Life crime reports for March 28, 2014

Burned-out headlight leads to meth bust

A Blaine police officer sped after a pickup truck because its headlight was burned out March 15. Then, the officer found more than 25 grams of illegal drugs.

Michael Ray Ridge, 52, of Coon Rapids, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges March 18 – a first-degree drug possession charge and fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Around 10:30 p.m. on March 15, Blaine Police Officer Jason Oman attempted to pull over a pickup truck with a burned-out headlight on Highway 65.

According to the criminal complaint, the pickup driver pulled over to the side of the road and slowed down, but did not stop.

As the truck made a right turn onto 113th Avenue, Oman allegedly saw a black object fly out of the driver’s side window.

The truck came to a stop, and Oman picked up a black bag filled with a crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, with a total packaged weight of 30.39 grams, the complaint alleges.

Upon arrest, Oman allegedly found nearly $3,900, needles and drug paraphernalia on Ridge, according to the complaint.

Ridge’s initial appearance is set for April 16.

In 2009, he was convicted of a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge.

Sexual correspondence with 11-year-old 

A Blaine man has been charged with possessing a pornographic work involving a minor and communicating electronically about sexual conduct with a minor.

Jonathan Stephen Lawrence, 21, was arraigned in Anoka County District Court March 18 on two felony charges.

A woman contacted the Blaine Police Department about her 11-year-old foster son’s alleged contact with Lawrence.

The woman told police that the boy had met Lawrence while visiting his biological mother, who lives across the street from Lawrence, the complaint states.

A police review of the boy’s phone allegedly revealed texts between the boy and Lawrence, starting in late November 2013 and stopping Christmas Eve. The texts allegedly broached sexual topics.

A picture of a pre-pubescent male penis was also discovered on the phone, the complaint alleges.

The same picture was allegedly stored on Lawrence’s phone, according to the complaint. Police confiscated the phone after Lawrence allegedly told them he had sent messages to the 11-year-old boy.

According to the complaint, the child told police the two had exchanged sexual messages. He allegedly told police Lawrence asked him to send pictures of his penis, and he then did so.

The boy denied that touching of any kind took place, but he said he did watch Lawrence use a sex toy in front of him at his home, the complaint states.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for April 14.

Domestic assault charge

A Spring Lake Park man was arraigned in Anoka County District Court March 19 on a felony domestic assault charge.

Orion Hite Torok, 31, is accused of assaulting his wife in the 500 block of Manor Drive in Spring Lake Park.

The criminal complaint states that the couple allegedly argued throughout the day March 16 before Torok grabbed his wife, pushed her down and bit her, she told police.

Police discovered what appeared to be teeth marks on the woman’s left shoulder when they spoke with her a little after 11:30 p.m. March 16, the complaint states.

In 2009 and 2010, Torok was convicted of third-degree and fifth-degree assault, as well as a violation of a domestic abuse no contact order.

An omnibus hearing is scheduled for April 16.

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