Brady Jay Moran, 28, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony threats of violence, felony first-degree damage to property and misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to court records, on April 8, Detroit Lakes police responded to a woman who said Moran, her boyfriend, had hit her car with a hammer and threatened her.

She said that earlier in the evening, at the Walmart parking lot, they had been discussing a previous incident in which he had damaged her windshield. She said she left him at Walmart because he wasn’t acting normal and she didn’t feel safe around him.

She was later parked at a Detroit Lakes gas station when Moran pulled in front of her in another vehicle, blocking her from leaving. He got out carrying a hammer, and used it to damage her vehicle’s hood, a headlight, the front bumper, and a passenger-side wheel well. He also left several threatening Facetime voice messages.

When she was able to get away, she drove right to the police station to report it. He admitted to an officer that he broke a headlight and smashed the hood because he was angry about being left at Walmart, but said he did the damage with his hands, not a hammer. The officer observed no injuries to his hands.

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On April 9, District Judge Jay Carlson set cash bail for Moran at $750 or bond at $7,500, under standard conditions of release, or $20,000 bond with no conditions. A court hearing was set for May 3.

Detroit Lakes man accused of selling meth in school zone

Loren James Smith Jr., 30, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree controlled substance crime -- drug sale within a school zone.

According to court records, on Dec. 15, 2020, he sold two baggies of meth, one weighing 3.9 grams and the other 3.8 grams, to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The first baggie was sold in the parking lot of Cenex, across Highway 34 from the M State campus, and the second in the parking lot of Food N Fuel, within a block of the Detroit Lakes Middle School. Smith got into the informant’s car each time to make the sale.

On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson issued a summons for Smith to appear in court June 3.

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Man charged with forging checks in Detroit Lakes

Vincent Edward Mayo, 62, no address listed, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony check forgery.

According to court records, on Sept. 30, 2020, a woman reported to Detroit Lakes police that four checks had been forged on her checking account at American National Bank in Detroit Lakes. They included a $1,670 check made out to Mayo on Sept. 22, and a $1,737 check made out to Sindie Hanna, with a signature similar to the victim’s but that appeared to have differences. The owner of the checking account had no knowledge of Hanna and did not sign the check or give permission for someone to sign for her.

On Feb. 15, a Detroit Lakes police investigator received 10 video images from Bell Bank in Detroit Lakes showing transactions involving a woman who matches Mayo’s description. A female was with her during the transactions, and the deposit slip is in Mayo’s name, according to the criminal complaint.

On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson issued a summons for Mayo to appear in court June 3.

Ponsford woman charged with meth possession

Alissa May Clark, 22, of rural Ponsford, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on April 12, a White Earth police officer pulled over a vehicle on Pow Wow Highway with a shattered windshield and no front license plate. Clark was a passenger and was arrested on an active warrant. A search at the jail turned up a baggie containing meth in her pocket. It was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing.

On April 13, District Judge Jay Carlson ordered her to be released without bail, under standard conditions, or released on $5,000 bond with no conditions. A court hearing was set for April 20.

Woman accused of trying to forge $3,000 check in Detroit Lakes

Rudy Nicole Mercado, 29, of St. Peter, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony check forgery.

According to court records, on March 9, she attempted to cash a $3,000 check made out to her and belonging to a man with an account at Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes. The check was declined for non-sufficient funds. Mercado used the bank drive-through and provided an identification card with her name. The account owner did not know how or when she got one of his checks, according to the criminal complaint.

On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson issued a summons for Mercado to appear in court May 27.

Mahnomen man charged with selling meth in Detroit Lakes

Ian Jorge Sargent, 23, of Mahnomen, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Jan. 13, Sargent sold 5.7 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. The sale occurred at a Detroit Lakes residence.

On April 12, District Judge Barb Hanson ordered Sargent released without bail, under standard conditions, or released on $20,000 bond with no conditions. A court hearing was set for May 24.