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

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Jason Albert Fultz, 35, Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 21 to felony violation of a no-contact order within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions. His next court date will be June 29.

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According to the criminal complaint, on April 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy became aware that Fultz had made six calls to a woman, who had been issued an order for protection against him. All of the calls were recorded and copies provided for the sheriff 's deputy. He has prior convictions of assault in the fifth degree; fifth-degree assault and assault in the third degree.

Joseph Daniel Knoebel, 35, of Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, pleaded guilty May 10 and was sentenced June 21 for felony theft by check.

He was sentenced to 24 months in prison; granted credit for 194 days served and must pay a fine of $4,512.15.

From Nov. 6-15, Knoebel wrote $4,079.15 worth of checks on a closed account.

Joshua Albert Ingvauld Werp, 26, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty June 21 to felony forgery with intent to injure or defraud. His next court date will be July 26.

Werp wrote $2,600 in checks on an acquaintance's bank account. On Feb. 28, 2008, he admitted to taking the checkbook without authorization and that he forged her signature on a closed account.

Lea Ann Roy, 34, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 21 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. Her next court date will be July 12.

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 that they were suboxone and that she did not have a prescription. She said she buys the pills for $5 each off people on the street as it helps her with her Oxycontin cravings and withdrawals. Suboxone is a Schedule III controlled substance prescribed for patients who are attempting to detoxify from Oxycontin.

Leroy Duane Stigen, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 21 for gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in prison, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 30 days on Work Release, if eligible; granted furlough for treatment; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858 and follow all standard conditions of probation as defined by the court

On Feb. 13, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies arrested Stigen for DWI, after failing field sobriety tests and registering a blood alcohol concentration of .23 in the field and .17 grams per 67 ml of urine. He has a prior DUI conviction.

Daniel Earl Sackett, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 21, for gross misdemeanor seconddegree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 30 days on Work Release, if eligible; to be served consecutively with another case; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,108 and follow all standard conditions of probation as defined by the court.

On Dec. 4, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy arrested Sackett for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .23 in the field and .25 at the jail. He has one prior DWI conviction.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Sheila Jean Cook, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 17 and was sentenced June 14 for felony drugs, fifthdegree possession.

Adjudication was withheld, which upon successful completion of probation will result in a dismissal. She was sentenced to 26 days in jail and 15 days on STS; granted credit for four days served; five years of supervised probation; follow recommendations of CD assessment; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing including blood, urine or breath; remain law-abiding; follow all terms and rules set by probation and complete aftercare and pay a fine of $750.

At 5:07 p.m. Dec. 18, Bemidji Police officers responded to a shoplifting call at a local store. When the officer arrived he found two women in an office. One of the women was clutching a small purse tightly. Concerned for his safety, the officer seized the purse, which was unzipped. The officer looked inside for weapons and saw pills and a powdery substance wrapped in the corners of baggies. The powder tested positive for methamphetamine. The pills were Hydrocodone. The woman was identified as Cook.

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