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Beltrami County Court Report for April 3

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Berry Wayne Rundell, 35, of Bemidji was acquitted by a jury Feb. 17 of the charge of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was convicted Feb. 17 of gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and date of birth.

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He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 85 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: He must serve five days in jail; serve one year of probation to the court; and pay fine and costs of $458.

At 2 a.m. June 5, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to remove a disorderly person from a residence. Rundell gave the deputies a false name. He has two prior convictions for gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct in 1994 in Beltrami County.

Robin Lee Lussier, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 and was sentenced March 24 for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, namely a firearm. The charge was amended from felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison with credit for 398 days served. He must pay fine and costs of $133 and restitution and submit a DNA sample.

At 11:24 p.m. Feb. 18, 2010, Leech Lake Tribal Police officers responded to robbery reports at two residences. At the second home, a man and woman were beaten during the robbery and were bleeding from their faces and heads from pistol-whipping. Lussier has a prior conviction for felony terroristic threats in August 2009 in Redwood County and was on probation for that crime.

Richard Norman Clark, 46, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 341 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 24 days in jail; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $685; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; undergo random testing; and not drink and drive.

At 1:33 a.m. Feb. 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Clark, who registered .13 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused urine and blood testing. A later breath test at the jail registered .222. His driving privileges were suspended at the time of his arrest and he had prior DWI convictions in 1999 and 1987.

Louis Cletus Wojcik Jr., 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 22 and was sentenced March 14 for felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest by harboring or concealing.

He was sentenced to 58 days in jail with credit for 39 days served; must serve four years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,160; submit a DNA sample; have no contact with victims or co-defendant; and complete treatment.

At 3:45 p.m. Oct. 10, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report from a Bemidji jewelry store that Wojcik and a woman had stolen a ring valued at $7,399.

Theran Robert Stai, 33, of Bemidji, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 16 and sentenced March 18 for felony terroristic threats. He was acquitted of the charge of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 264 days in jail with credit for 164 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $2,160; complete chemical dependency and mental health assessments; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit a DNA sample; have no contact with victims; take medications as prescribed; and not leave Minnesota without court approval.

At 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, Bemidji Police officer responded to a report that Stai was threatening to kill a woman by stabbing her with a knife.

Desiree McBeth Trott, 30, of Grand Rapids, Minn., pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced March 14 for felony domestic assault.

She was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: She must serve 60 days on work release with credit for 11 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,160; pay restitution; complete therapy and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; have no contact with victims; and take medications as prescribed.

Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to North Country Regional Hospital on a report of a woman who suffered domestic assault by Trott. The victim had been punched and had a split lip, which required stitches and was expected to be permanently scarred. Trott had prior convictions for dishonored checks and fifth-degree assault in Itasca County and felony theft and false reporting in Beltrami County.

Jesse Wayne Johnson, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced March 14 for felony motor vehicle theft and gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced on the motor vehicle theft conviction to 90 days in jail with credit for 40 days served; he must serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $658; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and submit a DNA sample.

On the DWI conviction, he must serve one year in jail with 275 days stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served, consecutive to the previous sentence; serve five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $775; and follow the other probation requirement as for count one.

At 8:26 p.m. March 25, a woman reported that Johnson had stolen her car. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy pursued the vehicle and stopped Johnson, who was driving erratically. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Johnson, who registered .12 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was on probation for a 2009 gross misdemeanor DWI conviction, his driving privileges were revoked and he had prior DWI convictions in 2006 and 2009 in Beltrami County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Angela Marie Headbird, 56, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent March 28 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for May 31.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 5:50 p.m. Jan. 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Headbird. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she refused testing. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid, and she had no prior DWIs.

Chris Daniel Schoenborn IV, 25, of Walker, pleaded innocent March 28 to felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for June 28.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 3:22 a.m. Dec. 18, homeowners returned to their residence to find a strange car in the driveway, Schoenborn hiding in the car and a man in the house. A pickup truck in the garage was loaded with electronic devices stolen from the house.

Daniel Leonard Hawk, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 28 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 13 days served; serve three years of probation to the court; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,185; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; and not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances.

At 11:05 p.m. March 16, a Bemidji Police officer responded to an assault complaint indicating that three men involved had left in a car. The deputy made a traffic stop on the car in question and found all three men to be intoxicated. Hawk was driving. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Hawk, who registered .20 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges had been revoked, and he had one prior DWI conviction in 2007 and a conviction for under-21 drinking and driving in 2005.

Cynthia Irene Jurek, 18, of Becida, pleaded innocent March 7 to felony third-degree burglary. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 3:21 a.m. Dec. 29, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a burglary in progress. Jurek and another woman were leaving the scene in a vehicle, which struck the police car. Jurek is charged with breaking into a residence and stealing two snowboards.

Kyle Walter Nelson, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 8 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor and misdemeanor careless driving.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 341 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: He must serve 24 days in jail with credit for three days served; serve one year of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,160; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 1:16 a.m. Sept. 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Nelson standing in a parking lot, obviously intoxicated. The deputy warned Nelson not to drive. A short time later, Nelson drove by where the deputy was parked and then through a ditch. The deputy made a traffic stop. He was arrested and taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .29. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest, and he had one conviction for underage drinking and driving in 2005.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Anthony Gene Hill, 43, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for four days served; serve two years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $385; and not use alcohol.

At 8:15 p.m. March 18 a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Hill driving with no rear license plate light. The deputy made a traffic stop and discovered that Hill's driver's license had been cancelled.

Alvin Clark, 54, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve two years of probation; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; undergo random testing; undergo aftercare; not drink and drive; and not drive without license and insurance.

At 9 p.m. Sept. 8, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Clark driving with one headlight out. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol on Clark, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .11 in a preliminary breath test. He had no driver's license. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing of breath, urine or blood.

