Christopher Cory Wiedeman, 39, of West Fargo, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony harassment.

According to court records, on Oct. 12, 2019, a Detroit Lakes police officer spoke to a woman who has an active 50-year harassment restraining order against Wiedeman, issued Oct. 22, 2014.

The woman told the officer that he had shown up at her apartment building and she buzzed him in, thinking it was a friend. Wiedeman said he wanted to talk to her, but she told him she was calling the police and slammed the door shut. Surveillance footage from the apartment building showed Wiedeman was there.

He has seven felony domestic assault-related convictions from 2014 through 2016, and the woman in Detroit Lakes was a victim in 2014, according to the criminal complaint.

On April 20, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced Wiedeman to 41 months in prison at St. Cloud, and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $200 in court fees.

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Moorhead man sentenced for burglary in Becker County

John Theodore Stone, 34, of Moorhead, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary.

According to court records, on June 28, 2020, he and another person were caught by law enforcement at a storage unit in Becker County. Broken glass was found outside the unit’s garage door, and the two were found inside. The unit’s owner said they had not been given permission to be there, and that a number of items appeared to be missing.

On April 16, Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz stayed imposition of sentence and placed Stone on supervised probation for five years.

He was ordered to serve 64 days in jail, with credit for 64 days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees. Restitution rights were reserved for 30 days.

Violent threat charge dismissed against Wadena man

Shane Bruce McManigle, 50, of rural Wadena, has had charges of felony threats of violence and gross misdemeanor harassment dismissed in Becker County District Court.

According to court records, on June 29, 2020, a woman in rural Becker County reported that McManigle had been repeatedly contacting her since October 2019. That month, he was charged with domestic assault against the woman in Wadena County.

She received numerous calls, voicemails, texts and emails from him, most while she lived in Becker County. She responded only by message asking him to quit contacting her, according to the criminal complaint.

On June 20, he called her four times, including one voicemail that was only the sound of gunshots. On June 29, he sent four emails, one with a photo that appeared to be a blood-covered body part, and one photo of a hand holding five live ammunition rounds.

The woman told an investigator that the messages are threats and she interprets them that way, and that she does not go anywhere and is afraid for her life.

The charges were dismissed April 19 because “the state does not believe it will meet its burden of proof at trial,” according to a court document filed by the Becker County Attorney's Office.



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Burglary charge dropped against Ponsford man in plea agreement

Joseph Adam Crowell, 30, of rural Ponsford, has had a felony charge of third-degree burglary dismissed in Becker County District Court.

According to court records, on June 1, a police officer was called to the Detroit Lakes Walmart on the report of Crowell shoplifting. He is accused of failing to scan about $120 worth of items at the self-checkout there.

It was the ninth time in the past year he had been caught shoplifting at Walmart, according to court records, in spite of no-trespass notices mailed to him on Sept. 12 and Oct. 15, 2019, and Jan. 7, 2020.

The charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement involving two other cases: A third-degree burglary charge involving a similar incident on Oct. 16, 2019, and a felony third-degree burglary for an Oct. 4 incident, when a Becker County deputy arrested him inside a building off Highway 34, trying to get gasoline out of a tractor. A surveillance camera had revealed the activity inside the building.