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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

William Lee Scott, 38, of Nashville, Ark., pleaded guilty Jan. 26 and was sentenced Feb. 4 for gross misdemeanor third-degree riot - unlawful force or violence. The charges of felony first-degree burglary - assault of person in building/on property and felony third-degree assault causing sub-stantial bodily harm were dismissed at sentencing.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; placed on proba-tion to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $1,083 and must remain law abiding.

On Nov. 2, a man was as-saulted at a bar in Northern Township. A preliminary investigation suggested that a disgruntled pipeline worker had arranged for another man to assault his former foreman, Seth Fontenot's brother. Fontenot had fired the disgrun-tled man a week earlier. The man hired to assault Fontenot's brother assaulted the wrong man.

The disgruntled man, now out of a job, was planning to leave Bemidji to return to his home in another state. Fontenot and other pipeliners feared that the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office would not complete the investigation of assault and bring the man to justice before he left Minne-sota.

Fontenot, Scott and another man went to the home of the disgruntled worker at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and attempted to gain entry. They were unsuccessful. They then called the owner of the house and demanded that he let them in or he would lose his pipeline job. The three were unsuccessful in intimidating the homeowner and left the scene.

The men returned to the home in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, when they entered the home without permission and went to the basement where the man was sleeping with his girlfriend. Fontenot and Scott began to beat the man, while the other man restrained the girlfriend. The man was beaten severely, suffering a broken nose and a concussion. After Fontenot left, the girlfriend called the police.

A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene and found the man bleeding profusely from the face and blood spatter on the carpet and walls of the room. The man identified all three of his assail-ants.

Fontenot, Scott and the other man were located at their work sites on the pipeline. All three men were arrested and trans-ported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Donald Lee Clark, also known as Donald Leigh Clark, II, 21, of Redby, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced Jan. 25, for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehi-cle. The charge of misde-meanor driving after revoca-tion was dismissed at sentenc-ing.

He was granted a stay of im-position with successful com-pletion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was placed on supervised probation for four years; pay a fine of $1,083 of which $500 was stayed; complete a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment; complete aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing; not drive without insurance; not have any driver's license violations; submit a DNA sample and follow all instructions of proba-tion.

At 2:13 p.m. April 20, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling 65 mph in a marked 50-mph zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the suspect vehicle sped up. A pursuit continued north until it reached the boundary line of the Red Lake Reservation. As the suspect crossed the reser-vation line, a rear seat passen-ger waved goodbye to the deputy, demonstrating aware-ness that current policy prohib-its Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies from continuing pursuits into the Red Lake Reservation. The Red Lake Police were notified and identi-fied the registered owner of the vehicle as Clark. By 2:50 p.m. the tribal officer located the suspect vehicle. A Red Lake officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Clark, who was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested. At the time of the arrest he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and his driving privileges had been revoked in 2005.

Brenda Rose Sayers, 49, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent Feb. 1, for felony fleeing a peace officer and gross mis-demeanor driving after cancel-lation as inimical to public safety. Her next court date will be Feb. 9.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:26 a.m. Oct. 2, 2008, a Beltrami County Sher-iff's deputy saw a vehicle speeding north on state High-way 89, with its high-beam headlights on. The deputy turned to follow the vehicle and noticed that the rear license plate on the vehicle was not illuminated. The deputy initi-ated a traffic stop and at-tempted to identify the driver. She could not find her license or any form identification. The deputy saw two open contain-ers of beer in the center con-sole of the vehicle. The driver was asked to participate in field sobriety tests, which she agreed too. However, when the field sobriety tests were initi-ated she revved the engine, engaged the gearshift and drove away at a high speed. The deputy pursued the vehi-cle north on Highway 89. The pursuit continued at speeds of 80-95 mph and repeatedly drove her vehicle into the southbound lane. Red Lake officers were notified as the vehicle approached the reser-vation line. The deputy stopped at the line. Officers of the Red Lake Police were able to stop the vehicle by employing "stop sticks" which deflated three of the vehicle's tires and using a pursuit intervention technique to force the vehicle to stop. A deputy was invited onto the reservation to photograph the woman, who was identified as Sayers. She has five previous DWI convictions; her license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and had not been reinstated.

