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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Rebecca Anne Erickson, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 30 and was sentenced Aug. 25 for felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of cocaine, heroine or methamphetamine within a 90-day period.

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She was sentenced to 86 months in prison with credit for 13 days served; she must submit a DNA sample, restitution reserved and pay a fine of $130.

On June 1, 2008, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force special agent received a text message from Erickson informing the agent that she would be able to supply methamphetamine that day. On or about June 18, 2008, the agent agreed to purchase another half-once of meth from Erickson. The substance field tested positive for meth and weighed 11 grams.

Darrell Gene Partridge, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 13, and was sentenced Aug. 26 for felony fifth-degree sale of drugs-marijuana mixture and gross misdemeanor child endangerment. The second charge of felony fifth-degree sale of drugs-marijuana mixture was dismissed.

For count 1: He was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years; placed on Electronic Alcohol Monitoring home monitoring for 45 days; five years of supervised probation; granted furlough to attend doctors' appointments and treatment; follow all instructions of probation; complete treatment; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substance use; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and searches; follow all doctors' orders and sign medical authorizations; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency; submit a DNA sample; restitution reserved.

For count 2, he was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days were stayed for two years; two years supervised probation; pay a $50 fine and follow all conditions as listed above.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 2, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents received a call from a confidential reliable informant in reference to purchasing marijuana from Partridge. The CRI purchased half an ounce of marijuana for $120. At 3 p.m. the CRI purchased a quarter ounce of marijuana for $60. On March 21, the CRI purchased a quarter-ounce of mushrooms for $80 from a different man at the same location. All the sales were made while Partridge's 1-year-old child was in the room. A search warrant was executed March 22. Seized were 47 grams of marijuana broken up into six baggies pre-packaged for sale; four baggies containing 10 grams of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms; and drug paraphernalia and scales. A woman at the residence said she resided with Partridge at the home on the 1400 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest. She said she was aware that another individual was using the premises to sell drugs while she and the child were present. The other male said the mushrooms and marijuana belonged to him and that he was using the home to sell drugs.

Carl Edward Emil Jurkovski, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Aug. 25 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. His next court date will be Sept. 22.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 20, Bemidji Police officers responded to a liquor store regarding a report of a minor attempting to purchase alcohol. While the officers were investigating the matter, they observed Jurkovski exit the liquor store carrying two cases of beer and a 12-pack of malt beverages from the liquor store. This was in violation of conditions established for a felony charge of receiving stolen property. The officers arrested Jurkovski and seized several Vicodin tablets, a Schedule III controlled substance, pursuant to a search incident to arrest. Jurkovski informed the officers that his employer gave him the medication. A small amount of marijuana was also seized. He has prior convictions for receiving stolen property and third-degree burglary.

Rommain Steven Isham, 50, of Duluth, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. The charge of misdemeanor traffic - driver's license - driving after revocation was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 283 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for 55 days served; three years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $608; granted community service; follow all instructions of probation; complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses.

At 11:55 p.m. March 7, the Minnesota State Patrol investigated an accident, in which a vehicle ran off the road into a guard rail near the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 East and U.S. Highway 71 South. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Isham, who admitted he had been operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. He displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .194. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. At the time of the complaint, his driver's license was under revocation.

Christopher Dean Britten, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 24 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days were stayed for four years; four years of supervised probation; sentenced to Electronic Alcohol Monitoring Home monitoring for 75 days; pay a fine of $833; follow all instructions of probation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; not have any same or similar offenses; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment within 30 days; sign medical authorizations and take all medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency.

At 1:40 a.m. May 1, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call about a man passed out in a pickup truck near a gas station. The officer arrived on the scene and observed the vehicle motor running and the brake lights engaged. The driver was slumped over the steering wheel. The driver was identified as Britten. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .197. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Britten was provided with a telephone and made several phone calls. He refused to submit to testing because he said he hadn't had an opportunity to speak with an attorney. He has two prior DWI convictions.

Tyler Edward Timothy Burke, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 24 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 28 days; with credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; not use alcohol; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not have any same or similar offenses; complete educational assessment/program, either DWI Clinic or ASPEN program.

At 2:46 a.m. Aug. 2, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was traveling south on County Road 50 when a vehicle pulled out in front of him. The vehicle was driving in excess of the posted speed limit and was weaving within its own lane. The driver turned onto 23rd Street and the deputy observed the vehicle driving in the wrong lane of travel and crossing the fog lane. He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Burke. Burke displayed the odor of alcohol, and when asked, said that he had not been drinking. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .216. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .20. In a statement, he indicated that he was at a family reunion where he consumed three beers. After he left the reunion he consumed five to six more beers; two mixed vodka drinks and three vodka shots. His last drink was approximately one-half hour prior to being stopped. He has one prior DWI conviction.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Jared Lee Westbrook, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to felony first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling. The felony charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be Sept. 28.

