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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Leonard Dean Headbird, 33, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor child endangerment. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 243 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation.

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He must serve 120 days in jail, pay a fine of $133, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, not enter any bars or liquor stores and follow all conditions of probation.

At 12:40 a.m. Oct. 20, officers of the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department and Beltrami County Sheriff's department responded to the 19000 block of Williams Road in Ten Lake Township in response to a domestic assault. While investigating the assault, the officers found three minor females in the basement of the residence. Several residents of the home were found passed out in various places in the home. Headbird was taken into custody on a violation of his probation for an earlier conviction for felony domestic assault. Headbird was drunk and uncooperative. The officers spoke to the children and they indicated that the last meal that they were served was breakfast the day before.

Carl Lewayne White, 27, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 7 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 279 days are stayed for four years, and placed on probation to the court for four years.

He must serve 90 days in jail, with work release, pay a fine of $1,208, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations, not have any alcohol violations, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not drink and drive, not drive without insurance or valid driver's license violations and remain law-abiding.

At 1:30 a.m. March 14, a Bemidji Police officer observed a vehicle traveling at 42 mph south on Bemidji Avenue. The officer observed the vehicle almost strike the median and then continue south. The vehicle then began to travel in the left turn lane on the east side of Paul Bunyan Drive South. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as White. He detected the odor of alcohol, glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurring speech and clumsy movements. The officer asked White if he had been drinking, and he indicated that he had two shots and three beers. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .18 in the field. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .22. White's license is currently revoked and he has two prior DWIs within the last 10 years.

In a separate case, White pleaded innocent April 7 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. His next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint at 1:30 a.m. Jan. 16, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the area near a gas station to investigate a male subject attempting to enter an occupied Minnesota Department of Transportation snow truck. Upon arrival, officers observed a snow truck in the parking lot and a male subject lying on the ground next to the passenger side of the vehicle. Officers approached the male and he got to his feet. The male showed obvious signs of intoxication. He was identified as White, according to the complaint, and was arrested for an outstanding warrant. White was subjected to an inventory search in which staff seized five Darvocet pills, a schedule IV controlled substance. He does not have a prescription for Darvocet.

Claudette Marie Jackson, 35, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6, for gross misdemeanor DWI, operating a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of .08 within two hours. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the court for two years.

She served 10 days in jail. She must pay a fine of $705, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, not drink and drive, not drive without a valid driver's license or insurance and remain law abiding.

At 12:30 a.m. Nov. 8, 2006, the Bemidji Police Department received a report of an intoxicated driver who had left a local gas station. The police observed a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop. The officer identified the driver as Jackson. Jackson denied consuming alcohol. The officer observed the odor of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered a blood alcohol concentration of .11. A child was found unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle, along with several other passengers.

Drew William Graves, 20, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 354 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the court for three years.

He must serve 10 days in jail, pay a fine of $958, CWS granted, complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and remain law abiding.

At 7:03 p.m. Jan. 10, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call for assistance from another law enforcement agency at a traffic stop. Upon arrival the officer identified the driver as Graves. The officer observed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot eyes. The officer asked Graves if he had consumed alcohol before driving and Graves responded, "I'm drunk." He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .22. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .23.

Taylor Lee Tolman, 24, of Stacy, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 341 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 30 days in jail with work release, pay a fine of $833, follow recommendations of evaluation, not have any alcohol violations, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not drink and drive, not drive without a valid driver's license and insurance and remain law-abiding.

On Nov. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed two vehicles driving, north on state Highway 89, slightly over the speed limit. As the two vehicles passed the deputy, the deputy observed the front vehicle to be a dark-colored passenger car and the back vehicle to be a white pickup truck. The pickup truck passed the passenger car at 83 miles per hour. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Tolman. Tolman admitted that he was speeding when he overtook the passenger car. He had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .114. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a .10 blood alcohol concentration at the jail. He has a prior DWI conviction in Anoka County and is on probation.

Adam Benjamin Carrier, 37, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 23 and was sentenced April 6, for felony domestic assault. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison and was given credit for 73 days served.

He must serve 21 months in prison, pay a fine of $133, restitution reserved, and submit a DNA sample.