Jason Ernest Schoning Sr., 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 and was sentenced March 21 for felony escape, amended from felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest by harboring or concealing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 15 days in jail with credit for four days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $758; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and submit a DNA sample.

At 9 a.m. Sept. 2, Schoning concealed in his residence a man charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct who had walked away from the Beltrami County Jail without permission and without posting bail. The suspect was located hiding in a bathroom.

Raymond Edward Hale, aka Mikeil Lee Hale, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for felony first-degree attempted burglary.

He was sentenced to 17 months in prison with credit for 318 days served and must pay fine and costs of $158.

At 12:15 p.m. May 2, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report that Hale was attempting to break into a residence using a tool on a door. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Hale, who was on probation under a no-drink order. At the time of his arrest, Hale had 23 prior gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor convictions from Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Minnesota, and felony convictions for second-degree burglary in Grant County and first-degree DWI in Beltrami County.

Edward Allen Davis, 50, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 and was sentenced March 22 for felony ineligible person in possession of a pistol.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 266 days served and must pay fine and costs of $158.

At 5 p.m. June 30, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call from the Lake Bemidji waterfront, where Davis had offered to sell a person a gun. He previously was convicted and sentenced for felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, felony domestic assault in Minnesota, Louisiana and Wisconsin and multiple DWIs in Minnesota and Arizona, which make him ineligible to possess a firearm.

Amber Johanna Heiberg, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent March 21 to felony passing forged checks. Her next court appearance is scheduled for May 31.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was investigating a burglary report of guns and checks stolen from a residence between May 27 and June 11. Heiberg is charged with writing checks for a total of $666.50 on another person's local bank account.

Dawn Marie Oakgrove, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 10 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $683; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; and not drive without a license and insurance.

On July 10, a Bemidji Police officer found Oakgrove unconscious in the driver's seat of a vehicle with the door open and her legs hanging out. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot watery eyes on Oakgrove. She failed field sobriety tests and registered .265 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where a urine test registered .30. At the time of her arrest, her driver's license was valid and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Michael James Good, 42, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 18 and was sentenced March 14 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.

He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison and must pay $210 in fine and costs and restitution.

At 10:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in a car parked in a Bemidji lot, he beat a woman in the face with a crutch, smashing her nose and mouth. Two children were in the back seat and tried to protect the woman. Good elbowed the children, causing one of them to suffer a bloody nose. On Aug. 16, Good had been convicted of felony third-degree assault of the same woman, whose arm he had broken. He was under a no-contact order naming her.

Melissa Kay Blue, 22, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 28 and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order. A second charge of felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling was dismissed.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $660; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol; undergo random testing; not ship or transport firearms or ammunition; have no assaultive behavior; take medications as prescribed; and undergo domestic abuse counseling.

On Dec. 31, Leech Lake Tribal Police investigated a burglary report. Blue had smashed a window and entered a home whose occupant had a no-contact order out against her. She has convictions in Cass County for giving a peace officer a false name and date of birth and fifth-degree assault. She has a conviction in Beltrami County for fifth-degree assault and a charge of violating a no-contact order.

Lester Gary Loud, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 21 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely Vicodin, and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order. His sentencing is scheduled for May 2.

At 10:40 p.m. Jan. 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol on Loud. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where a Vicoden tablet was found in his pocket. He had also hit a woman in the vehicle. He was under a no-contact order naming her. At the time of his arrest, he had a conviction for misdemeanor assault from 2010.

Amy Lynn Cook, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty March 21 to felony attempted theft of more than $1,000. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 2.

At 4:45 p.m. Jan. 3, she attempted to shoplift $1,104.86 in merchandise from a Bemidji retail business. At the time of her arrest, there were four outstanding warrants for her arrest in relation to prior theft charges.

Dana Ann Hughs, 41, of Laporte, pleaded guilty March 21 to felony check forgery. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 2.

Between March 29 and May 11, 2010, she forged checks to herself or cash for $13,805 on a relative's account.

Maxwell Thomas Tiemann, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on work release; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $910; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 1:18 a.m. Feb. 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Tiemann driving erratically, crossing fog and center lines. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Tiemann, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .248 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid. He had one prior DWI conviction in 2007.

Diane Clarice Walton, 45, of Tenstrike, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 10 days in jail; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $685; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing and aftercare.

At 2:55 a.m. Feb. 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Walton driving erratically crossing fog and center lines. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Walton, who refused field sobriety tests and preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered .29 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Gerald Ray Dobson, 59, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing - and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days in jail; serve four years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,185; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At.2:08 a.m. Feb. 10, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Dobson turn onto U.S. Highway 2 without signaling. His vehicle was also missing a rear license plate light. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot watery eyes on Dobson, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .08 in a preliminary breath test. He had no insurance on the vehicle, and he and his passenger were not wearing seat belts. He was on a no-drink order and his license plates were expired. His driving privileges were cancelled in 2009 and he had prior DWI convictions from 1991, 1993, 1008 and 2009.

Michael Joseph Roy, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 21 to felony domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order. His sentencing is scheduled for April 11.

On April 17, 2009, he was convicted of domestic assault and the court issued a no-contact order naming the victim. At 3 a.m. Feb. 4, he violated the non-contact order. He had prior convictions for domestic assault in 2009 and 2010.

Richard Walter Sorquist, 30, of Tenstrike, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 21 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,110; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; and not drive without license and insurance. The court granted him a furlough for treatment.

At 4:30 a.m. Feb. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Sorquist driving erratically crossing fog and center lines and driving partly in the wrong lane. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Sorquist, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .316 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused urine and blood tests. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid. He had one prior DWI conviction in 2010.

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