Beltrami County District Court
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
Theran Robert Stai, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Oct. 26 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be Dec. 15.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8:25 p.m. Aug. 19, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a theft of a vehicle and damage to property on the 900 block of Bemidji Avenue. The owner of the residence reported that a man named Stai had previously been at the residence and damaged items in the residence, before taking her vehicle without permission. The woman said they had been in a relationship and that there was a no-contact order at been served Aug. 14. In a statement, the woman reported that Stai had stayed the night and on Aug. 19, he became angry and belligerent with her and reportedly threw several glass bottles on the kitchen floor. She told him to leave the house, which he did with her car. Stai and the vehicle were found in a parking lot. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail for violation of a no-contact order, theft of a motor vehicle and violation of conditions of his release order. A partially empty bottle of vodka was found in the vehicle along with other unopened bottles of malt beverage.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Robert Joseph Jones, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 2 to felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer causing demonstrable bodily harm or throwing/transfering bodily fluids or feces. His next court date will be Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, at 9:37 p.m. Oct. 17, deputies of the Beltrami and Cass County Sheriff's departments and the Leech Lake Tribal Police responded to a call regarding shots fired at a residence on the 4800 block of Kappes Lane S.E. in Cass Lake. The agents learned that a firearm had been brought to the residence by one or more convicted felons. At the scene officers encountered Jones. Jones accused two individuals of bringing the firearm to the residence. Both of the individuals are convicted felons and members of criminal gangs. The officers observed the odor on alcohol and asked Jones to take a preliminary breath test, which he refused. He was taken into custody and placed in the squad car. Jones immediately began kicking the door and hammering the window with his fists. The officer opened the door and ordered Jones to stop hitting the window, to which Jones spat directly at the officers face.
Leanne Marie Pacheco, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 2 to gross misdemeanor neglect of a child causing likely substantial harm, physical and emotional health. Her next court date will be Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, at 7 p.m. July 19, an officer spoke with the father of three children who believed the mother, Pacheco, had left the three children alone when she went to a bar. Pacheco had been arrested and his children were in the custody of another woman. The officer went to the Beltrami County Jail to speak to Pacheco. Pacheco had been arrested during the morning of July 19 for an assault and outstanding warrant. She said she and her friend had made plans to go to a bar, and that as far as she knew, the woman had found a babysitter for her children. She said she was unsure of who the babysitter was or where the children were as she was intoxicated. In a statement, a witness said Pacheco and her friend said they were going to leave the apartment for a little bit, but they would be back in two hours. The witness said Pacheco and the other woman were not seen again. The children had been left from the previous night, and the next morning, walked to a friend's home. The woman at the residence reported the children showed up at 8:30 a.m. July 19.
Derrick Jon Peterson, 25, of Eau Claire, Wis., pleaded guilty Nov. 2 to felony theft of a motor vehicle and felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation - driver who causes accident and leaves the scene. His next court date will be Dec. 14.
At 12:08 p.m. Oct. 10, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper was dispatched to the scene of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Beltrami County Road 22. Dispatch advised that one of the drivers could not be located. Upon arriving on the scene, the trooper saw an SUV facing the wrong direction in the ditch near the road and another damaged vehicle at least 40-50 yards from the road in an open area. The roads were wet but were not slippery. The driver of the SUV reported that the other vehicle was traveling east on County Road 22 and did not stop at the stop sign on Highway 71. A witness reported that she saw the vehicle go through the intersection without stopping and collide with the SUV. The witness stopped to see if help was needed but was not able to find the driver of the car. Personal effects in the vehicle led the trooper to a local resort, but they were unable to find the driver. The driver of the SUV suffered a broken thumb and was taken to the hospital, where he had surgery to repair the damage to his thumb. On Oct. 11, a vehicle matching the description of the one that caused the accident was reported stolen. The owner of the vehicle reported that on the evening of Oct. 9, she and Peterson had spent the night at a friend's house. On Oct. 10, they returned to their residence and found the vehicle missing. At 12:40 p.m. Oct.12, an investigator spoke with Peterson, who corroborated the story the woman had given. The investigator asked if he was sure that was what happened. Peterson then said he was the person who took the car and got in the collision, and that he had left the scene because his license was revoked. He said the collision was pretty hard, and yet he failed to check on the occupants of the other vehicle, or call for help before fleeing the scene.
Charles Everett Goodwin, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 3 to felony first-degree aggravated robbery. His next court date will be Jan.12.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8:40 a.m. June 2, a man reported that he had been assaulted and robbed earlier that morning. Photographs were taken of the man's bruised and swollen face. The man said he had been at home in the 700 block of Woodland Avenue the previous evening. He said two men showed up, one who was subsequently identified as Goodwin. Goodwin offered to take him to a bar to buy him a beer. They shared a pitcher of beer and then returned to the residence. When they entered the house, Goodwin demanded that the man give him all his money. When he refused, Goodwin punched him in the face, put him in a headlock and continued to pummel his face. The man's friends arrived to see what was going on. Goodwin demanded that one of them take the money from the victim's pocket. The man took the money and threw it on the floor. When Goodwin picked it up, the victim fled the residence. The victim received medical treatment for at least two broken bones in his cheek as a result of the beating. A detective went to the home on Woodland Avenue to speak to a witness who said he took the money from the victim's pocket simply to make Goodwin stop assaulting him. Goodwin was located on July 6 and taken into custody.
