Court news: Detroit Lakes man charged with criminal sexual conduct
In a separate case, man is accused of selling 59 grams meth in Detroit Lakes.
DL man accused of criminal sexual conduct
Jeffrey Allen Fish, 27, of Detroit Lakes, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
According to court records, On or between Jan. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019, in Detroit Lakes, he engaged in sexual contact with a girl under the age of 12. She later reported it at school.
On March 5, 2021, a police investigator and a Becker County Human Services worker spoke with Fish’s parents. The investigator noted the parents generally appeared uncomfortable with the conversation, and the investigator volunteered to leave so more open conversation could occur.
Plans were then made to meet again with Fish present, but that meeting was later canceled and the investigator was notified that no statement would be given.
On Feb 3, a summons was issued for Fish to appear at a remote hearing, which was set for April 7.
Man accused of selling 59 grams meth in DL
Randy John Stebe, 46, of Bemidji, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony first-degree controlled substance crime.
According to court records, on Jan. 27 in Detroit Lakes, Stebe sold 59 grams of meth to a confidential reliable informant working with the West Central Minnesota Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.
Stebe was convicted of first-degree drug possession in 2017 and is on supervised release with the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
On Feb. 11, cash bail was set at $15,000 or bond at $30,000, with standard conditions of release, or $100,000 bail or bond with no conditions.
A remote omnibus hearing was scheduled for April 11.
Man accused of felony fleeing a peace officer in DL
Kristopher Daniel Wilkins, 37, of Faribault, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
According to court records, on Dec. 6, 2020, he and a woman fled Menards in Detroit Lakes in a green Ford Explorer after police were called there on a suspected fraud case.
A Detroit Lakes police officer passed the Explorer on the way into Menards, got a clear look at the driver, and turned around to pursue it. The officer caught up to the Explorer on Wenner Road and activated his emergency lights. The Explorer continued traveling at a high rate of speed and eventually the pursuit was called off.
The woman later admitted to being a passenger in the Explorer, saying that her boyfriend, Wilkins, was the driver and had refused to stop for the police. She said that law enforcement eventually terminated the pursuit and they were never caught.
On Feb. 8, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a summons for Wilkins and set a remote first court appearance for April 14.
Frazee woman accused of meth possession, theft
Cheri Lee Mayberry, 56, of Frazee, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime and misdemeanor theft.
According to court records, on Feb. 5, she was accused of bar-code swapping at Walmart. The Detroit Lakes police officer called to the scene noticed the price on the checkout screen was considerably less than the items she had in the bagging area. Mayberry's purse was noticeably heavy, and she informed the officer that there was a gun inside, which the officer removed.
The remaining contents of the purse were also removed and the officer found a pouch containing 0.79 grams of meth, a short straw, and a hypodermic needle. Walmart informed the officer that Mayberry had tried to pay $34.42 for $448.24 worth of merchandise.
On Feb. 11, cash bail for Mayberry was set zero, with standard conditions of release, or $10,000 bail or bond with no conditions.