Beltrami County court report for Feb. 22, 2009
Beltrami County court report for Feb. 22, 2009:
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
John Allen Stacy, 24, of Landsford, N.D., pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
He must serve 26 days in jail with credit for time served with work release, if eligible; pay a fine of $833; follow all instructions of probation; submit a DNA sample; remain law-abiding; not have any misdemeanor moving violations; sign all releases of information and follow all recommendations from doctors.
At 12:35 p.m. Aug. 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy saw a motorcycle traveling east at 92 mph on County Road 8 between Sunnyside Road and Frohn Road. The deputy activated emergency lights and siren. The deputy was able to get close to the motorcycle and the driver turned back, looked at the squad car and accelerated. The deputy was joined in pursuit by two Leech Lake Tribal Police units. Immediately after Stacy observed the three units chasing him, he turned the motorcycle into a parking lot in Cass County. The driver surrendered and was identified as Stacy. He said he fled because he was scared.
Michael Wayne Jones, 31, of Redby, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor fourthdegree DWI. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and four years of supervised probation.
He must serve 40 days in jail with credit for time served; pay a fine of $1,366 with sentence to serve granted for $1,150 of the fine; follow all instructions of probation; submit a DNA sample; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter any bar or liquor store; submit to random testing; complete alcohol assessment and follow all recommendations; not drive without a insurance; not have any driver's license violations; remain law abiding and attend the ASPEN program.
On Dec. 19, the Beltrami County Sheriff 's Office responded to a call from the Red Lake Police regarding an individual fleeing from the officers in a motor vehicle. The driver of the vehicle had nearly run other vehicles off the road and was driving without headlights while crossing into Beltrami County. A deputy observed the vehicle traveling southbound on County Road 23. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle slowed down and stopped near Three Island Road. The deputy approached the vehicle on foot, and the driver sped away southbound at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph. Another deputy encountered the vehicle near the intersection of County Road 21 and County Road 20. The vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, causing the deputy to take evasive actions to avoid striking the vehicle. The vehicle was now traveling very slowly on the shoulder of the road. Despite lights and siren, the driver refused to stop. The vehicle then passed the deputy and accelerated to speeds in excess of 80 mph. The driver continued to slow down and came to almost a complete stop and then accelerate rapidly. Officers from the Bemidji Police Department deployed "spike strips." The vehicle crossed over the strips, which punctured the two left tires. The vehicle continued traveling south on County Road 21 and stopped just inside the Bemidji city limits. The driver was identified as Jones; the odor alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech were observed. He was arrested and transported to the jail. He attempted to provide samples for a preliminary breath test and registered in excess of .20. He was asked to submit to a urine sample. His driving privileges are currently revoked.
Anthony Wayne Quaderer, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony fifthdegree possession of crack cocaine. He received a stay of adjudication of five years and five years of supervised probation.
He must serve 18 days in jail with credit for time served; pay a fine of $1,580; follow all instructions of probation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not have any alcohol or controlled substance at his place of residence; submit to random testing and searches and remain law abiding.
At 12:50 a.m. Feb. 1, the Beltrami County Sheriff 's Office received a report from a concerned citizen who said a young man had knocked on the door and made requests of the homeowner. The caller said the man was intoxicated, and that he entered a vehicle and drove away. The caller provided a license plate and description of the vehicle. A deputy was en route to the scene when he observed a vehicle matching the description turn north on U.S. Highway 71. The vehicle was being driven erratically. The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Quaderer. Quaderer failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. The deputy seized a pipe commonly use to ingest drugs from his person. Quaderer said the pipe would contain crack cocaine. He registered a blood-alcohol content of .16 at the Beltrami County Jail.
On a separate charge, he pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 319 days are stayed for two years.
He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for time served; pay a fine of $180 with sentence to serve granted for $100 of the fine; follow all instructions of probation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not have any alcohol or controlled substances at place of residence; submit to random testing and searches and remain law abiding.
At 12:15 p.m. May 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's investigator conducted a traffic violation stop. Quaderer, a passenger in the vehicle, gave the investigator a false name.
Kurt David Echols, 56, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.
He must serve 15 days in jail with furlough to participate in outpatient treatment; pay a fine of $83; follow all instructions of probation; complete 300 hours of community service; complete outpatient treatment and aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample and remain law abiding.
On Sept. 1, 2006, members of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met with a confidential reliable informant who said Echols was selling marijuana from his residence on the 1200 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest. The CRI received $120 from the task force federal buy fund and purchased marijuana from Echols for $110 that evening and received $10 in change.
Kimberly Ann Morey, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. A separate charge of felony fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance was dismissed. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation.
She must serve 159 days in jail with credit for time served and furlough to participate in outpatient treatment; pay a fine of $1,083 with sentence to serve granted for $1,000 of fine; follow all instructions of probation; complete treatment and aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and searches; complete cognitive skills training; submit a DNA sample; remain law-abiding, obtain and maintain employment.
A Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy parked next to Morris at a local business observed her sitting in vehicle and transferring pills or a controlled substance from a large plastic container to a light green package that she folded into a square bindle. Morris rolled a large bag and put it into her bra and exited the vehicle. The deputy stopped her and asked her what she placed in her bra. The subsequent search of the vehicle yielded a $20 bill with one blue Adderall inside of it, three OxyContin tablets, 100 grams of marijuana, three digital scales, a drug ledger and 29 Adderall pills. She was convicted of fifth-degree possession of controlled substances in Ramsey County in 2008.
Ira James Lussier, 19, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 17 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name or name of another person. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 341 days are stayed for two years and placed on probation to the court for two years.
He must serve 14 days and was given credit for time served; pay a fine of $383; granted community service to pay the fine and remain law abiding.
On July 20, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy initiated a traffic stop for equipment failure. The deputy approached the vehicle and the driver indicated that he did not have any identification with him and did not possess a driver's license. The driver verbally identified himself as another person and also gave a birth date, height and weight. The deputy checked on the name, the person was found to have a valid license; however, the height and weight were not correct. The deputy asked the driver what his name was again, and the driver stated the same information. The deputy asked a female passenger to exit the vehicle. The female identified the driver as Lussier. Another female passenger stated that Lussier did not provide his real name because he did not want to be cited for a driving offense. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.
George Edwin Mitchell Jr., 20, of Boy Lake, pleaded innocent Feb. 17 to felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer. His next court date will be April 7.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1:31 a.m. Nov. 13, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to a possible gang-related fight involving weapons in the parking lot an apartment complex in the 600 block of 26th Street Northwest. Officers arrived at the apartment and found three male individuals yelling and hollering about beating some guy up that had come into their apartment and began trashing it. They identified the person as Mitchell. The weapons that were reported were found to be chair legs from broken furniture in the apartment. Mitchell had been given a warning twice that night to quiet down and sleep it off or he would be at risk for arrest. One of the warnings came five minutes before this response. Officers found Mitchell half a block away from the apartment building. Mitchell was arrested for minor consumption and placed in the patrol car. Mitchell became belligerent and violent in the police car. Mitchell threatened that if the officer did not pull over and take the handcuffs off, he would kill him. He continued to threaten the officer and then began yelling racial slurs. When this had no effect, he started spitting at the officer through the security screen. The officer warned him repeatedly to stop and he continued to spit. Mitchell continued to spit between the top of the cage and the roof of the car. The officer stopped at 15th Street and Irvine Avenue Northwest. At that point, Mitchell slid forward and pinched his nose in the crack at the top of the cage. Mitchell stopped spitting and resumed verbal threats until he was released to Beltrami County Jail staff. The officer observed the odors of alcohol burnt marijuana. A preliminary breath alcohol concentration test registered .151.
In a separate charge, Mitchell pleaded innocent Feb. 17 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be April 7.
According to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 7, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle from a residence on the 900 block of America Avenue Northwest. A description of the vehicle was provided. The male individual told the officer that he had been delivering pizzas and left his vehicle running with the keys in the ignition. He stated that he realized he was at the wrong address. He went back to his car and saw it being driven off north on America Avenue. Officers were informed that a female at the residence had been with the male individual who took the vehicle. She gave a description of the male who stole the vehicle.
Becky Lynn Stough, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony check forgery and felony financial transaction card fraud.
For the first charge, she was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and received a stay of five years and five years of supervised probation. On the second charge, she was sentenced to 15 months in prison, which was stayed for five years and five years of supervised probation.
She must serve 89 days in jail with credit time served; pay a fine of $1,333, restitution reserved; sentence to serve for $1,250 of fine; follow all instructions of probation; submit a DNA sample; pay restitution; complete alcohol assessment and follow recommendations; not have any contact with the victim; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding; complete cognitive skills training; follow and attend all doctor's recommendations and mental health recommendations.
Stough stole a credit card and two check blanks that belonged to a disabled man. She forged the man's signature on two checks for $25 each at a business in Bemidji. She used the credit card July 4 at a Bemidji business and incurred charges of $75.
The thefts were reported Aug. 9 to the Beltrami County Sheriff 's Office.
Melvin Eugene Smith, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 13 and was sentenced Feb. 17 for felony predatory offender knowingly violating registration requirements. A misdemeanor charge for theft of property was dismissed. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.
He was given credit for 96 days served; ordered to pay a fine of $125 and submit a DNA sample.
On Nov. 13, a Bemidji Police officer was contacted by UPS. UPS had attempted to deliver a package to a residence on the 400 block of 26th Street Northwest. The driver left the package with a neighbor, identified as Smith. The neighbor contacted UPS when the package had not been received. UPS said the package had been left with Smith. The neighbor discovered the opened box addressed to him in the dumpster outside the residence. He called the police. An officer went to Smith's residence and spoke with him; he said he signed for the package and opened it. Smith turned over the items that had been contained in the package. The officer began to prepare a citation and discovered that Smith was under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. He is required to register as a predatory offender as a result of previous convictions or adjudications for child molestation. Smith is aware of the requirement to register, as he has been previously convicted of failure to register as a predatory offender in 2006. Moreover, Smith is aware of the requirement that he register weekly with law enforcement if he does not have a primary residence. The officer also learned that the owner of the residence had been letting Smith stay with him for the past two weeks. There are three minor children living at the residence currently, and Smith is prohibited from contact with minor children. Smith was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.
