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

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Craig William Scheidt, 39, of Morrison County Jail, Little Falls, Minn., pleaded innocent, June 1 to felony second-degree drugs-sale of methamphetamine near a school. His next court case will be June 29.

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According to the criminal complaint, on July 8, 2009, a confidential reliable informant provided information to the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force Center regarding the sale of methamphetamine. The CRI was able to purchase one gram of meth from Scheidt in a parking lot located within a block of a school. Scheidt has prior convictions for forgery, dishonored checks and received a stay of adjudication for a felony fifth-degree possession of meth. He recently pleaded guilty to a third-degree controlled substance offense and is currently serving a prison sentence for the offense.

Nicholas Wayne Devault, 24, of Wilton, pleaded guilty May 17 and was sentenced June 1, for an amended charge of gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud. The original charge was felony financial transaction card fraud.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 302 days were stayed for one year. He must serve one month and 29 days in jail; supervised probation of two years; pay a fine of $1,083; remain law-abiding; restitution reserved and no same or similar offenses.

At 11 p.m. March 28, a woman reported that Devault had used her credit card without her authorization. The woman let Devault use the card to open a door. On March 24, she asked for it back, and he said he "banged it up and destroyed the card to the point that it was not usable." The woman learned that her card had been used for cash withdrawals of $703. Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies arrived at the home where Devault was located and found him sitting in a taxi. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The woman was able to find her card on his person. He is currently on supervised probation for terroristic threats and has a prior conviction for felony first-degree damage to property.

Toni Rae Smith, 36, of Bena, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 and was sentenced May 27 for felony fifth-degree drugs - procure, possess, control over a controlled substance.

She was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for 10 years. She must serve 107 days in jail with credit for 73 days served and furlough granted for treatment; 10 years supervised probation; submit to random testing and searches; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; not be in the presence of anyone using drugs or alcohol; follow recommendations of evaluation; follow instructions of probation; not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons; submit a DNA sample; complete cognitive skills training; take medication in the prescribed dosage and frequency; follow all mental health recommendations and pay a fine of $1,083.

On Dec. 15, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call regarding a fraudulent prescription being presented over the phone. The officer spoke with the pharmacy technician, who said a person had called in a prescription for Klonopin. The officers left the scene and were called back by the pharmacist when Smith showed up to pick up the prescription. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She has prior felony convictions for third-degree assault, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and theft.

Frederick Charles Miller, 37, of Fort Wayne, Ind., pleaded guilty April 20 and was sentenced June 1 for felony frst-degree drugs - sale of 10 grams or more of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine within a 90-day period.

He was sentenced to 94 months in prison with credit for 149 days served; pay a fine of $130; submit a DNA sample and restitution reserved.

In February 2008, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force worked with a confidential reliable informant to purchase crack cocaine from Miller. The total amount purchased from Miller amounted to 11.7 grams. He has a prior conviction for second-degree possession of cocaine.

Trevor Roy Stai, 37, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor harassment -repeatedly making telephone calls.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 255 days were stayed. He must serve 110 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $283; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain lawabiding.

A woman reported to a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy that she was having a problem with Stai. On Feb. 12-13, Stai left no fewer than 11 phone messages on her answering machine begging her for money and also left some disturbing messages on her machine. The deputy contacted Stai and informed him that he must cease calling the woman, immediately. Stai acknowledged that he received the warning and called the deputy profane names before hanging up. Later, the woman called again complaining of more harassing phone calls. Stai was later arrested on a separate charge. He has prior misdemeanor convictions for gross misdemeanor damage to property, gross misdemeanor DUI, obstructing arrest with force, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and failure to appear, identity fraud, evading arrest and criminal mischief.

Crystal Rose Kangas, 26, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent June 1 to felony check forgery. Her next court date will be June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, on Oct. 28, Kangas used a forged traveler's check to purchase $191.97 worth of merchandise. The traveler's check was issued for $500, so she received change of $308.03.

Dontae Maurice Johnson, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 1 to felony fifthdegree drugs - sale of marijuana. His next court appearance will be July 12.

