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DL woman convicted of credit card and drug fraud

Madison Rae Sturdevant, 21, of Detroit Lakes, was convicted in Becker County District Court of felony credit card fraud and felony fifth-degree controlled substance.

According to court records, on July 7, 2021, a Detroit Lakes police officer was notified that a wallet was stolen and credit cards were used at multiple Detroit Lakes stores. Sturdevant used stolen cards to buy nearly $400 worth of merchandise — $247 at Walmart and $148 at Claire’s in Detroit Lakes.

On March 30, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony suspended her sentencing and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

On the fraud charge, Sturdevant was fined $500, plus $650 in court costs and $734 in restitution. She was sentenced to serve 10 days in prison, with credit for 10 days served.

The drug charge stemmed from an incident on July 16, 2021, in which Sturdevant was a passenger in a vehicle stopped in Detroit Lakes. A search of the vehicle and his person revealed two packets of cocaine weighing 0.41 grams and 0.63 grams respectively.

On that charge, she was fined $500 plus $575 in court costs, and must undergo a chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations, including follow-up.

Two other fifth-degree controlled substance felony felony charges were dropped in a plea deal.

Home raid ends with drug charge for Waubun woman

Ashley Anne Ashley, 31, of rural Waubun, was convicted in Becker County District Court of a fifth-degree drug felony.

According to court records, on September 13, 2021, she was found under a blanket in the living room on a couch in a home searched by White Earth Police.

A black zippered micro bag was found on his person, containing a crystalline substance which tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately one-fifth of a gram.

Another quarter gram of methamphetamine was on a plate in the living room and a paper binder containing a white powdery substance weighing approximately 0.14 grams was found on a bedside table. A brown powdery substance weighing approximately 0.18 grams was found on a blackboard on the bedside table.

On March 30, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony suspended sentencing and placed Ashley on supervised probation for five years.

She was sentenced to serve 35 days in jail, with credit for 35 days served, and was ordered to pay $650 in court costs. She should get a chemical dependency assessment and follow the recommendations, including follow-up.

Woman sentenced after drug smuggling in parking lot

Jennifer Louise Nelson, 43, of the Recovering Hope Treatment Center in Mora, Minnesota, was convicted in Becker County District Court of a fifth-degree controlled substance felony.

According to court records, on July 5, 2021, she was arrested in Detroit Lakes after a concerned citizen reported potential drug dealing in a fast food parking lot.

The officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and Nelson gave him permission to search the vehicle.

A bag containing 1.7 grams of methamphetamine was located near the front passenger seat cushion, and a small bag of heroin weighing 0.8 grams was found in a black wallet that Nelson admitted to purchasing.

On March 30, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony issued a stay of proceedings and continued the case.

Nelson was sentenced to three days in jail, with credit for three days served, and was fined $1,000 plus $1,075 in court costs. She must obtain a chemical dependency assessment and follow the recommendations, including follow-up, and was placed on supervised probation for five years.

DL man sentenced for domestic violence

Ryan Isaiah Kurschinske, 24, of Detroit Lakes, was convicted in Becker County District Court of felony domestic violence – violation of a protective order.

Two felony domestic assault charges were dropped in a plea deal.

According to court records, on the evening of Nov. 1, 2021, Detroit Lakes Police were called to a woman’s residence following the report of an argument coming from the apartment. The man involved turned out to be Kurschinske, who months earlier had been ordered by the court not to be there.

On March 30, Becker County District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Kurschinske to 365 days in jail, including 345 days suspended for two years and credit for two days served.

Kurschinske was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $650 in court costs, obtain a chemical dependency evaluation and a diagnostic mental health evaluation, and follow recommendations, including follow-up. He is also facing domestic violence counselling/treatment and was placed on supervised probation for two years.

The two felony charges that were dropped stemmed from an incident on August 14, 2021: During a drunken fight with his girlfriend, she locked him out of the house and Kurschinske broke a window near a sofa where two children were sitting, causing glass to fly and nearly injuring them.

DL man sentenced for drugs after erratic driving

Everett Ormand Northrup, 52, of Detroit Lakes, was convicted in Becker County District Court of a fifth-degree controlled substance felony.

According to court records, on September 27, 2021, he was approached by a Detroit Lakes police officer at Casey’s regarding a report that a white SUV towing a trailer was swerving hard on the 34 Freeway and n didn’t have his headlights on. Northup admitted that he had recently driven the vehicle and that his license had been revoked.

While talking to her, the officer saw two open liquor containers in the center cup holders. Northup said he had just opened one and the passenger was drinking the other. The officer saw a bag of marijuana sticking out of the center console.

A search of the vehicle revealed a cigarette pack inside the center console area which contained a micro bag that tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed 0.8 grams, complete with packaging.

Also found were an open container of UV Blue liquor, a black pouch containing a one-shot pipe that smelled of burnt marijuana, and a glass pipe.

On March 30, District Judge Michael Fritz granted a stay of arbitration and ordered Northrup to serve 20 days in jail, with 20 days credit, pay a $500 fine and $650 in court costs. justice, obtain a chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations, including follow-up. He was placed on supervised probation for five years. Successful completion of probation will result in the dismissal of the charge.

The conduct after dismissal and open bottle charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

Two fifth-degree drug charges, a felony theft charge and several less serious charges were also dropped in a plea deal.

These drug charges stemmed from an Oct. 22, 2021, incident in which Northrup was pulled over by a deputy on Highway 10 in Detroit Lakes, and the deputy found 2 grams of methamphetamine in his front pocket.

Northup was also convicted of driving after his license was revoked as contrary to public safety, a serious misdemeanor. He was sentenced to serve 365 days in prison, including 361 days suspended for two years and a credit of four days served. He was fined $400 plus $475 in court costs.

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