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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Kathleen Lynn Strong, 51, of Redby, pleaded guilty June 29, to felony first-degree DWI, gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. Her next court date will be July 6.

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At 10:57 p.m. May 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling 19 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone on state Highway 1. The vehicle rode on the centerline of the road and at one point accelerated rapidly to 45 miles per hour. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and observed the driver move into the back seat. The female driver pretended to be asleep. She identified herself with a false name and birth date and was unable to provide a driver's license. She was subsequently identified as Strong. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .128 in the field. She was arrested and transported to the jail where she registered .14. Her license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. She has eight prior DWI convictions and first DWI convictions.

Robert Dean Fairbanks, 50, of Laporte, changed his plea to guilty June 29 to felony theft. His next court date will be Aug. 10.

On Dec. 21, the manager of a store in the Paul Bunyan Mall called the Bemidji Police Department regarding a theft. He stated that he had just observed two individuals take a large yellow pin-ball type gum ball machine from the hallway, in the mall, and load it into the back of an SUV. They said it was a prank and they intended to drop it off at another location. The value of the machine was $3,500.

Kyle David Jordet, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI (amended from felony first-degree DWI) and felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. The charges of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and misdemeanor fleeing a peace office by a means other than a motor vehicle are scheduled for dismissal. His next court date will be Aug. 10.

At 3:13 a.m. March 31, a Bemidji Police officer saw a truck stopped in the parking lot at Cameron Park. The officer parked the squad car so that it was partially blocking the exit and motioned for the vehicle to stop. The vehicle veered around the squad car and proceeded to Birchmont Drive Northeast. The vehicle accelerated south on Birchmont Drive out of the officer's sight. The officer was able to follow the tire tracks, in the fresh snow, to a residence at the 2000 block of Birchmont Drive. Two women occupied the vehicle and fresh tracks were found outside of the driver's side door. The officer saw a partially full bottle of vodka on the driver's side threshold. The officer began foot pursuit of the driver but was unable to locate the person. Another officer apprehended the driver, who was identified as Jordet. Jordet displayed odor alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. He refused to comply with field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .157. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a .16 blood alcohol concentration. Jordet refused to give a statement but made the comment that he did not have to stop if the officer did not have its lights on. At the time of the report his license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. He has four prior DWI convictions. His license was revoked in February 2006 and May 2008.

Bernard Christopher Grant, 37, of Fouke, Ark., pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 29 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft. The original charge was felony theft.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 326 days are stayed for one year and placed on probation to the courts for one year. He was given credit for 39 days served, must not have any same or similar offenses, remain law-abiding, pay a fine of $118 and restitution is reserved for reimbursement of transportation costs to the Beltrami County Jail.

On Oct. 13, 1999, a call was receive regarding a theft at the Edgewater Motel in Bemidji. The owner of the motel said on Aug. 23, 1999, an individual using the name Chris Grant rented a room at the motel. Grant stayed at the hotel until Sept. 28, 1888, at which time he left without paying the balance he owed for room rent and telephone calls in the amount of $1,280.31. Grant also rented a tent from a rental store and failed to return it. The tent was valued at $700. The rental store agent identified the renter as Bernard Christopher Grant.

Angela Marie Perkins, 24, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. The misdemeanor charge of theft was dismissed.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days are stayed for two years. She must serve 15 days on work release or Sentence To Service, pay a fine of $583, remain law-abiding, not have any same or similar offenses and not have any contact with Wal-Mart unless Wal-Mart approves it.

On May 23, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart. The suspect identified herself with a false name and was later identified as Perkins. Perkins had paid for a video game and then walked back into the store and placed several items into her bag. At the time of the incident Perkins had an outstanding warrant for her arrest.

Matthew James Joy, 24, of Hines, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 29 for gross misdemeanor child endangerment. A gross misdemeanor charge of interfering with an emergency telephone call was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 344 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation. He was given credit for 21 days served, must pay a fine of $583 with Community Work Service granted, complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow all recommendations of evaluation, follow all instructions of probation, participate in any program the Department of Corrections recommends and cooperate with voluntary case plan, not have any same or similar offenses and remain law abiding.

