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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Patrick James Hendrickson, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2, and was sentenced July 6, for felony predatory offender, knowingly violating registration requirement.

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He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, was given credit for 217 days served and must pay a fine of $158.

Hendrickson was charged on Nov. 19, after law enforcement personnel went to his last-known address to obtain a current photograph. They learned that Hendrickson no longer lived at that address, and he had not notified law enforcement of a change of address.

Todd Michael Johns, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for felony domestic assault.

He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction and five years of supervised probation. He must serve 15 days in jail with credit for 30 days served. He must follow all instructions of probation, complete a diagnostic assessment, follow any and all orders for protection, restitution reserved, complete treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and searches, submit a DNA sample, remain law abiding and pay a fine of $1,111, Community Work Service granted.

At 10:45 p.m. May 20, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to Alps Court Northwest to investigate a report of a domestic assault. Upon arrival, the deputies found a female victim, who said she had just been assaulted by her boyfriend, Johns. Johns was found in the bedroom of the residence. He has two prior convictions for domestic assault towards the same woman and an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Joseph Robert Fear, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2, and was sentenced July 2, for felony second-degree burglary.

He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, of which 23 months were stayed for 10 years, and 10 years of supervised probation. He was granted credit for 75 days served, must not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing and searches, not enter bars or liquor stores, restitution reserved, have no contact with co-defendant, have no contact with victims, supply a DNA sample, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $611.

At 12:01 p.m. Dec. 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a burglary on the 5900 block of Silent Water Road in Hagali Township. A television set, four firearms and a large quantity of rifle ammunition were reported stolen. Another cabin in the vicinity of Silent Water Road was reportedly broken into and a 52-inch set of moose antlers was stolen. A search warrant was obtained and the moose antlers were found in Fear's house.

Valykrie Cougar Pendragon, 52, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2, and was sentenced July 6, for felony predatory offender knowingly violates registration requirement.

He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction and four years of supervised probation. He must submit to random searches and testing, register as a predatory offender and pay a fine of $1,083.

On April 10, 1990, Pendragon, was convicted of criminal sexual assault in Colorado. Based on this conviction, Pendragon has a lifetime sex offender registration requirement from Colorado. On Dec. 16, a Beltrami County investigator received information that Pendragon was at an address where he was not registered. Further investigation revealed that Pendragon had changed his driver's license to reflect his new address.

Nicholas Lee Mudge, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 10, and was sentenced July 6, for an amended charge of gross misdemeanor receiving stolen property. The original charge was for felony third-degree burglary.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months were stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation. He must serve 27 days with credit for three days served, restitution reserved, not have any contact with the victims, follow all instructions of probation, remain law-aiding and pay a fine of $833.

At 6 a.m. Dec. 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a burglary at Ruttger's Birchmont Lodge. A door to the office and pool area had been forced open and several items were stolen, including cash, a color television, walkie-talkies, snack foods and keys to other buildings on the premises.

Nathaniel Isaac Bowe, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit to chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 361 days were stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years. He must serve four days in jail, pay a fine of $833, complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not drink and drive and submit to random testing.

At 1:15 a.m. Feb. 14, Bemidji Police officers initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle with a loud exhaust. The driver was identified as Bowe. He displayed a strong odor of alcohol, blood shot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused to submit to a breath test because there was "no reason for being pulled over."

Steve Michael Beauchene, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days were stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. He must remain law-abiding, not have any contact with victims and pay a fine of $583.

