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Beltrami County Court Report for December 12

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Eric James Grewe, 29, of Park Rapids, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 and was sentenced Nov. 29 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days on work release; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $608; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing.

At 1:20 a.m. May, 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Grewe turn without signaling. He had no license. Active warrants were out for his arrest and he had an open bottle of tequila in the vehicle. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Grewe. A preliminary breath test registered .104. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His driving privileges had been suspended at the time of his arrest. He had two prior DWI convictions in 2001 and 2003.

Douglas Dean Kingbird Jr., 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 29 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 284 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 81 days in jail with credit for 54 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work of fine and costs of $583; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing and domestic abuse counseling and treatment; have no contact with the victim; undergo aftercare; taken medications as prescribed; and not possess, transport, ship or receive firearms or ammunition.

At 3:16 a.m. Aug. 17, Leech Lake Tribal Police officers responded to a domestic assault report at a residence. A woman said Kingbird had grabbed her hair and hit her head against a wall. Kingbird was hiding in an upstairs closet. He had prior convictions for fifth-degree assault in 2005, 2008 and 2009 in Beltrami County and was on probation for a fifth-degree assault conviction at the time of his arrest.

Todd William Pemberton Jr., 19, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Sept. 27 and was sentenced Oct. 18 for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm. A second charge of felony first-degree assault causing great bodily harm was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison with credit for 290 days served. He must pay fine and costs of $133, pay restitution and submit a DNA sample.

At 1:30 a.m. Jan. 2, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a victim at the Cass Lake Indian Health Service Hospital who had been stabbed twice in the chest by Pemberton after they had been in a fight. The victim had injuries to his lungs and internal organs.

Theron James Granbois, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Oct. 18 and was sentenced Nov. 29 for felony fourth-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. A second charge of felony possession of the drug Adderall was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 121 days in jail with credit for 81 days served; he must serve 15 years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,085; not use of possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample; and complete treatment and aftercare.

On Sept. 10, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at Granbois' residence and found 4.9 pounds of marijuana, $12,261 in cash, 19 Adderall capsules, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. The residence is within 300 feet of a school zone. Granbois had prior convictions for DWI in 2008 and 2010 in Beltrami County and 2006 in Itasca County and obstructing arrest and fourth-degree assault in Beltrami County.

Kenneth Lee Clark, 19, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 19 for gross misdemeanor third-degree criminal damage to property, amended from felony damage to property.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 290 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 75 days in jail; serve two years of probation; and pay or work off fine and costs of $383.

At 12:50 a.m. April 11, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a vehicle with windows broken and doors and engine cover kicked in. Clark was located wearing shoes with treads matching the kick marks and blood on his socks.

Shawn Allen Kingbird, 26, of Redby, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to felony aiding and abetting third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20. Meanwhile, he remains in custody in the Beltrami County Jail.

At 1:30 a.m. July 7, Kingbird with two other men were seen beating up a man and woman sitting on a Third Street Northwest bench. They punched and kicked the couple and knocked them to the ground. Kingbird left the scene and the two other fled when Bemidji Police officers responded. The man and woman were severely beaten. They were taken to North Country Regional Hospital where the man was placed in intensive care on a ventilator and the woman was admitted for treatment. Both had disfiguring injuries to their faces. Kingbird was arrested a few blocks away from the scene with the victims' blood on his clothing. At the time of his arrest, Kingbird was on felony probation with a no-drink order. He registered .24 on a preliminary breath test.

Robert Charles Mantia, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 30 to felony theft of more than $1,000. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

In June, the Bemidji Police Department was investigating a series of thefts totaling a value of more than $2,200 at a Bemidji business. Security camera footage showed Mantia loading stolen merchandise into a truck between April 17 and May 29.

Brandi Alexis Wade, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Dec. 6 to gross misdemeanor third-degree damage to property between $501 and $1,000 and misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for March 8.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 6, 2009, Wade and another person egged a vehicle in the Bemidji High School parking lot, causing damage to its finish.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Donald Dale Hoornstra, 58, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Sept. 20 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony possession of child pornography.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for four days served and furlough for treatment on the following conditions: He must serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $563; submit a DNA sample; have no contact with persons younger than 18; register as a predatory offender; not possess pornography or sexually explicit material; not use the Internet without approval; undergo polygraph testing; and undergo the sex offender program.

On Aug. 27, the Bemidji Police Department received a report from a Bemidji computer repair service that technicians had found child pornography on Hoornstra's computer while they were working on it. The court issued a search warrant. Officers discovered the child pornography Aug. 28.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Rena Elaine Lucas, 52, of Kelliher, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Dec. 6 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $858; 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 11 p.m. July 28, a Blackduck Police officer and Minnesota State Patrol trooper found her parked in Blackduck with the vehicle engine running. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for a urine test, which registered .23. Her driving privileges were valid at the time of her arrest and she had no prior DWI convictions.

John Edward Needham, 50, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 and was sentenced Dec. 6 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 with credit for four days served; serve four years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $110; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and complete DWI program.

At 4:46 p.m. Oct. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle speeding at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone and crossing center and fog lines. The deputy made a traffic stop. There was a 3-year-old in the passenger seat. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Needham, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .16 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .19 on the Intoxilyzer. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest. He had three prior DWI convictions in 200, 2003 and 2005.

Matthew Ryan Olsen, age unavailable, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Dec. 6 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for March 8.

According to the criminal complaint: At 2:10 a.m. Oct. 17, he left a Bemidji bar in an intoxicated state. The bartender tried unsuccessfully to prevent him from driving. A Bemidji Police officer saw the described vehicle with Olsen walking around it. Olsen said he had to stop and shouldn't have tried to drive. Olsen was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .24 on the Intoxilyzer. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest, and he had no prior DWI convictions.

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