Steven Glen Richardson, 39, of Walker, pleaded innocent Feb. 1 to felony theft. His next court date will be Feb. 9.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11 a.m. March 29, 2006, an investigator with the Leech Lake Police Depart-ment met with an employee of the Leech Lake Department of Resource Management re-garding fire equipment that had been pawned by a termi-nated employee at a pawn shop in Bemidji. The employee stated that on June 9, 2005, Richardson had been termi-nated from his employment with the Wildfire Training Program. A letter was sent on that date informing him of his termination, due to job aban-donment, and was asked to return his fire equipment consisting of a helicopter flight helmet, one red pack, one day pack, a two-way fire radio, a battery and a speaker micro-phone by June 15. Richardson never returned the items. On March 16, 2006, the Leech Lake Division of Resource Man-agement received a phone call from a woman inquiring how to program a radio. The woman was asked to bring the radio to the office for further assis-tance. The serial number matched that of the missing radio, from Richardson's equipment. The woman re-ported that she had bought the radio at a pawn shop in Bemidji. The pawn shop was called and they verified that Richardson had pawned all of his fire equipment for $30. The value of the equipment was estimated at $1,592.90.

Josephine Lee Snyder, 26, of Park Rapids, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 26, for gross misdemeanor child endangerment.

She was granted a stay of adjudication, which with suc-cessful completion of probation will result in a dismissal of the charge. She must serve seven days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on proba-tion to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $200; not use or possess alcohol or drugs; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and follow all directives from Hub-bard County Social Services.

At 8:19 a.m. July 13, a Beltrami County Deputy saw a vehicle parked in such a man-ger that it was a hazard. The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle and saw that the female driver was either frustrated or upset. The woman exited her vehicle and indicated to the deputy that her vehicle had broken down and that her boyfriend had walked up the road to get help. The driver was identified as Snyder. She said she had been involved in an argument with her boy-friend while camping at Pine Point, and he had left her after the vehicle broke down. Snyder told the deputy that she had three children in her vehicle and had been in the vehicle since 4 a.m. The deputy exited the vehicle in order to get a better look at Snyder, who did not accurately depict the per-son he saw on her record. The photograph depicted some-body with a full face who looked healthy. The deputy asked Snyder if she ever used methamphetamine. After a short time, she admitted to smoking meth on the evening of June 12, while camped with her boyfriend and three chil-dren. When asked if there was any meth in the van she said none that she knew of. She declined a search of the vehi-cle. While the deputies were speaking with the children, Snyder removed two black canvas bags and one charger from the rear of the vehicle. The items were placed in the deputy's squad car. The bags were later searched and a square plastic opaque con-tainer, which held several syringes, spoons, a bag of green leafy matter, clear plas-tic baggies and one bag which contained white powder were founded. The items were transported to the Beltrami County Jail for evidence. Sny-der was arrested for gross misdemeanor child endan-germent and transported to the jail. In a statement, she once again admitted that she had been using meth with her boyfriend in the presence of her children while camping.

Spencer Jerrick Carter, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 29 to felony domestic assault. His next court date will be April 6.

According to the criminal complaint: on Jan. 10, Bemidji Police officers responded to a disturbance outside a resi-dence on the 2400 block of Park Avenue. Officers arrived at 2:20 a.m., where they met with a woman who informed them that Carter was present and fighting with his friends in the house. She was concerned because he has prior convic-tions for physical domestic abuse in the past. She also indicated that Carter was intoxicated. The woman stated that she knew that Carter would harm her once law enforcement left, if he was not removed. Carter agreed to leave the residence. Two of the officers left and a third officer stayed behind to help the woman collect some items. While the officer was in the residence, Carter came back and started screaming at the woman and the officer. He was irate and said that he would not leave without his stuff. One of his friends returned and was able to convince him to leave. The woman said she was going to gather a few more items, and the officer left the scene. Within 10 minutes law en-forcement was called back to the residence. When the officer arrived there were a number of people present including the woman and Carter. Two wit-nesses reported that Carter had returned to the residence and struck the woman in the face before he ran outside. He was located outside the resi-dence. He was irate, angry, screaming and yelling. He was arrested and transported to the jail. He has previous convic-tions of domestic assault with this same woman involved in the case above. He has a prior conviction for gross misde-meanor domestic assault of the woman in 2007 and was sen-tenced for disorderly conduct as a result of an altercation with this woman.

