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Beltrami County Court Report for February 27

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Jeffrey Fritz Carlbom, 28, of Isanti, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property, amended from felony receiving stolen property.

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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; pay or work off $658 fine and costs; serve two years of probation; and have no contact with the victims.

At noon Aug. 10, 2009, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of stolen fishing tackle - 15 rods and reels and tackle boxes - from Waskish Township. Carlbom was among those involved in the thefts.

Terry Wayne Lussier, 48, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. A second charge of driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety was dismissed.

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; pay or work off fine and costs of $860; serve four years of supervised probation; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and join Alcoholics Anonymous.

At 6:44 p.m. Oct. 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of an erratic driver. The deputy saw Lussier driving 35 mph in a 55 mph zone in the opposite lane and crossing the center line. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Lussier, who refused field sobriety tests. He registered .254 on a preliminary breath test. A blood test registered .29. His driving privileges had been cancelled in 2000 as inimical to public safety. He had six prior DWI convictions between 1985 and 2000.

Ivan William Loeffler, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal of chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for four days served; pay fine and costs of $610; serve four years of probation; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; enter interlock program; and undergo aftercare.

At 4:16 p.m. Nov. 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of someone driving erratically. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Loeffler, who failed field sobriety tests. He refused testing. His driver's license was valid at the time of his arrest. He had six prior DWI convictions from 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990 and 2007.

Kenneth Colter Christian-Luzius, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 22 to felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 3.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to an after-prom part complaint. Christian-Luzius is accused of punching a man in the face, breaking his tooth.

Theran Robert Stai, 43, of Bemidji, was found guilty by a jury Feb. 16 for felony second-degree terroristic threats, amended from felony second-degree assault with a knife. His sentencing is scheduled for March14.

At 9:30 a.m. Oct. 6, Bemidji Police officer responded to a report that Stai was threatening to kill a woman by stabbing her with a knife.

John Michael Hilton, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 22 to felony third-degree burglary. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 3.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 11 p.m. Jan. 19, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol saw a door smashed in at a Bemidji convenience store. The burglar alarm was sounding and a man was running away through the snow. The burglar had stolen three cartons of cigarettes.

Robin Lee Lussier, 21, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to felony second-degree assault, amended from felony first-degree aggravated robbery. His sentencing is scheduled for March 22.

At 11:24 p.m. Feb. 18, 2010, Leech Lake Tribal Police officers responded to robbery reports at two residences. At the second home, a man and woman were beaten during the robbery and were bleeding from their faces and heads from pistol-whipping. Lussier has a prior conviction for felony terroristic threats in August 2009 in Redwood County and was on probation for that crime.

John Oliver MacDonald, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to fifth-degree controlled substance crime. His sentencing is scheduled for April 4.

At 9:15 a.m. Feb. 3, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at MacDonald's home. The woman who said she would bring MacDonald to the door was away for an extended period, so the agents entered and found MacDonald trying to destroy marijuana plants using a charcoal smoker doused with gasoline in the bathtub. He has prior convictions for growing marijuana and fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Andrew Lee Floyd, 20, of Menahga, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWU 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 with credit for one day served; pay or work off fine and costs of $935; serve three years of probation; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use alcohol until he is 21; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing.

At 3:17 a.m. Oct. 15, a Bemidji Police officer saw a driver speeding at 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Floyd, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .19 on a preliminary breath test. At North Country Regional Hospital he registered .20 on a blood test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid and he had no prior DWI convictions.

Terry Lee Hower, 56, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 15 for felony first-degree DWI refusal of chemical testing. A second gross misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 10 days served and must pay fine and costs of $160.

At 5:14 p.m. Nov. 1, a Blackduck Police officer responded to a request to remove Hower from a residence. Hower left the home on a three-wheeler, but returned and was arrested for DWI. He was belligerent and fought with the officer, punching the officer in the stomach. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety at the time of his arrest. He had 12 prior DWI convictions from 1973, 1977, 1983, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1998, two in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

Todd Michael Cope, 34, of Hines, pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and first-degree DWI refusal of chemical testing. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28.

At 1:05 a.m. Dec. 5, Cope ran a stop sign in Blackduck and was signaled to stop by a Blackduck Police officer. Cope fled in his vehicle at up to 100 mph in a 55 mph zone. After about five miles he lost control of the vehicle and was arrested. He was belligerent and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused further testing. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety at the time of his arrest. He had prior convictions for DWI from 2000, 2003 and 2008, gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation in 1995, third-degree burglary, fifth-degree controlled substance crime, check forgery, violation of a protection order, obstruction of the legal process, fifth-degree assault and giving a peace officer false information.

Troy Maurice Roy, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan 10 for felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor assault, amended from felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 267 days in jail with credit for 178 days served; pay fine and costs of $1,075; pay restitution; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit DNA sample; have not contact with victims; and undergo aftercare.

On the misdemeanor conviction, he must serve 90 days in jail.

At 2:21 p.m. July 2, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to an assault report. A woman was able to leave the home with a child, whom she strapped into a car seat. As she drove away, Roy smashed her windshield with a rock, spraying the child with glass.

Kristin Paige Steve, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to felony theft of items valued at more than $1,000. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 28.

On Dec. 28, she stole jewelry and electronic equipment valued at $3,945 from a residence.

