In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Darrell Emery Loud, 26, of Ponemah, pleaded innocent Oct. 12 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His next court date is Oct. 20.
According to the criminal complaint, at 7:38 p.m. March 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol on Pioneer Road encountered a vehicle without a front license plate that had front end damage and a broken windshield. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver sped up and turned onto Battle Road Northeast, accelerating to a high rate of speed, the complaint stated. The deputy activated the emergency lights and siren in attempt to stop the vehicle, which continued over the Red Lake Reservation line and traveled west on Indian Service Road 18, according to the complaint. The deputy stopped at a store in Saum and learned that the vehicle had been at the store earlier, the complaint stated. The driver was identified as Loud, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to abide by the conditions of his sentence on a conviction for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, according to the complaint.
Michael James Stately, 22, of Warroad, Minn., was sentenced Oct. 12 for felony second-degree burglary-dwelling. A felony charge of drugs-fifth degree-sale of marijuana was dismissed. He pleaded guilty Aug. 21.
He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 29 days in jail, with credit for 61 days served, and 10 years of supervised probation. He must have no contact with co-defendants or victims, complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations, follow all instructions of probation, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or be in the presence of anyone consuming or possessing drugs or alcohol, submit to random testing, submit a DNA sample, remain law-abiding, must not enter the victim's residence, and must pay a fine of $1,108. Restitution is reserved.
At 1 a.m. July 12, two men saw another man back a van into a driveway of an unoccupied home belonging to a relative of theirs. When they approached the van, the driver quickly accelerated and left the scene. The men entered the residence and found the house ransacked. A television, computer, shotgun and power tools were found to be missing.
The vehicle was located on South Border Road. A search revealed a battery charger and bench grinder. The driver was not located in the area, but turned himself in shortly afterward. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail. He was searched, and the victim's checkbook was found in his pocket, along with 80 grams of marijuana, divided into 10 smaller bags of one gram each, and $460 cash. He admitted to both the burglary and the possession and sale of marijuana.
Nicholas James Newstrom, 20, of Bemidji was sentenced Oct. 12 for an amended charge of felony drugs-third degree-sale of 10 or more dosages of phencyclidine or hallucinogen. The original charge was felony drugs-second degree-sale of 10 or more dosages of phencyclidine or hallucinogen within a 90-day period. He pleaded guilty Aug. 11.
He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 90 days in jail and was granted work release, furlough for treatment and Huber to attend school. He must serve 20 years of supervised probation, pay a fine of $3,108 of which $1,000 was stayed, not have any same or similar offenses. remain law-abiding, submit a DNA sample; comply with all Bemidji State University disciplinary actions, not use controlled substances; not be in the presence of anyone using drugs, follow all instructions of probation, submit to random testing and searches, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations of evaluation.
At 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16, an agent of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force met with Newstrom and another man for the purpose of purchasing 20 tablets of methylendioxymethamphetamine, a synthetic hallucinogen known as ecstasy. Newstrom directed the other man to give the agents the tablets. At 8:10 p.m. Dec. 1, agents purchased 40 tablets of ecstasy from the other man, who informed the agent that Newstrom would be picking up the cocaine they had ordered shortly. The pills field-tested positive for MDMA.
John David Iverson, 29, of Wilton, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to amended charges of felony third-degree burglary; felony receiving stolen property and felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. The original charges were two counts of felony burglary third degree-steal/commit felony or gross misdemeanor. His next court date is Nov. 23.
On April 27, a report was received from Faith Baptist Church in Bemidji that a computer, electronic equipment and two round headlights from a bus parked at the church had been stolen. On May 2, Calvary Lutheran Church reported that numerous tools were taken from a construction office trailer on the property. A maintenance worker said he had seen a blue vehicle with front-end damage and two odd-looking round headlights attached to the vehicle. The maintenance worker spoke to the driver, who said he was looking for something. In a subsequent investigation, the vehicle with the suspicious headlights was found parked at a residence. The two lights had been attached to the front of the vehicle with chicken wire and plastic zip ties and were consistent with the two lights that were missing from the bus at the church. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw power tools and batteries on the floor in the rear of the car. He also observed power tools and extension cords in a shed on the property. A man at the property said Iverson had been using the shed for about a week. He allowed the deputy into his home to speak with Iverson. Upon entering the home, the deputy saw electronic equipment and computer monitors on the floor in the living room. More electronic and computer equipment was found in the bedroom in which Iverson was staying. Iverson admitted he had taken the headlights from the bus and attached them to his vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the jail. A woman at the residence said she and Iverson had been staying there for about a week and that she believed Iverson was stealing items to support their methamphetamine addiction. On May 3, the deputy received and executed a search warrant on the mobile home and the shed. In the home and in the shed, deputies found property that been taken in both burglaries. The deputy also found a small amount of meth and meth smoking devices in the bedroom Iverson and the woman shared.
Michael Ray Terrill, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 12 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date is Dec. 15.
According to the criminal complaint, at 12:30 a.m. June 28, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was driving through a gas station parking lot when he saw Terrill sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle. Because the deputy knew Terrill's driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety, he stopped his squad car and approached Terrill, the complaint stated. He arrested Terrill and transported him to the jail. Terrill admitted to driving the vehicle, according to the complaint. He passed field sobriety tests for alcohol and methamphetamine, the complaint stated.
Steven Samuel Rutledge, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 12 for felony reckless discharge of a firearm in a municipality. His next court date is Oct. 20.
