In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:
Patrick James Hendrickson, 28, address unknown, pleaded innocent March 23 to felony predatory offender - knowingly violates registration requirement or intentionally provides false information. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, Hendrickson is obliged to register as a predatory offender because of his 1999 conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Cass County. Hendrickson failed on probation on that conviction and was committed to prison for 21 months. Subsequent to his release, he was convicted of terroristic threats. His felony sentence on that matter was executed.
In early Feb. 2008, Hendrickson filled out a predatory offender registration form indicating an intention to change his address and to reside on the 300 block of Eighth Street Northwest.
In Nov. 2008, the Bemidji Police Department received a request from the Predatory Offender Registration Unit of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to secure an updated photo of Hendrickson. Bemidji Police detectives went to the address that he had registered. Hendrickson was not there. The owner of the property stated that the only time Hendrickson had resided at this location was in 2005 and 2006 when he lived with a relative.
Nicholas Lee Mudge, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent March 24, to felony third-degree burglary. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, at 6 a.m. Dec. 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a burglary at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge. A door to the office and pool area had been forced open and several items were stolen, including cash, a color television, walkie-talkies, snack foods and keys to other buildings on the premises. The burglars had used a vehicle that left distinctive tire tracks in the snow. The tire tracks appeared to be from a pickup equipped with tires for off-road use. A chain or other object hanging from the vehicle also left an impression in the snow. An employee of Ruttger's said Zachery Daniel Bryant, who was previously convicted, had driven him into work in a vehicle matching that description. The vehicle was found at Bryant'sresidence; the tread pattern on the vehicle matched the tracks left at the scene and a chain attached to the trailer hitch matched the description. Inside Bryant's residence, the officers discovered large quantities of property stolen from Ruttger's as well as property from other burglaries. Two occupants were taken into custody, neither of them were Bryant. One of the individuals gave a statement that he and Bryant broke into Ruttger's and stole $204 in cash together with the other property. He further stated that he and Bryanthad committed numerous other burglaries in Beltrami County and Hubbard County in the past several weeks. Specifically, he said he and Bryant broke into the Auto Mart in Bemidji, two weeks earlier. They had stolen a television, a computer and snack foods. They burglarized the Chalet Car Wash and stole $390. They also stole a quantity of quarters from a vacuum canister at a carwash in Nymore. They broke into Corner Sports several times and stole CD players and other articles. Bryantwas located and arrested. His vehicle was seized and searched. Burglary tools and property that was taken from Ruttger's, Corner Sports, Git R Dun and The Chalet were found in the vehicle.
Crystal Dawn Nelson, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 25 for felony check forgery. She was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for five years, and five years of supervised probation.
She must serve 70 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,083, restitution reserved, not have any contact with victims, not enter victims' residence, follow recommendations of evaluation, follow all instructions of probation, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit a DNA sample, submit to random testing, complete cognitive skills training if Department of Corrections deems appropriate and not be in the presence of anyone who is consuming drugs or alcohol.
At 12:10 p.m. Feb. 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy met with a female at the law enforcement center. The female reported that a book of checks had been stolen from her residence. There were five unused checks remaining. The checks had been forged and presented at a local store. Four of the checks had been made out in the sum of $40 and one was made out for $30. The female said Nelson may have had access to her checkbook. Nelson has prior convictions for gross misdemeanor theft, felony theft and felony check forgery and is currently on probation.
Gregory Robert Wright, 52, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 23, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 10 months and 29 days are stayed for three years, and three years of supervised probation.
He must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,208, not have any alcohol violations, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and searches, complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, follow all recommendations of evaluation and remain law abiding.
At 9 p.m. March 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a truck traveling north on Mission Road with an un-illuminated rear license plate. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled over too far and went into the ditch just off the main thoroughfare. The driver was identified as Wright and the deputy observed a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and transported to the jail. Deputies seized an open case of beer in the bed of the truck and magazines with sexually explicit photographs. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .15 at the Beltrami County Jail. Wright has a prior driver's license revocation for driving while impaired in Cass County. He also has a prior conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, with specific conditions of probation including refraining from the use or possession of any alcohol, be law abiding and not possess any sexually explicit materials.