On April 9, Bemidji Police officers were called to the scene of a loud party. Officers observed that Johnson was in the residence where the music was coming from, but had retreated to a back room. There was drug paraphernalia and marijuana sitting on the table. They asked the other resident to have Johnson come out to participate in a random test. He refused to participate. 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. The other resident said she was not involved with the sales of marijuana, but knew that Johnson sold marijuana. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Wayne Chase Beaulieu, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, at 10:53 p.m. Feb. 17, a woman reported to Bemidji Police officers that her car had been stolen. She said she returned home at 5 p.m. and hadn't realized the car was missing until 11:45 p.m. Feb. 16. She also noted that her spare key had been taken from the center console between Feb. 15-16. The vehicle and the suspect were subsequently found in a parking lot of a local store. The suspect was identified as Beaulieu. He had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. In a statement, Beaulieu said he got in the car and had taken the keys out of the console a few days prior. He said that at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17, he took the car. He said he had taken the car to Rice Lake and was in the process of cashing a check to pay for the gas in the vehicle.

Christopher James Kirby, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. His next court date will be June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1 a.m. Oct. 16, Bemidji Police officers were called to investigate an assault at a local bar. Upon arrival, the officers met with the victim, who stated that he had just been assaulted by Kirby. The victim and two witnesses said he had been standing outside the bar when he was approached by Kirby. Kirby began shouting at him and, without provocation, struck him several times in the face with a closed fist. The man suffered a head laceration and was missing a front tooth. The officer located the victim's tooth on the sidewalk. Statements were also obtained from the witnesses. Kirby was unwilling to come in to give his statement. An officer located him in a bar and notified Kirby that he could give a statement Nov. 2. Kirby became irate and approached the officer in a menacing manner and had to be restrained by others. He did not come into give a statement, and the police were informed that he had moved to the Twin Cities.

Darrell Emery Loud, 26, of Ponemah, pleaded innocent June 1 to felony domestic assault. His next court date will be June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, at 2 p.m. May 5, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies responded to a report of domestic assault in a residence on the 19000 Mission Road S.E. The victim of the assault answered the door. She had visible injuries to her face, neck and arms. She said Loud had assaulted her by punching and kicking her in the face, neck and arms. She said she was able to call 911, but that Loud had torn the phone cord from the wall. She also told deputies she was four months pregnant and Loud had kicked her in the stomach. According to the woman, the two began to argue in the early afternoon and the argument continued to escalate. A second woman arrived on the scene and told the deputy she had dropped Loud off near Old Silver Lake Road and had returned to talk to the victim. Loud was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

He had an outstanding warrant for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He also has four prior convictions of giving a peace officer a false name and two prior convictions for domestic assault.

Joe Allen Risland, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 1 to gross misdemeanor domestic assault. His next court date will be July 12.

On Feb. 12, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies responded to a call from a woman about a domestic assault. They arrived on the scene and spoke to the woman, who said that on Feb. 11, Risland assaulted her in the bedroom and the bathroom of the residence. She stated that she was pushed out of bed and Risland had pinned her down and grabbed her by the hair and began smashing her head against the floor. He then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the bathroom and struck her head against the floor. She had two quarter size bruises on the midpoint of her forearms and a injury to her left eye. Risland has a prior conviction for third-degree assault and was on supervised probation for two firstdegree DWIs.

Gordon Joseph Nason, 29, of Deer River, Minn., pleaded guilty June 1 to felony violation of a no-contact order. His next court date will be July 6.

At 7:14 p.m. May 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy responded to a report that Nason was in violation of his no-contact order. They found him at a woman's residence. He appeared to be drunk and a preliminary breath alcohol concentration was .17. Nason claimed that the woman had invited him to her home. The woman denied his claim.

Trevor James Lussier, 22, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 1 to an amended charge of felony issuing dishonored checks for more than $500. His next court date will be July 6.

Between June 28, 2006 and Aug. 2, 2006, Lussier wrote $1,407.10 worth of checks on an account that had insufficient funds.

Steven Wayne Neadeau, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. His next court date will be held June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, a Bemidji Police officer arrested Neadeau for DWI. He registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .239. He was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood sample. The analysis of the blood revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .25. His license was revoked and he had a prior alcohol-related conviction.

