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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Marlon Lavar Campbell, 30, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Feb. 8 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be March 9.

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According to the criminal complaint, at 1:15 a.m. Sept. 11, a call was received about a stolen car. A city of Bemidji Police officer responded to the call and spoke to the owner of the vehicle, who said he parked his vehicle on Minnesota Avenue for approximately 30 minutes. When he went outside he found his car missing. The vehicle was located traveling east on U.S. Highway 2 near the Junction gas station. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy followed the vehicle into a driveway and identified the driver as Campbell. He said the vehicle belonged to a friend of his, but he did not know his friend's last name. He said that the man had gotten out of the vehicle prior to the deputy pulling into the driveway and left the area on foot. Campbell said he lived at the residence where he was parked.

Josiah Timothy Kondos, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 8 to felony distribute via electronic communication material that relates/describes sexual conduct to a child. His next court date will be March 9.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:15 p.m. Nov. 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy met with the mother of a 14-year-old girl. The girl reported that she had received a picture and text message from Kondos. The picture was of Kondos' or another mans exposed genitalia. Accompanying the photograph was a text message advising the girl to show the photo to another person. The girl told the deputies she received the photo on her cell phone within the past two days. She also said she did show the picture and text to the person Kondos requested. Deputies seized the phone and determined that the text and photo came from Kondos' cell phone. On Nov. 12, Kondos was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He admitted to the investigator that he had sent the photograph and text message, but claimed the photo was not of his own genitalia. His cell phone was seized pursuant to a search warrant. Kondos' was under conditions of release for a previous case, which prohibited him from having any direct or indirect contact with the victim, who was the person whom the 14-year-old showed the graphic photo and message.

Brandon John Chmielewski, 25, of Rosemount, Minn., pleaded guilty Dec. 15 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for an amended charge of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. The original charge was for felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim 13-15.

He was sentenced to 13 months and 15 days in prison. Conditional release after confinement has been set at 10 years. He must pay a fine of $133; submit a DNA sample; restitution reserved and is required to register as a predatory offender.

On April 14, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were searching for a female juvenile runaway. They went to a residence on the 1000 block of Beltrami Avenue Northwest. The deputies met with two men, one identified as Chmielewski.

Both men claimed the female runaway was not at the residence. The runaway was found hiding in a closet and taken into custody. She was transported to the Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center where she told deputies that both men had sexually penetrated her without her consent. She said that the men had undressed her in the basement of the residence and had sexual intercourse with her on a mattress on the floor. She told the deputies she had not washed the semen from her body. The girl was taken to North County Regional Hospital where a sexual assault kit was gathered.

The deputies went to the residence and spoke with both men, the complaint states. Both men denied having sex with the girl. They also claimed to be unaware that the other man had sexual intercourse with her. Biological and physical evidence was seized at the residence, both pursuant to consent and to search warrant. The swabs and sexual assault kit were sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

On June 24, the BCA laboratory issued a report of the analysis. According to the report, swabs indicated the presence of semen and seminal fluid. An investigator contacted one of the men, who declined to give any further evidence.

Bonnie Sue Julkowski, 51, of Duluth, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony check forgery.

She was sentenced to 24 months in prison with credit for 455 days served; submit a DNA sample; pay restitution and pay a fine of $1,528.98.

On Jan. 14, 2002, the Bemidji Police Department began investigating a reported forgery on the account of a woman. The Grand Forks Police Department was contacted by a woman who reported that Julkowski had stolen several checkbooks and had forged her name in order to purchase goods and services in Grand Forks and Bemidji. An investigation revealed that Julkowski and her husband were in Bemidji Jan. 5-6, 2002, and she forged the woman's name in order to obtain goods and services. She wrote checks in the amount of $1,528.98, to many local Bemidji businesses. The officers responded to a report that Julkowski fled the state. The truck was found that she had rented from a business in Bemidji was found in Brunswick, Ga., in late Jan. 2002.

Tammy Aileen Simmons, 41, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony fifth-degree drugs - sale of a schedule IV controlled substance.

She was sentenced to 21 months in prison with credit for 39 days served; must submit a DNA sample and pay a fine of $133.