According to the criminal complaint, at 6:40 p.m. Aug. 31, Bemidji Police officers and a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call in an apartment complex in downtown Bemidji. A resident said a gun had been discharged in an adjoining apartment and a bullet had come through the wall separating the two apartments and passed within three feet of an infant's crib, the complaint stated. The resident told the officers that Rutledge came to the door of her apartment to say that he had accidentally discharged a gun while cleaning it and to ask if everyone was "OK," according to the complaint. The resident contacted the police. The officers and the deputy were admitted to Rutledge's apartment by his girlfriend and were permitted to search the apartment, the complaint stated. The woman retrieved a .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle Rutledge had discharged, according to the complaint. The officers observed where the bullet had gone through the wall and into the other apartment, the complaint stated. The entry and exit holes and bullet's path were all parallel to the floor at about 4 feet eight inches high, according to the complaint. Rutledge was found driving his car and was arrested, the complaint stated. A box of .22 caliber ammunition was found in the car, according to the complaint. In a statement, Rutledge initially told officers he was cleaning his rifle and then reloaded the firearm and worked the action, the complaint stated. He claimed at first that the gun had accidentally gone off as he held it at hip level, but he later admitted that the gun went off when he was dry-firing from his shoulder, according to the complaint. Rutledge admitted that his handling of the gun had been both dangerous and reckless, the complaint stated.
Darrin James Pribula, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 12 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process-interfering with a peace officer. His next court date is Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, Pribula was convicted Dec. 29, 2008, of gross misdemeanor assault on a peace officer in Polk County. The incident was alcohol-related and Pribula was placed on two years of supervised probation. The conditions of this probation are such that he must not possess or consume alcohol and that he must submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.
On Sept. 17, Pribula violated the terms of his probation by consuming alcohol from an open container on Bemidji State University grounds. He became extremely intoxicated. BSU security officers attempted to stop him, but he fled. At 6:28 P.M. two Bemidji Police officers were summoned to the scene. The officers located Pribula walking south from Hagg-Sauer Hall. He refused to stop, and as the officers pursued him, he appeared to brace himself for combat. The officers subdued Pribula only after directing him to the ground and advising him that they would be forced to use their Taser. He was arrested and transported to the jail, where he threatened corrections officers that he would assault them if they removed his handcuffs.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
A case against Alexis Kay Mason, 27, of Redby was dismissed Oct. 14.
Mason had pleaded innocent April 20 to felony financial transaction card fraud-use-no consent in a case in which a woman reported the theft and unauthorized use of a MasterCard.
Monica Jean Mann, 59, of Bemidji, was sentenced Oct. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. After the sentence was filed, the terms of confinement were modified Oct. 9. She pleaded guilty Sept. 14.
She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months and 22 days are stayed for two years. She must serve nine days on work release, beginning Oct. 17, with Huber granted beginning Oct. 19. She must serve two years of probation, pay a fine of $608; not drink and drive; submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses.
Mann must provide by Oct. 19 confirmation that she will attend a work-related conference and supply a copy of the hotel receipt for the nights she stays there.
At 6:20 p.m. Aug. 6, a Minnesota state trooper responded to a call regarding an impaired driver who was eastbound in the area of the Clearwater/Beltrami county line. While en route, the trooper learned that a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy had seen the vehicle in the parking lot of a liquor store on U.S. Highway 2. The deputy said the female had gotten out of the vehicle and was urinating in the gravel portion of the parking lot. The female smelled of alcohol and appeared to be extremely intoxicated. Mann had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes and had difficulty maintaining her balance. She failed field sobriety tests. She was arrested and transported to the jail, where she registered a .24 blood-alcohol concentration.
James Donald Hamilton, 52, of Nevis, was sentenced Oct. 6 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. The second charge of gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI was dismissed. He pleaded guilty Sept. 22
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months were stayed for three years. He must serve 28 days in jail on work release, with credit for two days served, and serve three years of probation. He may serve his sentence in a different county if at no expense to Beltrami County. He must pay a fine of $608, complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not drink and drive and submit to random testing.
At 9:30 p.m. July 21, Bemidji Police officers were summoned to the Cameron Park boat launch. A group of intoxicated men were attempting to load a boat onto a trailer. One of the men was seen consuming alcohol and another man fell into the water. Upon arrival they saw a pickup truck in the water, with a man in the driver's seat who was subsequently identified as Hamilton.
Hamilton had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. He told the officers that he had consumed a "few beers." He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood-alcohol concentration of .200. He was arrested and transported to the jail, where he registered a blood-alcohol concentration of .19. He has three prior convictions for DWI.
Shad Michael Reichmann, 58, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 22 for misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. The original charge was gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI refusal to submit and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 87 days were stayed for two years, and was given credit for three days served. He must serve two years of probation, pay a fine of $608, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency and comply with medical advice.
At 8 p.m. March 22, a woman reported that her intoxicated husband had left their home on the 22000 block of County Road 9 and was headed to a local restaurant. A Minnesota state trooper saw the vehicle being driven erratically on the exit ramp leading to the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and state Highway 197. The vehicle failed to stop at a red light and the trooper initiated a traffic stop. The driver, identified as Reichmann, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood-alcohol concentration of .095. Reichmann refused to submit to a breath test or a blood test at the jail, the complaint stated.
He has six prior DWIs. His license was reinstated in 2003 and cancelled again in 2005.