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Beltrami County Court Report for July 24
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Casey Miller Olson, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 18 to felony ineligible person in possession of a firearm and felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 6.

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According to the criminal complaint:

On March 24, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a report of second-degree assault with a firearm at a Bemidji residence. A .38 caliber pistol and meth were seized. At the time of his arrest, Olson had prior convictions for third- and fourth-degree burglary in 2003 and first-degree burglary in 2006, and was on supervised probation until May 11 on conviction for motor vehicle theft.

Alan James Isham, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 18 to felony motor vehicle theft, felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to test. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 12:15 a.m. June 1, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of an assault. The caller said he was driving with Isham as a passenger in his car and that Isham had assaulted the driver and stolen the car. The officer saw Isham driving on the wrong side of the road and attempted a traffic stop. A chase ensued to the end of a dead-end road when Isham fled on foot, fell in a channel of water and swam across. Isham was eventually stopped by a backup officer, who detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on the suspect, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .285 in a preliminary breath test. Isham was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused breath and urine tests.

Corey Allen Wuori, 30, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent July 18 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methadone. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Oct. 18.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Oct. 1, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agent obtained a search warrant for Wuori's residence. The search turned up methadone, for which Wuori had no prescription. At the time of his arrest, Wuori had convictions for obstructing arrest in 2003; felony theft in 2003 and 2007; misdemeanor theft in 2005; fifth-degree possession of controlled substance in 2006; felony receiving stolen property in 2007 and 2008; and gross misdemeanor domestic assault in 2009.

Jacklyn Cheyenne Coyle, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 18 to felony aiding an offender by obstructing an investigation. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 7:40 p.m. May 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Leech Lake Tribal Police officers responded to a 911 call about a burglary. The caller said a man entered the house, knocked down an 86-year-old woman who had an amputated leg, and stole two TVs. Coyle drove the burglar away in her car.

Neil Curtis Cutbank, 33, of Pennington, pleaded guilty July 18 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, amended from felony third-degree possession of meth. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 22.

At 6:45 p.m. April 29, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a person driving with expired registration. The deputy made a traffic stop and saw that the passenger, Cutbank, had a pair of illegal brass knuckles attached to his key ring. The deputy had Cutbank exit the vehicle and patted him down. The deputy found baggies with 4.8 grams of meth on Cutbank.

Theresa Alice Spike, 38, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. A second charge of misdemeanor theft of moveable property valued at $500 or less was dismissed.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve 15 days in jail with credit for eight days served; serve two years of probation; and pay fine and costs of $460.

At 7:23 p.m. July 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a motor vehicle theft report. The owner gave a description of the vehicle. The deputy made a traffic stop and Spike gave a false name. At the time of her arrest, there were three outstanding warrant against her from Dakota County for felony controlled substance crime, Pennington County for receiving stolen property and Hubbard County for a traffic violation.

Peggy Jo Sand, 43, of Wilton, pleaded guilty June 6 and was sentenced July 18 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and gross misdemeanor contributing to the need for child protection or services.

On the controlled substance conviction, she was sentenced to 13 months in prison, stayed for five years on the following conditions: She must serve 180 days in jail with credit for 80 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160; and complete standard probation conditions.

On the gross misdemeanor conviction, she was sentenced to one year in jail with 185 days stayed for two years on the on the same conditions as the felony sentence, plus she must serve two years of supervised probation and pay or work off fine and costs of $500.

At 11:45 p.m. April 29, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officers executed a search warrant at a Wilton home where they found methamphetamine and items indicating drug sales. There were two children in the home. Sand and two others were arrested and arrangements were made for the care of the children. At the time of her arrest, Sand had prior convictions for possession of meth and felony theft in Beltrami County in 2008.

Russina Jean Cree, 30, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 for gross misdemeanor financial transaction fraud.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 20 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $460; and pat restitution of $162.

At 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, a woman reported the theft or loss of a credit card. Cree used the card without permission to make purchases.

John Herman Klasen IV, 34, of Wilton, pleaded guilty June 6 and was sentenced July 18 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and gross misdemeanor contributing to the need for child protection or services.

On the controlled substance conviction, he was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 180 days in jail with credit for 80 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,160; and complete standard probation conditions.