On April 16, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence on the 1600 block of Bemidji Avenue. This residence belonged to Simmons. Simmons was detained in the bedroom along with a man. During the search of the premises, agents observed a surveillance system in the apartment. The television in the common living quarters was on and actively displaying the outside of the residence, specifically, the entrance to the apartment and front of Simmons' vehicle. Under the monitor was a police scanner with a list of frequencies for local law enforcement agencies. Other surveillance equipment, including motion sensors, was found in the residence. A brown duffel bag was found that belonged to the man. The bag contained $700 cash and a plastic baggie filled with Oxycontin pills. There was also a sandwich bag filled with a small amount of marijuana and a pill cutter. Both individuals were arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. In a statement, Simmons told the officers that the Oxycontin and cash found in her apartment belonged to the man. She said he had been selling Oxycontin out of her home for the past two months. The cash found in the residence reflected profits from Oxycontin sales over the past two months. According to the complaint, she said she would meet various customers, take their money and give them the pills. She also said they had planned the scheme together. She was thereafter released from custody. She has prior convictions for third-degree criminal sexual conduct, terroristic threats, attempted simple robbery, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Daniel Ryan Goodbuffalo, 30, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Dec. 28 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony second-degree burglary and felony felon convicted of crime of violence -firearm violation.

For count 1, he was sentenced to 38 months in prison with credit for 171 days served; restitution reserved; submit a DNA sample and pay a fine of $133. For count 2, he was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 171 days served, to be served concurrently with first count.

Goodbuffalo is a known burglar, who has also been convicted of being an ineligible person in possession of a firearm. He was still on probation for those convictions in August when this crime was committed. On Aug. 22, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary in progress on the 35000 block of Arnson Creek Road N.E. The owners identified the burglars as a man and woman and were able to give descriptions of clothing and characteristics. A shotgun and a handgun had been stolen from the home. Red Lake Police apprehended the burglars. The handgun was found under the hood of the vehicle. The shotgun was found in a nearby wooded area. A camera and prescription medications which belonged to the homeowners were found in the vehicle. Goodbuffalo had been previously banished from the Red Lake Indian Reservation by the Tribal Counsel and was turned over to Beltrami County Law Enforcement.

Richard Edward Strong, 35, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor escape from custody.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 305 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 60 days in jail to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $583 and remain law-abiding.

On Nov. 17, 2007, Strong was an inmate in the Beltrami County Jail in relation to a conviction for gross misdemeanor domestic assault. He was granted a furlough for a dental appointment in Deerwood, Minn. He was released at noon and ordered to return by 8:30 p.m. He failed to return and was placed on escape status.

Christopher James Tarozzi, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony terroristic threats.

He was sentenced to 366 months in prison, of which 291 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 24 days in jail with credit for 51 days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $583; follow all instructions of probation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; remain law-abiding; submit to random testing; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, submit a DNA sample; not ship/transport/possess or receive firearms or ammo; not have any contact with known gang members; no gang activity; follow recommendations of evaluation immediately; and complete cognitive skills training at the direction of the Department of Corrections.

At 1:05 a.m. Dec. 20, Bemidji Police officers responded to a local bar, where a man had brandished a gun in the face of a bar patron. The man then left in a dark colored SUV. An officer saw the vehicle near the intersection of Second Street and state Highway 197 and initiated a traffic stop. Five people were ordered out of the vehicle and handcuffed. One of the passengers was identified as Tarozzi, who told the officer that "the gun" was behind the front seat, but that it was "only a BB gun." The officers located a .177 caliber BB pistol repeater behind the front seat. Tarozzi said he had taken the gun from a juvenile earlier that day. Another passenger in the vehicle informed the officers that Tarrozi had carried the BB gun into the bar and attempted to hide the gun under the seat in the vehicle after he had been thrown out of the bar. The bar patron had reported that Tarozzi had pulled the pistol and brandished it in his face. In an ensuing struggle the pistol fell to the ground. An employee of the bar saw the gun on the floor and saw Tarozzi pick it up.

Amanda Jo Alice Vernlund, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor check forgery - falsely endorse.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days were stayed for two years. She must serve 15 days with school release; placed on supervised probation for two years; pay a fine of $771.12; Sentenced To Service granted for $500 of fine; follow all instructions of probation; complete counseling; sign medical release forms to the Department of Corrections; remain law-abiding and pay restitution.