Scott Steven Dingmann, 23 of Richmond, Minn., pleaded innocent March 23 to gross misdemeanor liquor purchase/sell/barter/furnish to a person younger than 21. His next day in court will be April 15.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1 p.m. Dec. 5, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a Bemidji liquor store in reference to a customer furnishing liquor to minors. Officers met with a store employee, who said that a man had just purchased a bottle of Long Island ice tea, which contains hard liquor. The complaint state the customer exited the store and handed the bottle to a young man who appeared to be younger than 21. An employee of the store provided a description of the vehicle and the license plate number of the vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description given. Officers identified two under-age passengers in the vehicle, who gave the bottle of ice tea to the officer. The male stated that he had just received the bottle of from "Scott" who had purchased it at the liquor store. Store employees identified Dingmann as the person who purchased liquor and gave it to the minors.
Helen Jean Jones, 66, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the court for three years.
She must serve 60 days on an alcohol home monitoring program, pay a fine of $268, remain law-abiding, not have any alcohol violations, not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.
At 5 p.m. Aug. 29, 2004, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were notified of an erratic driver near the intersections of County Road 29 and County Road 23. A description of the driver and passenger were given, as well as information regarding the two of them consuming alcoholic beverages. A deputy observed the vehicle parked near a bar in Tenstrike and found two female occupants passed out or sleeping in the vehicle. The occupants of the vehicle were awakened and the driver was identified as Jones. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and observed Jones to be disoriented and unsure of her surroundings. The officer observed two open bottles of brandy, one next to each of the occupants. Jones registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .371. She was arrested and transported to North County Regional Hospital for a blood test. Her blood alcohol concentration was .29. Her driving privileges were revoked in 1996, because of prior DWI offenses.
Shawn Charles Martin, 35, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 23 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, refusal to submit. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months and 16 days are stayed for three years.
He must serve 12 days in jail, with credit for three days served and work release, pay a fine of $958, not have any alcohol violations, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, follow all recommendations and remain law-abiding.
At 9:30 p.m. Jan. 30, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper clocked a vehicle driving north on state Highway 89 at 68 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle slowed to 45 miles per hour, but did not stop. The vehicle drove onto the shoulder and then back into the roadway and then stopped. The driver was identified as Martin, and the deputy observed the odor of alcohol, watery, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. The trooper asked Martin to perform field sobriety tests, to which Martin stated that he would, but that he knew he was messed up. He failed field sobriety tests. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .177. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where implied consent was invoked. He said he would not take the breath test. His driver's license is suspended, because of a prior DWI.
Anngina Kay Renee English, 20, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 23, for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. A misdemeanor theft charge was dismissed. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months and 13 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the court for two years.
She must serve 18 days in jail, pay a fine of $383 with restitution reserved, granted CWS, have no contact with Wal-Mart and remain law-abiding.
At 7 p.m. March 13, a Bemidji Police officer responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifting report. Asset protection agents at the store stopped two females from exiting with stolen merchandise. An employee observed two females select and conceal sunglasses and cosmetics and attempt to the leave the store. One of the females was identified by a tribal identification card. The other female verbally identified herself. She was unable to provide a photo identification card. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. A photo was provided at the jail, which did not match the suspect. The female identified herself as English. English indicated that she had provided a false name and birth date because she had an outstanding warrant in Pennington County for theft.
Orland James Spears, 18, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent March 23 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His next court date will be April 7.
According to the criminal complaint, at 3:23 p.m. March 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were advised that the Red Lake Police Department was in pursuit of a motor vehicle heading south on Indian Service Road 19, which turns into Beltrami County Road 15 or Irvine Avenue at the reservation line. A conservation officer was on duty in the area traveling west on County Road 32 towards County Road 15, when he observed a vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road facing east. He confirmed that the vehicle was the one in question. The vehicle pulled into the eastbound lane of County Road 32. The conservation officer activated lights and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to stop and the vehicle swerved into the opposing lane of traffic several times. The vehicle was traveling at 90 mph. Three miles into the pursuit, the vehicle began to slow down and then sped up again, continuing east on County Road 32, exceeding 80 mph. The vehicle slowed again as it approached an intersection. The officer observed the occupants of the vehicle holding up a bottle or passing it around. The driver stopped in the eastbound lane of County Road 32. The officer got out of the car and approached the vehicle. The vehicle sped off. The officer resumed pursuit in excess of 80 mph for about two miles. The vehicle began to slow down again. The driver drove into a ditch and got stuck. The officer observed the driver climb out the window of the driver's side, smile at him and then start running across the field on foot. The other occupants remained in the vehicle. The officer ordered the occupants to get out of the vehicle. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene and caught up to the driver in the field, and ordered him down at Taser point. The driver was handcuffed and asked if he had any weapons. He said that he had brass knuckles, which were located and confiscated. The driver was identified as Spears. Spears told the deputy that he was the driver of the vehicle and that a relative had told him to flee. Spears said he would have outrun law enforcement, but they were running out of gas. Spears was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. A preliminary breath alcohol concentration test was administered and showed that he had been consuming alcohol, but was not over .08.
