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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Shane David Scott, 26, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty June 29 and was sentenced July 12 for an amended sentence of gross misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. The original charge was for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; placed on probation for two years; pay a fine of $1,108; follow recommendations of evaluation; not drink and drive; not have any driver's license violations; not drive without insurance; and submit to random testing.

At 7:14 p.m. April 17, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw an all-terrain vehicle being operated in violation of a Minnesota statute on state Highway 72 near Blackduck. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The operator eventually turned into a driveway on the 100 block of Liberty Drive. He then got off the ATV and went into the house. The deputy had to force the door open to enter. The driver, identified as Scott, was in the upstairs bathroom. He was arrested and, because of a strong smell of alcohol, he was asked to complete field sobriety tests, which he failed. He registered a .14 blood alcohol concentration in the field and .13 at Beltrami County Jail.

Dontae Maurice Johnson, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 1 and was sentenced July 12 for felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was given credit for 53 days served; placed on probation to the courts for five years; pay a fine of $1,878, which includes $295 in restitution; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; submit a DNA sample; and follow instructions of probation.

On April 9, Bemidji Police officers were called to the scene of a loud party. Officers saw Johnson in the residence where the music was coming from, but had gone to a back room. There was drug paraphernalia and marijuana sitting on the table. On April 10, the officers obtained a search warrant and found Johnson in the bathroom flushing marijuana down the toilet. Officers seized five ounces of marijuana, $500 cash and a box of bags, consistent with the sale of marijuana. Johnson was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Lea Ann Roy, 34, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 21 and was granted a stay of adjudication on July 12 for felony fifth-degree drug possession.

The charge will be dismissed upon successful completion of probation. She must serve 27 days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on five years of probation to the courts; pay a fine of $500; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; follow all instructions of probation and complete cognitive skills training.

On May 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy arrested Roy on an outstanding warrant. During a search incident to the arrest, a deputy seized four suboxone, 8 mg tablets. She confirmed they were suboxone and that she did not have a prescription. She said she buys the pills for $5 each from people to helps her with her Oxycontin cravings and withdrawal. Suboxone is a Schedule III controlled substance prescribed for patients attempting to detoxify from Oxycontin.

Carey Sue Bos, 35, of Brainerd, for two counts of felony theft by swindle, was continued for dismissal, with successful completion of probation resulting in dismissal. She must pay restitution and remain law-abiding.

At 10:30 p.m. Aug. 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to call from a local resort. Bos and her family had stayed for one week at the resort, and she agreed to pay the rental fee prior to leaving. The bill was $1,332.68.

Lee Anne Marie Pacheco, 31, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent July 12 to felony fifthdegree drug possession. Her next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 13, a man called the police department to report that Pacheco had stolen his vehicle. The officer found the van at the man's residence and arrested Pacheco for outstanding warrants. She was transported to jail where corrections officers found two Klonopin tablets on her person. She does not have a prescription for Klonopin and is precluded from possessing it in two other cases. She has prior convictions for simple robbery in St. Louis County.

Susan Esther Safstrom, 53, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 12 to two counts of gross misdemeanor harassment - stalk/follow/pursue. Her next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, since 2005, Safstom has engaged in a campaign of electronic and physical harassment of two men who ive near Safstrom. She has videotaped the men as they have peacefully pursued legal activities on their own and public lands. She has shone high-powered spotlights on one of the men as he has driven or walked on public roads and lands. Safstrom has made a dozen or more reports to law enforcement agencies in Beltrami County about alleged illegal conduct against her or others by the men. Those complaints have proved unfounded. She intentionally interfered with one of the men while he was deer hunting.

Thomas Edward Washington, 27, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty July 12 to an amended charge of felony seconddegree possession of crack cocaine. The original charge was for felony first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of cocaine. His next court date will be Oct. 4.

At 12:50 a.m. July 4, 2009, in an ongoing investigation of crack cocaine sales in the Bemidji area, Minnesota State Patrol troopers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that failed to yield the right-of-way and was believed to have two individuals involved in the sales of crack in the Bemidji area. The trooper identified the driver as Washington. While speaking to Washington, the trooper saw raw marijuana in plain view in the car. Washington was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where corrections officers seized 35 grams of crack cocaine in two bags from Washington's person.