At 3:52 p.m. Jan. 24, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic assault on a female in the 1600 block of Pamela Court Northwest. Deputies discovered the victim, standing outside the residence in her socks and street clothes in sub-zero temperatures. She had a large bruise under her eye, which was oozing blood. She reported that Carrier had punched her in the face after they had an argument. Carrier was located and arrested. He has prior convictions for fifth-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

Maya Spry, 31, of Minnetonka, Minn., pleaded guilty Feb. 12 and was sentenced April 6 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. She received a stay of adjudication for five years.

She must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $500, complete treatment and aftercare, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bar or liquor store, submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses.

On July 5, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper initiated a traffic stop for excessive speed. Spry was identified as a passenger in the vehicle. A routine license and warrant check was performed on the driver and passenger. It revealed that Spry had an active outstanding warrant from Hennepin County. She was arrested and 40 Oxycontin tablets were seized from her person.

Dallas Jeremiah Torgerson, 24, of Leonard, pleaded guilty March 9 and was sentenced April 6 for felony check forgery. He was sentenced to 17 months in prison, stayed for five years, and five years of supervised probation.

He served 231 days in jail, must pay a fine of $583, restitution reserved, not own or possess a checking account, complete cognitive skills training, supply a DNA sample and not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons.

On Aug. 21, a woman reported that a number of her checks had been forged. Six forged checks had been passed totaling $797.08 on June 17 and 18 at four local merchants.

Vicky Gail Goggleye, 31 of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor contributing to a delinquency of a child or status as petty offender and misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 339 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the court for two years.

She must serve 31 days in jail, pay a fine of $383, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing, remain law abiding, complete aftercare and have no minor children in her home, other than her own children, unless another adult is present and have no alcohol in residence.

At 9:20 p.m. Feb. 6, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to an apartment building on 16th Street Northwest in Bemidji for a noise complaint. At the apartment building, they noted a large amount of noise coming from an apartment. In the apartment, officers found numerous people who appeared to be intoxicated, as well as numerous empty containers of alcohol strewn about the apartment. The officers also detected a faint odor of burnt marijuana. Officers spoke to four children who were intoxicated. A 13-year-old registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .147; a 14-year-old registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .133; and a 16-year-old registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .233. The officers spoke with the renter of the apartment, subsequently identified as Goggleye, who gave a false name and birth date.

Tracy Louise Brambrink, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. She was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, which was stayed for five years. As a condition of her stay she must serve six months in jail and five years of supervised probation.

She must serve four months in jail and was given credit for 68 days served, pay a fine of $705, granted work release, complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, complete aftercare, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, obtain permission from agent before leaving the state, supply a DNA sample, remain law-abiding, have no same or similar offenses, obtain a sponsor and not be in the presence of anyone consuming drugs or alcohol.

At 11 p.m. June 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle with an un-illuminated taillight driving east on Division Street in Wilton. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and the vehicle came to an abrupt stop on the shoulder. The deputy observed that the pickup appeared to be shaking violently from left to right. The deputy used a spotlight to see into the window, but items had been placed in the rear window to block his sight. The deputy identified the driver as Brambrink and found a 13-year-old child in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Brambrink informed the deputy that she was returning from baiting leeches with her child and was very tired and was just trying to get home. Brambrink appeared to be nervous. The deputy was informed by dispatch that she was a known methamphetamine user and is currently on probation and, as a condition of her probation, is subject to random searches. Brambrink was told that she would receive a citation for equipment failure. Another deputy arrived on the scene to provide assistance. They observed that she was nervous, rubbing her arms, rocking back and forth and fidgety. A search was conducted and a meth pipe was found in the interior of her purse. Brambrink began to cry and stated that she had a "problem" with meth. She stated the pipe did not belong to her. It field tested positive for meth. She stated she used meth earlier in the day.

Terry Wayne Tolman, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 7 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. His next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint, at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Wilton area in response to a complaint of an intoxicated individual driving a four-wheeler with a child on board. A deputy observed the four- wheeler driving southbound on Eckles Road. A child without face protection or a helmet was observed on the vehicle. The deputy initiated a stop and identified the driver as Tolman. While speaking with Tolman, the deputy observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. Tolman failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .131 in the field. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .10.

Adam Clair Kittelson, 34, of International Falls, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI, refusal to submit. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 341 days are stayed for four years, and four years of supervised probation.

He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for three days served and work release. He is able to sit in Koochiching County jail if there is no cost to Beltrami County. He must pay a fine of $83, remain law abiding, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and complete DWI Court in Koochiching County.

