Court news: DL man accused of assaulting referee during high school basketball game in Audubon
According to court records, the man threw a bag of popcorn at the referee after a foul was called, was ejected from the gym, and then went onto the court and ripped the ref's whistle off his neck.
DL man accused of assault on referee
Phillip Shawn Lokken, 45, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
According to court records, the incident occurred Jan. 13 at the elementary school in Audubon, during a high school basketball game between Lake Park-Audubon and Winger-Erskine-McIntosh (Win-E-Mac).
Lokken threw a bag of popcorn at a referee after a foul was called on one of the Win-E-Mac players towards the end of the game. The referee ejected Lokken from the gymnasium, and Lokken flipped him off with both middle fingers and loudly swore at him. Lokken came down off the stands and approached the referee on the court, grabbed his whistle and shirt, and tore his whistle off his lanyard.
Two other referees witnessed it, and the incident was caught on school video.The referee said that he had made another prior call which caused Lokken to be upset and began to yell at him. The referee also said that he was startled when Lokken approached him on the court, and thought Lokken was going to hit him.
He also said that when Lokken ripped off his whistle, the lanyard tightened around his neck. A deputy later made contact with Lokken, who told him that the referee was making “bulls**t calls all night,” and that he had had enough of it.
On March 2, a summons was issued, and Lokken was ordered to attend a remote arraignment April 28 before Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz.
Man accused of stealing, using bank card in DL
Robert Lee Broderson, 31, of Faribault has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony financial card fraud.
According to court records, on April 16, 2021, a Detroit Lakes woman reported that a wallet containing her credit card had been stolen out of her locked vehicle during the night. Her bank card had been used to buy about $475 worth of goods at Lakes Sport Shop, DL Tobacco and Lakes Liquor, all in Detroit Lakes.
Surveillance photographs taken at the retail outlets matched booking photographs of Broderson. He is now in state prison at Faribault on a different charge, with an estimated release date of April 25.
On March 3, a summons for Broderson was issued by District Court Judge Johnathan Judd. A remote first-appearance hearing was set for April 28 before District Judge Michael Fritz.
Man faces felony DWI, drug charges
Dale Timothy Villebrun, 51, of Naytahwaush has been charged in Becker County District Court with two counts of felony DWI, felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and gross misdemeanor driving after his license was canceled as inimical to public safety.
According to court records, on Feb. 20 he was pulled over by a White Earth police officer on Becker County Road 143 near Ponsford, for expired license plate tabs.
He was arrested for driving with a canceled license. Among other things, a search of the vehicle turned up a hypodermic needle that Villebrun said contained liquid Suboxone, a schedule-three drug, that he dissolves into water and injects. He admitted that he did not have a prescription for Suboxone and that he had used the drug the day before. He also said he had used heroin the day before.
A blood draw was taken and sent to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing.
On Feb. 23, cash bail for Villebrun was set at $1,500 or bail at $15,000 with standard conditions of release, or $30,000 bail or bond with no conditions.
An omnibus hearing was set for March 21 before Becker County District Judge Jay Carlson.
Fugitive from justice charge filed
Brianna Marie Smith, 36, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with being a fugitive from justice from another state, a felony.
According to court records, on Feb. 23 she was arrested in Detroit Lakes on an active warrant from Cass County, North Dakota.
Smith was stopped for driving with a revoked license, and admits to being the person named in the North Dakota warrant.
On Feb. 24, she waived extradition and agreed to be transported to North Dakota to face the charges.
Detroit Lakes man faces drug, DWI charges
Brady Jay Moran, 29, of Detroit Lakes has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, and misdemeanor DWI.
According to court records, on the afternoon of Feb. 27, a police officer was dispatched to the Subway parking lot on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes for a welfare check. It was reported that a man was asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle with the driver's window open. The officer recognized Moran from numerous prior contacts. The officer observed that Moran was asleep and had to use his air horn to wake him up.
Based on his observations, the officer asked him to exit the vehicle for field sobriety testing. Moran performed poorly on the tests and displayed clues of impairment.
He was arrested and searched, and the officer found a small zip-style baggy containing about three-quarters of a gram of methamphetamine on him. A blood draw was taken and sent to a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension lab for testing.
On Feb. 23, cash bail for Moran was set at $1,000 or bail at $10,000 with standard conditions of release, or $20,000 bail or bond with no conditions.
An omnibus hearing was set for March 14 before Becker County District Judge Michael Fritz.