At 4:30 a.m. April 11, Bemidji Police officers responded to a residence in the 900 block of 30th Street N.W. The female caller said Westbrook had broken into her home. Officers arrived and found Westbrook in the entrance to the residence. Westbrook was arrested and, in a search incident to his arrest, a pair of brass knuckles were found, as well as two pills identified as morphine sulfate, a Schedule II controlled substance, for which he does not have a prescription. He has prior convictions for second-degree burglary and terroristic threats and is currently on probation.

Kristopher Shay Skipton, 24, of Pinewood, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation-operating vehicle with negligence under the influence of alcohol. The original charge was felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation-operating a vehicle with negligence.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for six years. He must serve 30 days on work release; placed on probation to the courts for six years; pay a fine of $1,083; remain law-abiding; not drink and drive; submit to random testing and restitution reserved.

At 6:56 p.m. Dec. 2, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the scene of a serious automobile accident on Rough Rider Road south of Teddy Road in Roosevelt Township. At the scene, the deputies discovered a vehicle owned and operated by Skipton that had been traveling north in the wrong lane of traffic and had collided head-on with a southbound truck. The driver of the truck was seriously injured, and the jaws of life were used to extricate him. His injuries included severe abdominal trauma and a fractured ankle. Surgery and extended hospitalization was needed to repair the injuries. Skipton was located and questioned. He admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the crash. Skipton had an open container of beer in the cab of his truck. He had been drinking from it prior to the collision. Skipton admitted concealing the open can and another unopened can in the snow. He claimed that the headlights of the other vehicle were not illuminated at the time of the crash. Examination of the vehicle indicated that the lights had been on at the time of the accident. A blood sample was drawn from Skipton which measured a blood alcohol concentration of .04.

Wendell Joseph Graves, 24, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty Aug. 24 to an amended charge of felony third-degree assault. The original charge was for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. His next court date will be Sept. 8.

At 1 a.m. April 29, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing on the 1200 block of Second Street S.E. Graves had stabbed his acquaintance and then fled the scene. The male victim reported that Graves had recently gotten out of prison, and he and Graves and another friend were drinking together. Graves had attempted to recruit the man into a criminal gang that he had belonged to while in prison. The gang's name is "Native Style." The victim told Graves that he did not want to join the gang. At that point, Graves pulled out a box cutter and slashed at the man and cut him on the chin and a deep cut across his chest. Stitches and staples were needed to close the wounds on the victim. Graves had been convicted of attempted second-degree murder in Roseau County and had been sentenced to 75 months in prison.

Todd Elmer Leroy Kise, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 to gross misdemeanor traffic accidents-driver fail to stop for injury or death. The charge of misdemeanor traffic - drivers license - driving after suspension was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 344 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 21 days in Sentenced To Service; Community Work Service granted; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $383; remain law-abiding; not have any driver license violations; not driving without insurance; restitution reserved.

At 6:17 p.m. July 9, a Bemidji Police officer and other law enforcement officers responded to an accident involving personal injuries at a gas station on state Highway 197. The two vehicles were found parked in the parking lot of the gas station. A female passenger of one of the vehicles was complaining of soft-tissue injuries in her neck, right arm, back and leg. The driver of that vehicle, identified as Kise, had fled the scene. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper located Kise a block north of the gas station and brought him back to the scene. The driver of the other vehicle told officers he had been traveling west on Highway 197 when the vehicle driven by Kise suddenly made a left turn across his lane of traffic and into the parking lot and he was unable to avoid the collision with Kise's vehicle.

Kise has never had a valid driver's license.

Tera Lynn Tibbetts, 22, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor child endangerment.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. She must serve one month on Sentenced To Service; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $833; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding and continue to follow the CHIPS plan.

At 5:57 p.m. June 9, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle a the ditch on Pioneer Road Northeast. Dispatch reported there were two small children in the car, as well as two adults, and that the adults were observed stumbling around the vehicle and were possibly intoxicated. The deputies arrived on the scene and identified Tibbetts as the passenger. A man had been driving, and two small children were in the rear seat. Both adults were heavily intoxicated. They displayed heavily slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. The man admitted to driving the vehicle, and Tibbetts corroborated his story. The deputy observed a partially filled 40-ounce open bottle of beer on the floor of the driver's side. Tibbetts grabbed the bottle and told the deputy he couldn't take it from her. After a brief struggle the deputy was able to remove the bottle from her grasp. Tibbetts was instructed to exit the vehicle. She told the deputy she would not get out of the vehicle and proceeded to call the deputy names. Tibbetts continued to resist arrest by holding the door to the squad open with her foot and hand. The man said he was on his way back to Ponemah with his two children and their mother. The children were removed from Tibbetts' custody and placed with their grandmother. At the time of this complaint, Tibbetts was on probation and had a no-drink order.

