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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Gewitaygabawiqua "Sumac" Gabisag Devlin, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Sept. 14 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be Oct. 19.

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At 10:45 p.m. Feb. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a small red car turn into a know methamphetamine user's driveway. At 11 p.m., the deputy observed the vehicle exit the driveway. The vehicle drove past the squad car with its high beams activated. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and observed the passenger moving around in the interior of the car and hunching down possibly attempting to stuff or conceal something near the floorboards. The driver identified himself and the passenger was identified as Devlin. Devlin was asked to step out of the vehicle, she smelled of burnt marijuana, which she admitted to using. When asked why she was moving around in the vehicle she said she was fighting with her boyfriend and they were on their way to the casino in Mahnomen, even though the car was northbound. Deputies seized several meth pipes from the vehicle including a pipe from Devlin's purse, which she initially said wasn't hers. She then changed her story saying her boyfriend owned it, and she had observed him smoking meth within the past hour. Devlin was arrested for possession of meth. The pipes tested positive for meth.

Sheryl Ann Hill, 43, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Sept. 14 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be Dec. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 23, 2005, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a store in response to a report of forgery. Upon arrival, the officer met with the individual. She had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and was arrested. A search incident to the arrest revealed that she had a Xanax tablet in her possession. She did not have a prescription for the drug.

Anson Peter Beaulieu, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 14 for felony convicted crime of violence - firearm violation.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison, stayed for 15 years, with credit for 31 days served. The sentence was mitigated downward. He must serve five months in jail; 15 years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; Sentenced To Service granted; follow all instructions of probation; remain law-abiding; must not ship/transport/possess or receive firearms or ammunition; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; must not have any alcohol or controlled substances at his place of residence; submit to random testing and searches and supply a DNA sample.

At 12:39 p.m. Dec. 28, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about people hunting from a vehicle. The complaints states that Beaulieu was standing in the back of a pickup truck in possession of a rifle. He has been adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence as a juvenile and was convicted of felony terroristic threats as an adult.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Daniel Allen Hughes, 47, of Crystal, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 16 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years. He must serve six days in jail; with credit for four days served; pay a fine of $583, granted work release; must remain law-abiding, not drive without insurance and not drive without a valid driver's license.

On June 13, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper observed a vehicle traveling south on state Highway 72 at 73 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Hughes. A check of his record revealed he was driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

Joseph Neal Frericks, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 31 and was sentenced Sept. 8 for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years, with conditional release after confinement set at five years. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail; seven years of supervised probation to be served consecutively with a separate case; pay a fine of $1,108 of which $1,000 is stayed;; complete a DWI program; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing and searches; follow recommendations of evaluation; follow all instructions of probation; submit a DNA sample; remain law-abiding and complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment.

At 12:15 a.m. May 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call from a residence on Old Long Lake Road, regarding a loud party and multiple four-wheelers racing up and down the road. The deputy arrived on the scene and observed a very loud four wheeler approaching the residence. The four-wheeler pulled into the yard and the driver was identified as Frericks who stated that the four- wheeler he had just parked was his and stated that he took the silencer off which made it faster, but also made the vehicle loud. He displayed bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and odor alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .258. He was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood sample. He has a prior conviction for driving under the influence as well as refusal to submit.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Brian Thomas Zeman, 27, pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to felony fifth-degree sale of drugs - marijuana. The felony charge of fifth-degree possession of drugs is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be Oct. 12.

On May 25, an agent of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for a residence on the 1900 block of Stone Lake Road S.W. On May 26, agents from the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, the Beltrami Sheriff's Office and the Bemidji Police Department executed the warrant at the residence. Law enforcement conducted a security sweep of the interior of the residence and eventually located five individuals including Zeman in the home. Task force agents entered his room and placed him in handcuffs. Several items of evidence were seized from his room including approximately 414 grams of marijuana packed in individual bags consistent for resale or trafficking. Agents also seized various prescription medications, including Schedule IV Ceroquel, Klonopin and Clonazepam, which were found in an unlabeled orange prescription pill bottle inside a micro baggie. Two separate micro baggies were also seized, each containing approximately one gram of methamphetamine and $150 was found near the marijuana and meth. Zeman was arrested and transported to the jail. He has prior felony convictions for fifth-degree possession of meth; offering a forged check; check forgery; felony theft; unlawful transportation of anhydrous ammonia associated with the manufacture of meth in Red Lake.

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