At 2:26 a.m. Dec. 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle, with a license plate obstructed by snow, traveling north on U.S. Highway 71 near the intersection of Anne Street Northwest. The vehicle was weaving in its lane of travel. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kittelson. Kittelson smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The deputy asked Kittelson if he had been drinking. He said he had not. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .087. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The vehicle was searched, as it needed to be towed, and a small wooden box which had an odor of raw marijuana was located in the center console. The box also had a white metal pipe inside which had an odor of burnt marijuana. Kittelson informed the deputy that he was probably going to refuse to submit to a breath test. At 3:25 a.m. he told the deputy he was refusing to submit. He said the reason for refusing was stupidity. Kittelson indicated that he had gotten off work in Park Rapids around 6 p.m. and traveled to a restaurant or bar, where he had three beers. He left the restaurant and picked up two strangers and went to their residence for a short period of time. He admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day. He has two prior DWIs.

Rob Allen Lindell, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 6 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint, at 8:50 p.m. July 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a truck and a car facing east on Jackpine Road blocking the intersection. He further observed individuals standing outside the vehicle. As the deputy got closer, he observed a man sitting on a dirt bike near the front of the pickup. The dirt bike left the area at a high rate of speed traveling west on Jackpine Road. The deputy activated the lights and sirens and pursued the dirt bike at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The bike failed to stop at the intersection of Eckles Road, made a hard left corner, drove into the ditch and re-entered the roadway. The pursuit continued until the dirt bike attempted to elude the deputy by driving down a four-wheeler trail. Another deputy stationed his squad car in an attempt to intercept the driver at the intersection of state Highway 89 and Mayflower Road. The deputy activated emergency lights and siren. The dirt bike slowed down, but went around the squad car and proceeded south on Highway 89. The dirt bike was later observed on Blom Road and a deputy identified the driver as Lindell. Lindell was known to live in the area, so deputies proceeded to his residence. His parents informed the deputies that he had driven off on the red dirt bike for a ride and had promised to be back by dark. His mother said she believed Lindell returned home briefly at 12:30 a.m. and changed out of his wet clothes into dry clothes. The clothing matched those of the driver of the bike. She provided the deputies with a plastic bag containing the clothing. His whereabouts is currently unknown and warrant has been issued for his arrest for failing to remain in contact with probation agency.

Elaine Florence Johnson, 69, of Redby, pleaded innocent April 6 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation, inimical to public safety. Her next court date will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling north in Durand Township with a broken rear passenger's side taillight. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver with a Minnesota Identification Card, as Johnson. She said she had neither a driver's license nor insurance on the vehicle she was driving. A check of her driving privileges revealed they were cancelled as inimical to public safety in September 1987 and never reinstated.

Pamela Louise Fisherman, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 6 to gross misdemeanor neglect or endangerment of a child. Her next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:30 p.m. March 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 3900 block of Supreme Court Northwest. The caller indicated that a severely drunk female was in the second floor hallway with a child. The intoxicated adult was vomiting and the child was crying. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Fisherman and an 8-year-old girl in the hallway. Fisherman was lying on the floor with her jacket and shoes removed vomiting into a trash can. The child was attempting to comfort Fisherman. Fisherman indicated that she had been drinking that day and was in violation of a no drink order. One of the deputies brought the child to the car for safety. Fisherman was arrested. Residents of the building were questioned about Fisherman, but no one had ever seen her before and did not know why she was there.

In a separate incident, Fisherman pleaded innocent April 6 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and misdemeanor leaving the scene of a traffic accident. Her next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint, at midnight Nov. 29, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of First Street East in response to the report of a possible personal injury accident. A caller reported that a vehicle had crashed into a fence and then came to rest in the yard of a home. It was reported that in the vehicle there were three people, who milled around the car and then left the scene. An officer was dispatched to the scene and two officers were dispatched to find the individuals. The two officers apprehended a male and female individual walking west near the 1200 block of First Street East. The female was identified as Fisherman. Fisherman would not respond to the officer's questions regarding the accident or who was driving the vehicle. Fisherman smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes, slurred speech and difficulty standing without swaying or staggering. She was asked to empty the contents of her pockets and produced a few pieces of paper and a matchbook. She refused to comply with directions. The officer attempted a pat-down search of Fisherman, but she pulled away and tensed her arm in resistance. She was placed in handcuffs for obstructing the search and a pat-down was completed. The male told the officer that he was a passenger in the vehicle and Fisherman had been the driver. The third party was located in the yard of a residence on the 1100 block of Second Street Southeast. This male party stated that he had been a passenger in the vehicle which was driven by Fisherman. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .214 in the field. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where she registered a breath alcohol concentration of .23.

