Daryl Wayne Moran Jr., 40, of Ponsford has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony DWI and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

According to court records, at 9:13 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2018, a state trooper on patrol in Becker County saw a vehicle driven by Moran fail to signal a turn. The trooper followed and clocked the vehicle going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone. He activated his emergency lights and pulled the vehicle over. As the trooper approached, Moran took off at slow speed, moving around a great deal inside the vehicle as if to hide illicit items. Moran then took off running, tripped and was caught by the trooper.

A bag containing hypodermic needles was found near the vehicle, and more needles with drug residue were found inside the vehicle. Moran smelled of alcohol and a blood sample was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing. Moran was wanted on a felony warrant and his license was canceled as inimical to public safety.

On Aug. 26, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him on the DWI charge to 65 months in prison at St. Cloud and ordered him to pay a $50 fine and $230 in court fees. Restitution was reserved.

On the fleeing charge, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison at St. Cloud, to be served at the same time as the first sentence, plus an additional $50 fine and $200 in court fees.

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Unlicensed contractor charged with felony swindle after botched tile job

Ronald Allen Solberg Jr., 49, of Dent, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony theft by swindle.

According to court records, On June 8, a Becker County sheriff’s investigator spoke with a woman who owns a lake property on Township Road 81 on Lake Melissa .

The woman said she had been looking for someone to tile a shower and had come across an ad for RS14 Construction, LLC, owned by Solberg.

She paid him $1,200 to do the work. The job was supposed to be done in two days, but it ended up taking four days, and the woman said the work was very bad: There were holes in the grout and there was a mess everywhere.

The woman said that Solberg told her that he was licensed, but she later found out that he is not licensed and that the Department of Labor has a cease-and-desist order against him.

On July 15, the investigator spoke to the woman again. She said Solberg never came back to fix the work and will not return her calls or text messages. The woman said that she had two other contractors evaluate the shower and was told by both of them that the tile work would need to be torn out and redone.

On Aug. 31, Becker County District Court Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Solberg to appear in court.

Waubun man accused of threatening to kill woman with pickaxe

Scott Edward Warren Jr., 20, of rural Waubun, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony threats of violence, misdemeanor domestic assault, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to court records, On Aug. 25, about 2 a.m. a White Earth tribal police officer responded to a domestic assault in rural Waubun in Becker County.

A woman there told the officer that Warren had a pickaxe and had held it over his head and threatened to kill her with it. She said Warren was standing about 6 feet from her at the time, and that she was scared and believed he would hit her with the pickaxe. Warren and the woman are related and both live at the residence.

A witness told the officer that he saw Warren take the pickaxe and use it to smash the woman’s car windshield. Warren fled from the residence before police arrived, but he was seen walking nearby and arrested.

On Aug. 26, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony set cash bail for Warren at $500, or bond at $5,000, under standard conditions of release, or $40,000 bond with no conditions.

Jamestown man sentenced for harassing Becker County woman

Jeremy Todd Copeland, 32, of Jamestown, N.D., has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on two misdemeanor counts of violating an order for protection.

A felony stalking charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, Copeland called, texted, and contacted a protected Becker County woman via Snapchat and Facebook multiple times March 13-14 of this year. There were 26 missed calls from two phone numbers associated with Copeland, two texts believed to be from his “burner phone,” and a number of voicemails left about how the woman had ruined his life, and how he was going to post her photos and videos on a free pornography site.

Copeland is also believed to have created a fake Facebook account that he used to harass the woman and her family. He made numerous phone calls to her parents, badmouthing her and saying things like she was a thieving meth head and a bisexual who was going to hell.

After Copeland found out law enforcement had been contacted, he complained about how “vengeful” she was, left multiple Facebook messages from the fake account, and called 21 times from a restricted number in about 45 minutes. He threatened repeatedly to kill the woman and her entire family, and called her father, insulting the woman and threatening to kill the whole family.

Copeland was accused of violating a domestic abuse no-contact order issued Dec. 3 by a North Dakota court.

On Aug. 26, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced him on the misdemeanor charges to serve 90 days in jail, with credit for 90 days served. He was fined $50 plus $125 in court fees and was placed on unsupervised probation for one year..

