Court news: Detroit Lakes man accused of attacking girlfriend’s car with hammer
According to court records, Detroit Lakes police responded on April 8 to a woman who said her boyfriend, Moran, hit her car with a hammer and threatened her.
She said they spoke about a previous incident in the Walmart parking lot earlier that evening where he damaged her windshield. She said she left him at Walmart because he wasn’t acting normally and she didn’t feel safe around him.
She was later parked at a gas station in Detroit Lakes when Moran pulled up in another vehicle in front of her, preventing her from leaving. He got out with a hammer and damaged the hood of her vehicle, a headlight, the front bumper and a wheel arch on the passenger side. He also left several threatening Facetime voice messages.
When she escaped, she went straight to the police station to report it. He admitted to an officer that he broke a headlight and smashed the hood because he was angry about being left at Walmart, but said he did the damage with his hands rather than a hammer. The officer did not notice any injuries to his hands.
On April 9, District Judge Jay Carlson set Moran on bail of $ 750, or $ 7,500 bail under normal release conditions, or an unconditional $ 20,000 bond. A trial has been scheduled for May 3rd.
Detroit Lakes man accused of selling meth in the school zone
Loren James Smith Jr., 30, of Detroit Lakes, was tried in Becker District Court for second-degree drug-related offenses – selling drugs within a school zone.
According to court records, on December 15, 2020, he sold two bags of meth, one weighing 3.9 grams and one weighing 3.8 grams, to a confidential, reliable informant for the West Central Task Force on Drug and Violent Crimes Minnesota.
The first bag was sold in the Cenex parking lot, across from Highway 34 from the M State campus, and the second in the Food N Fuel parking lot, one block from Detroit Lakes Middle School. Smith got into the informant’s car each time to complete the sale.
On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson ordered Smith to appear in court on June 3.
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Man charged with counterfeiting checks in Detroit Lakes
Vincent Edward Mayo, 62, no address given, was charged with falsification of criminal offenses in the Becker District Court.
According to court records, on September 30, 2020, a woman reported to Detroit Lakes police that four checks had been forged on her checking account at the American National Bank in Detroit Lakes. These included a check for $ 1,670 made out to Mayo on September 22nd and a check for $ 1,737 made out to Sindie Hanna, with a signature similar to the victim’s, but apparently with differences. The owner of the checking account had no knowledge of Hanna and neither signed the check nor gave anyone permission to sign for her.
On February 15, a Detroit Lakes police investigator received 10 video images from Bell Bank in Detroit Lakes showing transactions with a woman matching Mayo’s description. A woman was with her during the transaction, and the criminal complaint states that the payment slip is in Mayo’s name.
On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson ordered Mayo to appear in court on June 3.
Ponsford wife charged with meth possession
Alissa May Clark, 22, of rural Ponsford, has been tried in Becker District Court for fifth degree drug crimes.
According to court records, a White Earth police officer ran over a vehicle on Pow Wow Highway on April 12 with a broken windshield and no license plate. Clark was a passenger and was arrested on an active warrant. A search in prison found a bag of meth in the bag. It was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for review.
On April 13, District Judge Jay Carlson ordered that she should be released under normal conditions with no bail or on an unconditional $ 5,000 bond. A trial has been scheduled for April 20th.
Woman accused of trying to forge a check for $ 3,000 in Detroit Lakes
Rudy Nicole Mercado, 29, from St. Peter, was charged with falsification of criminal offenses before the Becker District Court.
According to court records, on March 9, she attempted to cash a check for $ 3,000 that had been made out to her and belonged to a man with an account at Midwest Bank in Detroit Lakes. The check was declined for insufficient funds. Mercado used the bank gate and provided ID with her name on it. According to the criminal complaint, the account holder did not know how or when he received one of his checks.
On April 13, District Judge Barb Hanson ordered Mercado to appear in court on May 27.
Mahnomen Mann accused of selling meth in Detroit Lakes
Ian Jorge Sargent, 23, from Mahnomen, was charged with third-degree offenses in the Becker District Court for drug-related crimes.
According to court records, on Jan. 13, Sargent sold 5.7 grams of meth to a confidential, trusted informant for the West Central Minnesota Task Force on Drug and Violent Crimes. The sale took place in a residence in Detroit Lakes.
On April 12, District Judge Barb Hanson ordered Sargent to be released under normal conditions with no bail or on an unconditional $ 20,000 bond. A trial has been scheduled for May 24th.