James Robert Durkin, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 345 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 15 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $583 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 1:12 a.m. April 9, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies arrested Durkin for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

Scott Lloyd Osmundson, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 330 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 28 days on home detention/electronic monitoring or work release with credit for two days served, to be served consecutively with another case; placed on three years of probation to the courts; pay a fine of $858; and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 3 a.m. May 23, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies arrested Osmundson for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a blood alcohol concentration of .14 in the field and at the Beltrami County Jail. He had one prior DUI conviction.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Winfield William White, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 24 for gross misdemeanor escape from custody, while on charge or conviction or adjudication.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 331 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days in jail, to be served consecutively with four other cases; two years supervised probation; pay a fine of $133; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; complete CD assessment/treatment; follow recommendations and remain law-abiding.

On Nov. 25, 2009, White was arrested and was being housed at the Beltrami County Jail. He requested a furlough to leave the jail from 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11. Judge Benshoof granted the furlough, with instructions to return to the jail at 4 p.m. White failed to appear at the jail.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Bonnie Arlene Bird, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor neglect of a child.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years. She must serve six days in jail with credit for four days served; probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $333; cooperate with CHIPS case, complete treatment and aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses.

At 4 a.m. Jan. 9, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call at an apartment complex regarding a crying child. The officer knocked on the apartment door and a 2-year-old child answered. There was a 5-year-old child sleeping on the couch and a 1-year-old infant on the floor crying. There were no adults present in the home. The child who answered the door said the infant had fallen off the bed and started crying. The officer noticed beer cans all over the dining room table. The officer was preparing the children for foster care, when an intoxicated woman arrived on the scene. She was identified as Bird, she said she had left the children with her daughter to babysit. She said she was only gone for two minutes. She said another friend had left her children in Bird's care so she could go "partying."

Carl Francis Fairbanks Jr., 22, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 320 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 45 days in jail; furlough granted to attend high school graduation; to be served consecutively with a separate case; supervised probation for three years; pay a fine of $333; not have any contact with victim; complete anger management counseling; complete CD evaluation/treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding and comply with domestic nocontact order.

At 11:50 a.m. March 25, a woman reported to a Bemidji Police officer that Fairbanks had been making calls to her for the past two weeks, despite a domestic no-contact order. She said Fairbanks made the calls from his school, as well as other locations. The officer met with Fairbanks, who said he had called the woman several times that week. He also said he was calling her back after she attempted to contact him about visitation with her child. He has a prior conviction for domestic assault.

Kerry Ann Kellar, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 1 to felony fifth-degree drugs -possession - and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. Her next court date will be July 26.

At 11 p.m. Jan. 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy saw a vehicle parked at the house of a person who has been the subject of multiple narcotics investigations. The vehicle then left the home at a high rate of speed. The vehicle appeared to be traveling at varying speeds between 12-17 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle turned into a residence on the 13000 block of Coyote Road N.W. The car was occupied by a female driver identified as Kellar and a male passenger. The deputy saw a large plastic bag containing several prescription bottles. Kellar had dilated pupils and slow reactions and seemed nervous and shaky. She said the medicine was hers. Kellar was under court-mandated conditions not to use controlled substances and was subject to random searches. Kelliher failed field sobriety tests and was not under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested because she appeared to be under the influence of controlled substances. A search of the vehicle yielded a spoon, three hypodermic syringes and five small microbaggies of methamphetamine. A fourth of a gram was seized from Kellar upon arrest. She has a prior conviction for fifth-degree possession of meth.

Jamie Aileen Welch, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. She must serve 28 days on work release with credit for two days served, to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858 and comply with all standard probation guidelines.

At 3:22 a.m. Feb. 3, Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputies arrested Welch for DWI. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .22 in the field. She was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test, which registered a blood alcohol concentration of .17. She has one prior conviction for DWI and placed on a no-drink order.

Bradley Carl Nelson, 66, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor carry/possess a pistol without permit in a public place.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years; must serve 27 days on work release with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,108; comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 8:03 p.m. Oct. 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff 's deputy was called to assist in a roll-over accident. Nelson was the driver of the vehicle. As Nelson was being pulled out the vehicle the deputy noticed a Glock automatic pistol and extra magazine in the area of his legs and buttocks. The gun and the magazine contained live rounds. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for evaluation, and a blood sample was drawn, which showed a blood alcohol concentration of .20. He has three prior DWI convictions.

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