Crime briefs for the Life for the week of July 14

Five years in prison for Bethel woman after DWI

Jeri Lynn Wagner, 44, was sentenced to five years in prison after a third felony DWI conviction.

Wagner, a Bethel resident, pleaded guilty in Anoka County District Court June 25 to driving under the influence of alcohol this spring.

A deputy with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a swerving vehicle headed southbound on Highway 65 in Ham Lake March 30.

According to the criminal complaint, the vehicle did not slow down for the deputy or when law enforcement deployed stop sticks near 109th Avenue in Blaine, giving the vehicle two flat tires.

Employing a precision immobilization technique was law enforcement’s next step, and the maneuver caused the vehicle to spin out and roll into the ditch on the passenger side, the complaint states.

Wagner was driving the car and allegedly refused to submit to any sort of test at the scene or at the hospital, where she was transported after the rollover.

In a post-Miranda statement, she said she took the car she was driving from her boyfriend without permission, according to the complaint.

Wagner was charged with four felonies: driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing law enforcement, refusing to submit to chemical tests and stealing a motor vehicle.

The last three charges were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to the first.

Wagner will spend five years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.

She must also pay nearly $9,850 in restitution.

Wagner has two previous felony DWI convictions from 2008 and 2012.

~ Olivia Koester


Man charged for trying to break into Blaine home

A 22-year-old man who allegedly tried to break into a Blaine home was charged with two felonies.

Donald Eugene Lang, III was arraigned June 24 in Anoka County District Court on charges of second-degree burglary and possession of burglary or theft tools.

According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine man saw someone try to break into his neighbor’s home in the 8800 block of Austin Street Northeast June 21, so he called the police.

Lang was caught after he tried to run away from officers. During the chase, he tossed his backpack. Inside, authorities found pliers, wire cutters, wrenches, zip ties, a flashlight and screwdrivers. Lang was wearing gloves and had another flashlight in his pocket when he was taken into custody, according to the complaint.

Blaine police saw that the home Lang allegedly tried to break into had a rear service door slightly ajar with fresh pry marks on it. The witness identified Lang as the man he saw.

~ Eric Hagen


Man faces two felony charges for Blaine theft

A 42-year-old man was arraigned June 27 in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges stemming from a Blaine case.

Curtis Lee Shannon, of Minneapolis, was charged with possession of burglary or theft tools and theft. His next court appearance is July 22.

According to the criminal complaint, a Blaine officer was on surveillance duty near the intersection of 94th Lane and Davenport Street the evening of June 25 because of numerous reports of thefts from vehicles and trailer thefts that had occurred in that area.

Around 10 p.m., the Blaine officer saw a vehicle park in the 9200 block of Davenport Street in a business park area. The officer saw a person walk back and forth in front of the truck’s headlights.

The truck was towing a trailer that had a burnt out taillight. When the officer stopped Shannon, he allegedly said he was in the area picking up the trailer, but was unable to say who had asked him to pick up the trailer and from what business.

The officer ran the license plate of the trailer and found it registered to Hakanson Development. An employee came out and said the trailer, valued at $3,000, had been stolen.

Police searched Shannon’s truck and found trailer hitch receivers, chains, bolt cutters, lockout tools and a large hydraulic jack.

~ Eric Hagen


Victim accuses Blaine man of sexually assaulting her for five years

A woman recently told Blaine police that a 45-year-old man sexually abused her from 1999 to 2004.

Jose Antonio Zepeda, of Blaine, was charged April 21 by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and arraigned June 24 in Anoka County District Court on two felony charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, the Blaine Police Department Jan. 29 were alerted to the alleged incidents.

Zepeda denied anything took place the first time he talked to police, but the second time he was interviewed, he allegedly admitted that, at the time this girl was a minor, he had touched her breasts and laid next to her in bed with his clothes off and moved his body against hers. He did not recall how many times this happened or over how many years, according to the complaint.

The victim told police she was sexually abused multiple times a month between 1999 and 2004 from the time she was in eighth grade and until she went to college.

~ Eric Hagen

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