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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Frances Ann Kingbird, 33, of Bemidji, case was continued for dismissal, with successful completion of probation resulting in a dismissal of the charge. The charge was for gross misdemeanor contributes to the need for child protection or services.

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She must not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing and searches; not have any drugs in home; comply with Red Lake CHIPS Case and placed on probation to the courts for one year.

Travis Lee Castonguay, 37, of River Falls, Wis., pleaded innocent May 24 to gross misdemeanor third degree DWI -refusal to submit - and misdemeanor drugs, possession of more than one-quarter grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle. His next court date will be June 27.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11:24 p.m. Feb. 26, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies arrested Castonguay for DWI. He was searched incident to his arrest and officers seized marijuana contained in cellophane bags which measured 42.5 grams. He registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .12. He has a prior conviction for fourth degree DUI.

Chamar Samuel Olbekson, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 24 to felony domestic assault by strangulation. His next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, at 10 a.m. Feb. 11, a Bemidji Police officer spoke with a woman regarding a domestic assault which had occurred earlier. The woman reported that she got into a fight with Olbekson and he choked her. She stated that he choked, slapped and head butted her for approximately one hour. The woman exhibited bruises, scratches and cuts. Olbekson also took her telephone and refused to return it to her until she had sex with him. Olbekson was subsequently arrested. In a statement, he said that he and the woman were not in a relationship. He admitted having intercourse with her, but denied living at the home. He said he was at a friend's house all evening. The friend could not confirm this. It was further learned that the woman had contacted a friend on her cell phone during one of the assaults and that the friend tape recorded the conversation.

Daniel James Eason, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 24 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 276 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 52 days in jail with credit for 37 days served; furlough granted to attend the ASPEN program; placed on four years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $858 and comply with all standard conditions given at sentencing.

At 1:20 a.m. March 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrested Eason for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .18 in the field and .17 at the jail.

Brett Dean Tillotson, 53, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 24 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He was sentenced to 27 days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $608 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 10:28 p.m. May 15, a Minnesota State Patrol officer, arrested Tillotson for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath test of .176 in the field and .16 at the jail. He has one prior DWI

John Michael Morrison, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 24 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 272 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 92 days in jail with credit for three days served; granted furlough for treatment; placed on supervised probation for three years; pay a fine of $1,083 and comply with all conditions of probation.

At 9:40 p.m. April 14, Morrison was arrested by Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies for DWI. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .251 in the field and .22 blood alcohol concentration at the hospital. He failed field sobriety tests. He has two prior DWI convictions.

Carol Ann White, 28, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent May 24 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit. Her next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, on March 22, Bemidji Police officers arrested White for DWI. She refused to complete field sobriety tests and provide a breath sample.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schlucther:

John Joseph Kingbird, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 21, for felony terroristic threats -reckless disregard and gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process, interfering with a peace officer. His next court date will be June 28.

At 1 a.m. May 11, Bemidji Police officers were called to investigate a report of a man armed with a machete or large knife, making threats outside of a local bar. The man was identified as Kingbird. Officers seized the knife and placed Kingbird under arrest. Witnesses say that Kingbird was brandishing a knife and threatening to harm persons inside the bar at 11:30 p.m. A witness observed Kingbird point the knife at the bartender. Kingbird displayed odor alcohol and made verbal threats to the police officers. He was transported to the North Country Regional Hospital because he had made threats to harm himself. Despite repeated efforts to calm him down, he continued to lash out and kick at hospital staff violently and kicking an officer in the leg. He was cleared from the hospital and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He has prior convictions for making terroristic threats; disorderly conduct; domestic assault and obstructing arrest with force and violence.

Eugene Nason, 46, of Deer River, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 21 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. A second charge of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 320 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 45 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,108 and comply with all standard conditions set at sentencing.

At 9:30 a.m. May 20, a Bemidji Police officer arrested Nason for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .10. Nason's driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety. He has prior DWI convictions.

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