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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

George Ronald Batcha, 20, of Fredonia, Wis., pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 15 for felony third-degree sale of 10 or more dosages of phencyclidine or hallucinogens. The second felony charge of third-degree sale of phencyclidine or hallucinogens was dismissed. He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 20 years of supervised probation.

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He must serve 87 days in jail with credit for three days served, follow all instructions of probation, complete treatment, complete counseling/therapy, take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency, not use controlled substances, submit to random testing and searches, submit a DNA sample, restitution reserved, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $1,083.

At 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16, an agent of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force met with two men, one identified as Batcha, for the purpose of purchasing 20 tablets of a synthetic hallucinogen, Ecstasy, for $360 of federal buy money.

David Lee Williams, 27, of Bemidji, changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced June 15 for gross misdemeanor neglect or endangerment of a child. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days are stayed for two years, and was placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve 10 days in jail and was granted furlough for treatment, remain law-abiding, follow case plan in CHIPS case and pay a fine of $233.

On Oct. 3, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a stabbing and a verbal dispute. Williams said he and a woman had spent the evening drinking, and that during the course of the evening, he became concerned about their child being left alone. He said that the child was 14 months old and had been left at the apartment without supervision.

Melanie Kay Brown, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 16, for misdemeanor theft, the charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession was dismissed. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 24 days are stayed for one year.

She was given credit for six days served, must remain law-abiding, have no contact with Wal-Mart and pay a fine of $183.

At 5:10 p.m. Feb. 27, a Bemidji Police officer responded to Wal-Mart regarding a shoplifter. The suspect, identified as Brown, smelled of marijuana. She admitted she had been in the company of someone who had smoked marijuana earlier. The loss prevention agent at the store reported that she concealed make-up, jewelry, clothing and deodorant on her person. The officer searched her purse and found three loose pills in a pocket. Brown said that they were Vicadin, Tylenol and Clonazepam. The officer also found two prescription bottles, one purportedly containing Clonazepam and the other bottle contained Venlapaxim. The officer contacted a local pharmacy and determined that Brown did not have a prescription for Vicodin. Nine Vicodin were found in the bottle of Clonazepam. She was arrested and transported to the Beltram County Jail.

Bernard Gareth King, 29, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty May 26, and was sentenced June 16, for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and an amended charge of misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. He was originally charged with gross misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed for four years and four years of supervised probation.

He must serve 170 days in jail, follow all instructions of probation; complete an alcohol assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation, complete cognitive skills training, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and searches, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $508 with community service granted.

At 7:34 p.m. April 18, Beltrami County Law Enforcement was contacted by the Red Lake Police Department. The Red Lake officers were pursing a vehicle at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, and the fleeing vehicle would soon leave the reservation's southern boundary on state Highway 89. Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call. The troopers deployed stop sticks, which deflated the passenger rear tire of the vehicle. The vehicle continued onto Grange Road. At the intersection of Irvine Avenue and Grange Road the vehicle jumped the approach and rolled over onto a fence in the ditch. The deputies were forced to break out the passenger window of the vehicle to extract the driver, who was subsequently identified as King. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where an exam revealed that he was severely intoxicated but otherwise medically stable. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .21. He has a previous conviction for fleeing a peace officer in 2005, a third-degree burglary conviction and an obstructing legal process conviction. He was on probation for the last two convictions at the time of the incident.

Jason Lee King, 18, of Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault, pleaded innocent June 10 to an amended charge of felony attempted theft of a motor vehicle. The original charge was felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 7:49 p.m. Oct. 5, an off-duty Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle facing west on the north end of the parking lot on Norton Avenue. The vehicle had a single male occupant sitting in the driver's seat. The man exited the vehicle and ran west across Norton Avenue into the woods. The deputy called dispatch and gave a description and location of the male. Bemidji Police officers were not able to find a person matching that description. The officers inspected the vehicle and found the driver's window had been smashed out and the steering wheel had been broken and pried open. There was also a small amount of glass on the front seat. On Oct. 7, an investigator from the auto theft division lifted fingerprints from eight different areas on the vehicle. On Dec. 9, the fingerprints were identified as belonging to King.

