Beltrami County Court Report for March 20
In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge Paul Benshoof:
Anton Peter Beaulieu Jr., 27, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent March 14 to felony violation of compact for adult offender supervision. A jury trial is scheduled for May 3.
In 2009, Beaulieu was convicted of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison. The sentence was stayed for 15 years and he was placed on supervised probation. Upon his request, supervision of his provision was in Maryland. He lived in the Baltimore area.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaulieu absconded from probationary supervision and went to Minnesota. A warrant was issued for his arrest in November. He was arrested on the warrant in January in Beltrami County.
Stafford Nelson Hawk, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 14 to felony third-degree assault. He will be sentenced April 25.
At 2:15 a.m. Jan 17, Bemidji police responded to a report of an assault on the 2600 block of Delton Avenue Northwest. A woman's left eye was purple and nearly swollen shut, her nose was bleeding and appeared to be broken and blood was running down her legs. She appeared to be bleeding from her upper thigh area. She said Hawk had "flipped out" and struck her in the face with his closed first and stabbed her legs with an X-Acto knife. She was distraught because Hawk was still in her house with her two children. Officers entered the house, removed the children and arrested Hawk. He admitted assaulting the woman.
Isaac Garcia Yanez, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 14 to gross misdemeanor domestic assault - subsequent violation. He will be sentenced April 18.
At 1:50 p.m. Feb. 27, Bemidji police responded to a report of a domestic assault on the 1000 block of First Street East. A woman said Yanez said he was taking her child. She said that when she tried to call 911, he punched her, pushed her down and took her phone. An officer saw she had an abrasion on her knee and her lip was slightly swollen. Yanez said he had said he was taking the child because the woman was intoxicated. He denied assaulting her, and said she had assaulted him. He had her phone and turned it over to police. Yanez was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault on Jan. 20, 2008.
Monique Tomisha Ware, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
She was sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for 24 days served.
Bemidji police responded at 8:10 p.m. Feb. 19 to a report of a domestic assault on the 2800 block of Ridgeway Avenue Northwest. A man said Ware had struck him with her closed fist, attacking him violently and without provocation. Blood was running down his forehead from a cut at his hairline.
Ware has a previous conviction for domestic assault in Beltrami County.
Bruce Lee Armstrong, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 14 to felony theft. He will be sentenced April 25.
At 12:30 a.m. Dec. 28, Bemidji police responded to a report that a van had hit a tree at 12th Street Northwest and Norton Avenue Northwest. The occupants fled on foot. Officers found a man stumbling, his clothes covered with snow at 14th and Norton. When asked for his identification, he became verbally aggressive and gave a false name. The van was owned by a person who was on vacation. Foot treads matched the shoes Armstrong wore were seen where the van had been stolen from. On Jan. 3, the owner of the van said that the doors had been locked and the key tucked into a visor. He examined the van and said two Macintosh computer towers were missing.
Damian Allen Kingbird, 28, of Bemidji, was sentenced March 14 for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He pleaded guilty Feb. 11.
He was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for 103 days served. He must pay a $50 fine.
At 2:53 a.m. Nov. 30, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report of an assault on the 4000 block of Supreme Court Northwest. A woman said Kingbird struck her several times in the face with his closed fist as they sat in a minivan in a parking lot.
Kingbird has four previous domestic violence-related convictions in the past 10 years, including three convictions for gross-misdemeanor domestic assault and one conviction for terroristic threats. He was on probation for a gross misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in 2010 in Crow Wing County.
William Winfield White, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. A second charge of gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI was dismissed.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, stayed for six years, and will serve six years of supervised probation. His sentence is consecutive to a separate conviction. He must pay a $500 fine and a $250 DWI penalty, avoid alcohol and drugs, avoid establishments that serve alcohol, and submit to random testing and searches. Community service may be done to pay off the fine.
At 5:15 p.m. Jan. 28, a Bemidji police officer on routine patrol on Irvine Avenue Northwest noticed an older-model black Mercury Mountaineer turning from 12th Street Northwest onto Irvine Avenue North. The driver failed to yield, nearly causing a collision, and fishtailed. The officer stopped the driver, identified as White, who smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. His driving privileges were revoked. He was on probation for a DWI from Dec. 15. He has a prior conviction of minor consumption .
Donna Jeanne Pettiford, 32, of St. Joseph, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for felony theft.
She was sentenced to 40 days in jail with credit for 27 days served, and was given a stay of disposition for 10 years. She will remain on supervised probation for 10 years. She must not use or possess drugs and must submit to random testing, submit a DNA sample and have no contact with her co-defendant or either location of the Ken K. Thompson Jewelry Store.
