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Beltrami County Court Report for November 20
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District court before District Judge Paul Benshoof:

Bryan Gray Frazier, 20, of Bemidji, was on Oct. 27 found guilty by a jury of felony simple robbery. Sentencing is Nov. 21.

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According to the criminal complaint:

Frazier stole a man's wallet on Aug. 12 outside Bar 209 and then ran away.

Benjamin Daniel Wednchuk, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 18 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He must serve 30 days of a one-year jail sentence, with credit for four days served. He may serve on work release. He must serve three years of probation and pay a $500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 8 p.m. July 2, a Beltrami County deputy on watercraft patrol in the area of the Mississippi River between Cass Lake and Lake Andrusia saw a boat traveling east on the river from Cass Lake, speeding in a wake zone. He stopped the boat, which contained empty alcohol containers. Wednchuk smelled of alcohol and his actions were slow and deliberate. He failed field sobriety tests and tested at .157 in a preliminary breath test and .13 on the Intoxilyzer at Beltrami County Jail. He had one prior DWI in 2006.

Jason Daniel Cluff, 35, of Hines, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He must serve 30 days of a one-year jail sentence, with credit for three days served, and three years of probation. He must pay a $750 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 5:30 a.m. April 23, a Beltrami County deputy found Cluff asleep in a vehicle in a ditch in Tenstrike. Cluff said he had swerved to miss a deer. He smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and tested at .114 in a preliminary breath test ant at .11 on the Intoxilyzer at the Beltrami County Jail.

He has two prior impaired-driving convictions in 1999 and 2002 in Beltrami County.

In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge Shari Schluchter:

Raymond Emmet Portz, 21, of Wyoming, Minn., pleaded not guilty Oct. 24 to felony theft by swindle. His next appearance is Dec. 13.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Beltrami County deputy responded to a report of a stolen vehicle Dec. 27, 2010, from a man who said he had paid Portz for a vehicle. Portz claimed he had repossessed the vehicle because the man had not made all the payments, according to the complaint.

Mark Allen Mahoney, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded not guilty Oct. 21 to felony terroristic threats. His next appearance is Dec. 13.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 2:20 a.m. April 3, a nurse in the emergency room at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center said that after a woman was refused a request for painkillers, Mahoney told the woman that if she did not get the care she wanted, she could bring a gun there and take care of things and he would accompany her. The nurse asked him to clarify what he meant, but he refused, the complaint states. An officer spoke via telephone to Mahoney, who said he was joking and was stressed, according to the complaint

Todd Marweg, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded not guilty Oct. 29 to felony domestic assault. His next appearance is Dec. 13.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 9:55 p.m. Sept. 24, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report that Marweg had arrived drunk at a residence on Little Norway Drive, where he grabbed a woman by the hair and punched her in the head before she ran to a neighbor's residence. Marweg was apprehended Sept. 25. He has a felony conviction for domestic abuse and violating a no-contact order in 2003 and a domestic assault conviction in 2004.

Sierra Ann Smith, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded not guilty Oct. 24 to felony check forgery.

According to the criminal complaint:

Smith is accused of forging $1,370 in four checks on the account of a resident at a nursing home where she worked as a certified nursing assistant.

Joseph Miller VanHorn, 26, of Redby, pleaded not guilty Oct. 24 to felony fleeing a peace officer. His next appearance is Dec. 13.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:20 p.m. April 4, a Beltrami County deputy on patrol in Alaska Township attempted to stop a speeding vehicle, but the driver kept accelerating, eventually entering the Red Lake Reservation and stopping at a convenience store. He smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and tested at .17 in a preliminary breath test administered by Red Lake police officers.

Amanda Lynn Charwood, 24, of Pennington, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct 24 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She must serve 10 days of a one-year jail sentence, with credit for six days served, three years of probation, and pay a $500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 8:20 p.m. Oct. 19, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report of a suspected drunk driver on the U.S. Highway 71 bypass. A deputy stopped the vehicle as it turned onto Fifth Street off U.S. Highway 2. Charwood smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and tested at .252 in a preliminary breath test and at .22 on the Intoxilyzer at the Beltrami County Jail. She had outstanding active warrants and her driving privileges were expired.

Michael James Frank, 40, of Bemidji, was sentenced Oct. 24 for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years, and must serve 90 days in jail and serve seven years of supervised probation.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 10:20 p.m. July 31, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw a vehicle on Irvine Avenue slow to a near stop at the intersection with Lakewood Drive, then turn without signaling and stop. The trooper stopped the vehicle. Frank smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot watery eyes and failed field sobriety tests. He tested at .22 in a preliminary breath test and at .22 on the Intoxilyzer at the Beltrami County Jail.

His driving privileges are canceled inimical to public safety and he has three prior impaired-driving convictions from 2001, 2003 and 2008.

Dakota Kaleb Medicine, 20, of Bemidji, was sentenced Oct. 24 for felony third-degree burglary and gross misdemeanor check forgery.

He was sentenced to 27 months in prison, with credit for 175 days served. A $50 fine was stayed.

According to the criminal complaint:

A burglary was reported April 26 at Heartland Auto Sales. Stolen were car keys, a red coat and three checkbooks from two different accounts. On April 29, he forged a check at Rue 21 in the Paul Bunyan Mall.

In September 2010, he was placed on probation for third-degree burglary at Heartland Auto Sales, theft of a motor vehicle and criminal damage to property.