Jeremy David Bird Horse, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 2 on a Lothenbach plea and was found to be guilty April 6 of gross misdemeanor third degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 341 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the court for three years.

He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for three days served. If an appeal is filed with the Court of Appeals, jail time will be waived until judgment is determined. If judgment comes back affirmed, he will have to serve his sentence, pay a fine of $958, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, not enter bars or liquor stores, not drink and drive, not drive without a valid driver's license or insurance and remain law abiding.

On Aug. 16, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 19000 block of Williams Road Southeast in Beltrami County for a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. The vehicle was parked in the driveway for an unknown amount of time and then driven off. A description of the vehicle was forwarded to the deputy, and while en route the deputy observed a vehicle that matched the description. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Bird Horse. Bird Horse admitted that he pulled into the driveway because he was lost. The deputy observed the odor alcohol, watery, glassy eyes and slow speech. Bird Horse failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .167. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a breath alcohol content of .15. He waived his Miranda rights and admitted that he had been drinking mixed alcohol at a party. He has one prior DWI conviction.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Justin James Martine, 28, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 7, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the court for two years.

He must serve 10 days in jail, pay a fine of $708, restitution reserved, complete an alcohol assessment before leaving the state of Minnesota and follow all recommendations, not drink and drive, have no same or similar offenses and submit to random testing.

At 2:42 p.m. Oct. 11, Martine was involved in a collision with another vehicle in a parking lot near Fifth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest. A Bemidji Police officer identified one of the drivers as Martine. Martine was crying, asserted that he was drunk and put his hand behind his back. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Martine stated he just wanted to go to jail, and did not want to perform any field sobriety tests. He then performed a field sobriety test and failed. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Martine was unable to provide an adequate breath alcohol content sample. He was given the option to have a urinalysis, but was unable to perform. He was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test to confirm alcohol concentration. While at the hospital, he was able to give a urine specimen which measured .20 grams of alcohol per 67 milliliters of urine.

Richard David Vigil, 22, of Bemidji, amended his plea to guilty March 30 for felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation - operating a motor vehicle in grossly negligent manner. His next court date will be May 11.

At 8:44 p.m. May 24, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a two-car collision resulting in bodily injury at the intersection of 28th Street and Park Avenue Northwest The accident was caused by Vigil, who failed to stop at a stop sign controlling westbound traffic on 28th Street. Vigil entered the intersection illegally and was struck by another vehicle. The male driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured in the crash. He suffered two serious scalp lacerations, which went clear through to his skull. One laceration was 10 inches long and the other was five inches long. The male victim lost an extreme amount of blood and required sutures to close the wounds. The jaws-of-life were used to extricate Vigil from his vehicle. He too was taken to the hospital for emergency care. The officer observed an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, and Vigil appeared to be under the influence. He admitted to drinking four to five beers before driving. A blood sample couldn't be taken until two hours and 40 minutes after the accident and registered .04. Using Widman's formula, his alcohol concentration at the time of the accident was calculated at .08 or more. Marijuana was found on his person. In a statement, Vigil said he drove through the stop sign and caused the accident. He said the brakes were defective. He is currently in custody in Hubbard County for felony domestic assault. He has an outstanding warrant for probation violations.

Anthony Charles Seegmiller, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor indecent exposure/lewdness or procure another person to expose in presence of a minor under the age of 16 and to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor child. His next court date will be June 22.

On Dec. 8, an investigator with the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was contacted by Beltrami County Human Services regarding a report of a sexual offense committed against a 15-year-old female. The female had reported to the staff at a local school, that she and 24-year-old Seegmiller had sexual intercourse on Sept. 3. On that night, the female's mother had asked Seegmiller to come to her home to keep an eye on the girl. She was concerned that the girl was in danger from another girl in the neighborhood. After the girl's mother left, Seegmiller left and returned with a bottle of liquor, which he offered to the girl and urged her to drink it. She consumed a significant portion of the liquor. According to the girl, Seegmiller repeatedly urged her to have sexual relations with him. Ultimately, they had sexual intercourse. On Dec. 12, Seegmiller was interviewed by the investigator and admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl. He denied providing alcohol to her and claimed that she had initiated sexual conduct. The female adamantly insisted that she told Seegmiller that she was only 15 years old prior to Sept. 3.

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