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Beltrami County Court Report for August 7
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Billie Joe Large, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 31 and was sentenced July 25 for felony receiving stolen property and motor vehicle theft.

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On the receiving stolen property conviction, he was sentenced to 17 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 159 days in jail with credit for 159 days served; pay fine and costs of $1,160; pay restitution; have no contact with co-defendants; and complete standard probation conditions.

In October and November 2010, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Bemidji Police officers investigated a series of vehicle break-ins involving Large.

On the motor vehicle theft conviction, he was sentenced to 21 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 159 days in jail; pay fine and costs of $1,262; pay restitution; have no contact with victims; and complete standard probation conditions.

On Jan. 29, with two other men, he stole two Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Patrick Steven Conner, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 26 and was sentenced July 25 for misdemeanor theft, amended from felony burglary, and felony third-degree burglary.

On the misdemeanor conviction, he was sentenced to one year of probation to the court and must pay fine and costs of $575.

During the second week of February, he entered a garage and stole an air compressor.

On the burglary conviction, he was sentenced to 66 days in jail with credit for 66 days served on the following conditions: He must serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,160; pay restitution of $2,770; and complete standard probation conditions.

Shortly before midnight March 4, he smashed in the door of a convenience store and stole 25-30 cartons of cigarettes.

Joshua Ryan Hilmer, 22, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $860; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 4:15 a.m. June 18 Hilmer failed to dim his lights as a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy's car approached. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Hilmer, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .09 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .08 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, he had one prior DWI conviction and two underage drinking and driving convictions and he was on a no-drink order.

Steven Jay Niswander, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 6 and was sentenced July 25 for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm. A second charge of assault causing great bodily harm was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 27 months in prison stayed for 10 years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail; serve 10 years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,085; pay restitution of $29,114; not possess firearms or dangerous weapons; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 8:03 p.m. Dec. 20, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of domestic assault. They found a male victim bleeding heavily from stab wounds. Niswander had a bent and broken steak knife on a counter near him. Niswander was on a no-drink order, and the deputies detected the odor of alcohol on him. A breath test registered .117. Niswander was taken to the Beltrami County Jail. The victim was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with a stab wound in his left forearm, a cut on his left wrist and a stab wound in his chest. A tip of a knife matching the steak knife in Niswander's kitchen was found in one of the wounds.

Dietrich Arntson Drauden, 41, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty June 13 and was sentenced July 25 for felony first-degree DWI refusal to test.

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison stayed for seven years on the following conditions: He must serve 180 days on work release with credit for 66 days served; pay fine and costs of $1,110; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 10:10 p.m. May 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy saw Drauden driving with one headlight out. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Drauden, who failed field sobriety tests and refused preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused urine and blood tests.

At the time of his arrest, he had prior DWI convictions from 2004, 2005 and 2008 and was supposed to drive only with an ignition interlock device.

William Frank Roy Jr., 38, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 13 and was sentenced July 29 for felony second-degree sale of Oxycontin.

He was sentenced to 48 months in prison with credit for 104 days served and must pay fine and costs of $210.

In February and March, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force bought a total of 50 tablets of the controlled substances from Roy.

Amanda Rae Jackson, 27, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

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 one day served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probation conditions.

On April 10, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a drunk driver. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Jackson, who registered .19 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center where a blood test registered .20. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid, and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Lucas Wayne French, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony malicious punishment of a child, fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor reckless use of a dangerous weapon. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6.

On early morning, July 12, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a rural Beltrami County residence to investigate a complaint of an assault with weapons involved at this home. French was arrested and booked into the Beltrami County Jail. At the time of his arrest, French was on probation in Cass County for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

James Michael Hedlund, 29, of Bagley, pleaded guilty July 25 to felony possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6.

On July 13, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Hedlund's residence and found meth.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Matthew Lee Vleck, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 305 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 60 days in jail with credit for three days served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probations conditions.

At 12:06 a.m. Jan. 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle with a drunk driver in a ditch. The deputy approached the driver, Vleck, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .247 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, he had no driver's license and had five prior DWI convictions from 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998 and 1999 in Michigan.

Richard Leroy Leach III, 34, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for serious felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for 68 days served and must pay or work off fine and costs of $1,583.

On March 15, 1997, he had sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl at his residence.

Tyler Maurice Roy, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree burglary. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 10. A second charge of escape from custody was dismissed.

At 3:15 p.m. March 23, a witness saw Roy carry a TV out of a yard. The witness detained Roy while calling the Bemidji Police Department.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Kristi Marie Wind, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to felony second-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely Oxycontin, with the intent to distribute. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 3.

At 7:30 a.m. May 25, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Wind's residence and discovered that she was using her home to distribute Oxycontin. Two young children were taken into protective custody.