Seth Anthony Propeck, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 26, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to sub-mit. The original sentence was amended to include additional conditions on Feb. 3.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; two years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $608; complete a chemi-cal dependency evalua-tion/treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation; not possess alcohol or drugs; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding; not use controlled substances and not drink and drive.

At 1:30 a.m. Nov. 24, a woman contacted the police regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in her driveway. By the time officers arrived at the scene the vehicle had left the driveway and was located on the 1300 block of Irvine Avenue. The officer began to follow the vehicle, which made a sharp turn onto 13th Street and accelerated rapidly to America Avenue. The officer initiated a traffic stop and a passenger in the rear seat exited the vehicle and ran. The driver was identi-fied as Propeck. An open con-tainer of alcohol was found in the vehicle. He displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and provided a weak preliminary breath test sample which registered a blood alcohol concentration of .09. Propeck admitted that he had mari-juana on his person. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he refused to submit to a breath sample or blood or urine test.

Angell Marie Hill, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; placed on proba-tion to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $858; complete a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment within 45 days; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing and remain law-abiding.

At 1 a.m. Sept. 26, Bemidji Police officers responded to a local bar, where a female identified as Hill had stolen a bottle of tequila and walked out of the bar with it. The officers located Hill and took the bottle from her. She was obviously intoxicated and was told to leave the area, as a large crowd had begun to form and the bars were closing. A short time later, as officers were breaking up the crowd, they heard the sound of a collision coming from the alley. The officers discovered that Hill had driven a vehicle into another vehicle and was still trying to drive her car away. Hill was pulled from the vehicle, arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. A partial breath sample was taken which indi-cated a blood alcohol concen-tration of .22. Her license was valid, but it had been previously revoked in 2004, for the sale of a controlled substance in a motor vehicle.

Kelly Eugene Amundson, 43, of Bemidji, was convicted and sentenced Jan. 25, for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years. Conditional re-lease after confinement has been set at five years, to be served consecutively with two separate cases. He must serve six months in jail; placed on supervised probation for seven years; pay a fine of $1,113, of which $500 was stayed; com-plete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; com-plete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and searches; submit a DNA sam-ple; follow all instructions of probation and remain law-abiding.

At 12:45 a.m. Sept. 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle swerving back and forth in its lane. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Amundson, who displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .17. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and he had six prior DWI convictions.

Gregory Alex Souder, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 30 days in jail, to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on su-pervised probation for three years; pay a fine of $858; com-plete and file a chemical de-pendency evalua-tion/treatment; complete aftercare, not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law abiding.

At 5:37 p.m. Jan. 11, a Minne-sota State Patrol trooper re-sponded to a driving complaint on state Highway 89. The vehicle was reported to be driving erratically, passing illegally and cutting people off. The caller followed the vehicle to a residence on the 11000 block of Grant Creek Road. Two state troopers met with the caller and one of the troop-ers went to the residence where the vehicle was parked. A man answered the door and gave the trooper permission to enter the home. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Souder, was exiting the kitchen when the trooper entered the home. Souder told the trooper that he would be going to jail because he had a no-drink order. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a prelimi-nary breath alcohol concentra-tion of .167. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .13. His license was valid at the time of the incident and he had one prior DWI conviction.

Darren Lee Conklin, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was granted a stay of ad-judication, which with success-ful completion of probation will result in a dismissal of the charge; placed on two years probation to the courts; not have any same or similar offenses; remain law-abiding and obtain a driver's license within six weeks.

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle passing his location with the rear taillights out. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Conklin, whose license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the jail.

Chad Allen Thompson, 38, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. The misdemeanor charge of driving after revocation was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; placed on proba-tion to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $830 of which $500 is stayed; not drive without insurance; not have any driver's license violations and remain law-abiding.