On the gross misdemeanor conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail with 185 days stayed for two years on the same conditions as the felony sentence, plus he must serve two years of supervised probation and pay or work off fine and costs of $500.

At 11:45 p.m. April 29, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officers executed a search warrant at a Wilton home following a report that Klasen sold meth from the residence. Klasen was not present, but deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers made a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Klasen was a passenger. At the time of his arrest, Klasen had prior convictions for felony receiving stolen property in 2006 and felony possession of meth in 2009, both in Beltrami County.

Christopher John Clark, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor under 21 consumption of alcohol.

On the gross misdemeanor conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail with 340 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 25 days in jail with credit for 17 days served; serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $385; and complete standard probation conditions.

On the misdemeanor conviction, he was sentenced to 25 days in jail and the same conditions as the gross misdemeanor sentence, and a fine of $50.

At 2:30 a.m. July 2, a Bemidji Police officer investigating a report of someone threatening people with a knife confronted Clark, who gave a false name to avoid arrest on an outstanding warrant from Hennepin County. At the time of his arrest, he had prior convictions for possession of marijuana in 2011 in Beltrami County and was on probation with no-drink and no-drugs conditions.

Patrick Ray Tahahwah, 29, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 for gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud.

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 with credit for 12 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $658; and pay restitution.

At 2:30 p.m. Sept. 5, a woman reported that her purse, with a credit card, had been stolen and the card used for purchases at area businesses.

Kelly Aaron Kirk, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 16 and was sentenced July 18 for four counts of felony possession of child pornography, amended from one count of felony child pornography.

He was sentenced on Count 1 to 15 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 120 days on work release with credit for two days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $460; submit a DNA sample; attend sex offender program and register as a predatory offender; undergo polygraph testing; not use the Internet, pornography or sexually explicit material; and have no unsupervised contact with minors. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Count 2, 25 months in prison on Count 3 and 30 months in prison on Count 4, all with the same conditions.

In July 2010, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Bemidji Police officers became aware that Kirk's residence was being used to access and distribute child pornography via the Internet. The law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant, and on Sept. 9 seized Kirk's computer. In March 2011, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that the hard drive on Kirk's computer had photos of 24 different young children engaged in sex acts.

Ronald Eugene Price, 36, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to test.

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 one day served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,085; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 12:14 a.m. May 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Price driving erratically, straddling the fog line and center line. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Price, who refused field sobriety tests. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused the Intoxilyzer test. At the time of his arrest, his license was revoked as a habitual offender in Montana, and he had two prior convictions for bail jumping in 2000 and making a false statement to a public servant in 2008.

Mark Matthew Bauer, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 18 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 30 days on work release with credit for three days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $685; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 2 a.m. May 21, a Bemidji Police officer saw Bauer driving without headlights. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol on Bauer, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .169 in 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 valid, and he had one prior DWI conviction in 2010 in Beltrami County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Brian John Williams, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 15 to gross misdemeanor domestic assault, amended from felony domestic assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

At 10:55 p.m. May 4, a woman called 911 to report that Williams had gouged her. Williams had run off into the woods, but was later located. The Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy making the arrest detected the odor of alcohol and slurred speech on Williams. At the time of his arrest, Williams had prior convictions for fifth-degree assault, harassing phone calls, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, third-degree DWI and fleeing a peace officer on foot, and was on probation for a March 1 conviction for obstruction the legal process with force.

Calvin Leon Spears, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 15 to serious felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 20. Meanwhile, he remains in the Beltrami County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 22, a 20-year-old woman entered the Law Enforcement Center and reported to a Bemidji Police officer that Spears had sexually assaulted her, penetrating her vaginally. She was bruised from trying to fight Spears off. She was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for a rape exam. At the time of his arrest, Spears had a conviction for indecent exposure in 2006 in Mahnomen County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melby:

Corinne Mary May, 33, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty July 7 and was sentenced July 12 for gross misdemeanor aiding attempted theft, amended from attempted felony theft.

She was sentenced to pay fine and costs of $575 and have no contact with her victims. Successful completion of probation will result in dismissal.

On Jan. 3, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a local business on a shoplifting report. May and another woman had loaded shopping carts with $1,104 worth of merchandise and attempted to steal it.

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