In other Becker County District Court action:

  • Chelsea Rose Ann Shore, 23, of Frazee, has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, On Aug. 26, she was in the driver’s seat of a car parked at the Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club and was found to be in possession of just over half a gram of meth hidden in a cigarette pack, and several used syringes in the driver’s side door handle. On Aug. 27, an order of detention was signed by District Court Judge Michael Kirk.
  • Anna Josetta Donner, 21, of rural Ogema, has been charged with felony check forgery. According to court records, on Feb. 10, she forged and deposited an $800 check, from a checkbook stolen earlier from a rural Frazee woman, into her account at Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes. She then went to a different Midwest Bank branch and withdrew the $800. Donner can be seen on video requesting to withdraw $800 and providing the teller with a picture ID. On Aug. 26, Becker County District Court Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Donner to appear in court.
  • Leroy Allen Flath, 43, of Menahga has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, On Aug. 26, he was the driver of a vehicle pulled over near Detroit Lakes for non-functioning license plate lights. There was enough evidence of drug use to bring in a drug-sniffing dog, which located about nine-tenths of a gram of meth in a baggie in a black zippered pouch, wrapped in a handkerchief in the driver’s door. On Aug. 27, District Judge Michael Kirk authorized Flath to be released without bail, under standard conditions of release, or $5,000 bond with no conditions.
  • Amanda Marie Bosch, 38, of Minneapolis, has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, On Aug. 5, she was pulled over on Highway 59 because the rear license plate was missing portions of the numbers and letters and had no numbers or information on the tabs. A search of the vehicle revealed two baggies of methamphetamine in the door pocket with a total weight of 4 grams. On Aug. 26, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Bosch to appear in court.
  • Tyler Wade Leu, 34, of Callaway, has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor DWI. According to court records, On Aug. 25, he was pulled over for erratic driving in Detroit Lakes. He was found to have a baggie with about a half-gram of meth in his pocket. On Aug. 26, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony authorized him to be released without bail, with standard conditions of release, or $12,000 bond with no conditions.
  • John Hermel Klotz, 35, of rural Detroit Lakes has been charged with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, On Aug. 24, he was present at a residence when a search warrant was executed by the Becker County Sheriff’s Office. During the search a wallet was found in the living room area, containing Klotz’ driver’s license and five small baggies of methamphetamine with a combined weight with packaging of 7.1 grams. Klotz was arrested and transported to the Becker County Jail. On Aug. 25, District Judge Jay Carlson set cash bail at $500 or bond at $5,000, with standard conditions of release, or $10,000 bond with no conditions.
  • Carol Ann Lincourt, 55, of Peoria, Ariz., has been charged with being a fugitive from another state, a felony. According to court records, On Aug. 23, she was arrested in Becker County and was found to have an active Department of Corrections warrant issued in Arizona. Lincourt admitted to being the same person as in the Arizona warrant, and on Aug. 25, she waived extradition rights and agreed to return to Arizona to face the charges.
  • Beau Dakota Hoverson, 29, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, on April 9, 2020, he was arrested after officers were called to a Detroit Lakes apartment building on the report of two men fighting. He wouldn’t cooperate with officers and had to be forced to the ground and handcuffed. At the jail a little over a half-gram of meth was found in his possession. On Aug. 25, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of adjudication and continued the case. Hoverson was ordered to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for eight days served. He was fined $200 plus $275 in court fees, and was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, including treatment and aftercare.
  • Bailey Ann Reynolds, 31, of West Fargo, N.D., has been sentenced for being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony. According to court records, on Aug. 20, White Earth Police arrested her in Becker County on an active warrant out of Barnes County, North Dakota. The warrant was issued May 11, 2021, and she admits to being the person named in the warrant. On Aug. 24, she waived her extradition rights and agreed to be transported to North Dakota.
  • Anna Teresa Johnson, 37, of New York Mills, has been sentenced for misdemeanor theft. A felony charge of possession of burglary tools was dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, on April 29, 2020, she was caught on surveillance video cutting the security band off a pair of headphones at the Detroit Lakes Walmart. She put the headphones into her purse and left the store without paying for them. She also stole two other items, with a total value of $204. On Aug. 23, Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson sentenced her on the misdemeanor theft charge. Johnson was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, with 54 days stayed one year and credit for 36 days served. She was fined $150 plus $75 in court fees and $75 in restitution. She was ordered not to trespass at Walmart for one year.
  • Tonya Jo Azure., 45, of White Earth has had a felony third-degree drug charge dismissed. According to court records, on June 3, she sold a fifth of a gram of heroin to a confidential reliable informant with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force. On Aug. 25, the charge was dismissed by the Becker County Attorney’s Office because “the state is unable to sustain the burden of proof at trial,” according to court records.
  • Cory Raemond Kenyi, 21, of Detroit Lakes, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony. According to court records, on Aug. 25, he was arrested in Becker County on a felony warrant issued in North Dakota. He waived extradition rights and agreed to be transported to North Dakota.