At 8:15 a.m. June 27, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy encountered a vehicle traveling in excess of the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour. The vehicle also had a broken taillight. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the driver identified himself with a false name. He was told to fix his taillight and was allowed to leave the scene. After the man left, the deputy obtained a physical description of the person, which did not match that of the driver. The deputy learned that the driver was actually Chad Allen Thompson, whose license was revoked at the time of the incident.

Peter Alexander Skoe, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years. He must serve eight days in jail; given credit for two days served; placed on probation to the court for two years; pay a fine of $858; granted Sentenced To Service for $500 of fine; complete and file a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment within 45 days; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter any bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing and remain law-abiding.

On Sept. 7, Skoe left his resi-dence on the 7000 block of Balsam Road N.W., in a tan vehicle. He traveled along Balsam Road striking a mail-box, then later a tree. The collision with the tree severely damaged the front end of the car. He continued to drive the car until it stopped in the middle of the road. He got out of the car and began to walk towards his home. The owner of the mailbox called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office to report the smashed mailbox. Deputies responded to the scene and found Skoe walking along Balsam Road. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and transported to the North Coun-try Regional Hospital for a blood test, which was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Appre-hension for analysis. The results found that he regis-tered a blood alcohol concen-tration of .22.

Hugh Arthur Preller, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 25 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. A misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree DWI was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve seven days in jail; given credit for three days served; placed on probation to the court for three years; pay a fine of $858; complete and file a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment within 45 days; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter any bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing and remain law-abiding.

At 2:15 a.m. Nov. 29, a Bemidji Police officer noticed a vehicle parked on top of a parking delineator in the south end of a store parking lot. The officer approached the vehicle and found a male occupant in the driver's seat. He was passed out with his head rolled back and his mouth agape. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper was called to assist the officer. The officer opened the door and attempted to wake the driver up. The driver eventu-ally awoke and appeared to be dazed and confused. He could not comprehend simple ques-tions, displayed the odor of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Eventually the driver smiled and stated "I'm okay." The driver failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .208. He was identified as Preller by his Arkansas driver's license. He was ar-rested and transported to the North Country Regional Hospi-tal for a blood sample.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Sean Andrew Fontenot, 30, of Richard, Texas, pleaded guilty Jan. 16 and was sen-tenced Feb. 1, for gross mis-demeanor third-degree riot -unlawful force or violence. The felony charges of first-degree burglary assault person in building and third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm were dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 333 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 27 days in jail; granted credit for five days served; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $1,083; must have no contact with victim; restitution reserved and he must remain law-abiding.

On Nov. 2, a man was as-saulted at a bar in Northern Township. A preliminary investigation suggested that a disgruntled pipeline worker had arranged for another man to assault his former foreman, Fontenot's brother. Fontenot had fired the disgruntled man a week earlier. The man hired to assault Fontenot's brother assaulted the wrong man.

The disgruntled man, now out of a job, was planning to leave Bemidji to return to his home in another state. Fontenot and other pipeliners feared that the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office would not complete the investigation of assault and bring the man to justice before he left Minne-sota.

Fontenot and two other men went to the home of the dis-gruntled worker at 8 p.m. Nov. 4. and attempted to gain entry. They were unsuccessful. They then called the owner of the house and demanded that he let them in or he would lose his pipeline job. The three were unsuccessful in intimidating the homeowner and left the scene.

The men returned to the home in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, when they entered the home without permission and went to the basement where the man was sleeping with his girlfriend. Fontenot and another man began to beat the man, while the other man restrained the girlfriend. The man was beaten severely, suffering a broken nose and a concussion. After Fontenot left, the girlfriend called the police.

A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene and found the man bleeding profusely from the face and blood spatter on the carpet and walls of the room. The man identified all three of his assail-ants.

The three men were located at their work sites on the pipe-line. Fontenot denied having anything do with the assault; however, he had fresh wounds on the knuckles of his hands and blood smears on his shirt and boots. All three men were arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Alvera Lynn Barrett, 45, of Redby, pleaded guilty Feb. 1, for felony financial transaction card fraud. Her next court date will be Feb. 22.

