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Beltrami County District Court
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Justin Caine Reed, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 4 and was sentenced June 28 for felony domestic assault and felony fifth-degree possession of drugs.

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He was granted a stay of imposition, which with successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 32 days in jail with credit for 64 days served; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $2,083; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter a bar or liquor store; submit to random testing; complete treatment and aftercare; supply a DNA sample; remain law-abiding; complete a diagnostic assessment and follow the recommendations; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency; comply with domestic no contact order and not use or possession of firearms or dangerous weapons.

At 9:10 a.m. March 11, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue Southeast. The officer observed bruising around the woman's face and neck. She said she had been assaulted by Reed. The woman said she had been granted an order for protection against Reed earlier because she was fearful for her safety and previous threats of violence. Reed was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Hubbard County. The officer seized a small amount of methamphetamine contained in a dollar bill rolled up tightly like a tube.

He has prior convictions for domestic assault, violation of an order for protection, gross misdemeanor domestic assault, misdemeanor assault. He was arrested for domestic battery in Florida and he has an outstanding warrant for a traffic citation in St. Louis County.

Lukas Grant Schmitz, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 18 and was sentenced June 28 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer false name.

He must serve one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 24 days in jail with credit for six days served; placed on two years of probation to the courts. He must remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $333.

At 8:40 p.m. Nov. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy saw a vehicle driving over the centerline. The vehicle crossed over the fog line and failed to stop at a posted stop sign. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Schmitz. The deputy observed the smell of burnt and raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. Schmitz also appeared to be nervous and fidgety. The deputy searched the interior of the car and seized $355 in small denominations; 220.9 grams or 7.8 ounces of marijuana; digital scale, a device for grinding marijuana; marijuana pipes and 150 empty plastic baggies typically used for drug trafficking. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

In a separate case, he pleaded guilty May 18 and was sentenced June 28 for felony fifth-degree drug possession. A second felony charge of fifth-degree sale of drugs was dismissed at sentencing.

He was granted a stay of adjudication with successful completion of probation resulting in a dismissal. He was sentenced to 24 days in jail with credit for six days served; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,000 and follow all conditions from above case.

At 2 a.m. May 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle with equipment failure. A male passenger in the vehicle identified himself with a false name and birthday. The man, subsequently identified as Schmitz, gave the deputy his real name during an interview. Schmitz was arrested for using a false name and two outstanding arrest warrants.

John Joseph Kingbird, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 21 and was sentenced June 28 for felony terroristic threats -reckless disregard - and gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process - interfering with a peace officer.

For count one, he was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 24 days in jail with credit for 49 days served; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; complete treatment; complete cognitive skills training if department of corrections deems appropriate; not have any contact with victim; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random searches and testing; supply DNA sample; follow all instructions of probation and take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency. For count two, he was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 9 months and 19 days were stayed for 2 years; pay a fine of $250 and comply with all conditions listed above.

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 said 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 the odor of 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.

Randy Lee Thompson, 49, of Grygla, pleaded guilty May 17 and was sentenced June 28 for felony first-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison, which was stayed for seven years; conditional release after confinement has been set at five years. He must serve 180 days on work release or Sentence to Serve; granted furlough to attend treatment; seven years of supervised probation; comply with all standard conditions of probation and pay a fine of $1,000.

At 5:20 p.m., Aug. 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy was dispatched to a personal injury accident/rollover in the intersection of Hamre Road Northwest and Hulda Road Northwest. The deputy arrived on the scene and observed the car lying on its roof. Thompson was sitting in a Marshall County Sheriff 's deputy vehicle. A witness indicated at 3:13 p.m. she saw a car flipped in the corner of the ditch. She sent her son to check on the car, while she called 911. Thompson later denied driving the vehicle and said that several young kids had stolen his car and that he chased them on foot from his residence two miles away. He admitted that he had been drinking and failed field sobriety tests. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .17 in the field, and a urine test was submitted which showed alcohol concentration of .11. He was arrested and transported to the jail. He has 10 prior DWI convictions between 1989 and 2002.

Michael Paul Aaron Smith, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 28 to felony first-degree assault and gross misdemeanor interference with a emergency call. His next court case will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, at 6:15 a.m. April 22, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call on Washington Ave. Southeast. The officer met with the woman who had been assaulted. She had an extremely swollen and bloody face. The blood covered her clothes, hands and arms. The woman was still bleeding profusely from the mouth and arms. She was barely able to speak but pleaded with the officers to check on her baby. She was able to identify the attacker as Smith, who was sleeping in the house. Officers entered the residence and found a sleeping infant who was strapped into a car seat. They then entered the bedroom and detained and secured Smith. There was blood found on his clothing and there was blood and hair on the living room floor. The woman was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for medical treatment. Physicians said she had susffered significant injuries and suffered from a collapsed lung, multiple rib fractures, significant facial injuries and it was believed that she had begun to have a bleed in her brain. She was subsequently flown to Fargo, N.D. The officer arranged for childcare for the child. The officer also interviewed a witness who saw the results of the fight. Smith was convicted and received 22 months in federal prison for felony assault resulting in bodily harm. He remains on supervised probation.

Patrick John Bailey, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 28 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI, refusal to submit. His next court date will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, on June 9, a Bemidji Police officer arrested Bailey for second-degree DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .242 in the field. He refused to complete any further testing at the Beltrami County Jail. His driving privileges are revoked in Minnesota and he has no prior DWI.

Edward Robert Lussier, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 28 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve eight days in jail with credit for two days served; placed on probation to the court for three years; pay a fine of $1,108 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

On Jan. 1, a Bemidji Police officer arrested Lussier for driving while intoxicated. He failed field sobriety tests and was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test, which measured an ethyl alcohol concentration of .23 grams per 67 milliliters.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Leah Jean Defoe, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29 to felony dr ugs fif th-degree, procure/possess/control by fraud or deceit. Her next court date will be Aug. 2.

At 3:15 p.m. March 10, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call from a local pharmacy, regarding a forged prescription. The pharmacist was able to point out the suspect. The officer began speaking with the woman, when the pharmacist approached and explained that this woman had submitted a prescription from a local doctor's office for Hydrocodone, a sSchedule III controlled substance. The pharmacist said he became suspicious because Hydrocodone is generally not written in the manner set forth on the prescription. The woman was identified as Defoe. The pharmacist contacted the physician who said he had written a prescription for Etodolac, a nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medicine, to Defoe at her office visit earlier in the day. Defoe was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She informed the officer that she did not alter the prescription and explained that the prescription must have been altered by a male acquaintance.

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