Jared Lee Westbrook, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 15 to felony first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, 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. An officer detained Westbrook while another officer spoke with the female occupant. She said she was sleeping when she was awakened by a noise outside her window. She observed Westbrook attempting to break into the home without permission. She saw he had already broken through the screen and was attempting to unlock the storm window to gain 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.

Rodney Jay Mudge, 51, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 15, to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs and gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 10:45 p.m. Feb. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle drive into a driveway at a residence on the 5000 block of Grange Road. The residence belonged to a known methamphetamine user. The deputy drove past the home again at 11 p.m. and saw the vehicle exiting the driveway and turning south on Eckles Road N.W. The vehicle made a U-turn on Eckles Road and began to drive north towards the squad car. The deputy saw the vehicle was traveling with its high beams illuminated. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and saw a passenger in the vehicle hunching downwards. The driver was identified as Mudge. Mudge explained that he had been in an accident one month prior and the lights were out of alignment. The deputy saw extensive damage to the front of the vehicle and the malalignment of the lights. He asked the passenger to step out of the vehicle and observed the odor of burnt marijuana about her person. The woman admitted to using marijuana. The woman told the officer that she was fighting with Mudge, and they were on their way to the casino. The deputy observed Mudge to have bloodshot, watery, dilated eyes that did not react to a flashlight. He also had a large swollen jaw on the right side of his face, and his teeth were chipped and yellow. The deputy seized methamphetamine pipes from the interior of the car and the woman's purse, and two morphine sulphate pills, a Schedule II controlled substance. She stated that Mudge had instructed her to hide the pipe as they were being pulled over. She said he was the owner of the pipe and that she had seen him smoking meth within the past hour. Mudge failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and possession of meth and was transported to the North Country Regional Hospital for a blood or urine test, but refused to submit. The pipe tested positive for meth. At the time of this arrest he was on probation for a felony drug conviction.

Dale Roderrick Bohn, 41, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 15 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 30 days in jail, complete an alcohol assessment within 30 days of being released from custody, follow recommendations of evaluation as soon as possible, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $1,208 with community service granted.

Carol Ann Kingbird, 54, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 15 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

She must serve eight days in jail and was given credit for two days served, complete treatment and aftercare, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $908.

At 8:30 p.m. May 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle pass with a cracked windshield. The deputy saw the vehicle weaving from one side of the road to the other and was informed by dispatch that the owner of the vehicle had a revoked license. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kingbird. She displayed bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and emitted an odor of alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered a breath alcohol concentration of .22. She has a prior conviction for driving while impaired.

Randee Marie Sundvall, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 15 or felony fifth-degree drug possession. She was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed for 10 years, and 10 years of supervised probation.

She must serve 91 days in jail and was given credit for 89 days served, follow all instructions of probation, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not be in the presence of anyone using alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing and searches, not enter any bars or liquor stores, follow through with mental health care and aftercare, complete cognitive skills training at the direction of the Department of Corrections, submit a DNA sample, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $1,083 with community service granted.

At 6:40 p.m. April 3, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle stop at a residence where Sundvall is ordered to have no contact. The deputy identified as Sundvall, a person currently charged with the offense of possession of meth. Sundvall was arrested for violation of a no-contact order. A meth pipe and a baggie containing a small amount of meth were seized from the console of the truck. She has a prior conviction for third-degree assault and second-degree possession of controlled substances.

Vernon Gene Jones Sr., 48, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 15 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be July 20.

