Janette Marie Alfstad, 56, of Frazee has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony second-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 5, 2020, she was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by a deputy on Highway 10, because the driver’s license of the man behind the wheel had been canceled as inimical to public safety. A police dog hit on numerous areas inside the vehicle, including a sandwich baggie in the center console containing over 58 grams of meth. The driver was charged and so was Alfstad.

On Aug. 18, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced her to 48 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed 25 years.

She was ordered to serve 120 days in jail, with credit for 22 days served, with work release privileges granted. She was fined $1,000 plus $1,150 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including treatment and aftercare.

She was placed on supervised probation for 25 years.

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The original felony first-degree controlled substance crime was reduced in a plea agreement.

New York Mills man sentenced for burglary, drugs

Jacob Scott Windel, 28, of rural New York Mills has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree burglary and felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, in June of 2019 he was among several people who went into an abandoned church and took items. A large speaker, a soundboard and a small microphone box from the church were found in a relative’s garage, according to court records.

Windel told an investigator that they went into the church two to three times, and he admitted taking the music speaker. He was identified after being caught on a trail camera, according to court records.

In a separate case, he was charged with felony third-degree controlled substance crime for his role in the Oct. 22, 2018, sale of 2.7 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

On Aug. 17, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence on the burglary charge and placed Windel on supervised probation for five years.

He was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for 38 days served, and was fined $700 plus $850 in court fees. He was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including treatment and aftercare.

On the drug charge, Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence, gave him concurrent jail time, and fined him a separate $700, plus $850 in court fees and $220 in restitution.

Felony theft, gross misdemeanor domestic assault, and misdemeanor brawling charges were all dropped in a plea agreement.

Woman sentenced on drug charge

Emily Katherine Scott, 31, of Great Bend, N.D., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony third-degree controlled substance crime.

According to court records, on Aug. 26, 2020, she was pulled over by a Detroit Lakes police officer for driving without a front license plate.

The temporary North Dakota permit on her vehicle was from May 30. She did not have a valid driver’s license and she was wanted on an arrest warrant from Otter Tail County. A search of her fanny pack revealed .9 grams of meth and an unspecified “large amount” of cash, according to the criminal complaint.

On Aug. 17, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony stayed imposition of sentence and placed Scott on supervised probation for 10 years.

She was ordered to serve 60 days in jail, with credit for 23 days served, and the remaining time done on electronic home monitoring at her own expense. Work release privileges were granted. She was fined $500 plus $650 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including treatment and aftercare.

West Fargo man sentenced for felony DWI

Jared Michael Noel, 34, of West Fargo, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI.

A second felony DWI charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on Sept. 4, 2020, a deputy on Becker County Road 5 saw the vehicle Noel was driving tailgating a car, and then saw it weave over the fog line four times.

After being pulled over, the officer smelled alcohol in his vehicle, Noel performed poorly on three field sobriety tests, and was arrested. His blood alcohol level tested at .12% at the jail. There was an open case of Heineken and multiple unopened cans of Bud Light in the back seat.

He was convicted of felony DWI in 2011.

On Aug. 18, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Noel to 42 months in prison at St. Cloud, stayed seven years.

He was ordered to serve 180 days in jail, with credit for four days served, and the remaining time done on electronic home monitoring at his own expense. Work release privileges were granted.

He was fined $500 plus $575 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including treatment and aftercare. He must successfully complete DWI Court.

He was placed on supervised probation for seven years,and must serve 30 days on electronic home monitoring for each year he is on probation.