At 11:22 p.m. April 25, a man reported that an adult resident of a home on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue Northeast was providing alcohol to minors. Bemidji Police officers arrived at the scene and found a man urinating in the yard. The man was identified as Beauchene. Officers were permitted to enter the garage, where they found a 17-year-old who registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .057. There were empty beer cans lying on the floor of the garage. Officers interviewed a woman at the residence who stated that a young woman had been at the residence earlier in the evening, but could not have consumed any alcohol at the residence, because she permitted no alcohol anywhere in the residence. Officers noted a beer can sitting in plain view on the coffee table. Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies interviewed the young woman and found her to be under the influence of alcohol. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .125. The young woman told the deputies that she and the 17-year-old male went to Beauchene's residence. Beauchene had given both of them beer to drink and that she consumed several beers. Beauchene was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Courtney Andrew Whitefeather, 21, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years. He must served 10 days in jail, pay a fine of $861, complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not drink and drive, submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 1:30 a.m. July 2, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw a vehicle traveling south on state Highway 89 at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was traveling at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle pulled into a driveway on the 14000 block of Highway 89. The driver was identified as Whitefeather. He displayed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .12. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .11. At the time of his arrest he had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a mandatory court appearance. He also did not have valid driving privileges.

Michael Andrew Johnson, 31, of Laporte, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor carrying or possession of a pistol without a permit in a public place.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. He must serve eight days in jail with credit for two days served and work release, must remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $583.

At 6:25 p.m. June 18, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to Red Pine Estates in Bemidji for a domestic disturbance. The caller indicated that a man was threatening people and that the man had a firearm in his vehicle. While en route, the officers were informed that the man had left the scene. The vehicle was located and the officers initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Johnson. A cursory search was conducted of the vehicle and a loaded .357 caliber automatic pistol in a holster was found. The female caller indicated that she had left Johnson as a result of abuse, and he followed her to the 2500 block of Ridgeway Avenue Northwest where he was confronted by a male friend. After the confrontation, Johnson left the scene. Johnson admitted that he did not have a permit to carry a concealed pistol on his person or in a motor vehicle.

Patrick Allen Brun, 38, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 9 and was sentenced July 6, for felony domestic assault.

He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison with a stay of five years and five years of supervised probation. He must serve 26 days in jail with credit for four days served, follow all instructions of probation, complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, complete anger management treatment, complete a diagnostic assessment and follow recommendations, not use or possess alcohol or drugs, submit to random searches and testing, not enter any bars or liquor stores, have no contact with the victim, remain law-abiding, submit a DNA sample, follow all recommendations of evaluation and pay a fine of $611.

At 7 a.m. Nov. 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in Elpine Village Trailer Court for a report of a domestic assault. The female victim said Brun had head-butted her twice in the face. Sheriff's deputies observed remnants of blood on her shirt as well as a ring of blood around her mouth and nose. Brun has prior convictions for domestic assault. He was unable to be located at the time of the incident.

Robert Curtis Newago, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 6, to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. His next court date will be Aug. 10.

At 6 p.m. June 19 a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was concluding his shift when he noticed a vehicle stopped on the side of the road. The vehicle appeared to be having mechanical problems, as smoke was coming from the engine compartment. The deputy stopped to render assistance. A woman exited the vehicle and approached the deputy. She explained that the vehicle was having engine problems. The deputy offered his cell phone to the woman and went to the vehicle to see if he could assist the driver. As he approached, he observed the man, subsequently identified as Newago, attempting to hide numerous plastic baggies containing what appeared to be marijuana in the battery compartment of the engine. The driver was arrested for attempting to destroy or conceal evidence of drugs. Newago panicked and attempted to escape from the deputy's hold on three occasions. Another deputy arrived on the scene and seized a clear plastic bag containing marijuana, several marijuana cigarettes and a clear bag containing a white powdery residue, which later tested positive for methamphetamine, from Newago's person. A bag containing marijuana and another bag of meth were removed from the engine compartment near the radiator and the battery area. He has a prior disposition for felony fifth-degree possession of controlled substances. The court stayed adjudication on his guilty plea July 3, 2006.