At 9:30 a.m. May 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle. While en route, the deputy received a dispatch that Koochiching County deputies located the vehicle 11 miles south of International Falls. The driver was identified as Jones and was found to be intoxicated. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. The deputy met with the owner of the vehicle who reported that during the early morning hours an intoxicated man asked him for a ride to Red Lake. He refused but offered him his camper for the night. The man woke up to find his vehicle missing and a Trac Phone lying on the ground near the vacant spot. The owner said the keys were in the ignition. He identified Jones out of a photo line up. Jones admitted to losing his cell phone at a bar in Funkley.

John Kennedy Martin Jr., 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 15 for felony ineligible voter knowingly votes. His next court date will be July 27.

Martin is accused of registering to vote and voting in the general election Nov. 4. Martin said he was not aware that he was not eligible to vote because of a prior felony conviction for fleeing a peace officer.

Jessica Marie Kondos, 29, of Fisher, Minn., pleaded guilty June 15 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be July 13.

At 7:50 a.m. June 12, 2008, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies executed a search of a residence on the 4900 block of Balsam Road. Deputies entered the residence and discovered Kondos in the bedroom of the home. Deputies and Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents seized a small vial with white residue, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Kondos admitted that she and a man had been using the room. She said she had been consuming meth during the past couple of days. She was arrested for violating the conditions of a previous conviction.

Sydney Robert Sill, 30, of Arlington, Wash., pleaded guilty June 15 for felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be July 13.

On Nov. 26, a Bemidji Police officer received a call regarding a stolen vehicle. The female caller reported that her roommate, identified as Sill, had taken her car without permission. She said she told Sill not to take her vehicle because it was not insured, and she did not want him driving it. She took a bath and when she came out of the bathroom, Sill had driven away with her vehicle. On Dec. 29, a Motor Vehicle Theft investigator received a call from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota, who advised that the vehicle was found in a park in Lakotah, N.D. At the time of the complaint, Sills whereabouts were unknown.

Brady James Smith, 20, of East Grand Forks, Minn., pleaded innocent June 16 to gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process and misdemeanor liquor consumption by persons under 21. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 2 a.m. April 19, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block alley on Minnesota Avenue 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 to be 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 with the officer. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Michael Evan Bohn, 20, of Wilton, pleaded guilty Jan. 5 and was sentenced June 15 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison with credit for 58 days served. He must pay a fine of $80.

At 9:40 p.m. July 26, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to the 3800 block of Archery Road Northwest in reference to a request by a homeowner to remove an man from the house. Deputies found Bohn locked in a bathroom in the residence. They entered bathroom and arrested Bohn on an outstanding warrant. They seized two pills of Klonopin, a Schedule IV controlled substance, for which Bohn does not have a valid prescription. Bohn registered .378 blood-alcohol content.

Gary Edwin Holmstrom, 43, of Cypress, Texas, pleaded guilty June 2, and was sentenced June 15 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. He was granted a stay of adjudication and, upon successful completion of probation, the charge will be dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 13 days in jail with credit for 17 days served, submit to random testing, not have same or similar offenses, remain law-abiding, follow all instructions of probation, not use controlled substances and pay a fine of $1,083.

At 10:23 a.m. Dec. 2, a Bemidji Police officer was on duty at the Bemidji Regional Airport. The officer was summoned to the luggage checking area by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer. The TSA officer informed the police officer that he had located suspect drugs as well as methamphetamine smoking devices. The drugs and paraphernalia were found pursuant to a mandatory and required public inspection of all luggage prior to the bags being placed on a commercial airliner. The drugs and contraband were found in Holmstrom's luggage. The officer suspected the purported controlled substances and contraband, in addition to the black nylon baggie where it was located, pursuant to the mandatory homeland security search. The officer was also shown a black DVD case containing five small red baggies with the words "stay high" printed on them. The contents of one the bags were tested and found to have the presence of meth. Holmstrom was removed from the flight by the airline and directed to return to the TSA office. Holmstrom was informed of the seizure of controlled substances and paraphernalia from his briefcase and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Debra Kay Teigland, 43, of Pinewood, pleaded guilty June 15 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. A charge of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault will be dismissed at the time of sentencing.