Scott Lee Fairbanks, 32, of Deer River, Minn. pleaded innocent Feb. 17 to felony theft of property. His next court date will be April 7.
According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 21, the manager of a store in the Paul Bunyan Mall called the Bemidji Police Department regarding a theft. He stated that he had just observed two individuals take a large yellow pin-ball type gum ball machine from the hallway, in the mall, and load it into the back of an SUV. He observed the vehicle traveling west towards another store. Officers located a vehicle matching the description in the parking lot of a store. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female party. The gum ball machine was also found in the vehicle. The individuals stated that they knew nothing about the gum ball machine. A female and male approached the vehicle and identified themselves. The male identified himself as Fairbanks. Fairbanks said he and the other male had taken the gum-ball machine from the mall. The other individual said he was with Fairbanks when they took the machine. They said it was a prank and they intended to drop it off at another location. The manager identified the individuals. The value of the machine was $3,500.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:
Justin Ray Lewis, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 9 to felony seconddegree burglary. His next court date will be March 10.
According to the criminal complaint, at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 26, law enforcement was dispatched for a burglary alarm at The Other Place in Turtle River. The alarm appeared to have been tripped by the front door and there were several other trips of motion sensors in the bar. The female lookout identified three males as the suspects in the burglary, one of them being Lewis. The female stated that they decided to rob the place because they were all broke.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Gordon Eugene Mondt, 57, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 18 and was sentenced Feb. 10 for felony first-degree DWI. He was sentenced to 54 months in prison to be served concurrently with a separate case.
He was given credit for 193 days served, and conditional release after confinement has been set at five years. He must pay a fine of $133.
At 11:30 p.m. Aug. 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy observed a vehicle make a right turn from U.S. Highway 71 onto Anne Street Northwest. The deputy observed the vehicle travel east on Anne Street and cross over the fog line two or three times. The vehicle turned into the rightturn lane for Pine Ridge Avenue Northwest, and as it turned, it traveled into the opposite lane. The vehicle then came almost to a complete stop and turned sharply right into the southbound lane. The deputy stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Mondt. Mondt said he did not have a driver's license, and he did not have insurance on the vehicle as he had purchased it approximately five days earlier.
The deputy observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot and watery eyes, extremely slurred speech and poor balance. Mondt failed the field sobriety test and registered .209 blood-alcohol content in the field. A check of the vehicle showed a bottle of vodka with a small amount of liquid in it. Mondt registered .23 blood alcohol content at the Beltrami County Jail. Mondt's driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety. He has six prior convictions for DUI.
On a separate charge, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 12 for gross misdemeanor check forgery. He was sentenced to one year in jail.
He must serve 365 days in jail, pay a fine of $130 and pay restitution.
On April 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy met with a female individual who informed him that Mondt had forged her name and cashed four checks that an insurance company sent her, while she was away. Mondt had access to the female's residence from Oct. 1, 2007, to Feb. 1, 2008. The investigation revealed that Mondt appropriated a check in October 2007 for the amount of $84, forged her signature and cashed the check at a local bar. Mondt repeated the behavior with similar checks provided to the female in the amount of $84, in November, December and January. He obtained $336 in cash from the forged checks.
Sandra Renee Thompson, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 10 for felony fifthdegree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be April 27.
On Sept. 18, 2007, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies were called to the scene of a stranded motorist at the intersection of Birchmont Beach Road Northeast and Beltrami County Road 19. The deputy assisted the two females in the vehicle, one of whom was identified as Thompson. The deputy was advised that Thompson had an outstanding warrant. She was arrested and in a search incident to the arrest, deputies seized drug paraphernalia and Oxycontin pills, a schedule II controlled substance, from the interior of the car, where both Thompson and the other female had access.
Randee Marie Sundvall, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 9 to felony fifthdegree possession of methamphetamine. Her next court date will be March 10.
According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 10, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies conducted a search of a residence on the 4900 block of Balsam Road Northwest, authorized the Beltrami County District Court after sheriff 's deputies presented a search warrant application seeking items associated with an assault and kidnapping. A child answered the door and allowed the deputies into the house. The deputies found no one in the kitchen, living room or hallway. Deputies found a female in the first bedroom and a second female, identified as Sundvall was found lying in bed in the master bedroom. She had an outstanding warrant for a prior offense. Deputies discovered two micro baggies containing what appeared to be meth on the kitchen counter, within easy reach of the child. It field tested positive for meth. The deputies located a male individual outside the residence. He was subsequently arrested and transported with Sundvall to the Beltrami County Jail. The other female said she had observed the male and Sundvall consuming meth in the kitchen area prior to the arrival of the deputies. A subsequent search of the residence revealed the presence of scores power tools that matched the description of tools stolen from work sites and residences in the Bemidji area. Sundvall has a prior conviction for second degree possession of meth.