In January 2009, Vernlund was employed as an assistant manager at a local retail store. On or about Jan. 5, Vernlund took a paycheck in the amount of $188.12, which had been issued in another employee's name without permission. She forged the person's name on the company form, which indicated that the employee had received the check personally. Vernlund then forged the person's name on the check and cashed it at a local bank. The theft and forgery were detected by the store manager and district manager. The manager obtained a written and signed confession from Vernlund, in which she admitted to the theft and forgery of the check. Security footage was recovered that showed Vernlund cashing the check. Vernlund has a history of acts of forgery and financial transaction card fraud.

Tylor Scott McPhee, 18, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation of a vehicle with negligence under the influence of alcohol. A second count of criminal vehicular homicide or operation of a vehicle with negligence under the influence of alcohol was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 26 days on work release, if eligible, with credit for four days served; placed on three years of probation to the courts; pay a fine of $858; Sentenced To Service granted for fine of $750; restitution reserved; must complete ASPEN; not use alcohol and submit to random testing.

At 2:12 a.m. Aug. 15, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a one-vehicle rollover accident near the intersection of County Road 22 and County Road 5, in Beltrami County. Deputies arrived on the scene and observed dirt and debris as well as a set of muddy tracks in the area of an S-curve near the intersection of County Road 22 and Beaver Lodge Lane. While investigating the area, a deputy was informed that McPhee had been taken into custody by Clearwater County deputies and subsequently turned over to the Beltrami County deputy. McPhee displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and had a difficult time maintaining his balance. He admitted to driving his truck on County Road 22 when he lost control and the vehicle rolled over in a ditch. A passenger had been transported to the Clearwater County Memorial Hospital with back injuries suffered in the rollover. McPhee told the deputy he had nothing to drink after the accident. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a .119 preliminary blood alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital. A sample of blood was drawn for further analysis. McPhee said he began drinking beer at 9 p.m. and was joined by a friend of his. He drank at home and consumed six-nine beers from 9-10:15 p.m. He said he drank the beers in a quick and rapid fashion. He then drove his truck to Bagley. The friend he was drinking with was the passenger in his vehicle. They stopped at several gas stations along the way and continued to travel eastbound on County 22. At the intersection of County 22 and Beaver Lodge Lane, he lost control of the truck and rolled into the ditch. McPhee was not injured in the rollover, but the passenger was complaining of back injuries. Two people picked McPhee and the other man up and drove them to a nearby home. McPhee reported that his father pulled the truck out of the ditch. McPhee was later transported to his residence and the passenger was transported to the hospital in Bagley. The man was transported to the Fargo Medical Center with back fractures.

Jarred Lee Martell, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve nine days in jail with credit for one day served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $608; Sentenced To Service granted for $500 of fine; must not drink and drive and must complete the ASPEN program.

At 1:06 a.m. Dec. 3, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle speeding on Roosevelt Road Southeast. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Martell. He displayed a strong odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .141. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he indicated he would not submit to another breath test. He had no driving record in Minnesota. He had possessed driving privileges in North Dakota, but those were cancelled in 2006 and had not been reinstated.

Quentin David Roy, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days were stayed for two years. He must serve four days in jail with credit for 11 days served; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $608; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days; not drink and drive; submit to random testing; not have any same or similar offenses and follow all recommendations of evaluation immediately.

At 8:15 a.m. June 3, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw a vehicle merge directly in front of his vehicle, causing the trooper to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Roy, who displayed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. Roy admitted to drinking most of the night. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .15. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he refused to complete a second blood alcohol concentration test.

Walter Joe Lucken, 47, of Gonvick, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 8 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 275 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 90 days on work release, if eligible; sentence to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,108; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days of being released from custody; follow recommendations of evaluation immediately; not use alcohol; not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.

At 2:48 a.m. Nov. 22, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were involved with a traffic stop, when one of the deputies saw a vehicle pass his location with no taillights. The deputy pursued the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Lucken, who had slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. He said he been drinking at a bar earlier that evening. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .146. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he gave a urine sample for further analysis. He has two prior DWI convictions.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Brett Anthony Carsella, 24, pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to gross misdemeanor hunting, using artificial lights to spot, locate or take wild animals. His next court date will be March 15.

