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Beltrami County Court Report for February 20

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Justin David Wellcome, 29, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, refusal to submit to chemical testing.

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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; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; not drive without insurance; have no driver's license violations; and undergo random testing.

At 2:15 a.m. Dec. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol found a pickup stuck in a ditch with the engine running and Wellcome asleep or unconscious in the driver's seat. The deputy detected bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol on Wellcome, who registered .233 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing.

At the time of his arrest, Wellcome's driving privileges were valid and he had no prior alcohol-related convictions.

Allen Scott Sargeant, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 345 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 20 days in jail with a furlough for treatment; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo counseling; complete treatment; and undergo random testing.

At 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3, a Bemidji Police officer saw Sargeant driving and having difficulty controlling his vehicle. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Sargeant.

Sargeant failed field sobriety tests and registered .20 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .20.

His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest, and he had no prior alcohol-related convictions. He was on supervised probation for a conviction for second-degree controlled substance crime in 2005 in Beltrami County.

Chris Allen Sours, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 7 to felony domestic assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:42 a.m. Jan. 18, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report that a woman had been punched in the head and arm by Sours. Sours has prior convictions for misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996, 1997 and 2001 in Michigan; domestic battery in 2001 in Florida; and second-degree child abuse, which resulted in the death of the child in 2006 in Michigan.

Ronald Reuben Dallmann, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to felony first-degree DWI with three or more convictions within 10 years. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

At 4:38 p.m. Dec. 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Dallmann rear-end another car at a stop light. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol on Dallmann, who registered .156 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test.

At the time of his arrest, he had seven prior DWI convictions, including a felony conviction.

Brooke Lee Defoe, 39, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 15 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor theft.

She was sentenced to one year in jail on the false name conviction with 350 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: She must serve 15 days in jail; serve one year of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $335; make restitution; and have no contact with the victim.

On the misdemeanor conviction, she must serve 90 days in jail with 75 days stayed on the following conditions: She must serve 15 days in jail; serve one year of probation; and pay or work off a fine of $100.

At 7:13 p.m. Feb. 12, she was arrested for shoplifting items from a Bemidji retail store and gave a Bemidji Police officer a false name.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Michael Lee Konrad, 41, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI and misdemeanor damage to property, amended from first-degree property damage. A third charge of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer was dismissed.

On the DWI conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail with 100 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 265 days in jail with credit for 177 days served; pay fine and costs of $525; serve two years of supervised probation; undergo chemical dependency assessment; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; and undergo random testing.

On the misdemeanor property damage conviction, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and must pay fine and costs of $158 and make restitution of $445.

At 10:25 p.m. Aug. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a van crashed in a swamp. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Konrad, who registered .24 on a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and taken to North Country Regional Hospital. On the way, he became belligerent, tried to fight with the deputy and damaged the squad car.

Darrell Gene Partridge, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 11 to felony assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm and felony aiding and abetting third-degree assault. His sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

At 8 a.m. Aug. 28, a stabbing victim at North Country Regional Hospital reported that Partridge had slashed him in the face with a knife.

In an unrelated case, at 5 p.m. Jan. 26, a man reported he had been punched, beaten, pushed to the ground and kicked by Partridge and others. His blood was on Partridge's shirt.

Bobby Joe Houle, 30, of Devils Lake, N.D., pleaded guilty Jan. 10 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony domestic assault.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison with the sentenced stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 76 days in jail with credit for 51 days served; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,158; serve five years of supervised probation; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; undergo anger management; submit DNA sample and have no contact with victims.

At 1 a.m. Aug. 6, he punched and choked a woman. She screamed for help and Houle ran off into the woods. He has prior convictions for motor vehicle theft in 1998 in North Dakota; domestic assault in 2002 in Anoka County; felony theft in 2004 in North Dakota; and two counts of domestic assault in 2008 in North Dakota.

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