Jesus Martinez Perez, 26, of Pelican Rapids has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, shortly before 2 a.m. on Sept. 5 a trooper responded to a vehicle crash on Highway 59 in Becker County.
Perez was the driver and smelled of alcohol. A passenger in his vehicle stated they were at a wedding in Detroit Lakes earlier, and travelling from the wedding to Zorbaz on Pelican Lake.
Another vehicle that was involved in the crash was heavily damaged. The driver of that vehicle said Perez went through the intersection and collided with the passenger side of his vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle was transported to the hospital for possible head, shoulder, and leg injuries. They were later released, however the passenger stated they are dealing with pain in those areas.
Perez refused to submit to a portable breath test, was arrested, and a blood draw was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for testing. A pat down search at the Becker County Jail revealed a little over half a gram of meth in his front pants pocket.
On Sept. 7, cash bail for Perez was set at $300, or bond at $3,000 under standard conditions of release, or $10,000 bond with no conditions.
Felony dropped against Lake Park man because already in prison
Eric Daniel Omdahl, 23, of rural Lake Park has had a felony fifth-degree drug charge dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, on June 4, 2019, a Becker County sheriff’s deputy saw a vehicle travel past him where the driver appeared to be using his phone to record the deputy as the driver was traveling.
The deputy pulled the vehicle over, and he could smell a strong odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle. Omdahl admitted to video recording the deputy as he drove by.
While speaking with Omdahl, the deputy observed a zip lock bag with buds of marijuana sticking out. Asked if there was any more marijuana in the vehicle, Omdahl responded there was in the glove box. The deputy found several marijuana oil cartridges. The marijuana weighed about 135 grams with packaging.
The charge was dismissed Sept. 10 because Omdahl was in a North Dakota prison, and following his release there, he will serve a prison sentence in Minnesota. Based on the nature of the offense and judicial economy, the state dismissed the charge.
Sex charges dismissed against International Falls man
Marcus Tarrell Washington, 38, of International Falls, has had two counts of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, he was accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 16 on several occasions.
The victim met with a forensic interviewer on Jan. 15, 2020, at the Red River Child Advocacy Center in Fargo.
On Sept. 3, the charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be brought back to court at a later date. The charges were dropped by the Becker County Attorney’s Office based on prosecutorial discretion -- to protect the best interests of the victim, according to court records.
Fugitive from justice charge filed
Jay Mark Loerzel, 38, of Davenport, N.D., has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony being a fugitive from justice from another state.
According to court records, on Sept. 2, Loerzel was transported to the Becker County Jail from Otter Tail County. He has an outstanding active warrant out of Cass County, North Dakota, issued on Aug. 3 on charges of failure to appear and possession. He admits being the same person in the warrant. Cass County authorities confirmed they would extradite him.
Fargo man charged with being fugitive
Brett Owen Wester, 31, of Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.
According to court records, on Sept. 3, he was arrested in Becker County, where it was discovered that there were active warrants out of Cass County, North Dakota, for his arrest. Wester is wanted for failure to appear in court and unauthorized use of ID, and admitted being the person named in the warrant.
On Sept. 9, he waived his right to an extradition hearing.
Felony burglary charge dismissed
Brent Michael Jungling, 40, of Fargo has had charges of felony third-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, on July 8, he allegedly shoplifted $298 worth of merchandise from the Detroit Lakes Walmart.
The charges were dismissed Sept. 8 because the defendant is deceased, having passed away on Sept. 2.
Receiving stolen property charge dismissed
Tammara Cherise Eischens, 33, of rural Park Rapids has had a charge of felony receiving stolen property dismissed in Becker County District Court.
According to court records, on March 10 she took a woman’s vehicle at Casey’s gas station in Detroit Lakes and kept it for several days.
The charge was dismissed Sept. 13 because the defendant is deceased.
Waubun man faces fifth-degree drug charge after search
Zachariah Michael Bray, 36, of rural Waubun has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Sept. 13 White Earth officers and agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a residence in Becker County.
A number of people were inside the residence, including Bray, who was in a bedroom where a bindle of white substance was located, as well as drug paraphernalia. Another person said the white substance was fentanyl, and Bray said someone gave him drugs at the residence earlier in the day. The suspected fentanyl was sent to the Minnesota BCA for testing.
Bray also faces a felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime from a May 20 incident, in which a White Earth officer, in pursuit of a man who had fled on foot, found Bray lying down in the front seat of a vehicle. He was found to have 1.1 grams of fentanyl in his wallet.
On Sept. 15, cash bail for Bray was set at $150 or bond at $3000, under standard conditions of release, or $10,000 bond with no conditions.
Search warrant ends in drug charge for Waubun woman
Karre Ann Ashley, 57, of rural Waubun has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Sept. 13 Officers of the White Earth Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Rattle Snake Circle in Waubun, Becker County.
There was a warrant for Ashley’s arrest. A quarter-gram of meth was on a plate in the living room. A paper bindle with a white powdery substance weighing approximately 0.14 grams was found on a nightstand. A brown powdery substance weighing approximately 0.18 grams was found on a black board on the nightstand. She told officers that the paper bindle found on the nightstand contained fentanyl that she had obtained from a third party.
On Sept. 15, cash bail for Ashley was set at zero, under standard conditions of release, or $5,000 bond with no conditions.
Ogema woman accused of meth possession
Lisa Marie Blakely, 54, of rural Ogema has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Sept. 9 police, responding to a report of suspicious persons, found her at a Becker County property without permission to be there, and 1.6 grams of meth was found next to her cigarette pack.
On Sept. 9, cash bail for Blakely was set at zero, under standard conditions of release, or $5,000 bond with no conditions.
Erratic driving leads to drug charge for Onamia woman
Danielle Renae Kegg, 29, of rural Onamia has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Sept. 9 she was pulled over after complaints that she was speeding and had nearly side-swiped several vehicles on Highway 10. Motorists told a dispatcher that the red Suburban she was driving was in the ditch at one point and was back on the road getting close to Ox Cart Trail in Detroit Lakes.
She initially gave a false name to the officer, because she was wanted on a warrant. In her purse was $9,901 in cash, divided up with hair pins, two bindles of suspected fentanyl weighing a total of 1.61 grams with packaging, a pill bottle of Gabapentin pills, a THC vape cartridge, and drug paraphernalia.
On Sept. 9, cash bail for Kegg was set at zero, under standard conditions of release, or $10,000 bond with no conditions.