Close to a year after a car crash in Forest Lake, a woman involved in the incident made her first appearance for a charge of criminal vehicular operation causing substantial bodily harm, along with a charge of reckless driving.
According to court records, Sonja Rachel Beck, 35, of Forest Lake, was charged this spring and missed her first court date in August before appearing in court on Sept. 27. Around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2016, she was involved in a three-car crash on Lake Street near the road’s intersection with North Shore Drive. State patrol investigators studied the scene and interviewed those involved and determined that Beck was driving a Ford Explorer south on Lake Street before crossing the median and hitting a northbound Toyota Camry, which was pushed into a northbound Chrysler Sebring.
The occupants of the Sebring were uninjured, but the driver of the Camry was seriously hurt, fracturing her ribs, a vertebrae, and her sternum, as well as suffering multiple abrasions and a hematoma. Beck was also injured, and a sample of her blood taken by law enforcement allegedly contained amphetamine. A witness reported seeing Beck’s vehicle drive through a ditch, weave and bob and run a nearby red light before the crash.
A Forest Lake man was recently charged with domestic assault by strangulation after allegedly attacking a female family member in the Lowell Inn in Stillwater.
According to court records, Daniel Steven Brodtmann, 33, of Forest Lake, had been at a wedding earlier in the day with the family member but had decided to stay at the hotel after the wedding, instead of going out on the town with his family member and her friends. When the woman returned to the hotel, Brodtmann allegedly became angry about the clothes the woman was wearing, and an argument ensued. During that time, he allegedly grabbed the woman by her neck, keeping her from breathing, before ultimately leaving and going to his Forest Lake home, where he was arrested later.
A Columbus man was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison (with credit for 617 days already served) earlier this year for a domestic assault incident that occurred in 2015.
According to court records, Clinton Ryan Nicholson, 25, was convicted for one count of domestic assault by strangulation. His sentence was handed down in late August and was processed by the Washington County Attorney’s office at the end of last month.
Nicholson was arrested by Washington County Sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 26, 2015 in Hugo, after a report that an assault was occurring at a home on Rosemary Way. A deputy arrived on the scene and saw Nicholson outside the home and evidently reaching for something in his pocket (the person who called the sheriff’s office also reported that a man at the scene had brass knuckles). The deputy told Nicholson to remove his hands from his pockets or else he would be tased, and Nicholson ran into a creek, attempting to escape, but he was located and ultimately arrested by deputies.
According to the court report, a deputy spoke to the victim of Nicholson’s assault and learned that he had become angry with her and slapped her in the face before grabbing her by the neck and strangling her. He also reportedly slapped her again and head-butted her, and the woman had recent wounds indicating that Nicholson had struck her.
The following are other recent Washington County court cases related to the Forest Lake area:
• Regina Marie Winter, 45, of Forest Lake, was sentenced July 31 for a fifth-degree drug crime.
• Nicholas Mark Julien, 41, of Forest Lake, was sentenced Aug. 16 for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
• Joshua Shaine Defoe, 33, of Forest Lake, made a first appearance Sept. 8 for violating a no contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions.
• Austin Stuart Mckenzie, 33, of Forest Lake, made a first appearance Sept. 12 for receiving stolen property.
• Roy Kenneth Voss, Jr., 46, of Aitkin, made a first appearance Sept. 13 for financial transaction card fraud related to investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Hsaw De, 20, of Maplewood, was sentenced Sept. 18 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• John Matthew Thoen, 51, of no permanent residence, was sentenced Sept. 18 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Joshua John Larson, 31, of Pine City, made a first appearance Sept. 21 for possession of shoplifting gear related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Daysha Deondra Williams, 19, of Forest Lake, made a first appearance Sept. 26 for a fifth-degree drug crime.
• Cody Daniels Elliott, 27, of Hinckley, made a first appearance Sept. 27 for a fifth-degree drug crime and theft related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.
• Regina Maria Frazier, 50, of Oak Park Heights, made a first appearance Sept. 28 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.