At 4 p.m. March 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 14000 block of Buzzle Road Northwest in response to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies met a man in the front yard. He told them he had confiscated a purse from his partner, Teigland, which contained marijuana as well as methamphetamine smoking paraphernalia. He told deputies he had suspected that she was using meth over the past couple of days. After he took the purse, Teigland attacked him and struck him several times with a closed fist. When he attempted to call the police, she disconnected the phones. He escaped to his vehicle, locked the doors and called the police. Deputies found Teigland in a locked bedroom in the house. She was arrested for domestic assault and possession of meth. Approximately one gram of meth was seized from her person. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Nicholas Lee Mudge, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 15 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor third-degree burglary. The original charge was felony receiving stolen property. His next court date will be July 6.

At 6 a.m. Dec. 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a burglary at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge. A door to the office and pool area had been forced open and several items were stolen, including cash, a color television, walkie-talkies, snack foods and keys to other buildings on the premises.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Tamara Lynn Yon:

Taidge Alexander Larson, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 and was sentenced June 8 for felony second-degree sexual conduct - sexual contact. The felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct penetration or contact with a person under 13 and felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct penetration or contact with a person under 13-by someone 36 months older were dismissed. He was granted a stay of adjudication and, upon successful completion of probation, the charge will be dismissed and sentenced to five years of supervised probation,

He is ordered to complete therapy and take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency as prescribed, have no contact with the victim, have no contact with persons under the age of 18, except when visiting with relatives, not possess or use any pornographic or sexually explicit material, submit to polygraph examinations as directed, not have access to or use the internet without approval, follow all instructions of probation, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $1,200.

In the summer of 1997, Larson, who was 13 at the time, engaged in sexual contact with an 8-year-old boy. The victim was staying at Larson's home at the time.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Matthew James Townsend, 33, of Pipestone, Minn., changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced June 17 for an amended charge of gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property. He was originally charged with felony receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 330 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve 30 days in jail, remain law-abiding, not have any contact with Beltrami County Bi-CAP, restitution reserved and pay a fine of $1,155.

At approximately 10 a.m. June 30 a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a burglary. Someone had broken into the basement of a home construction site and stolen $1,958 worth of tools. On July 3, a woman contacted police to report that several power tools were being concealed in a shed on her property. Officers confiscated the tools, which matched the description of the stolen tools from the shed. On July 7, an officer confiscated several tools matching the description of those stolen at a local pawn store. The pawn tickets were in Townsend's name.

Alicia Nicole Kamrowski, 20, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI, an amended charge of misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor failure to appear. The original charge was gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. All sentences are to be served consecutively.

On the first charge, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 90 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

For the second charge, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 90 days are stayed for one year, and placed on probation to the courts for one year and pay a fine of $258.

For the third charge, she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 90 days are stayed for one year, and placed on probation to the courts for one year and pay a fine of $258.

She must complete an alcohol assessment, follow all recommendations of evaluation, not drink and drive, not drive without insurance, not have any driver's license violations, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $705.

At 3:50 a.m. June 14, 2007, the Pike Bay Police Department requested assistance from the Bemidji Police Department to find a vehicle. Officers found the vehicle, and the driver identified her self with a false name. She displayed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage, failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .173. She was arrested and transported to the Berltrami County Jail where she registered a .13. A corrections officer identified her as Kamrowski.

Eve Marie Kreller, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 8 for felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of drugs. She was sentenced to 86 months in prison, which was stayed for 30 years, and 30 years of supervised probation.

She must serve 165 days in jail with credit for 15 days served and work release, not use or be in the presence of anyone using controlled substances, submit to random testing, complete an alcohol assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation and aftercare, remain law-abiding, submit a DNA sample, follow all instructions of probation and a pay a fine of $1,580 with STS granted.

On June 16-18, 2008, Kreller knowingly transported another woman for the purpose of conducting a sale of meth.

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