Kristen Rose Hegstrom, 24, of Redby, pleaded innocent Feb. 14 to gross misdemeanor theft of items valued at more than $500. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for April 5.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 6 p.m. Dec. 11, she and another woman shoplifted more than $600 worth of merchandise from a Bemidji business.

Joshua David Tollefson, 27, of Leonard, pleaded innocent Feb. 14 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for April 5.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 12:40 a.m., Nov. 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle with a noisy muffler. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Tollefson, who failed field sobriety tests. He registered .16 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were revoked. He had prior DWI convictions in 2004 and 2010 and fifth-degree controlled substance crime in Clearwater County.

Miskwasin Spears, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 15 for obstruction of the legal process with force, violence or threat.

Spears 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; serve two years of probation; and pay or work off fine and costs of $908.

At 2:50 a.m. May 1, Bemidji Police officers responded to a party complaint. Officers told everyone to leave. Spears took an officer's arm and tried to resist. Spears was drunk. He has a prior conviction for felony controlled substance crime and was on pretrial release with a no-drink order pending prosecution for a DWI charge in Mahnomen County.

Joshua Myron Seelye, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of an order for protection within 10 years of a previous conviction.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $583; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use controlled substances; undergo random testing; and undergo counseling.

At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 18, he made three calls in half an hour to a woman who had obtained an order for protection against him. He has a prior conviction for domestic assault in 2008 in Beltrami County.

Frank Wayne White, 35, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of a protection order within 10 years of a previous conviction.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for four days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $660; 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 8:50 p.m. Jan. 29, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol saw White driving with one headlight missing. The officer made a traffic stop. White's driving privileges had been suspended. The woman in the vehicle had a protection order out against White. He had convictions for misdemeanor domestic assault in 2003 and disorderly conduct in 2010.

Eugene Tyler Stangel, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of a no-contact order.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 320 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 35 days in jail with credit for 30 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $660; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; and undergo counseling.

On Dec. 13, he was sentenced for misdemeanor assault with no-contact with the victim a condition of probation.

On Jan. 12, the Bemidji Police Department responded to the 1000 block of Birchmont Drive Northeast on a report of a domestic altercation. Stengel was discovered hiding from law enforcement in the attic of the residence. He was arrested for violating a domestic abuse and no-contact order.

Nicholas Olin Hudson, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 14 to two counts of gross misdemeanor providing alcohol to people younger than 21.

He was sentenced on the first count to one year in jail with 359 days stayed on the following conditions: He must serve six days in jail with credit for six days served; serve two years of probation; and pay or work off fine and costs of $660.

On the second count, he was fined $500 with the conditions of probation the same as for the first count.

At 3:21 p.m. Dec. 29, Bemidji Police officers saw a vehicle running without headlights. The female driver, who was 18 years old, crashed into the squad car. She registered .124 blood-alcohol content. An 18-year-old man was also in the car and registered .157. Hudson had supplied the two with alcohol.

Eli Benaise, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 3 and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 319 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 46 days in jail with credit for 31 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $660; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and have no contact with the victim.

On Dec. 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a domestic assault report. Benaise had assaulted a woman, putting her in a choke hold and cutting the phone cord when she tried to make an emergency call.

Shirley Lynn Hoff, 43, of Crookston, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 90 days in jail with credit for 12 days served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $993; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing and electronic home monitoring.

At 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009, a Bemidji Police officer stopped Hoff for driving with no headlights. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Hoff, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .14 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where she registered .20 in a blood test. She had no license or insurance. Her driving privileges had been cancelled as inimical to public safety. She had two prior DWI convictions in 2007 and 2008 and was on probation with a no-drink order.

Jason William Kelly, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 14 for gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process by force, violence or threat.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 363 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two days in jail with credit for two days served; serve two years of probation; and pay fine and costs of $585.

At 12:07 a.m. Feb. 3, Kelly was acting belligerent at a Bemidji bar. The bartender called Bemidji Police officers to remove him. He fought with officers and had to be physically dragged to the squad car.

Tanya Jo Olson, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 for felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more similar convictions. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 7.

At 2:45 a.m. Dec. 7, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a car in a ditch that had been driven by Olson. She was on probation for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI in 2008 in Beltrami County 2009 in Itasca County. She refused field sobriety tests and preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered .337 in an Intoxilyzer test. Her driving privileges were cancelled at the time of her arrest as inimical to public safety. She had prior DWI convictions in 2007 and 2008 in Beltrami County and 2009 in Itasca County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Charles Everett Goodwin, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced Feb. 16 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of a no-contact order within 10 years of a previous conviction.

On May 14, he beat up a woman.

He was sentenced on the domestic assault conviction to one year in prison with credit for 125 days served and must pay fine and costs of $158.

On the no-contact violation conviction, he was sentenced to one year in prison concurrent with the previous sentence and must pay fine and costs of $83.

He violated a non-contact with the woman he beat up May 14.

He pleaded guilty Feb. 7 and was sentenced Feb. 11 for two counts of gross misdemeanor domestic assault and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of a no-contact order within three years of a previous conviction.

He was sentenced on the violation of a no-contact order to one year in prison and $158 in fine and costs.

On June 16, he was on pretrial release in relation to the May 14 charge. He went to the woman's home, threw her around and knocked her to the floor.

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