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Beltrami County Court Report for May 8

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Douglas Dean Kingbird Jr., 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 25 to felony domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order. His sentencing is scheduled for May 6.

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At 8:22 p.m. April 9, he was driving a vehicle with a woman passenger who had a no-contact order out against him. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy followed Kingbird's vehicle to a service station as Kingbird's car lights were malfunctioning. Kingbird has domestic violence convictions in relation to the same woman in 2005, twice in 2008, in 2009 and 2010 when the no-contact order was issued. He also has a gross misdemeanor conviction for giving a peace officer a false name.

K.T. Lynn Jones, 20, of Redby, pleaded guilty April 25 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 6.

At 8:08 p.m. March 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy activated emergency lights to stop Jones for equipment malfunction because her brake and blinker lights were not working. She stopped and gave the deputy a false name and date of birth. She then admitted the offense and returned to her car to retrieve her correct ID, but drove away, causing a pursuit at speeds up to 70 mph. She eventually came to a dead end, stopped, then backed her vehicle into the deputy's squad car and fled on foot. She was apprehended and taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered .05 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of her arrest, she had no driver's license.

William Edward Spears, 51, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 25 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and fourth-degree DWI.

On the cancellation conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail with 332 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 33 days in jail with credit for 22 days served; serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $360; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served, undergo random testing and have no driver's license violations.

On the DWI conviction, he received the same sentence and must complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations and pay a $500 fine.

At 3:07 p.m. April 4, a B Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Spears driving well below the speed limit. He and his passenger were not wearing seat belts. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Spears, who registered .16 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .17 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges had been cancelled as inimical to public safety since 1985. He had five prior DWI convictions in 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1991.

Michael Aaron Reyes, 27, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 25 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 one day served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $683; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing.

At 5:15 a.m. April 9, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle. The deputy found Reyes sleeping in a running car. The deputy woke Reyes and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot, watery eyes on him. Reyes was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .10 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid. He had one prior DWI conviction in 2008 in Cass County.

Jennifer Lynn Dahl, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal of chemical testing.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 10 days in jail with credit for four days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $585; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use controlled substances; not drink and drive; undergo random testing and education assessment; and enter ASPEN.

At 11:54 p.m. Feb. 6, a passerby reported a vehicle in a ditch and Dahl walking away from the accident. She denied being the driver of the car. A search of the car turned up her purse, marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she refused testing. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Stafford Nelson Hawk, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 14 and was sentenced April 25 for felony third-degree assault.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 150 days in jail with credit for 99 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $75; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; and have no contact with the victims.

At 2:15 a.m. Jan. 17, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of domestic assault. Hawk had assaulted a woman, breaking her nose, blackening her eye and knifing her in the legs. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment. The officers removed two young children from the home.

Anna Christine Brule, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 25 to felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more impaired driving incidents. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 6.

In the early morning of March 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Brule make a skidding turn. The deputy made a traffic stop. Brule was on a no-drink order from a 2008 DWI probation. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Brule, who registered .144 in a preliminary breath test. She submitted a urine sample at the Beltrami County Jail. At the time of her arrest, he driving privileges were valid. She had three prior DWI convictions from 2003, 2004 and 2008.

Shane Lloyd Swang, 32, of Mizpah, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

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 unsupervised probation; pay fine and costs of $610; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing. He was granted a furlough for ASPEN.

At 1:38 a.m. Feb. 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Swang driving at 43 mph in a 60 mph zone. The vehicle had expired license tabs and crossed the center line. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Swang, who registered more than .08 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. He driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest. He had one prior DWI conviction in 2003.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Brendan Ryan Dowell, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 19 to felony terroristic threats, amended from felony second-degree assault. His sentencing is scheduled for May 31.

Early morning Jan.1, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a stabbing. Dowell had stabbed a man in the back with a kitchen knife. The victim was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment. Dowell was taken to the Beltrami County Jail.

Paul James Knaeble, 49, of Northome, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 20 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

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; serve two years of probation; and pay fine and costs of $585.

At 2:19 p.m. April 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw a vehicle with suspicious damage. Knaeble was the registered owner. His driving privileges had been cancelled. The deputy made a traffic stop and arrest.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Matthew Gordon Williams, 28, city of residence unknown, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 11 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: He must serve one year of probation; pay fine and costs of $308; and remain on electronic alcohol monitoring.

At 7:30 a.m. Sept. 25, 2009, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper on routine enforcement ran Williams' registration and found he was driving after cancellation.

In an unrelated case, Williams pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced April 11 for felony domestic abuse - violation of an order for protection within 10 years of two or more domestic violence convictions. The charge was amended from felony domestic assault.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $658; complete chemical dependency assessment; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; undergo anger management and aftercare; and remain on electronic alcohol monitoring.

At 2 a.m. Jan. 8, 2010, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of domestic disturbance. Williams had fled the home with two children when he realized someone had placed a 911 call. He had struck a woman in the head with his fist. He has prior convictions for felony receiving stolen property in 2002 in Beltrami County; assault of the same woman in 2006 in Beltrami County; and assaulting the same woman in 2010 in Stearns County, for which a no-contact order was issued.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Blake Charles Sczepanski, 22, of Stephen, Minn., pleaded innocent May 2 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for May 31.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:40 a.m. Jan. 30, a Bemidji Police officer saw Sczepanski driving erratically and crossing lanes. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Sczepanski, who registered .211 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to North County Regional Hospital where a blood sample was taken. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested it at .26. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior violations.

Dawn Olive Labelle, 47, of Wilton, pleaded guilty May 3 to felony fifth-degree possession of cocaine. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 13.

At 9:50 a.m. Aug. 16, a Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper stopped a driver for speeding at 79 mph in a 65 mph zone. Labelle was a passenger in the vehicle. She was intoxicated and on a no-drink order on conditional release for a fourth-degree DWI in Beltrami County. She failed field sobriety tests. When she exited the vehicle, she threw a baggie containing crack cocaine onto the ground.

At the time of her arrest, Labelle had a prior conviction for felony third-degree sale of crack in Beltrami County.

Sandra Jean Larson, 57, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 3 to felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 13.

At 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 2009, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report that Larson was driving into Bemidji with a large amount of meth in her vehicle. Deputies made a traffic stop, and Larson gave them permission to search her car.

The deputies found a pipe with meth residue in it. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

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