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Beltrami County Court Report for May 1

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Steven Neil Richard, 37, of Paris, Tenn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 2 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail with 346 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 19 days in jail; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $685; 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 5:30 p.m. April 14, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a man trying to break into a woman's home. The man fled in a vehicle with Tennessee license plates. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Richard, who failed field sobriety tests and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. At the time of his arrest, he had a conviction for felony battery in Arkansas. His driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior DWI convictions.

Nicolai Thomas Tourville, 22, of Elk River, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 2 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI 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; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $860; 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 DWI clinic with furlough for treatment.

At 2:15 a.m. Dec. 11, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol saw a vehicle make a U-turn in front of the squad car and almost cause a collision. The officer made a traffic stop and took Tourville to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test, which registered .22. At the time of his arrest, Tourville's driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior DWI convictions. He was, however, on supervised probation on conviction for controlled substance crime in Beltrami County.

Todd Rolland Pierce, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 31 and was sentenced May 2 for gross misdemeanor harassment - violation of a restraining order.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $660; have no contact with the victim; undergo counseling; and not possess firearms or ammunition.

On Aug. 12, the court issued a restraining order prohibiting Pierce from having contact with a woman. On Sept. 8, he was convicted for violating the restraining order. On Nov. 25, he was again convicted of violating the restraining order. The same day, he resumed emailing and texting the woman. On Dec. 6, she turned him in.

Amy Lynn Cook, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty March 21 and was sentenced May 2 for felony attempted theft of merchandise valued at more than $1,000.

She was sentenced to 41 days in jail and three years of supervised probation. She must pay restitution, pay fine and costs of $1,160, have no contact with the victim and complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor.

At 4:45 p.m. Jan. 3, she attempted to shoplift $1,104.86 in merchandise from a Bemidji retail business. At the time of her arrest, there were four outstanding warrants for her arrest in relation to prior theft charges.

Christopher Michael Shughrue, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 5 and was sentenced May 9 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault, amended from felony domestic assault.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of supervised probation; pay 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; have no contact with the victim; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; and not possess firearms or ammunition.

At 4 a.m. Feb. 25, he assaulted a woman. At the time of his arrest he had convictions in Maryland for possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute in 1998, 1999 and 2000; second-degree assault in 2000; and felony theft and first-degree burglary in 2004; and in Minnesota, property damage in 2006 in Cook County; domestic assault in 2008 in Carlton County and 2010 in St. Louis County; violation of probation in 2010 in St. Louis County; and violation of domestic abuse no-contact order in 2011 in Beltrami County .

Christopher Michael Shughrue, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 9 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of supervised probation; pay 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; have no contact with the victim; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; not ship or possess firearms or ammunition.

The sentence is to run consecutively with the domestic abuse conviction of April 5.

On April 30, he violated a no-contact order in relation to a woman. At the time of his arrest he had convictions in Maryland for possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute in 1998, 1999 and 2000; second-degree assault in 2000; and felony theft and first-degree burglary in 2004; and in Minnesota, property damage in 2006 in Cook County; domestic assault in 2008 in Carlton County and 2010 in St. Louis County; violation of probation in 2010 in St. Louis County; and violation of domestic abuse no-contact order in 2011 in Beltrami County .

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