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Beltrami County Court Report for September 25

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Calvin Leon Spears, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, amended from felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. His sentencing is Oct. 24.

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On May 22, a 20-year-old woman entered the Law Enforcement Center and reported to a Bemidji Police officer that Spears had sexually assaulted her, penetrating her vaginally. She was bruised from trying to fight Spears off. She was taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center for a rape exam. At the time of his arrest, Spears had a conviction for indecent exposure in 2006 in Mahnomen County.

Verlin Dale Kingbird, 48, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days on work release with credit for two days served; serve four years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,183; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 9:47 p.m. Aug. 3, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Kingbird driving with no license plate. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Kingbird, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .145 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .16 in a urine test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety, and he had five prior DWI convictions in 2003 and 2004.

Renae Lynn Kingbird, 36, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

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 three days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,030; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 4 a.m. June 16, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch. Kingbird was talking to a tow truck driver. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and slurred speech on Kingbird, who registered .19 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where a blood test registered .21. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid, and she had one prior conviction for open bottle in 2002.

Jason Allen Fowler, 24, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, refusal to test. A second charge of gross misdemeanor driving after revocation was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 245 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 120 days in jail with credit for 81 days served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,185; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 1:30 a.m. July 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of domestic abuse, no-contact order violation. When the deputies arrived, Fowler fled on a motorcycle. The deputies made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Fowler, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .14 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were revoked for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in 2007. He had no prior DWI convictions or alcohol-related driver's license revocations. He had prior felony convictions for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and child endangerment in 2010 in Beltrami County; fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in 2006 in Anoka County; and fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine in 2006 in Mille Lacs County.

Cory Philip Boushee, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days on work release with credit for one day served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 2 a.m. Dec. 17, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a vehicle on its side in the ditch. Boushee was walking toward the car. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Boushee, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .20 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where he registered .26 in a blood test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior DWI convictions or alcohol-related license revocations.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Paul Mathew Hunt, 43, of East Bethel, Minn., had continued for dismissal a charge of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon on Sept. 20 on the following conditions: He must serve three years of probation, have no firearms and undergo anger management.

On May 28, he threatened a group of canoeists on Darrigan's Creek in Hagali Township, Beltrami County, with a .22 handgun and shot into the water near one of the canoeists. When the canoeists reported the confrontation, a SWAT team responded and surrounded Hunt's residence before Hunt and his wife emerged.

Stephanie Michelle Hunt, 36, of East Bethel, Minn., had continued for dismissal a charge of felony terroristic threats Sept. 20 on the following conditions: She must serve three years of probation and have no firearms.

On May 28, she told a group of canoeists on Darrigan's Creek that she had two guns in her pocket and that she would have killed them. When the canoeists reported the confrontation, a SWAT team responded and surrounded Hunt's residence before Hunt and her husband emerged.

Derrisa Lee Kingbird, 24, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 19 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days in jail with credit for four days served; serve three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $685; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 7 p.m. May 20, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a drunk driver. The deputy saw Kingbird driving erratically with a 1-year-old child and a 2-year-old child in the back seat. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Kingbird, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .258 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she underwent a urine test. At the time of her arrest, she had no driver's license and no prior DWI violations.

Lawrence Edward Krumrey II, 24, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 30 days served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 10:49 p.m. Aug. 21, a Leech Lake Tribal Police officer saw Krumrey fail to signal for a turn, cross center lines and fog lines and drive for a distance in the wrong lane. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Krumrey, who failed field sobriety tests and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .22 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driver's license was revoked for a 2010 DWI conviction, for which he was on probation.

David Matthew Patch, 40, of Blackduck, on Sept. 19 had continued for dismissal a charge of driving after revocation as inimical to public safety.

At 3:21 p.m. April 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy recognized Patch, checked his driving status and discovered Patch's license had been revoked. Patch was taken to the Beltrami County Jail.

Dean Kelly Cluff, 47, of Wilton, pleaded guilty July 18 and was sentenced Sept. 20 for gross misdemeanor contributing to the need for child protection or services. A second charge of felony possession of methamphetamine was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 360 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve five days in jail with credit for five days served; serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $585; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 11:45 a.m. April 29, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents and Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant at a Wilton home where an infant and an 8-year-old child were staying. The officers seized meth, a scale and an account book of sales.

In an unrelated case, Cluff was charged Sept. 19 with bigamy.

According to the criminal complaint:

On July 27, 1996, he married a woman in Blackduck. In 2003, they began divorce proceedings, but never completed the action. On Oct. 6, 2009, he married a different woman in Cass Lake.

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