Patrick John Furey, 55, of rural Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with two counts of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct. According to court records, he allegedly took a number of nude photos of a teenage girl in 2011 and 2012, and touched her private parts. He allegedly denied it to investigators, but later told a third party that he lied to the police and had taken the photos. He has moved to the Alaska area and is considered a no-show risk by prosecutors.
Jamey Ann Haataja, 33, of Park Rapids has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. According to court records, at 12:30 a.m. on July 18, 2018, a Detroit Lakes police officer saw a young person on a bicycle that matched the description of a juvenile runaway. The bicyclist was Haataja, and she was arrested on an active warrant. A clear baggie in her sweatshirt pocket contained pieces of crushed Alprazolam pills, a controlled substance used to treat anxiety and panic disorders that can be addictive.
Justin James Thompson, 30, of Moorhead has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft. A felony theft of a motor vehicle charge was dropped in a plea agreement. According to court records, on Jan. 2, a man reported the theft of a 2002 GMC Yukon that had been parked overnight behind the Northside bar. Thompson was caught on surveillance video going through all the vehicles parked there and eventually taking the Yukon shortly after 1 a.m. He left it at the garage of a woman he knew, saying he was going to check the lights and mechanical work.
Jesse James Alford, 40, of Palisade, Minn,. has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of fourth-degree controlled substance crime. The original charge of felony second-degree controlled substance crime was reduced in a plea agreement.
Britany Marie Kern, 26, of rural Waubun has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony issuing dishonoring checks. According to court records, on Aug. 2, 2018, law enforcement was notified that in late June and early July of 2018, she had written three bad checks to a Detroit Lakes business, for $476, $384 and $604 or a total of $1,465. All three were returned for non-sufficient funds. The name of the business was not disclosed in court records.
Anthony Lee Prellwitz, 41, of Breckenridge, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime. A gross misdemeanor charge of bringing contraband into jail was dismissed in a plea agreement. According to court records, at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 28, a tribal police officer was dispatched to an area east of Richwood on a report of a vehicle in the ditch with its lights on.
Lyman William Lowry, 36, of rural Ogema has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of making threats of violence—reckless disregard for risk. According to court records, on Oct. 14, 2017, a tribal police officer responded to a report of a man behaving erratically at a convenience store in Callaway. Lowry was standing near the diesel fuel pumps holding a large knife in his left hand. The officer spoke to him and noticed he was displaying signs of paranoia, talking about "snipers and helicopters."
A traffic fatality was reported Wednesday evening in Mahnomen County. At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, there was a report of a two-vehicle accident on 250th Street, east of Mahnomen County Road 3. The road is gravel, and the two vehicles met head-on at the crest of a hill. There were a total of seven people involved in the accident; four adults and three children. All seven were injured, one fatally. Six of the victims involved were flown to Fargo via Life Flight, and one was transported via ambulance.
Country music group Midland will perform live at Mahnomen's Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center this Friday, June 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at www.starcasino.com/tickets or via the "Buy Tickets" tab on Shooting Star's Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ShootingStarCasino .
It's official: Brent Gish and Michael Fairbanks are the top two vote-getters in Tuesday's special primary election for White Earth tribal chairman. The White Earth Election Board certified the results Wednesday. There were no changes from the preliminary results reported on Tuesday. No candidate has asked for a recount. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m is the deadline for candidates to contest the Special Primary Election, which would be filed with the reservation election judge and the executive director of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.