Matthew Clayton Evans Wass, 27, of Solway, pleaded innocent July 6 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:50 a.m. March 14, a Bemidji Police officer, observed a vehicle traveling south on Bemidji Avenue at 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Wass. Wass displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. He was arrested and transported to the hospital where a blood sample was taken. The blood alcohol concentration was .20. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Tera Lynn Tibbetts, 22, of Ponemah, pleaded innocent July 6 to gross misdemeanor child endangerment. Her next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 5:57 p.m. June 9 a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle a ditch on Pioneer Road Northeast. Dispatch reported there were two small children in the car, as well as two adults, and that the adults were observed stumbling around the vehicle and were possibly intoxicated. The deputies arrived on the scene and identified Tibbetts as the passenger in the vehicle. A man had been driving the vehicle, and two small children were in the rear seat of the vehicle. Both adults were heavily intoxicated. They displayed heavily slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. The man admitted to driving the vehicle, and Tibbetts corroborated his story. The deputy observed a partially filled 40-ounce open bottle of beer on the floor of the driver's side. Tibbetts grabbed the bottle and told the deputy he couldn't take it from her. After a brief struggle the deputy was able to remove the bottle from her grasp. Tibbetts was instructed to exit the vehicle. She told the deputy she would not get out of the vehicle and proceeded to call the deputy names. Tibbetts continued to resist arrest by holding the door to the squad open with her foot and hand. The man admitted that he had just come from the store where he had purchased the beer. He said he was on his way back to Ponemah with his two children and their mother. The children were removed from Tibbetts' custody and placed with their grandmother. At the time of this complaint, she was on probation and had a no-drink order as a condition of her probation.

Brian Keith Johnson, 37, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. The charge of gross misdemeanor driving after revocation was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 235 days were stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. He must serve 14 days in jail with credit for 16 days served, pay a fine of $608 and remain law-abiding.

At 10:10 a.m. Oct. 24, 2006, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling north on Irvine Avenue Northwest at 71 mph. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver. The driver said he did not have a valid driver's license. At that point, the passenger in the vehicle got out and walked to the driver's side and entered the vehicle. The driver exited the vehicle and went to the passenger's side. The deputy asked the man if he had used a false name and he said he had. He identified himself as Johnson and said that he knew it was illegal to give a false name, but that he had a warrant out for his arrest. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Derek Richard Bluecoat, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor escape from custody.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 10 months and one day were stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years. This sentence is to be served consecutively in relation to a separate case. He must serve one month and 29 days in jail, pay a fine of $233 and remain law-abiding.

On May 24, Bluecoat was arrested for probation violations in court file number 04-CR-08-4065. The alleged violations were failure to abstain from the use of alcohol, remain law abiding, notify agent of arrest, attend after care as recommended and pay financial obligations. He was arraigned on May 26 and held without bail. At 8:30 a.m. June 11, Bluecoat was furloughed for treatment and was scheduled to return at 12:30 p.m. but failed to do so. A corrections officer noted that Bluecoat had requested to use the jail telephone, and that he had told the officer that he had gotten into a verbal disagreement with his pregnant girlfriend and that she had threatened to terminate the pregnancy. The treatment facility was contacted and the therapist informed the police that Bluecoat had left at approximately 11:45 a.m. and had asked to use the receptionists' telephone. He has a prior escape conviction.

Michael Joseph Kettle, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2 and was sentenced July 7 for an amended charge of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. The original charge was gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 90 days were stayed for one year, and placed on probation to the courts for one year. He must remain law-abiding, not have any contact with victim or his residence and pay a fine of $233.

On July 29, a man reported that two men broke into his home on the 1200 block of Little Norway Avenue Southeast and assaulted him. The complainant appeared to have been struck in the face multiple times. The victim reported that he was watching television when two men broke into his home. He identified one of the men as Kettle and was also able to identify the other man. Kettle struck the victim while the other man watched and made threatening comments. A woman was present during the assault and confirmed the story.

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

She was sentenced to 60 months in prison with credit for 66 days served and granted a conditional release after five years of confinement to be served concurrently with a separate case. She was sentenced for the gross misdemeanor charges to one year in jail with credit for 66 days served. She must pay a fine of $84.

At 10:57 p.m. May 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling 19 mph in a 55 mph zone on state Highway 1. The vehicle rode on the centerline of the road and at one point accelerated rapidly to 45 mph. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and saw 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 Beltrami County Jail where she registered .14. Her license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. She has eight prior DWI convictions.