At 1 a.m. Nov. 19, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer saw a vehicle parked north-south in the driving lanes of Beltrami County Road 34, which runs east-west. The vehicle's position allowed the headlights to be cast into the adjacent ditch and field. Once the conservation officer arrived on the scene the truck left. A man exited the woods carrying a flashlight. The man said he had been involved in shining and shooting a deer. He said the carcass of the deer was nearby. The man was identified as Benjamin Alan Leach, who told the officer that he had met Carsella at a bar in the area earlier that evening and had agreed to illegally shine for deer. The two men got into the truck and drove to the location on County Road 34, where Carsella used the vehicle headlights to shine a deer. Carsella shot a deer and Leach had gone to drag the deer carcass to the edge of the road, while the man turned the truck around at the nearby intersection. It appeared that Carsella had seen the officer and drove away, abandoning Leach. The carcass was located and seized. A short time later, the officer located Carsella who said he had been responsible for shining and shooting the deer. Leach and Carsella were arrested. Leach has been convicted of gross misdemeanor game and fish-hunting - shining using artificial light to locate wild animals on Dec. 14.

Gary Wayne Smith, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to felony failure to appear. A second charge of felony violation of no-contact order is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing.

On Aug. 4, 2008, Smith, also known as Gary Wayne Dumont, was sentenced on a conviction for fifth-degree domestic assault in Beltrami County. Among the conditions of his sentence he was prohibited from having any contact with the female victim, except through a third party. On Feb. 18, he made his initial appearance in court, wherein he was charged with felony violation of a no-contact order. Smith was released on the condition that he not contact the victim, directly or indirectly, while the case was pending. He was also ordered to make all appearances in court as directed. He was warned that any failure to appear could result in a new felony charge of failure to appear. He signed the conditional release order form and received a copy of the no contact order. On Aug. 25, 2009, he was ordered to appear in court for a criminal pre-trial. He failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Aug. 26, the Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to the residence of the female victim, whom the no contact order was issued to protect. She reported that Smith had come to her home earlier that day and had assaulted her with a portable electronic device. Smith was then given a ride from her residence by a male friend. The man confirmed that Smith was at the residence. Smith has three fifth-degree assault convictions; a violation of an order for protection; domestic assault; fifth-degree assault; domestic assault; felony aggravate robbery and kidnapping; felony criminal damage to property in the first-degree; felony attempted single robbery and felony escape from custody.

Dakota Kalob Medicine, 18, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft. The original charge was for felony theft. His next court date will be March 15.

On Dec. 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy met with a man at the law enforcement center. The man believed that a theft of tools had taken place at a mobile home on the 200 block of South Movil Lake Road N.W. The man told the deputy he had rented the mobile home to Medicine and another tenant. A back room in the mobile home was not included in the tenancy and Medicine and the woman were specifically told they were not to enter the back room as this was storage space reserved exclusively for the landlord. The man stated that he was in the process of evicting the tenants from the home. After they moved out of the home, the man conducted an inspection and discovered the back room had been broken into and several valuable tools were removed, including a wet saw, a specialty grinder used to make jewelry, a helmet and a wheel plate. The total value was estimated at more than $1,000. The man told the deputy he had located the items at a local pawn shop. Subsequent investigations revealed that Medicine had pawned the items. The woman told the deputies she did not have access to that room and that she believed Medicine entered the room without permission and stole several valuable tools. The approximate time of the theft was the first week of December. In a statement, Medicine admitted to taking the items and pawning them in early December.

In a separate case, Medicine pleaded guilty Feb. 9 to felony theft. His next court date will be March 15.

On Dec. 16, officers with the Bemidji Police Department spoke with employees at a local motel, who told them a wide screen television set was stolen from room 119 on the morning of Dec. 14. A subsequent investigation established that Medicine had been staying in room 120, at the same time as the robbery. On the morning of Dec. 14, he walked into room 119, dismantled the television set and transported it outside. He called a cab and arranged for a ride to a local pawn shop. The taxi driver brought him to the pawn shop and then back to the motel. Medicine told the taxi driver that he had obtained $175 for the television set. The driver told Medicine he would have paid $200 for the television as the set was worth approximately $1,000. On Dec. 17, the officers received another call about a television set that had been stolen out of room 120, where Medicine was staying. He dismantled the television, took it outside the building and met with the taxi driver who gave him $200 it.

In a separate case, Medicine pleaded guilty Feb. 9, to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit. His next court date will be March 15.

