court fees and $4,187 in restitution.
White Earth woman sentenced on drug charge
A felony charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime against Adrianna Rose Smith, 22, of White Earth was dismissed in Becker County District Court, as part of a plea deal in another case. The charge was originally felony first-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, at 3 a.m. April 29, 2018, Smith and a Moorhead woman were stopped by a tribal police officer on Highway 34 in Becker County because one of headlight was out. Smith was driving and the other woman was a passenger in the front seat. There was also a back seat passenger.
The officer saw furtive movements by those in the front around the dashboard area, and a search of the car turned up 53 grams of meth and a loaded Glock 17 pistol, with the serial number scratched off, that was found under the passenger seat.
Also found in the back seat were four narcotic pain pills, a bag of marijuana, and a small digital scale commonly used in drug transactions.
In a separate case, a felony charge of receiving stolen property was also dropped, and Smith was sentenced by District Judge Jay Carlson on Jan. 20 on a felony fifth-degree controlled substance charge (not small amount of marijuana).
The judge issued a stay of imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years. She was ordered to serve 100 days in jail, with credit for 100 days served, and must pay $1,150 in court fees. She must get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including aftercare.