Shawn Ryan Williams, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 3 to felony receiving stolen property. His next court date will be Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, on May 16, 2008, a computer belonging to Bemidji State University was stolen from a hotel room at a local resort. The computer was valued at $1,500. On July 7, 2009, a security officer from BSU contacted law enforcement. When the computer was stolen, BSU security officers notified the local Internet company to monitor whether the computer was ever subsequently logged onto. The Internet company notified security that the stolen computer had accessed the Internet server over the July 4 weekend. The computer had been used at a residence on the 7500 block of Island View Drive. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. The owner had been out of town but was allowing two people to live in her house while she was gone. One of the individuals was identified as Williams. Williams was found at a different residence in Hillcrest Manor. Investigators saw a Gateway laptop computer, which matched the description of the one that was stolen, in the residence. Williams was asked how he had acquired it. He said he purchased the computer from an individual a year earlier for $300. The computer was seized and Williams was arrested. The serial numbers matched that of the stolen computer.
Troy Allen Faughn, 24, address unknown, pleaded innocent Nov. 3 to felony third-degree assault of a person younger than 4 years old. His next court date will be Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, Faughn met a woman in a bar. They had a one-night stand which resulted in the birth of a child. The woman contacted Faughn for a blood sample, which confirmed that he was the father. On Jan. 20, the woman surrendered physical custody of the child to Faughn. It was anticipated that Faughn would take the child to Bemidji for a couple of weeks. The child remained with Faughn until March 1. Faughn was almost exclusively responsible for the child during the stay in Bemidji. On March 1, the woman traveled to Bemidji to reclaim custody of the child from Faughn. The two met at a local store at 10:30 p.m. The child was returned to the mother, and they travelled to Remer, where they spent the night. At 2:30 a.m., she removed the child's clothing to change his diaper and noticed multiple bruises scattered over his body. She immediately took the child to the hospital in Grand Rapids, Minn., to be examined. The child was examined at 4:10 a.m. that morning. The degree, pattern and various stages of healing of the bruising on the child's body resulted in a referral to Child Protection. The child was further checked at a clinic and referred to the Midwest Children's Resource Center. The clinician observed multiple bruises in various stages of healing and bruising on his ears and neck.
Raelyn Kay Warner, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 2 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. Her next court date will be Jan. 12.
According to the criminal complaint, at 6:11 p.m. Aug. 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a residence on the 20000 block of Birchmont Beach Road in response to a reckless driving complaint. A woman reported that Warner was driving recklessly and endangered the lives of her children. She reported that she was playing basketball with her children in the driveway when Warner began driving recklessly. She appeared to lose control and drove off the road and into the ditch in her yard and nearly struck a child. Warner was able to regain control of the vehicle and drove it back onto the road. Deputies then received a call regarding a domestic altercation involving Warner. They arrived at the scene and saw the vehicle, which matched the description of the reckless vehicle, parked next to the home. When asked about her conduct in the vehicle, Warner said she was driving the vehicle and that she had been consuming vodka. She said after she drove home, she had nothing to drink. Deputies observed the odor of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .206. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.
Gerald Ray Dobson, 58, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 2 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to submit to testing. His next court date will be Jan. 12.
At 9:36 p.m. Sept. 25, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw a vehicle traveling north on state Highway 89 without its headlights on. The vehicle also had its left turn signal on. The trooper turned his squad car around and saw that the vehicle now had its right turn signal on and had crossed the fog line. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Dobson, who displayed bloodshot and watery eyes. Dobson told the trooper that he had an active warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and was informed that when they got to the Beltrami County Jail, they would perform field sobriety tests because the location they were in at the time of the traffic stop was not safe. Dobson failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .24. He was informed that he was arrested for DWI. Dobson refused to submit to a second breath test. His license is revoked and he has three prior DWI convictions.
Michael Joseph Roy, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 5, to gross misdemeanor domestic assault - subsequent violation. The charge of gross misdemeanor endangering a child is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be Nov. 25.
On July 13, Bemidji Police officers were called to a residence on the 1000 block of Bemidji Avenue. The officers met with a woman who told them she had just moved in with Roy because she was homeless and had nowhere else to stay. The woman had charged Roy with domestic assault on June 18, and a no-contact order was in place. She said she was lying on the bed when Roy entered the bedroom punched her in the head and face with a closed fist. She said she tried to protect her head with her hands and he punched her in the eye and ear areas. She said when she was finally able to get away from Roy, she grabbed their baby and fled the residence. Officers met with her, and she had a swollen and discolored left eye and bruises on her right ear and right arm. A search ensued for Roy, but the efforts were unsuccessful. The owner of the residence where the assault took place said Roy had assaulted the woman and that she intervened to push Roy away. The woman who was assaulted said she and Roy were together again when he pushed her down and began striking her in the head with a closed fist. The owner of the house entered and pushed Roy off the victim. Roy began screaming at the women. The victim went to the living room to tend to the child. Roy followed her and struck her six or seven times while she was holding the child, and at some point, a blow glanced off of her and struck the child in the face. The owner called the police and Roy fled. Roy has four outstanding warrants.
In a separate incident, Roy pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to gross misdemeanor domestic assault. His next court date will be Nov. 25.
On Aug. 12, the owner of a residence reported that Roy had assaulted a woman at that location. The woman, who has a no-contact order against Roy, said that she and Roy were together again when he pushed her down and began striking her in the head with a closed fist. The owner of the house entered and pushed Roy off the other woman. Roy began screaming at the women. The victim went to the living room to tend to their child, Roy followed her and struck her six or seven times while she was holding the child, and at some point, a blow glanced off of her and struck the child in the face. The owner of the home called the police and Roy fled the scene.