At 1 a.m. May 19, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies received a 911 call from a woman. Before the woman could give any information the phone was disconnected. The police responded to the residence and found two women, two men and a small child at the residence. One of the women called 911 to report that Joy was intoxicated and had left the premises on foot with his infant son. The infant was wearing a diaper and a T-shirt and it was 40 degrees outside. Joy became upset with the mother of his children and, despite being very drunk, attempted to place his two children in the car. One of the men attempted to stop Joy from placing his children in the car, and Joy punched him. The other man intervened and was able to remove one of the children from the car. Sheriff's deputies conducted a search with spotlights and thermal imaging devices but were unable to locate Joy or the child. Joy called 911 from his cell phone to ask for assistance. Deputies located him and took him into custody.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

David William Clark, 28, of Bemidji, changed his plea to guilty July 30 to gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process - interfering with a peace officer. The charge of gross misdemeanor domestic assault is scheduled for dismissal upon sentencing.

At 3:30 a.m. March 19, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance on Park Avenue Northwest. The officer approached the door to the residence and heard a woman screaming and a man yelling. The officer saw a man slap a woman and pull her hair. She had a cut on her foot which was bleeding steadily, a scrape on her right arm and bruises on her waist and lower back. Clark has a prior conviction gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Devin James Clark, 25, of Trail, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for an amended charge of misdemeanor tampering with a motor vehicle. The original charge was felony theft of a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 30 days are stayed for one year, and must pay a fine of $158.

At 8:53 p.m. July 22, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were told a theft had occurred at Lakeland Motor Sports. A hose and three four-wheelers were missing. The value of the four-wheelers was estimated at $17,000. On July 22, three stolen four-wheelers were located in Redby. A man reported seeing Clark riding on of the four-wheelers. He identified Clark from a photo line-up.

Hannah Lee Dalton, 18, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 29 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

She was sentenced to 91 days in jail, of which 87 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. She must serve four days and was given credit for four days served, pay a fine of $383 with Sentence To Service or Community Work Service granted and must remain law-abiding.

At 1:20 p.m. June 26, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call of a shoplifter at a local store. A juvenile was caught shoplifting. The juvenile was accompanied by an woman who identified herself with a false name and was later identified as Dalton. Dalton admitted that she had provided a false name and date of birth. She has prior juvenile adjudication for shoplifting as well as recent convictions for minor consumption and traffic offenses.

Joseph Brandon Burris, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 26 and was sentenced July 1, for felony second degree burglary.

He was granted a stay of imposition, and successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor charge. He must serve 48 days in jail, with Sentence To Service and was given credit for 42 days served and 10 years of supervised probation, pay a fine of $833 with Community Work Service and Sentence To Service, follow all instructions of probation, restitution reserved, have no contact with the victims, not enter the victims residence, not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, complete cognitive skills training, remain law-abiding and supply a DNA sample.

At 12:48 a.m. May 8, a Bemidji Police officer was on routine patrol near the old Bemidji MnDOT building demolition site. The officer saw three men acting suspiciously. The officer watched them discard several items in the grass along the fence of the demolition site and then walk away. Burris indicated that he and the other men had gone to a house on Shevlin Avenue and took a laptop and other items.

Richard Leroy Leach III, 32, of Northome, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 26 for an amended charge of misdemeanor traffic reckless driving and misdemeanor traffic accidents, driver fails to stop for accident to property. The original charges were felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to 90 days in the Benton County Jail, of which 80 days are stayed for one year. He must serve seven days in jail with credit for three days served and placed on probation to the courts for one year; remain law-abiding; have no contact with the victim and pay a fine of $591.