Christian Leonard Reinke, 42, of Solway, pleaded innocent July 13 to felony possession of a pistol/assault weapon - conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence; felony receiving stolen property; felony theft of movable property and felony fifthdegree drug possession. His next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 4, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies were notified of a motor vehicle theft from a residence in Clearwater County. Deputies met with the owner of a 1930s Ford Model A, who informed them that his antique car was stolen from driveway earlier in the day. Deputies observed that the vehicle appeared to have been towed away. Clearwater County deputies followed the tracks of the vehicle to a residence on Fredenburg Road in Solway, where the Model A was found resting in the driveway of the residence, which was owned by Reinke. The deputies followed other recent drag or tow tracks to the back of the yard onto a logging trail area, where they found two other vehicles side by side. The vehicles include a 2000 Buick and a 2002 Chevrolet, which came back as stolen from St. Louis and Pennington County. Deputies seized four firearms from the residence, including some reported stolen. They also seized two pipes used to ingest methamphetamine. Reinke was on probation from a conviction of possessing meth. He was convicted of this offense in November 2007. He also has a prior conviction for gross misdemeanor theft by check

Samantha Dione Zornes, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 12 to gross misdemeanor contributes to need for child protection or services. Her next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, Zornes accompanied her child to Northwest Juvenile Center for an evaluation ordered by the White Earth Tribal Court on Feb. 27. A resident saw Zornes and her child run out of the building, across the road and into the woods. The Bemidji Police department was called, but the child could not be located. On April 2, an employee of the Juvenile Center saw the child and Zornes at a local store and called the police. When Zornes saw her grab her cell phone, she again disappeared. A Bemidji Police officer located Zornes standing by the front entrance to the store. She was uncooperative. The police searched the store but were unable to locate the child. An employee reported that she saw the child run out the door and get into a black SUV. Zornes was positively identified as having escorted the child into the vehicle. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Allen Joseph Raiter, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent to felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana. His next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 31, agents with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force received a call from a citizen who reported seeing marijuana plants growing on property in Solway. Agents were able to locate the two marijuana plants that appeared to be mature and nearly ready for harvest. Agents seized 14 plants in various stages of maturity. Raiter informed the agent that he was responsible for all the marijuana grown on the property. He was arrested and taken to Beltrami County Jail.

Raymond Edward Hale, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 12 to felony seconddegree burglary. His next court date is Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, at 4:45 a.m. May 2, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call on the 1600 block of Bemidji Avenue North to investigate a burglary. There were pry marks on the bedroom window. Hale was located in the adjacent residence. The officers obtained a search warrant and seized the items stolen from the victim. Hale, who is also known as Alan Lee Hale and Mikeil Lee Hale has 23 gross misdemeanor and misdemeanor level offenses, primarily dealing with drinking and driving in Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico and Washington. He also has prior felony convictions for second-degree burglary and a felony conviction for DWI.

In a separate incident, he pleaded innocent July 12 to felony first-degree burglary. His next court appearance will be Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, after the police officers investigated the burglary above and left, the victim called law enforcement again. She believed Hale was again attempting to break into her home. When she heard him breaking through the screen door, she jumped out the back window and ran to a neighbor's house. Officers arrived and saw someone had attempted to break into her home. A neighbor said she saw Hale banging on her door. She then saw him take his cane and knock on the front window to the residence and quickly return to his property. The officers received permission from Hale's probation officer to enter his residence and arrest him based on the new allegations of burglary. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Carl Arnold Nordquist, 57, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 12 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle; gross misdemeanor second degree DWI - refusal to submit and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

According to the criminal complaint, at 2:53 a.m. April 4, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies responded to a call regarding a physical domestic at a residence on Bootleg Lake Road. Deputies were advised that the male subject had fled the scene in an older model truck. Deputies saw the truck traveling at 65 mph on Stone Lake Road and initiated a traffic stop. Once the vehicle stopped, the driver exited and held a handgun to his head. The deputy told Nordquist to put the gun down, but he continued to get in and out of the vehicle while holding the gun to his head. He demanded to speak to a relative. When the relative arrived, Nordquist placed the handgun on the ground along with a handful of bullets and surrendered. He was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for further evaluation. He smelled of alcohol, but refused to submit to further testing. His driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety and he has eight DWI convictions.

Merle James Wakonabo, 41, of Redby, pleaded innocent July 12 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and misdemeanor traffic regulation failure to carry proof on insurance. His next court date will be Sept. 21.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11:44 a.m. June 19, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper initiated a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle. The driver was identified as Wakonabo, whose license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 1995.

Joshua Steven Waggoner, 21, of Minong, Wis., pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 12 for gross misdemeanor second degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 276 days were stayed for four years, and will serve four years of probation. He must serve 89 days on work release or Sentence to Serve and mayserve in another county if at no expense to Beltrami County. He must comply with standard conditions of probation and pay a $1,108 fine.

At 11:35 p.m. May 19, a City of Bemidji Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Waggoner. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He refused to submit to further testing at the jail. He has two prior DWI convictions.

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