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Beltrami County District Court
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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

John Joseph Kingbird, 58, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 23 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 345 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 20 days on work release; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $833; Sentence To Serve granted for $750 of fine; remain law-abiding; not drive without insurance and not have any driver's license violations.

At 10 p.m. Feb. 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling below the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour. The vehicle's speed fluctuated, and on one occasion, it crossed over the fog line. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kingbird. He was arrested for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

James Dale Stately, 39, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 23 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name or birth date.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 25 days in jail; granted credit for five days served; pay a fine of $833; Sentence To Serve granted for $750 of fine; placed on probation to the courts for two years and remain law-abiding.

At 9:45 p.m. Feb. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop for equipment failure on a vehicle. A passenger identified himself with a false name and later admitted that he was Stately. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

David Alan Jourdain, 28, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to felony receiving stolen property. His next court date will be April 5.

In April 2006, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was advised of a burglary, on the Red Lake Reservation. A number of firearms had been stolen from a home on the 37000 block of Wells Road N., in Grygla. It was further learned that the owner's wife had two sons, one of whom was identified as Jourdain. The two boys told the officers that they observed the owner transport the firearms from his residence into a trailer he owned on the same property. It was subsequently learned that one of the firearms had been pawned in Bemidji. Beltrami County Law Enforcement officers began an investigation, which led to Jourdain's girlfriend, who had pawned the gun. Jourdain was located and gave a statement where he admitted to stealing the firearm and taking in to the pawn store. He admitted he had tried to pawn it on March 25, but was unable to because he did not have identification. He then gave the firearm to his girlfriend and waiting outside the pawn shop.

Shane Louis Stillday, 32, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced Feb. 22 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to 366 days in prison and was given credit for 50 days served; sentence was mitigated upward dispositional because of a request for prison to avoid probation and/or jail. He must pay a fine of $80.

At 5 p.m. June 10, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy encountered a northbound vehicle on Irvine Avenue that did not have a front license plate affixed to the bumper. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and pulled in behind the vehicle. The vehicle increased its speed and fled north towards the Red Lake Reservation. The vehicle continued over the Red Lake Reservation line where Red Lake Police officers initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Stillday. Stillday told the officers that he had fled from the deputy because "I just got scared." The Red Lake officer asked Stillday if he had seen the lights prior to going over the reservation line. He said, "Yeah, he was in a Durango, but I knew I should have stopped, and I was scared."

Justin Alfred Nelson, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 22 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for five years. He was granted 30 days of work release; granted furlough to attend treatment; to be served consecutively with a separate case; pay a fine of $1,108 of which $1,000 was stayed; must not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and complete DWI program.

At 12:55 a.m. Dec. 31, 2009, a Bemidji Police officer initiated a traffic stop for failure to turn off high-beams. The officer attempted several times to get the driver and was eventually successful. The driver was identified as Nelson, who displayed watery and bloodshot eyes, slowed speech and smelled of alcohol. The officer asked why he had been stopped and he said "I was wondering why you were flashing your headlights at me." Nelson admitted that he had been drinking and when asked how much he stated "too much." He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .231. He was arrested and transported to the North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test for further analysis and was transferred to the jail. He has two prior DWI convictions.

David Alan Stai, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 22 for felony fifth-degree drug possession.

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed for 10 years. This sentence was mitigated downward durational, because Stai was amenable to probation and chemical dependency treatment and showed remorse and accepted responsibility. He served 105 days in jail; was placed on 10 years of supervised probation; complete aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; not be in the presence of anyone that is consuming drugs or alcohol; submit to random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample; follow all instructions of probation and pay a fine of $1,083.

At 3:15 p.m. July 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle with a male driver who appeared to be passed out parked near the 11000 block of Tomine Road. The deputy identified the driver as Stai, who admitted to drinking in violation of conditions of probation. He had bloodshot, watery eyes and his legs were shaking. He was searched and a glass pipe, hypodermic needle and a small container containing methamphetamine residue were seized. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail. He has two prior convictions for fifth-degree possession of meth.

Tyler James Morrison, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 and was sentenced Feb. 22 for felony first-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

He was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 114 days served; conditional release after confinement has been set at five years; pay a fine of $83. For the second count he was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for 114 days in jail, to be served concurrently with count one.

At 12:14 a.m. Sept. 26, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Algoma Park. The officer saw the vehicle swerving within its lane and traveling over the center line and initiated a traffic stop. The driver identified himself with a false name and was identified in a subsequent case on Nov. 1 as the driver of this vehicle. Morrison admitted that he was texting while he was driving. He displayed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .231. There was a small child in the car, and the officer also found alcohol in the vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he agreed to give a urine specimen for further testing. In a statement, Morrison admitted to driving the vehicle and drinking beer in the vehicle. He also admitted that the amount of alcohol he drank affected his ability to drive. He was held until he was sober and then released because there was no cause to keep him under the false name he had given. A subsequent check of his record revealed that his license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and that he had four prior DWI convictions within the past 10 years.

Chad Michael Castonguay, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. His next court date will be March 15.