At 10:30 p.m. April 30, Blackduck Police officers responded to an intentional hit-and-run reckless driving incident in Blackduck. A woman reported that Leach saw her with another man. He became irate and began to chase the car around Blackduck. She tried to escape from Leach, but he intentionally side-swiped her vehicle causing damage to the passenger side and breaking off the driver's side mirror. After the collision he fled the scene. Leach was arrested by Koochiching County Sheriff's deputies. He has prior convictions of harassment - stalking and obstructing arrest; fourth-degree criminal sexual contact; false imprisonment - intentional restraint and fifth-degree assault and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Archie King Sr., 50, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor selling of game and fish. A second charge of gross misdemeanor selling of game and fish was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 361 days are stayed for two years. He was given credit for four days served, placed on probation to the courts for two years, must pay a fine of $2,920 and not have any same or similar offenses.

In November 2007, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation officers received a call through the "Turn In Poachers" program that an individual had advertised that he had venison for sale. The advertisement stated he had an eight-point buck for sale for $150 and offered a fawn for free to the purchaser. Undercover officers called King, who confirmed on the telephone that he had deer meat for sale. King attempted to arrange the meeting on the Red Lake Reservation. The undercover officers expressed their concern that they might be arrested by tribal police and their vehicle and hunting gear forfeited. King agreed to meet them off the reservation at the junction of state Highway 72 and state Highway 1 in Beltrami County. King met with the agents at 11:40 a.m. Nov. 8, and agreed to sell the buck to the officer for $120. King informed the officers that he would have more deer for sale within a week. He went on to say that he could take and sell a trophy buck if he had an interested buyer. King also offered a doe for $60, the officer agreed to pay him $45. On June 27, 2008, it was learned that King was in the custody of the Morrison County Sheriff in relation to an illegal sale of game or fish in that county.

Amanda Jo Alice Vernlund, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud.

She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, of which 170 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. She must serve 10 days in jail on work release or Sentence To Service with release to attend school, pay a fine of $583, not have any contact with victim except to set up visitation with her daughter, restitution reserved and not have any same or similar offenses.

On Sept. 3, a man contacted the Bemidji Police Department because several applications had been filed in his name for credit cards. He contacted one of the companies and found that the application had been made by email. The e-mail address belonged to Vernlund.

Robert Duane Beaulieu, 35, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 30 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI refusal to submit. The misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree DWI was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 340 days are stayed for four years, and was placed on probation to the courts for four years. He must serve 13 days with work release and credit for two days served, complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment and follow all recommendations of evaluation, not have any alcohol violations, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses and pay a fine of $708.

At 3:07 p.m. Jan. 25, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Minnesota State Patrol troopers responded to a report of an unresponsive driver parked in the middle of the intersection at state Highway 197 and Beltrami County Road 404. The troopers saw the vehicle ]parked with its engine running and the doors locked. A male driver was unresponsive but breathing. The trooper was able to wake the driver. The driver appeared to be bewildered and confused; he was identified as Beaulieu, by a Minnesota Driver's License. He displayed the odor of alcohol and was swaying while standing. He failed the Horizontal Gaze test and refused to complete further testing including a preliminary breath alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Beaulieu refused to submit to a breath test at the jail. He has two prior DWI convictions.

Derrick Anthony Adams, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 277 days are stayed for four years, and four years of supervised probation. He must serve 71 days in jail with credit for 17 days served and Sentence To Service, pay a fine of $1,083, sentenced to be served consecutively with a separate case. He must not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, complete treatment at a halfway house, not have any same or similar offenses and remain law abiding.

At 8:20 p.m. April 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle cross the fog line several times and then cross the center line. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Adams failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .290. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .25. He has three prior DWI convictions.

Joshua Allen Church, 21, of Bagley, pleaded guilty June 30 to gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud. His next court date will be Aug. 3.

On Dec. 29, a man reported he had lost his checkbook and credit cards and then discovered that two of the credit cards had been used Dec. 26 at a gas station and a store. He is accused of purchasing merchandise from clothing stores and a gas station, amounting to more than $300.

