Bail fees raised against Douglas County suspects facing drug charges

Existing bail fees were raised at a court hearing held July 14 against Troy Edward Porter, 49, Alexandria; Timothy Edward Robinson Jr., 26, no known address; and William Landon Cross Olson, 24, Miltona, appeared over Zoom before Judge Timothy Churchwell.

The three men arrested on drug-related charges last week had existing bail fees raised at a court hearing held July 14.

Troy Edward Porter, 49, Alexandria; Timothy Edward Robinson Jr., 26, no known address; and William Landon Cross Olson, 24, Miltona, appeared over Zoom before Judge Timothy Churchwell when the decisions were made.

All three men had outstanding felony drug warrants when they were arrested last week.

The trio were arrested July 13 at 1749 Castle Lane SE in Alexandria. As deputies approached the house they saw through a screen door that Olson was inside the residence. When he was ordered to put his hands up and come out, Olson slammed the door shut and retreated inside the residence. He was eventually found hiding in the attic under the insulation.


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William Landon Cross Olson

Porter was found in the kitchen area and taken into custody. When Porter was arrested, deputies found 8.5 grams of methamphetamine in his possession.

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Troy Edward Porter

Robinson was located in a vehicle parked behind the residence.

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Timothy Edward Robinson Jr.

The three were initially charged with the following:


  • Olson: Obstruction of the legal process and 5th degree possession of drugs.

  • Robinson: Probation violation.

  • Porter: Aggravated controlled substance crime 1st degree and firearm, three counts of 5th degree possession of drugs, obstruction of the legal process, receiving stolen property, possession of ammunition/firearm with previous felony conviction, two counts of 5th degree sale of drugs, DWI, illegal possession of a short-barreled shotgun, failure to appear and fleeing a peace officer.

At the hearing July 14, it was stated that the basis of Olson's outstanding warrant was that he had failed to submit to a drug test, but Olson told the court July 14 that he could not pay for the test because he was "trying to get my car started."
Olson also said he "(didn't) see why" he was being charged with obstruction.

"I was very compliant as soon as they found me," he said.

It was pointed out to Olson that he hid from the authorities for more than an hour.

Porter complained that it was getting to the point where he would be unable to post his bond because of the cost accrued through his multiple charges.

"It's getting ridiculous," he said.

Robinson was told he had multiple probation failures, to which Robinson said he could not get his mental health evaluation as he did not have insurance.

Robinson and Olson also appeared in court over Zoom on July 21.

At this hearing Robinson admitted violating his probation, but said he could not help it as he was taking care of one of his children, who is a toddler, and could not take the child to his meetings.


Additionally, he said he is not working so could not pay people to take him to meetings, either.

Robinson was given 60 days in jail with eight days credited, and was told that after he was released he must contact his agent within 48 hours.

Olson appeared in court to waive an omnibus hearing for previous charges. A plea hearing in the matter will be announced soon.

Porter and Robinson will next appear in court on July 28 in relation to their charges from last week.

Travis Gulbrandson covers several beats, including Osakis School Board and Osakis City Council, along with the Brandon-Evansville School Board. His focus will also be on crime and court news.
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