A number of cases related to the Forest Lake area have recently gone through the Washington County Court system.

Chase

A 36-year-old Hugo man has been charged after allegedly leading Forest Lake police on a high-speed chase through town on Aug. 24.

According to court records, Forest Lake police spotted Cory Allen Wuollet commit a traffic violation while driving through town. Police realized that Wuollet had a limited license and was not allowed to be driving, and an officer followed him.

Police then allegedly saw Wuollet speed 60 to 70 mph in a 30 mph zone, and multiple squad cars started pursuit. Wuollet allegedly ran two four-way stops and ultimately hit a road sign, steel bench, fire hydrant and light pole before turning onto a service road, driving through a vacant lot and flipping his truck on its side.

Wuollet allegedly tried to run, but he was quickly apprehended. Officers believed he was under the influence of drugs, and when Wuollet was searched, police allegedly found methamphetamine and a bubble pipe in his pocket.

Strangulations

The Washington County Court has recently dealt with three similar but unrelated cases of domestic assault by strangulation.

In the first case, Zachary Thomas Schultz, 26, of Forest Lake, was sentenced Aug. 22 to pay restitution and serve 120 days in jail after being convicted for domestic assault by strangulation. According to court records, Shultz got into a fight with an acquaintance in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 after the two of them had been to a concert the evening before. Shultz pinned the woman down on his bed at his home in the 5100 block of 207th Street, punching her in the face and squeezing her neck. He eventually let go, and she was able to leave the residence after he went to sleep. Police observed a number of injuries on her face and neck after the incident, and upon visiting Shultz’s home, they found a carpet shampooer in his bedroom, apparently indicating his attempts to clean up the woman’s blood after the incident.

In the second case, Kevin Jermaine Wafford, 45, of Forest Lake, made his first appearance for a strangulation charge on Aug. 24. Wafford’s criminal complaint alleges that he and a housemate in the 19800 block of Forest Road North got into an argument on Aug. 23 and that during the argument, Wafford grabbed the victim by the neck from behind and squeezed her throat very hard (police later found fingernail marks on her neck). The woman managed to escape and call 911; Wafford, who was allegedly drunk when police responded, denied the assault.

In the third case, Randy Kelome Walton, 27, of Forest Lake, made his first appearance Aug. 31 for a strangulation charge. According to court records, Forest Lake police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of Eighth Street Southwest on the report of someone yelling for help. When an officer arrived, he could hear the calls for help, and he entered the apartment to find a man with injuries to his arms, neck and face. The man said that Walton and he had gotten into an argument and that Walton started to push and hit him and had choked him multiple times. Though Walton allegedly fled prior to the arrival of police, he eventually returned, asked officers if they were looking for him and was arrested.

Walmart thief

An Andover man made his first appearance Aug. 24 for two felony theft charges after he allegedly stole several expensive electronics from the Forest Lake Walmart multiple times.

According to court records, two men, one later identified as Kyle Richard Kappes, 31, of Andover, entered the Forest Lake Walmart on Oct. 20, 2017, put several items, including multiple desktop computers, into a shopping cart and walked out without paying. Law enforcement agencies identified Kappes and allegedly reported that he has committed similar crimes in Walmarts around the metro.

On Jan. 12 of this year, Kappes allegedly entered the store again, this time stealing clothes, toys and electronics and leaving through a fire exit. Later that month, a Wright County sheriff’s deputy made contact with Kappes, who allegedly admitted to stealing items from Walmarts to support his drug habit.

Then, on May 19, while his previous charges were still being adjudicated, Kappes allegedly entered the Walmart again and stole more electronics. All told, the items he allegedly took from the Walmart totaled more than $4,000.

The following are other recent court cases related to the Forest Lake area:

• Bahnan Abdiqadir Abdi, 26, of Mankato, was sentenced May 17 for third-degree burglary related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department (his sentencing was not filed with the county attorney’s media report until August).

• Tyler Cory Ecklund, 23, of Forest Lake, was sentenced July 16 for knowingly violating registration requirements as a predatory offender.

• Billie Jean Buehler-Johnston, 47, of Forest Lake, made a first appearance July 24 for felony domestic assault.

• Timothy Patrick Fitzgerald, 19, of Amery, Wisconsin, was sentenced July 25 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Staten Fredrick Emery, 27, of Forest Lake, was sentenced Aug. 2 for misdemeanor domestic assault.

• Zachary Eugene Rogstad, 20, of Forest Lake, was sentenced Aug. 8 for a fifth-degree drug crime.

• Rodolfo Sergio Jojola, 38, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, made a first appearance Aug. 13 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Natasha Nashae Garrett, 28, of an unknown address, made a first appearance Aug. 13 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Jason Alan Chaney, 40, of North Branch, made a first appearance Aug. 14 for two fifth-degree drug charges related to the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Andrew Richard Servaty, 33, of an unknown address, made a first appearance Aug. 24 for a fifth-degree drug charge related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

• Justin Lee Mroz, 37, of Shafer, was sentenced July 9 for a fifth-degree drug crime related to an investigation by the Forest Lake Police Department.

Ryan Howard was the news editor of The Forest Lake Times from August 2014 through January 2020. These days, he writes culture pieces for The Times and works as an editor for a Minnesota board game company.

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