Tadashi David Andersen, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 18 and was sentenced Aug. 1 for serious felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 13- to 15-year-old.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for 15 years on the following conditions: He must serve 120 days on work release with credit for 28 days served; serve 15 years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,158; attend a sex offenders' program; undergo polygraph tests; have no pornography or sexually explicit materials; have no access to the Internet; have no contact with the victim or persons younger than 18; and register as a predatory offender.

On Jan. 5, a 15-year-old girl told a mandated reporter at the Blackduck School that Andersen had had sex with her beginning when she was 14.

Trent Michael Holden, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 28 and was sentenced Aug. 1 for felony second-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine. Charges of possession of meth with the intent to distribute and possession of a police scanner in a motor vehicle were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 81 months in prison with credit for 130 days served and must pay fine and costs of $160.

At 2:20 p.m. Nov. 9, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force special agent saw Holden driving and knew his driving privileges were revoked. The agent made a traffic stop and arrested Holden on an outstanding warrant for probation violation on a felony fifth-degree possession of controlled substance conviction. At the time of his arrest on the warrant, Holden had in his possession 25.2 grams of meth with packaging and $1,985 in cash.

Action Jack Allen Simon, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 28 and was sentenced Aug. 1 for felony conspiracy to sell marijuana and felony receiving stolen property.

On the conspiracy conviction, he was sentenced to 19 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 291 days in jail with credit for 194 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,158; not transport or receive firearms or ammunition; and standard probation conditions.

On the receiving stolen property conviction, he was sentenced to 19 months in prison stayed on the same conditions as for the conspiracy conviction. He must pay fine and costs of $583 and restitution of $1,583.

Between Sept. 4 and Sept. 15, 2010, Simon stole copper tubing from a construction site and sold it to a recycling company for more than $2,400.

On Jan. 29, with two other men, he stole two Arctic Cat snowmobiles from a residence.

At 6:30 p.m. March 11, a vehicle with Simon as passenger pulled up alongside a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy at a stoplight. The deputy knew there were felony warrants out for Simon's arrest and made a traffic stop. A search of Simon turned up 37 Lunesta tablets, for which he had no prescription, and a glass pipe containing meth.

At the time of his arrest, Simon had the following prior convictions: Twice for fifth-degree controlled substance crimes in 2006 in Beltrami County; first-degree burglary in 2007 in Beltrami County; second-degree burglary in 2008 in Hubbard County; and aiding an offender to conceal evidence in 1996 in Clearwater County.

Gary Lee Johnson, 50, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty June 20 and was sentenced Aug. 1 for felony first-degree DWI with a prior felony DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

On the felony DWI conviction, he was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 224 days served and must pay fine and costs of $185.

On the false name conviction, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

At 8:53 p.m. Dec. 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Johnson driving with no license plates. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Johnson, who failed field sobriety tests and refused 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 driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety, and he had DWI convictions in 1988, 1996, 1998, 2002, and a felony first-degree DWI in 2006.

Christopher Damon Franks, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 30 and was sentenced Aug. 1 for felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

He was sentenced to 45 days in jail with credit for 12 days served; he must serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,158; and complete standard probation conditions. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

On Jan. 16, 2010, Franks sold marijuana to a woman.

Sean David English, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 1 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

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 $1,160; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 1:35 a.m. June 5, a Bemidji Police officer made a traffic stop because English was squealing tires. English failed field sobriety tests and registered .21 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest his driving privileges were valid, and he had two prior DWI convictions in 1989 and 2005.

Wesley Edward Marchant, 22, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on work release; serve three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,185; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 9:01 p.m. June 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Marchant driving a boat too fast in a no-wake, no-wash zone. The deputy stopped the boat and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Marchant, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .262 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .18 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest for boating while intoxicated, his driving privileges were valid, and he had one prior DWI in 2010.

Betsy Lorraine Maxwell, 45, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent Aug. 1 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely hydrocodone. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies stopped a car in which Maxwell was a passenger at an accident site. The deputy detected the odor of burnt marijuana. Maxwell had hydrocodone in a prescription bottle marked with another person's name. At the time of her arrest, she had convictions for fleeing a peace officer in 2002 and 2008 and third-degree DWI in 2008.

Jason Richard Hansen, 37, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Aug. 1 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine. He requested a court trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 11:45 p.m. April 29, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Hansen's residence and found meth.

Renae Lynn Kingbird, 35, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent Aug. 1 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 4 a.m. June 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy found Kingbird in the driver's seat of a car in a ditch. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol. Kingbird registered .19 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center where she registered .21 in a blood test. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid; and she had one prior DWI conviction in 2002.

Patrick John Tweet, 55, of Blackduck, pleaded innocent Aug. 1 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 6:45 P.M. June 27, a Blackduck Police officer saw Tweet driving an ATV on a trail. The officer knew Tweet's driving privileges were cancelled and made a traffic stop.

Samuel James Staples III, 26, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Aug. 1 to two felony counts of third-degree sale of a controlled substance, namely oxycodone. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.

According to the criminal complaint:

During the spring and summer of 2010 a confidential reliable informant bought oxycodone from Staples.

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