On Aug. 28, a Bemidji Police detective received a report from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Department indicat-ing that a theft had taken place at the Clearwater County Health and Human Services Office. A woman reported her wallet and checkbook had been taken from the office. She had received a report that her card had been used to purchase merchandise for $584.53, in-cluding a pre-paid credit card at a Bemidji store. The person who used the stolen card also used an EBT card on both of those dates. The victim was contacted by a casino on Aug. 26, who found the stolen prop-erty in a ceiling tile in the women's bathroom at the casino. The casino reported that the suspect might have been Barrett, who has taken wallets in the past and left them in the women's bath-room. The casino also had evidence to support that Bar-rett had attempted to use the credit cards from the wallet in an ATM. Barrett was con-fronted by security guards and started to leave. She then entered the restroom, where the wallet and cards were later found.

Cheryl Lynn Preston, 39, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Feb. 1, for felony criminal vehicular homicide or opera-tion - operating the vehicle with neglect, under the influ-ence of alcohol or controlled substances - and felony crimi-nal vehicular homicide or operation-operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .08 or more. Her next court date will be Feb. 23.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the scene of a single-car accident on Littlers Road. At the scene, the Cass Lake Ambulance advised the deputy they had removed from the vehicle a male passenger with a broken arm. A woman, who was be-lieved to be the driver, had gone into the woods nearby. The deputy located the woman near the car. She had a set of car keys in her hand. She denied being in any accident or driving any vehicle that eve-ning. She even denied that there was a vehicle in the ditch. She was identified as Preston. The deputy spoke with the passenger who said the woman was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident. He told the deputy that he, Preston and her boyfriend had left a nearby residence. He had attempted to get the keys from Preston, but she insisted on driving. He reported that Preston had pulled onto Lit-tlers Road, accelerated to the point where she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the woods. She then attempted to back the vehicle out of the woods, but was unsuccessful. The deputy noticed the vehicle had its rear lights illuminated. He took the keys from Preston and inserted them into the ignition. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .21 and was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospi-tal. At the hospital, her blood was drawn. She had one prior DWI conviction. One of the passengers sustained a broken wrist.

Scott Alan O'Dell Jr., 27, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 1 to fifth-degree felony drugs possession. His next court date will be Feb. 9.

According to the criminal complaint: at 11 p.m. Jan. 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy traveling eastbound on Grange Road saw a vehicle parked at the residence of a person who has been under multiple narcotics investiga-tions. The vehicle then traveled west from the residence at a high rate of speed. The deputy encountered the same vehicle traveling west on Grange Road onto Coyote Road N.W. The vehicle turned onto Coyote Road where it traveled at varying speeds of 12-17 mph, which appeared unusual since the posted speed limit was 55 mph. The vehicle continued at a slow rate and turned into a residence on the 13000 block of Coyote Road N.W. The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle and approached the driver's side. The car was occupied by a female driver and a male passenger. The deputy ob-served a large, one-gallon zip-lock style bag containing sev-eral prescription bottles of various sorts. The woman was subsequently identified and arrested on separate charges. The passenger was identified as O'Dell. The deputy observed an open bottle of tequila in the back seat. O'Dell had condi-tions pertaining to no use of alcohol beverages. He ac-knowledged owning the car. He was extremely fidgety, his eyes were dilated and he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. O'Dell informed the deputy that he and the woman had just been at a residence where people had been smoking marijuana and methamphetamine. O'Dell said this narcotic activity had occurred within the last half hour. He said there were no drugs or narcotics in his vehi-cle and the deputy was free to search it. A search of the vehi-cle yielded a spoon, three hypodermic syringes and five small micro baggies containing methamphetamine directly under the seat that O'Dell had been sitting in. He was ar-rested and transported to the jail. He has prior DWI convic-tions.

Karen Delores Carlton, 51, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree drugs - sale of narcotics. Her next court date will be March 15.

On Sept. 16, 2008, agents with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met with a confidential informant in reference to purchasing an amount of crack cocaine from Carlton. The CI went to Carlton's home on the 1000 block of Minnesota Ave-nue N.W. and purchased one-half of a gram of crack cocaine for $100. Carlton has eight prior felony convictions in Minnesota including drug conviction, fifth-degree sale of marijuana, two counts of fifth-degree posses-sion of controlled substances; two counts of check forgery and third-degree sale of crack cocaine and wrongfully attain-ing assistance.