In a separate case, he pleaded guilty June 30 to three counts of felony first-degree damage to property more than $1,000. His next court date will be Aug.3.

Throughout November, Bemidji Police received ongoing reports of acts of vandalism and theft at a number of gas stations and convenience stores. According to the criminal complaint, Church and two others committed the crimes.

In a separate case, he pleaded guilty June 30 to felony first-degree damage to property more than $1,000, felony possession of burglary or theft tools and gross misdemeanor theft. His next court date will be Aug. 3.

At 2 a.m. Dec. 2, he broke into an ATM machine with a hammer, bolt cutter and pry bar. The damage to the ATM is estimated to be $8,000.

Rebecca Anne Erickson, 33, of Bemidji, changed her plea to guilty June 30 to felony first-degree sale of drugs. Her next court date will be Aug. 3.

On June 1, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force special agent received a text message from Erickson informing the agent that she would be able to supply methamphetamine that day. Erickson further informed the agent that she was charging $325 for an "8 ball" (3.5 grams) and that a "half-ounce" would cost $1,300. On or about June 18, 2008, the agent agreed to purchase another half-once of meth from Erickson. At 11 p.m. Erickson gave the agent three "8-balls" of meth instead of the full half-ounce for a total of $975. The substance field tested positive for meth and weighed 11 grams.

Kathy Jean Littlewolf, 35, of Cass Lake, changed her plea to guilty June 30 to felony possession of burglary or theft tools. Her next court date will be Aug. 3.

On Nov. 25, Littlewolf and three men entered Wal-Mart in Bemidji. She is accused of taking and opening 18 DVDs including six separate DVDs of the same motion picture. Damages to the DVDs were estimated to be $159.68.

Theresa Marie Beaulieu, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 22 for felony escape from custody.

She was sentenced to 13 months in prison to be served consecutively with a separate case. She is not entitled to credit until her other sentence is fully served. She must supply a DNA sample and pay a fine of $133.

On Dec. 16, Beaulieu was in custody serving an executed felony sentence for attempted theft. She was an inmate at the Beltrami County Jail as a "short-time offender." On Dec. 16, she was granted furlough to attend ceremonies surrounding the death of her father. She failed to return at the scheduled time. She was arrested at 11:42 p.m. Dec. 17 and was immediately transferred to a women's prison where she is serving the balance of her felony sentence.

Ulysses Elk Nation, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 1, and was sentenced June 22, for gross misdemeanor fifth degree assault.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 318 days are stayed for two years and two years of supervised probation. He must serve 15 days in jail with credit for 32 days served, pay a fine of $383, Community Work Service granted, follow all instructions of probation, complete chemical dependency treatment recommendations immediately, follow recommendations of evaluation, complete aftercare, complete a diagnostic assessment, not have any contact with victims, remain law-abiding, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.

At 5:08 p.m. May 2, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of August Drive Northeast in Bemidji in response to a domestic altercation. The deputies were advised that the female victim was now attempting to barricade herself in the bathroom of the residence for protection against further assault. She had been struck severely in the nose, possibly suffering a fracture. A Bemidji Police officer located Elk Nation approximately one-half mile south of the residence. Elk Nation was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He was drunk and was currently under a condition of probation prohibiting the use of alcohol. He has a prior conviction of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Olaf Kristen Olander, 31, of Bemidji, changed his plea to guilty July 2 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. The felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle will be dismissed upon sentencing. His next date in court will be July 13.

At 8:30 p.m. April 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling north on Mission Road Southeast. The vehicle merged into the southbound lane and remained in the lane requiring the officer to pull onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop. The pursuit continued at speeds approaching 100 mph for one mile. The driver finally stopped and identified himself with a false name. A subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was Olander. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .18. Olander had a prior license revocation for driving while impaired in 1998 and 2000. He is currently on probation for a burglary conviction and has an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a fifth-degree controlled substance charge.

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