At 10 p.m. Dec. 8, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the area across from a local hotel in response to a one vehicle car accident. The vehicle struck a utility pole and the driver had fled the scene. The officers were informed that passengers in the vehicle called out the name "Dakota" as the man ran off. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper located the man, identified as Medicine in front of a local restaurant. Medicine told the trooper he crashed into the light pole and that he was intoxicated. He displayed a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Medicine agreed to take a breath test, then immediately requested that he be transported to North Country Regional Hospital because his "arm hurt." He pointed to a small superficial scratch on his hand. He was not transported to the hospital. When asked to give a breath sample, he pretended to be passed out. Medicine would not move, talk or respond to officers. Medicine was told if he did not take the test he would be charged with refusing to submit. He got up and sat down on the chair. He then informed the officers he would not provide a breath sample and that he needed to be brought to the emergency room because of his "dislocated knee." Medicine appeared to be able to walk and sit down without any pain. He was asked again to give a second breath sample, to which he replied by lying on the ground pretending to be unconscious.

Kari Lynn Malterud, 22, of Becida, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 9 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. She must served 28 days on work release; granted credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,083; sentence to be served consecutively with a separate case; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding; complete the ASPEN program by attending in February/March; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment.

At 11:20 p.m. Sept. 17, a Bemidji Police officer saw an SUV make a large U-turn in the middle of Central Avenue. As the vehicle was turning it drove up over the curb, into the grass and then onto the roadway. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Malterud, who indicated she had just come from a local bar. She said she had been drinking and displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .232. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered a .23 blood alcohol concentration. She said she had been drinking wine and whiskey at a number of different places. She has one prior DWI conviction.

Darilyn Jean Jones, 29, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 9 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI-refusal to submit.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 347 days were stayed for four years; granted credit for 18 days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $708; complete a chemical 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; remain law-abiding and complete the ASPEN program on March 24.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, dispatch advised that Red Lake Police officers were in pursuit of a vehicle heading southbound on Beltrami County Road 15. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy left the law enforcement center immediately to attempt to intercept the vehicle which was traveling at more than 100 mph. As the deputy turned west on County Road 24, he heard that the Red Lake Police had stopped the vehicle about a mile and half west of state Highway 89 on County road 32. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jones. She was intoxicated and had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, was highly emotional and had bloodshot, watery eyes. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered a blood alcohol concentration of. 256. She failed field sobriety tests. She agreed to take a second breath test, but during the test she spit into a trash can, invalidating the test. In a statement, Jones said she started in Red Lake and that she had been drinking alcohol. She admitted to consuming almost a liter of vodka in Red Lake and admitted that she was drunk. She also admitted to driving over the speed limit. A third test was attempted, but the machine was having technical difficulties. so the deputy asked her if she would complete a urine test and she agreed. A female correctional officer was brought in to help explain the collection procedures and Jones was left alone in the bathroom. A short time later, the officer noted that Jones dropped the cup into the toilet. A second test kit was supplied and Jones again dropped the cup into the toilet. Her actions were deemed a refusal to submit. Her license was revoked and she has one prior DWI conviction.

LaShawn LaRin Seitz, 35, of unknown address, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 9 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for four years. She must serve 10 days on work release; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $758; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores with an exception that she can enter bars for work purposes only; submit to random testing; complete outpatient treatment and remain law-abiding.

At 12:15 a.m. Aug. 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a vehicle rollover on the Knappen Hill Road. The vehicle was occupied by a woman who was upside down in the car. She was able to answer the deputy's questions, but did not comply with the deputy's directives to remain still for her safety. She displayed the odor of alcohol and had slurred speech. The deputy assisted paramedics in the extrication of the woman, who was identified as Seitz. She was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for an examination. A blood sample registered .24 grams of alcohol per milliliter of blood. She has no prior convictions.

Keith Patrick Meyers, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 9 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 301 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 31 days in jail with credit for one day served; placed on probation to the courts for three days; pay a fine of $1,108; complete and file a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment within 60 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 12:50 a.m. Oct. 6, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle being driven erratically. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Meyers, who had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. Meyers admitted to consuming beer that night. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .147. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail; a minor child was transported to his mother's home. At the jail he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .19. She has one previous DWI conviction.

Rhea Anne Openshaw, 33, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. Her next court date will be March 15.

At 4:28 a.m. Feb. 14, dispatch received a call regarding a vehicle in the ditch on Clearline Road in Lammers Township. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the scene, where he saw a woman, later identified as Openshaw in the driver's seat. She displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and had poor balance. She admitted to having consumed alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .16. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18 at the jail. She has three prior DWI convictions.

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