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In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge John Melbye:

Gerald Ray Dobson, 60, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more qualified prior impaired-driving incidents.

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His next appearance is Nov. 7.

At 7:46 p.m. Aug. 30, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report of a belligerent person at the Wilton Liquor Store. While en route, they learned the woman was attacking the bartender. Deputies found the bartender outside with a phone in her hand. They learned the woman had just left. Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle in Wilton. The woman was a passenger. Dobson, the driver, smelled of alcohol and was uncooperative with field sobriety tests. At the Beltrami County Jail, he refused any testing of breath, blood or urine. He said he would not do a breath test because he had emphysema, would not do a blood test because he did not like needles, and would not do a urine test, because, "I'm not going to piss for anyone."

His driving privileges were canceled inimical to public safety and he had five DWI-related convictions or revocations in 1991, 1992, 2008, 2009 and 2011, and was on probation for the 2011 conviction for second-degree refusal to test.

In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge Paul Benshoof:

Robert Sanford Nichols, 46, of Andover, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 10 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He must serve 10 days of a one-year jail sentence, with credit for two days served, serve three years of probation and pay a $500 fine. He may do work release if eligible.

At 3:30 p.m. April 10, a Blackduck police officer on routine patrol stopped Nichols for driving erratically on state Highway 72 in the area of Lanet Road Northeast.

Nichols smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes and failed field sobriety tests. He tested at .297 in a preliminary breath test.

A blood sample drawn at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center was determined by Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to have been at .25 blood-alcohol concentration right after he had driven the vehicle.

He has a prior revocation of driving privileges from a driving while impaired conviction in 1993.

Michael Alan Eugene Martin, 26, of Lake George, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 19 for gross misdemeanor carry/possess pistol without permit in a public place.

On the first charge, he must serve one day of a 90-day jail sentence, serve one year of probation and pay a $500 fine. On the second charge, he must serve one day of a 90-day jail sentence, serve two years of probation and pay a $400 fine.

At 12:12 a.m. March 2, a Beltrami County deputy saw Martin drive into the Sta-Mart parking lot and seem to avoid eye contact with the deputy. A check of the license plate revealed Martin's driving privileges were suspended and there was an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. The deputy also noticed that he was nervous and fidgety and appeared to have a dry mouth. Based on this and previous experience, the deputy believed Martin was under the influence of a controlled substance other than alcohol. He was placed under arrest on the warrant and on suspicion of DWI. The female passenger did not have a driver's license, so the deputy made arrangements to tow the car due to Martin's arrest. During an inventory to prepare the car for towing, the deputy discovered a loaded Ruger .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the driver's side rear floorboard, along with a box of ammunition with 19 rounds.

At the hospital, Martin gave a blood sample. He said he had been using methamphetamine and the blood sample would indicate this. As far as the gun, he said he had had some problems with people who he felt were out to get him, so he had taken a pistol from a friend for selfprotection. He did not have a permit to carry a weapon.

Misty Kay Roy, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to felony third-degree possession of drugs, namely oxycodone.

Sentencing is Nov. 21.

At 4 p.m. April 12, Roy told a certified reliable informant that she had plenty of "Perc 30's" for sale. The term refers to Percocet 30-milligram tablets, which contain 30 milligrams of oxycodone. The CRI and an agent with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met Roy in the parking lot of Dale's Bar & Grill at the intersection of County Road 24 and state Highway 89 at 11 p.m. April 12 and entered her vehicle. She gave the agent a bottle with 11 pills and he gave her $500.

Roy also pleaded guilty Oct. 10 for felony fleeing police officer in vehicle and gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI - refusal to submit to chemical testing.

Sentencing is Nov. 21.

At 9:45 p.m. Sept. 30, Roy passed a Beltrami County deputy on state Highway 90, driving well above the speed limit. The deputy pursued her with emergency lights at 70 mph, then put on the siren. Roy drove at speeds up to 110 mph. Another deputy farther down the highway deployed stop sticks, which flattened Roy's tires and she came to a stop. Roy said she fled because of a warrant for the arrest of her passenger. The deputy seized a prescription bottle of oxycodone that had been filled Sept. 28 and was nearly empty and was not in Roy's name. The passenger was arrested on a warrant. Roy refused to submit to testing of blood or urine at the hospital. She was under pretrial conditions and subject to random testing for the first charge.

Todd James Smith, 29, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to felony third-degree burglary.

Sentencing is Nov. 7.

At 1:45 a.m. Sept. 29, Bemidji police officers responded to a report of a suspicious male crawling through a window at St. Bartholomew's Episcopalian Church.

An officer saw a light coming from the church offices and saw an individual with his back to a window. When the individual recognized the church was surrounded, he said "I give up" and crawled out of a window and surrendered. The church office had been ransacked and DVDs found in Smith's possession. He admitted entering the church but would not provide a reason. No other items were taken but extensive vandalism occurred.

Carl Lewayne White, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Oct. 10 to felony first-degree DWI.

His next appearance is Oct. 17.

At 2:39 a.m. Aug. 17, a Bemidji police officer on routine patrol on Irvine Avenue saw an vehicle with an inoperable headlight and made a traffic stop. White smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and moved in a slow, methodical manner. He tested at .227 in a preliminary breath test. A blood sample was taken at the hospital. He had three prior DWI-related convictions or license revocations in 2003, 2004 and 2009 and was on probation for a DWI conviction.

Nicole Star Dunn, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 10 to felony financial transaction card fraud.

She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Jan. 10.

According to the criminal complaint:

On March 7, a woman reported her prepaid credit card had been stolen March 5 and used to make unauthorized purchases March 6 and 7. She said she discovered the theft when she tried to use the account and discovered it had only $82 available. She said she believed Dunn and another woman with whom she had argued March 5 outside Little Caesar's had stolen the card. A transaction listing for the card shows it was used at several area businesses for a total of $962.33. During a police investigation, two merchants indicated Dunn and the other woman had made purchases, the complaint stated. Both women admitted taking the card and using it, according to the complaint.

Dunn has multiple criminal convictions, including a conviction for check forgery.

Timothy Paul Norton, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 19 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancelling inimical to public safety.

He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Jan. 10.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 11:24 a.m. Sept. 9, Bemidji police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on the 900 block of America Avenue Northwest, where residents reported occupants of the vehicle were consuming alcohol and making threatening gestures. The vehicle left the residence, but officers found the suspect vehicle later and made a traffic stop, the complaint states. Norton, the driver, had a passenger with him and said he had dropped off a passenger who had been drinking, but denied consuming alcohol himself, according to the complaint.

Norton's driving privileges were canceled inimical to public safety and he had impaired-driving convictions and/or revocations in 1993, 2000, 2007 and 2008.

Kevin Wayne Gibbs, 28, of Bemidji, was sentenced Sept. 23 for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 48 months in prison with credit for 90 days served. He must pay a $50 fine.

At 3:51 a.m. June 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy responded to a report that Gibbs had stolen a vehicle. The deputy identified the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and slurred speech on Gibbs, who registered .17 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .16 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his license was cancelled as inimical to public safety, and he had four prior DWI convictions in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007, with the 2007 conviction a felony first-degree DWI conviction, for which he was still on probation.

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