Christopher John Davis, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2 and was sentenced July 6 for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs.

He was granted a stay of adjudication, which with successful completion of probation will result in dismissal, and five years of supervised probation. He must serve 45 days in jail, submit to random searches and random testing, not use or possess drugs unless prescribed, not be around anyone using illegal drugs and pay a fine of $500.

He sold crack cocaine Oct. 11, 2007, to a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force confidential reliable informant (CRI). The cocaine was analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and was found to be .7 grams and containing cocaine.

In Beltrami Count District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Randy John Erickson, 55, of Salol, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for an amended charge of misdemeanor public indecency. The original charge was felony prostitution hiring a 16-17 year old.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 60 days were stayed for one year, and placed on probation to the court for one year. He must serve 30 days in jail with work release, pay a fine of $283, not have any contact with victims, restitution reserved, remain law-abiding, not use alcohol, submit to random testing and attend AA meetings.

Erickson and a woman he was seeing offered a girl $200 to take part in a sexual encounter with Erickson. Erickson had suggested the possibility in August and the offer to the girl was made in November.

The girl became upset and reported the incident to her caregiver, who reported the incident to the authorities. Erickson and the woman were arrested and transported to the jail.

In a statement, the woman, who was later convicted of felony prostitution, confessed to soliciting the girl. Erickson denied any recollection of speaking to the girl or soliciting a sex act from her, because he claimed he was in a state of alcoholic blackout.

Erickson, a registered sex offender, previously was convicted of sexually molesting a minor girl in 1990.

Starla Marie Deane, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for an amended charge of misdemeanor theft by check. The original charge was gross misdemeanor theft by check.

She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 30 days were stayed for one year, and placed on probation to the courts for one year. She must pay a fine of $258, not have any same or similar offenses and pay restitution.

Deane issued a check to Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick. The $745.59 check was returned from the bank with payment having been refused because of a closed account.

Thomas Andrew Holum, 48, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 30 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety (DAC/IPS).

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years. This sentence is to be served concurrently with the second charge of gross misdemeanor DAC/IPS. A stay of imposition was granted for the charge of DAC/IPS which with successful completion will result in a misdemeanor conviction. He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for three days served, Sentenced To Service and furlough request granted, pay a fine of $861, complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not have any same or similar offenses, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.

At 12:52 a.m. Feb. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling approximately 40-45 mph on U.S. Highway 2 West. The vehicle appeared to be jerking back and forth in its lane. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver identified himself as Holum. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .237. His driver's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 1984 and has never been reinstated. He has two prior DWI convictions since the suspension.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Eric Michael Smith, 19, of Loretto, Minn., pleaded guilty May 19 and was sentenced June 30 for felony terroristic threats. The felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.

He was granted a stay of imposition, which with successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction, and five years of supervised probation. He must serve 26 days in jail with credit for four days served and Sentence To Service granted, pay a fine of $1,083, restitution reserved, not have contact with victims, write a letter of apology, complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment and follow all recommendations, follow all instructions of probation, submit a DNA sample, not have any same or similar offenses and remain law-abiding.

On Jan. 23, Smith threatened a man who gave him a ride from a party to Bemidji State University with brass knuckles and a knife. The man drove him to the BSU Maple Hall parking lot. Smith became angry at the driver for not taking him directly to Oak Hall. The parking lot is under video surveillance and BSU Security officers saw Smith placing the brass knuckles on his right fist and began threatening and brandishing the knife at the driver.

James Clarence Fairbanks, 30, of East Grand Forks, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6, for gross misdemeanor theft by check.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days in jail, remain law-abiding, pay restitution, have no contact with the victims and pay a fine of $1403.39, which includes restitution of $573.89.

On Jan. 26, 2006, three area businesses reported receiving checks written by Fairbanks between Aug. 30 and Sept. 13, 2005. The checks were reported as non-sufficient funds.

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