Melissa May Hamilton, 50, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation-operating a vehicle with negligence-under the influence of alcohol.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. She must serve seven days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $708; Community Work Service granted; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation; remain law-abiding; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and restitution reserved.

At 9:10 p.m. May 6, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper responded to a call regarding a two-car collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Centerline Road Northwest. Hamilton had been traveling south on Centerline Road and failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2. The oncoming vehicle struck Hamilton's car on the driver's side near the rear of the vehicle. Hamilton was not injured, but the other driver was. Hamilton displayed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath alcohol concentration of .114. She was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood sample.

Patrick Dean O'Brien, 57, of Becida, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 25 days in jail on Community Work Service or Sentenced To Service; granted credit for five days served; sentences to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on four years probation to the courts; pay a fine of $1,111; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; attend AA meetings once a week for one year; file proof once a month starting Oct. 30.

At 5:50 p.m. April 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle cross the centerline while on County Road 22. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and the left turn signal remained activated after the vehicle had turned. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as O'Brien, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and lethargic behavior. When asked to comply with field sobriety tests he said he was unable to do so. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .308. The deputy found an open beer can in the vehicle. O'Brien was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .20. In a statement, O'Brien indicated that he consumed alcohol before driving his vehicle and that he felt the effects of the alcohol that he had consumed. He admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol and indicated that he had consumed approximately 9-10 beers throughout the day and then indicated that he had been drinking all day. He told the deputy that he had put his vehicle in the ditch prior to being stopped. His license was revoked for two prior DWI convictions.

Brady James Smith, 21, of East Grand Forks, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 24 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process - lawful execution legal process. The misdemeanor charge of minor consumption was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve seven days on Sentenced To Service; granted credit for three days served; placed on probation to the court for one year; pay a fine of $461 and remain law-abiding.

At 2 a.m. April 19, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block alley on Minnesota Avenue Northwest regarding a fight and a disturbance. Officers arrived and saw a large fight involving numerous persons, some of whom had fled towards the alley, between Seventh and Eighth streets. Some of the people fled into a home. The officers entered the home and saw a person attempting to hide in the bedroom under a pile of clothes. The suspect was identified as Smith. He displayed the odor of alcohol and slurred speech and appeared intoxicated. He was arrested for minor consumption and began to struggle with the officer. A Taser was used to subdue Smith after he began actively fighting. He was transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Jeremy Jay Patch, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor traffic - driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 330 days were stayed for two years; he must serve 20 days on Sentenced To Service; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $333; have no same or similar offenses; not have any driver's license violations and not drive without insurance. The sentence will be served concurrently with the case listed below.

At 5:54 p.m. Aug. 21, a Blackduck Police officer observed a vehicle missing a front license plate and the front grill. The officer initiated a traffic stop and the driver identified himself with a false name. The driver indicated that he had recently changed his name from Jeremy Patch to Jeremy Thompson. A check of his records revealed he was driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

In a separate case, Patch pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 25 for gross misdemeanor traffic - driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

His sentenced on this conviction is to be served concurrently with the case above.

At 11:54 p.m. March 21, A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle with expired registration stickers attached to the rear license plates, a muffler that was hanging on the road and a broken front windshield. He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Patch. Patch's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 2007. He has been convicted of driving after cancellation in 2002 and 2005.

Matthew Clayton Evans Wass, 28, of Solway, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug 25 for gross misdemeanor second degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years; he must serve 28 days on Sentenced To Service; granted credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,236; complete dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 1:50 a.m. March 14, a Bemidji Police officer, observed a vehicle traveling south on Bemidji Avenue at 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Wass. Wass displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. He was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital where a blood sample was taken. The blood alcohol concentration was .20. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Mickey Earl May, 21, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to felony second-degree burglary - building possession of tools and misdemeanor domestic assault. The felony charge of felony first-degree burglary - assault of a person in a building or on property is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing.

On Dec. 28, Bemidji Police officers responded to a domestic assault and burglary on the 500 block of 12th Street Northwest in Bemidji. The officer arrived on the scene at 6 a.m. and was met by a young woman who informed the officers that she had been asleep in an upstairs bedroom at her friend's house. She heard pounding coming from an exterior door. She heard it open and May entered the residence without permission. May entered her bedroom. She told May she did not want to speak with him and demanded that he leave the residence. He approached her, grabbed her hair and assaulted her by pulling it. The female asked a friend to call the police. May approached the woman calling the police and scuffled with her, causing her to drop the phone and disconnect the line. May fled the scene.

Eugene Johnson Jr., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 24 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years; he must serve 10 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $833; remain law abiding, not have any driver's license violations and not drive without insurance.

At 3:32 p.m. Aug. 21, A Bemidji Police officer observed Johnson driving a vehicle. The officer was aware that Johnson did not have a valid license. He initiated a stop and asked Johnson for his license. Johnson admitted he did not have one as his was cancelled as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. His driver's license was cancelled for multiple DWI revocations.

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