In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:
Neil Curtis Cutbank, 33, of Pennington, pleaded guilty July 18 and was sentenced Aug. 22 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, amended from felony third-degree possession of meth.
He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, with credit for 16 days served; and must serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160 and complete standard probation conditions. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.
At 6:45 p.m. April 20, 2011, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a person driving a vehicle with expired license tabs. The deputy made a traffic stop. Cutbank was a passenger in the vehicle. Cutbank, had a pair of illegal brass knuckles attached to his key ring. The deputy had Cutbank exit the vehicle and patted him down. The deputy found baggies with 4.8 grams of meth on Cutbank.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Johnathan William Dobbelaere, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 11 and was sentenced Aug. 15 for felony possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, namely OxyContin; felon in possession of a firearm; and misdemeanor child endangerment.
On the possession of OxyContin and felon in possession of firearm convictions, he was sentenced to concurrent 84 months in prison, with credit for 83 days served, and fined $135. On the child endangerment conviction, he was fined $125.
At 7:30 a.m. May 25, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Dobbelaere's residence and discovered that he was using his home to distribute OxyContin. The agents found a pill cutter, baggies and 140 80-milligram OxyContin pills. A .40 caliber pistol was under the couch near where Dobbelaere was sitting. He was arrested on outstanding warrants from Hubbard and Beltrami counties. Two young children were taken into protective custody.
At the time of his arrest, Dobbelaere had felony convictions dating back to 2001: two for second-degree burglary in 2001 in Hubbard and Wadena counties; fifth-degree possession of controlled substance in 2001 in Crow Wing County; third-degree burglary in 2001 in Hubbard County; and several gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors.
Jordan Robert Lardinois, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 23 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.
He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $860; and complete standard probation conditions.
At midnight, March 20, a Bemidji Police officer saw Lardinois drifting across lanes. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol on Lardinois, who failed field sobriety tests. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .24 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior DWI convictions.
Steven Joseph Goodwin, 38, of Naytahwaush, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor theft of merchandise valued at more than $500.
He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days served; serve two years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160; pay restitution; and have no contact with victims.
At 4:30 p.m. May 21, he stole a camera and power tools valued at a total of $628 from a Bemidji business.