Daniel Lawrence Rath, 26, homeless, changed his plea to guilty Feb. 1 to felony violation of a no-contact order - within 10 years of first of two or more convictions. His next court date will be March 15.

On Sept. 14, Rath was charged with felony domestic assault. On Sept. 16, Judge Melbye signed a pre-trial domestic abuse no contact order. The order specifically stated that Rath was not to have contact with the woman directly, indirectly, through others, in person, by telephone, in writing, electronically or by any other means. At 5:50 p.m. Nov. 9, Bemidji Police officers responded to a residence located on the 200 block of 14th Street, to remove one person. Rath was found at the resi-dence, and a woman was found hiding downstairs. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior conviction for violating a harassment restraining order in 2005, along with a misde-meanor domestic assault charge in 2004. He has also pleaded guilty to felony domes-tic assault.

Justin David Smith, 34, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty, Dec. 21 and was sentenced Feb. 1, for felony first-degree DWI -within 10 years of three or more qualified prior impaired driving incidents and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

For count 1, he was sen-tenced to 42 months in prison, which was stayed for seven years. Conditional release after confinement has been set at five years. He must serve 96 days on Sentenced To Service; credit given for 84 days served; supervised probation for seven years; pay a fine of $1,108; follow recommendations of evaluation; not use or possess alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing; remain law-abiding; supply a DNA sample and follow all instructions of probation. For count 2, he was sentenced to one year in jail of which 269 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 96 days on STS; abide by all the conditions listed above; two years of supervised probation and pay a fine of $708.

On March 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy re-ceived a report of a drunk driver leaving a bar on U.S. Highway 71 N. A description of the vehicle and a license plate number was given. The deputy located the vehicle and saw it travel over the fog line on two occasions on state Highway 89. The vehicle was also weaving in its lane. The deputy initiated at traffic stop and identified the driver as Smith, who displayed the odor of alcohol and blood-shot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and regis-tered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .214. He was arrested and trans-ported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21. At the jail, he admitted to consum-ing five mug tap beers at the bar. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. His records showed that he had four prior DWI incidents re-lated to the loss of his license

Daniel James Ferdig, 20, of Big Falls, Minn., pleaded guilty Nov. 30 and was sentenced Feb. 1 for felony first-degree damage to property and mis-demeanor reckless driving. The charges of felony first-degree damage to property with a foreseeable risk of bodily harm and felony terroristic threats were dismissed at sentencing.

For count 1, he was granted a stay of imposition, which with successful completion of pro-bation will result in a misde-meanor conviction. He must serve 45 days on Sentenced To Service; placed on five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; pay restitution of $5,461.71; have no contact with co-defendant; no contact with victim or family; complete a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment; follow recom-mendations of evaluation; complete anger management counseling; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency; complete cognitive skills training; not have any driver's license violations; not drive without insurance; sub-mit a DNA sample; follow all instructions of probation and remain law-abiding. For count 2, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail of which 60 days were stayed for one year. He must serve 30 days in jail; placed on supervised probation for one year and comply with all condi-tions listed above.

On Sept. 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was called to the location of Clark Avenue and the intersection of Third Street in Kelliher. The deputy saw a white Silverado with extensive front- and rear-end damage that appeared to have been involved in a colli-sion. The man said he had been taking pictures of a dirt bike from the roadway to aid in an investigation of the dirt bike rider riding on or near the man's property. Shortly after he left the area, a truck began to pursue him. The man said he turned south on Clark Avenue and the other vehicle sped up to a few feet behind his vehicle. The man attempted to pull over to the side of road to avoid being hit. The other vehicle hit the truck. The man stopped his vehicle. The other driver, identified as Ferdig, and the passenger ran up to him and began screaming and making threats. He said Ferdig began pounding on the hood of the vehicle and calling him names. The other man ap-proached the man and chal-lenged him to a fist fight. The men got back into their vehicle, then intentionally rammed the Silverado, caused extensive front end damage to the Silver-ado. Both men fled the scene. All the witnesses corroborated the story and said that the man did nothing to provoke the behavior of the two men. The deputy met with the two men and placed Ferdig under ar-rest. Ferdig had to be physi-cally restrained and informed the deputy that he would "re-taliate" against law enforce-ment for arresting him.