At 3:45 p.m. Oct. 10, Bemidji police responded to a report of a theft at the Ken K. Thompson store in Paul Bunyan Mall. An employee said a couple had been looking at rings, and the woman seemed suspicious because she wore a long-sleeved coat even though the weather was very warm. The woman said she had to go to the restroom, and the man asked for directions to the restroom 45 seconds later. The employee then noticed a ring missing that was valued at $7,399. Another employee said she had seen the woman appearing to try to palm jewelry while the man was sweating profusely. After the other employee noticed the ring was missing, she went to the restroom and saw the couple there looking at something. She said she was afraid and went to get the other employee, but the couple was gone when they got back.
Subsequent investigation showed that the couple had been to Riddle's Jewelry that afternoon. The man was identified and further investigation revealed that Pettiford was his girlfriend. An officer spoke to the man, who said he and his girlfriend been trying on engagement rings at Ken K. Thompson. When questioned about the missing ring, the man hung up on the officer. In a later telephone conversation, the man denied stealing the ring. Pettiford said she had been shopping with the man, but denied stealing the ring.
Lloyd Shane Swang, 32, of Mizpah, pleaded innocent Feb. 28 to gross misdemeanor second-degree driving under the influence. A court trial is scheduled for April 26.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1:38 a.m. Feb. 6, a Beltrami County deputy on routine patrol on U.S. Highway 71 just north of Funkley saw a vehicle with expired tabs driving 43 mph in a 60 mph zone, and it crossed the centerline three times. Swang said he had been drinking whiskey 7s in Northome and was under the influence of alcohol, the complaint stated. He had an alcohol-related conviction in 2003.
Darrell Gene Partridge, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 in two separate cases.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to felony third-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison with credit for 190 days served. He must submit a DNA sample and pay restitution of $1,028.
He also pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 14 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison, with credit for 219 days served. He must pay a $50 fine and submit a DNA sample. Restitution is reserved.
In reference to the first case, at 8 a.m. Aug. 28, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report of a stabbing on the 1800 block of Gregg Court Northwest. The victim was being driven to the hospital. He had a deep laceration on the left side of his face. It was 4-1/2 inches long and required stitches. The victim had been drinking most of the previous night with Partridge, another man and a woman. The victim said he and Partridge got into a consensual wrestling match and Partridge bumped his head on a table and received a cut to his head. Partridge became irate and blamed the victim for the injury. He cooled down and the victim went to bed for a few hours. When he awoke, the man found the others playing a game in the living room and asked Partridge if he was feeling better about the scrape on his head. Partridge ran at him, screaming, with an exposed pocket knife and slashed his face. The other man transported the victim to the hospital. Deputies went to the residence, where the woman claimed Partridge was not there. Deputies found Partridge concealed in the basement and arrested him. Partridge said the injury to the victim was caused by the wrestling match. He denied attacking the victim with a knife. The woman said she saw the knife attack and that it was in retaliation for the wrestling match. Partridge was taken to the Beltrami County Jail.
In reference to the second case, at 5 p.m. Jan. 26, a man who was bleeding from his face showed up at the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center and said he had been assaulted by Partridge and two other men at a residence on the 1400 block of Minnesota Avenue Northwest. The man said they had beaten him with closed fists and feet. A woman at the residence said Partridge had been angry about the victim's former abusive treatment of her. She said the beating took place while she was out of the room. Partridge was arrested. He admitted that he had become upset and wanted the victim to be harmed. He said he asked to men to "take care of" the victim. The three men beat the victim for several minutes. Partridge said the other two men inflicted the most injuries. One of the other two men was arrested later in the day, wearing a shirt that was soaked in what was later determined by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to be the victim's blood.
In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge Shari Schluchter:
Marilyn Johnson, 43, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more prior qualified impaired-driving incidents. She will be sentenced April 18.
At 3 a.m. Nov. 3, Bemidji police responded to a report of theft of a two-toned gray Ford F150 pickup. A man said Johnson had stolen the truck. A police sergeant radioed that he had located the vehicle on U.S. Highway 2. The victim said he changed his mind and just wanted the truck back. The sergeant stopped the vehicle. Johnson smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and failed field sobriety tests. She did not cooperate with a preliminary breath test. At the jail, she said she would take an Intoxilyzer test, but she did not breathe into the tube, which was deemed a refusal. She has previous convictions for DWI in 1995, May 2006, August 2006 and March 2008.
Daniel James Eason, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more qualified prior impaired-driving incidents. He will be sentenced April 11.
At 5:22 a.m. Jan. 1, Beltrami County deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on the 5527 block of Division Street West. The suspect had left the scene. Deputies stopped Eason, who smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He tested at .23 in a preliminary breath test.
He was on a no-drink order. He had prior DWI convictions in 2003, 2005 and March 2010.