Darrick Joseph Beaulieu, 24, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent March 23 to gross misdemeanor liquor purchasing and furnishing to a person younger than 21. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 23, Bemidji Police officers went to a residence on the 1000 block of Mississippi Avenue Northwest to stop a drunken brawl. Beaulieu was beaten unconscious in the fight by several young males who were at the home for a party. Two 16-year-old females told officers Beaulieu had bought vodka and beer for them with money they had given him.
Ryan Jon Klemmetsen, 22, of Bagley, pleaded innocent March 23 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, at 12:12 a.m. March 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was conducting a traffic stop near the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Jones Town Hall Road, when he observed a vehicle stopped at the intersection facing south. The vehicle remained sitting at the intersection for a period of time. The vehicle then turned right onto U.S. Highway 2 without using a signal. The deputy observed that the vehicle had equipment failures. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Klemmetsen. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol. Klemmetsen failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .175. An open container of alcohol was found in the foot well of the driver's seat. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .15, at the Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior DWI conviction in Kansas.
David Lee Williams, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent March 23, to gross misdemeanor neglect or endangerment of a child. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 3, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a stabbing and a verbal dispute at a residence in Bemidji. As officers approached the building, they were met by Williams who said he and Tomisha Ware, who was previously convicted, had been out earlier in the evening drinking and that during the course of the evening, he became concerned about his and Ware's child being left alone. He said that the child was 14 months old and had been left at the apartment without supervision. He said Ware became upset when she saw police vehicles at the apartment complex and that she became very upset when he told her that he had called law enforcement several times during the evening about their child being left alone. Williams stated that after they went into the apartment, Ware grabbed a large knife and came at him, lunging several times and striking him in the head with the knife. He said that he wrestled with her and bit her on the arm to make her drop the knife and then exited the apartment. The officers observed that Williams was intoxicated and that he had a cut on his forehead that was bleeding. Officers followed a trail of blood from outside the apartment to another apartment. Lying in the hallway by the apartment door was a large black-handled kitchen knife that appeared to have blood on the blade. At the apartment, officers spoke to Ware. She said she and the Williams had left her 14-month-old unattended for quite some time. She said that Williams came after her and that she threw a kitchen knife in his direction. She said he bit her forearm.
Lester Eddy Bell, 44, of Grand Rapids, Minn., pleaded innocent March 23 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI, refusal to submit. His next court date will be June 2.
According to the criminal complaint, at 1:03 a.m. Jan. 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the area of state Highway 72 Northeast, and Liliput Lane Northeast north of Kelliher, in a response to a vehicle in the ditch. A Blackduck Police officer also responded to the scene. The deputy observed a truck in the ditch with its driver's side door blocked. The male driver, later identified as Bell, rolled down the window to speak with the deputy. The deputy observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. When asked for his driver's license the male handed his whole wallet to the deputy. The deputy asked Bell if he had been drinking and Bell indicated that he had a couple. Bell was asked to exit the vehicle. He fell numerous times while getting out the vehicle. The deputy attempted to help Bell climb out of the ditch, but Bell pulled away and clenched his fists tightly. The officer assisted the deputy in getting Bell out of the ditch. Bell resisted the entire time, by pulling his arms and punching his fists. He failed to comply with field sobriety tests. After several failed attempts he registered a breath alcohol concentration of .259. The female passenger said that she had been with Bell for the past 10 hours drinking at a bar. Bell was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he refused to submit to testing. He has five prior DWI convictions.
Lillian Isabelle Dahmen, 38, of Walker, pleaded guilty March 20 to felony possession of shoplifting gear. Her next court date will be April 13.
On April 21, Dahmen was at Wal-Mart. She had a small knife to remove security tags and a large empty handbag in which to conceal loot. Dahmen was spotted entering through the garden entrance of the store by asset protection agents at Wal-Mart. She went to the electronics area, selected a car stereo and brought it to the front of the store. She went to the customer service area and tried to return it for a cash refund. She was detained by store personnel. She did not have money or credit cards on her person to pay for the merchandise. In a subsequent statement, Dahmen said she the empty purse to the store to conceal items she stole and brought the knife to cut the security tags off of items she stole. She has an outstanding warrant in Cass County and has prior convictions for shoplifting. She is currently prohibited from entering any retail establishments in Bemidji and within a 10-mile radius of Bemidji.