Court Briefs

Man with 19 impaired driving offenses arrested for DWI in Onamia
An Onamia man with 19 prior convictions for impaired driving was arrested for DWI on Sunday, Nov. 27, after a Mille Lacs County deputy observed the man driving an SUV through a yard.
Douglas Rodney Sam Jr., 40, of Onamia, was booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail and charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with two felony counts of first-degree DWI and a felony charge of fleeing a police officer.
According to police accounts, when Sam was pulled over by the deputy, he allegedly refused to turn off his vehicle and, while he and the deputy were talking, stepped on the gas and drove away. Sam allegedly drove through a number of yards along Virgo Road in Onamia before parking behind a house on Virgo Road. Sam allegedly fell to the ground 12 feet from his vehicle and remained there until taken into custody by the deputy.
Heroin, needle found in jail books
Heroin and a hypodermic needle were found hidden in books in the Mille Lacs County Jail programs room.
Dena Rae Staples, 20, of Onamia, was an inmate in the Mille Lacs County Jail. A correctional officer at the jail checked a book Staples had been looking at and found inside it a piece of magazine paper, known as a bindle, containing the heroin. A hypodermic needle was found in another book Staples had been looking at. Staples admitted to a jail supervisor that she had brought the heroin into jail, according to a criminal complaint.
Staples has been charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with felony fifth-degree drug possession, and misdemeanor possession of hypodermic needles.
Man with multiple license, insurance violations caught with revoked license
A Princeton man who has more than 10 violations for driving without a valid license or without insurance was arrested Nov. 24 after driving while on a 180-day suspension. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana, meth and drug paraphernalia.
Joshua T. Wolfe, 26, of Princeton, has been charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with fifth-degree drug possession, operating a vehicle while suspended or revoked, and possession of marijuana.
Wolfe was pulled over on Highway 169 for having a non-illuminated license plate and speeding. After being taken into custody, Wolfe was searched. According to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court, he had on him 6.02 grams of marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a marijuana grinder. He also had on his possession 2.02 grams of meth; six rounds of .308 ammunition was also found in the vehicle.
Man with warrant also had meth
Randy L. Sura, 33, of Milaca, was arrested on an outstanding warrant after being pulled over at Grand Casino Mille Lacs for having a headlight out.
While being booked into the Mille Lacs County Jail, jail personnel found in Sura’s sock a small plastic bag containing 1 gram of meth. Sura has been charged in Mille Lacs County District Court with fifth-degree drug possession and driving without proof of insurance.
Man fails to return to jail
An Onamia man has been charged in Mille Lacs County Court with escaping from custody.
On Oct. 10, 24-year-old Phillip Harrington Jr. was granted a furlough to participate in an inpatient treatment program. He was discharged from the program on Oct. 17, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mille Lacs County District Court. After discharge, Harrington allegedly failed to return to jail.