Kevin Alan Randolph, 41, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 and was sentenced Feb. 1 for gross misdemeanor second degree DWI - refusal to sub-mit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 333 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 32 days on work release; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,083; not drink and drive; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 2:15 a.m. Dec. 3, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding an abandoned vehicle in the middle of Power Dam Road Northeast. Upon arrival, the officers saw the vehicle in the center of the roadway with its engine run-ning and the headlights on. As the officers approached the car they found a man slumped over the steering wheel, with the vehicle still in gear. The officer opened the door and attempted to speak to the driver. A strong odor of alcohol was emitted from the vehicle. The man was incoherent and non-responsive, so the officer reached in and placed the car in park. The driver than began to wake up and told the officer to leave. The driver attempted to put the car in gear. The officer was eventually able to convince the driver to exit the vehicle. He was identified as Randolph, who remained incoherent while dealing with the officers. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Once at the jail, he was asked to per-form field sobriety testing, to which he declined. He also refused to submit to a breath test. He has a prior DWI con-viction.

James Lee Raisch, 22, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 1, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 333 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 29 days on work release; granted credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,108; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; complete chemical depend-ency evaluation/treatment within 60 days; follow recom-mendations of evaluation and remain law-abiding.

At 2:40 a.m. Jan. 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding a vehicle stuck in the ditch near Roosevelt Road. The deputy found the vehicle, which was running, with one male occupant sitting in the driver's seat. The driver was asleep or unconscious. There was a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his person. When the driver regained consciousness, his speech was slurred and he was identified as Raisch. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .173. H was arrested and trans-ported to the jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Adam Edward Bjork, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 1 to gross misdemeanor driv-ing after cancellation as inimi-cal to public safety. His next court date will be Feb. 9.

According to the criminal complaint: on Dec. 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy was traveling southbound on state Highway 197, when he observed a vehi-cle in his rear view mirror traveling at a high rate of speed in an adjoining lane. The vehi-cle passed the deputy and was traveling at approximately 45 miles per hour. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Bjork, who promptly apologized for driving above the speed limit. A check of his record revealed his license was cancelled as inimi-cal to public safety in 2006 and had never been reinstated. He had been convicted of driving after cancelation as inimical to public safety in 2007. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He had not been consuming alcohol but was in possession of a large quantity of beer, which he was bringing to a friend's house to consume. On Nov. 23, a nota-tion was placed on his driving record that states "no alco-hol/drug use allowed-notify DPS/Driver Evaluation."

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Ben-shoof:

Janelle Ranae Oppegard, 25, of Mahnomen, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft from Wal-mart. The other two misdemeanor charges of trespassing at Wal-mart and fifth-degree assault to inflict or attempt bodily harm are scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. The original charges were for two counts of felony theft.

At 4 a.m. Jan. 5, Oppegard parked her car near the gro-cery side of Wal-mart and obscured her license plate by placing a towel under the lip of the trunk lid. She then entered the store, where she selected a number of clothing items, multiple copies of several high-value new release DVDs and Nintendo games. She then placed all the items into a plastic Wal-mart shopping bag which she had concealed on her person. She walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise. The electronic alarm system went off and an employee chased after her. The employee was unable to stop Oppegard, but was able to get the license plate number from the vehicle. A subsequent audit of the inventory revealed that she had stolen $2,915 worth of merchandise. On Jan. 9, she drove to Target and left her car running in the no parking zone near the entrance of the store. She concealed her license plate with the towel and entered the store. She con-cealed high-value, new-released DVDs in large purses, which were also taken. The police were been summoned to the store regarding the vehicle. When Oppegard got to the door she saw the police lights flash-ing and dumped her loaded shopping cart inside the store. She was arrested and trans-ported to the Beltrami County Jail. The value of the items in the cart was $1,983.89. At the time of her arrest the only money that she had was a $10 bill. She had no checks or credit cards. She had an EBT card which can only be used to purchase items approved under a grant of public assis-tance. She has prior convic-tions for theft and providing a peace officer with a false name. She was also convicted of felony third degree sale of drugs and felony escape from custody and remains under probation for 20 years.

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