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Warrant issued for Evansville man accused of 2 sex crimes

Timothy Jones has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, felony criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree and felony threats of violence.

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ALEXANDRIA — A warrant has been issued nationwide for an Evansville man accused of three felonies, including two sex crimes.

Timothy Jones, 56, was set to appear for a jury trial on Sept. 19 in Douglas County District Court, but did not show up.

In the event of his arrest he will be held without bond, the warrant reads.

Jones has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, felony criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree and felony threats of violence.

The maximum sentence is 15 years imprisonment and/or a $30,000 fine for the first charge, 10 years imprisonment and/or a $20,000 fine for the second charge, and 5 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine for the third.

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The charges stem from incidents in the spring of 2020 in which he was alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman approximately seven times, the statement of probable cause reads.

Little Falls man charged in check forgery case

The first court appearance has been made by a Little Falls man charged with two felony counts relating to check forgery.

David Tyrel Szczodroski, 41, made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court via Zoom on Sept. 14.

According to the statement of probable cause, last December Szczodroski passed a bad check in the amount of $9,349.98 at Fleet Farm in Alexandria.

Szczodroski used the check to purchase a UTV and a snowplow, the statement read.

He has had 23 prior convictions for the same or similar crimes in the past, the statement read.

Szczodroski has been charged with felony check forgery and felony offering of a forged check, both of which have a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.

Nearly a pound of meth found in vehicle on I-94

A Rule 8 hearing took place in the case of a pair of Fergus Falls residents accused of possessing almost a pound of methamphetamine.

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Terry Joe Gilbert, 44, and Sophie Louise Burley, 29, had hearings over Zoom on Sept. 14 in Douglas County District Court.

The statements of probable cause in the cases read that on Aug. 16, Gilbert and Burley were pulled over on Interstate 94 near mile marker 103 in Douglas County after the arresting officer was advised that the pair were believed to be returning to Fergus Falls after acquiring a large amount of methamphetamine in the metro area.

Once a search warrant was obtained, officers found and seized .972 pounds of methamphetamine exclusive of packaging, a digital scale, multiple baggies and a hypodermic needle, the statements read.

Agents were aware that Gilbert and Burley have been working in concert to acquire and sell methamphetamine based on a confidential informant having obtained 33.6 grams of meth from them during a controlled-buy operation conducted at their residence, the statements read.

On July 12, the pair were stopped on Interstate 94 and a subsequent vehicle search revealed the discovery of over one ounce of methamphetamine and $11,090 in U.S. currency, the statements read.

Additionally, Gilbert provided a recorded statement in which he admitted to obtaining methamphetamine from the metro area with Burley for purposes of distribution in Fergus Falls, the statements read.

Gilbert and Burley are each charged with two felony controlled substance crimes in the first degree, one for methamphetamine possession in excess of 100 grams and the other for methamphetamine sale in excess of 17 grams.

The first charge holds a maximum sentence of 65 months to 40 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine. The second charge holds a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment and a $1 million fine.

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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