A Karlstad man was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 3 in Pennington County District Court for three separate felony cases that occurred in 2018 and 2019.
For one of the cases, Shane Scott Stone, 48, was sentenced for felony offenses of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fifth-degree controlled substance crime.
In that case, a gross misdemeanor charge of introduction of contraband into a jail facility and a misdemeanor charge of a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle were dismissed.
For the fleeing charge, Stone was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for three years. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. Stone was ordered to complete a diagnostic/psychological assessment and follow recommendations, including medication management.
He was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Stone was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, or explosives. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Stone was also ordered to pay $185 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved.
For the felony drug charge, Stone was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for three years. That sentence is to be served concurrently with the felony fleeing charge and another case. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. The same conditions apply.
Those charges stemmed from an attempted traffic stop at about 3:12 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2018, according to the complaint. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was parked near the intersection of 110th Avenue Northwest and Center Street after conducting another, unrelated traffic stop. Stone drove past him, and the trooper then attempted to perform a traffic stop on Stone’s vehicle. After the trooper activated the lights and sirens, Stone slowed a bit and then continued traveling north onto 130th Avenue Northwest. He accelerated to 70 mph and eventually traveled over 100 mph for three miles.
On 150th Avenue Northwest, Stone’s vehicle slid into a ditch. The trooper exited his squad car and drew his gun. Stone told the trooper that he wasn’t going to run. He began walking toward the trooper, but then turned around and tried going back to his car. Stone soon complied with the trooper’s instructions and was arrested. Stone possessed a marijuana pipe and a small container of marijuana, which were found in his jacket. He also possessed a small ziptop bag containing a white powder and two white objects.
A Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force officer tested the powder, which tested positive for methamphetamine. Stone told the trooper that the bag only contained cotton swabs.
After arriving at the Pennington County Jail, Stone was searched. A small baggie was found in a pair of shorts, which he was wearing underneath his jeans. It contained meth. A search warrant was later executed for Stone’s car, where a sheriff’s deputy found a digital scale.
The complaint indicated that Stone had multiple prior convictions for controlled substance crimes. In a separate case, Stone was sentenced for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession with a previous conviction. Another charge of fifth-degree controlled substance crime – possession with a previous conviction was dismissed.
For the former offense, Stone was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for three years. That sentence is to be served concurrently with another case. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. The same conditions apply in this case.
The charges stemmed from an ongoing drug investigation involving Stone on Aug. 7, 2019, according to the amended complaint. The PTPDTF learned from a Thief River Falls Police Department officer that he had been contacted by someone who had information about drug activity involving Stone. That same day, PTPDTF officers met with the confidential, reliable informant, who said Stone was selling meth and a woman was selling meth for him. The task force was also aware of the woman due to a past drug investigation. (The woman hasn’t been charged in connection with the case, according to online court documents.) The CRI also indicated that the woman was traveling to Seven Clans Casino, Hotel, and Water Park to sell meth for Stone.
The CRI said the woman would be driving a car owned by Stone and registered to another man. (No charges have been filed against that man.) On that date, two task force officers went to the casino, where they found the man’s car. A woman was inside the parked car. Stone arrived in another car, met with the woman, and then left in the same car in which he had arrived. Law enforcement followed him back to his home, which, at that time, was in St. Hilaire.
At the casino, a sport utility vehicle later arrived to pick up the woman. She returned to the car about 10 minutes later. The amended complaint noted such short meetings are indicative of drug sales. The CRI had earlier told the two task force officers that Stone possessed meth at Stone’s home.
A Pennington County sheriff’s deputy and a task force officer had spoken with a separate CRI in June 2019. That CRI had also indicated that Stone had been selling meth at his home. One of the CRIs had also informed law enforcement that the man was selling meth with Stone.
A search warrant was granted Aug. 9, 2019, for Stone’s person and home. Law enforcement conducted surveillance outside of the home on Aug. 9 and 10, 2019. They observed several vehicles coming and going from the home. The search warrant was executed at about 2:24 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2019.
The two task force officers, Sheriff Ray Kuznia, then-Police Chief Dick Wittenberg, and Chief Deputy Seth Vettleson, along with five other law enforcement officers, executed the search warrant. They found Stone inside of the home with a woman who hasn’t been charged in connection with this case. Two men, who haven’t been charged, were outside of the home.
Law enforcement found a hypodermic needle loaded with 0.91 grams of meth; two glass pipes with meth residue; a small baggie containing 0.91 grams of meth; another loaded hypodermic needle with liquid meth; five dosage units of methylenedioxymethamphetamine; a surveillance DVR; a large TV broadcasting the surveillance live; an open phone featuring messages about drug sales; a small amount of marijuana; three other cell phones; and drug paraphernalia.
The car was towed from the scene after K9 Max alerted his partner to the presence of a controlled sub-stance. Law enforcement planned to draft a search warrant for the car. The amended complaint indicated that Stone has a previous conviction for fourth-degree controlled substance crime in 1999. At the time of his arrest, Stone was out of jail on bond for two Pennington County felony offenses – fleeing in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance crime – and a Beltrami County felony offense of possession of a controlled substance crime.
Stone was also sentenced for a third case involving a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. A charge of driving 72 mph in a 55-mph zone was dismissed. For the felony fleeing charge, Stone was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for three years. That sentence is to be served concurrently with another case. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. The same conditions apply.
Those charges stemmed from a report that a vehicle was transporting drugs in the St. Hilaire area, according to the complaint. A sheriff’s deputy observed a vehicle near Kruse In and decided to follow it to determine if it was the vehicle in question. As Stone’s vehicle continued driving along Center Street East, the deputy realized it was traveling faster than 55 mph. He then clocked the vehicle traveling 72 mph. Stone turned onto 132nd Avenue Southeast, where the vehicle swerved back and forth on the roadway at 70 mph. Stone failed to stop for the deputy and continued driving through a dead end and through two fields. At some point, Stone’s vehicle apparently got back onto a roadway, but it eventually went into a ditch, hit some guardrails, and became submerged in a creek.
The deputy swam to the vehicle, which was completely submerged by the time he got there. He was unable to find anyone inside the vehicle. A St. Hilaire first responder soon arrived and also entered the water. They found no one inside the vehicle. When law enforcement searched the area, they found Stone lying on the edge of the creek. The deputy awoke Stone, who was later transported to the hospital. He was then air-lifted elsewhere. The complaint indicated that restitution was requested for the guardrails, tow bill, and the deputy’s taser. Those items totaled $6,428.
At the time that the complaint was written, the deputy hadn’t yet spoken to the farmer whose field was damaged by the vehicles. The complaint indicated that Stone was out of jail at the time on conditions of release for two felonies in Pennington County (including one for fleeing) and another felony in Beltrami County. At the time that the complaint was written, a warrant was requested.