In March 2010, he was placed on probation for third-degree burglary at Heartland Auto Sales, theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Randy Lee Thompson, 20, of Grygla, was sentenced Oct. 24 for felony assault with a dangerous weapon and gross misdemeanor driving after cancelation inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to 33 months in prison for the assault charge and one year in jail, with credit for 61 days served, on the driving after cancelation charge. He must pay a $50 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

Thompson has been convicted of DWI or criminal vehicular operation at least 15 times since late 1977, with charges in Hennepin, Morrison, Crow Wing, Itasca, Isanti, Olmstead and Beltrami counties. His driving privileges have been canceled IPS since 1980. At the time of his arrest he was on probation for a 2009 conviction for felony DWI in Beltrami County.

On Aug. 24, a woman and her son whose testimony had previously led to a conviction of Thompson in charges relating to an accident were driving near their home in rural Grygla when Thompson, driving a pickup behind them, repeatedly tried to force the woman off the road, rear-ending their vehicle and crowding it from the side. Eventually, he rammed the vehicle into the ditch and fled. The woman and her son were injured. Thompson was later arrested at his residence.

Carmen Fay Monroe, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 24 for felony aiding offender to avoid arrest.

She must serve 30 days in jail and four years of unsupervised probation, and pay a $1,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

On July 25, Lucas French Sr. pleaded guilty to felony malicious punishment of a child. On Aug. 13, Monroe fled with French and two children. They were later arrested in Brookings, S.D.

Kristi Marie Wind, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was convicted Oct. 24 for felony second-degree drug sale and child endangerment.

She was sentenced to 48 months in prison, stayed for 25 years. She must serve 104 days in jail and pay a $1,000 fine. The sentenced was a downward departure from sentencing guidelines because her role in the crimes was minor and she was determined to be amenable to rehabilitation.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and the Bemidji Police Department executed a search warrant May 25 at a Bemidji residence where they seized 140 tablets of oxycodone, a pill cutter, baggies and containers for storing prescription medicines. A small child was taken into custody. Wind and a man said they intended to sell the oxycodone.

Brandon Joseph Roy, 18, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 25 for felony fifth-degree drug possession.

He must serve 100 days in jail, with credit for 67 days served.

According to the criminal complaint:

Roy was arrested on a warrant at 5 p.m. June 11. Bemidji police found a baggie containing 6.5 grams of crack cocaine and another baggie with six tablets of oxycodone on Roy's person.

Roy also received a five-year stay of imposition Oct. 24 for felony escape from custody. He must serve five years of probation and pay a $500 fine.

Roy was in custody for the drug possession charge when he went on a medical furlough for an impacted tooth and did not return.

In Beltrami County District Court before District Judge John Melbye:

Laverne Lawrence Feather, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 17 for gross misdemeanor neglect or endangerment of a child.

He was sentenced to one year in prison, stayed for two years, and will serve two years of supervised probation. He must pay a $500 fine, $250 of which is stayed until Oct. 17, 2013.

He must also comply with social services, take parenting classes, receive counseling and comply with orders for protection.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 8:30 p.m. June 29, the Bemidji Police Department received a report of a man neglecting a child. A witness reported that Feather had dropped a small child on the sidewalk and then grabbed the crying child by the arm and dragged him down the sidewalk, only to push the child down again when the child stood up. An officer spoke to Feather, who appeared intoxicated. Feather became irate and said the child's mother was "drunk at the bar." The child was taken to the hospital for a checkup.

Upon learning that there were more children at a residence, a visit was made to the residence, where conditions included a strong odor of rotting food and excrement, with old food smeared on the walls and garbage strewn about the house. The residence was uninhabitable and a danger to the four children present, who were 12, 11, 4 and 3 years old and were unsupervised. Law enforcement had been called to the residence multiple times to deal with child neglect and endangerment.

Feather also pleaded guilty Oct. 17 to gross misdemeanor neglect of a child.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, consecutive to the other charge, and must pay $250 of a $500 fine and serve two years of supervised probation. He must also comply with the conditions set on the other charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

Two people brought a 4-year-old child to the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center on July 1. It was raining, but the child had no shoes or socks on. The child showed an officer where she lived, on the 800 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest. Feather was at the residence and said the mother had left and was not watching the child. He did not seem upset that the child was walking on a busy street in the rain with no shoes or socks on. An investigator established that neither Feather nor the woman were capable of watching the child or making arrangements for the child to be supervised.

Troy D. Baker, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 18 for gross misdemeanor DWI.

He must serve nine days of a one-year jail sentence and three years of probation, and pay a $500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1 a.m. Oct. 10, a Beltrami County deputy stopped a pickup truck with trailer because the trailer did not have operational lights. Baker smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. He tested at .34 in a preliminary breath test and at .38 on the Intoxilyzer at the Beltrami County Jail.

Baker has two prior impaired-driving convictions in 1997 and 1990 in Beltrami County.

Troy Allen Faughn, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. 17 for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years, and seven years of supervised probation. He must serve 180 days in jail, with credit for 64 days served, and pay a $1,500 fine.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 11:24 p.m. Aug. 14, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible drunk driver who had gone into the ditch at the intersection of Irvine Avenue and Town Hall Road. Faughn was sleeping and heavily intoxicated; he smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He could barely stand up. Field sobriety tests were not conducted because of his condition. He tested at .20 on the Intoxilyzer at the Beltrami County Jail.

His license was revoked and he had prior impaired-driving convictions in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

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