At 7:20 a.m. Dec. 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy received a call reporting that a man dressed in camouflage was attempting to break into a vehicle parked on the 4000 block of Eckles Road. The caller, who owned the vehicle, yelled at the suspect who then fled the scene. The caller followed the vehicle to a residence on state Highway 89. Two deputies conducted surveillance near the residence. A vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle left the house and used a minimum maintenance road that winds its way towards Coyote Road. The deputy caught up to the suspect and initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and accelerated in an attempt to get away from the deputies. A pursuit ensued and eventually the deputy observed the driver bail out of the vehicle and run into a wooded area. The passenger of the vehicle was arrested at gunpoint. K-9 was used to locate the suspect who was subsequently apprehended and identified as Castonguay. He had an active warrant for his arrest after absconding from intense supervised release by the Department of Corrections. He has prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property, first degree burglary and forging a check.

Matthew Benjamin Corne, 19, of Tenstrike, pleaded innocent Feb. 22 to felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 9, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on the 15000 block of Big Turtle Drive N.E. Two individuals reported that at approximately 3 a.m. seven or eight individuals arrived at the house demanding that they exit the residence in order to fight. One of the two individuals was identified as Corne. The individuals walked around the house pounding on doors and windows demanding that the two people inside exit the residence. The two people inside the house told the group to leave their property. One of the men in the house noticed Corne crawl through a small window next to the door and enter the residence. The two people in the house retreated to a back room and demanded that the group leave the residence. Corne and another individual then ran to the back room to assault the two men. Corne attacked one of the men, while his partner attacked the other. Corne struck the man several times in the head with a closed fist. Corne and his partner then fled the scene. Deputies met with Corne's partner who admitted the he and Corne, along with others, did go to the residence. He said they wished to confront the people in the house, because one of them had gotten into a fight with Corne's friend. Corne believed the assault would avenge his friend. He further stated that Corne "popped" the window and was able to gain access to the interior of the residence. Once inside, Corne opened the door for him. Corne immediately ran after the victim and began to assault him. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Kaitlin Fay Connolly, 24, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Feb. 22 to gross misdemeanor theft. Her next court date will be May 5.

According to the criminal complaint, between February and March 2009, numerous checks amounting to $863.82, were written against a closed account.

Wendell Rodney Blue, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Feb. 22 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 5:46 p.m. Jan. 27, a Bemidji Police officer observed a vehicle driving without any taillights or brake lights. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Blue. He stated that if he had known the lights weren't working he would not have driven the vehicle. He was arrested for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Celeste Eldean Beaulieu, 50, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 and was sentenced Feb. 16 for felony fleeing a peace officer and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

She was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. She must serve 30 days on Work Release; placed on four years supervised probation; granted furlough to attend community meetings; pay a fine of $1,083; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding; submit a DNA sample; follow all instructions of probation; not have any driver's license violations and not drive without insurance. For count 2, she was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 333 days were stayed for two years. She must serve 32 days in jail; granted furlough to attend community meeting; two years of supervised probation and follow the conditions listed above.

At 9:56 p.m. March 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling north on Irvine Avenue without a front license plate. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled over to the side of the road. The driver then turned the vehicle back on to Irvine Avenue and continued north. The deputy activated the emergency sirens and the vehicle continued north on Irvine Avenue at approximately 55 mph. The vehicle crossed the Red Lake Reservation line and continued on Indian Service Road No. 18. The deputy contacted the Red Lake Police. The vehicle then pulled off to the side of the road and stopped. The deputy met with the driver and informed her that the Red Lake Police had been contacted. A Red Lake officer arrived on the scene and met with the driver who was identified as Beaulieu. She appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. She said she had consumed approximately seven beers. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .053. The Red Lake officer said he was not going to arrest Beaulieu for DWI, but that she would be arrested for disorderly conduct. A passenger said she saw the police lights and told Beaulieu to pull over. At the time of the arrest Beaulieu's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. She was taken into custody by the Red Lake Police.

Wayne Anthony Krumrey, 54, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 22 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for three years; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $583; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not have any driver's license violations; not drive without insurance and remain law-abiding.

At 9:30 p.m. Jan. 7, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a man standing in the northbound lane of the Wilton Hill Road waving his arms to signal the Deputy to stop. It appeared that the man, identified as Krumrey had urinated on himself. He stated that he was traveling on the Wilton Hill Road when he hit some "black ice" and the limousine he was driving had spun out of control and gone into the ditch. He displayed the odor of alcohol, poor balance, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He acknowledged that he had been drinking and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .112. He was arrested and transported to the North Country Regional Hospital, where he refused to provide a blood or urine analysis for further testing. His driver's license was suspended in 2009.

James Leroy Martin, 29, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 16 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 333 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days on Sentence To Serve; granted credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for two years; remain-law-abiding; not have any driver's license violations and not drive without insurance and must pay a fine of $583.

At 11:40 a.m. April 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed Martin enter the front door of the Beltrami County Courthouse. The deputy knew Martin from multiple incidents and observed that he had a set of car keys in his possession, but did not have anyone with him when he entered the building. Martin's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. Martin finished his court proceedings and left the courthouse. He got into the driver's seat of a vehicle and drove away. The deputy followed the vehicle to a restaurant and made contact with the three occupants. When asked why he was driving, he said because he didn't have anyone else to drive him. He was arrested and transported to the jail. At the time of this report he had conditions of release for an ongoing second-degree DWI charge, which prohibited him from driving any vehicle without a valid driver's license and insurance. He also had misdemeanor charges pending, one for driving after revocation and the other for not having a Minnesota driver's license.

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