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

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Debra Kay Teigland, 43, of Pinewood, pleaded guilty June 15 and was sentenced July 20, for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. A gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault was dismissed.

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She was granted a stay of adjudication, which with successful completion will result in a dismissal of the charge. She was sentenced to time served, five years of supervised probation, complete aftercare; she must not use alcohol, controlled substances or enter bars or liquor stores; she must submit to random testing, take medications in the prescribed dose and frequency; she must not have any same or similar offenses; she must remain law-abiding, follow all instructions of probation and pay a fine of $500.

At 4 p.m. March 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 14000 block of Buzzle Road Northwest in response to a domestic disturbance. Deputies met a man in the front yard. He told them he had taken a purse from Teigland that contained marijuana and methamphetamine paraphernalia. After he took the purse, Teigland attacked him and struck him several times with a closed fist. Teigland was arrested for domestic assault and possession of meth. About one gram of meth was seized. She was transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Keegan Collin Molzen, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 20 to felony third-degree sale of narcotics. His next court date will be Aug. 3.

On June 3, a special agent was informed that a man had cocaine for sale in Bemidji. A buy was arranged, and before the transaction took place the agent was informed to go to a residence on 10th Street and Bemidji Avenue. A male subsequently identified as Molzen, entered the vehicle and sold 3.5 grams of crack cocaine for $600.

Fredrick Joseph Finckbone, 51, of Hines, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 20 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years, placed on probation to the courts for four years; he must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $858, complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, not drink and drive, not drive without insurance, not have any drivers license violations, submit to random testing and remain-law-abiding.

At 7:50 a.m. June 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding a car accident. The male driver of the vehicle approached a local residence and told the owner that he had been driving to his girlfriend's house and had fallen asleep and driven off the road. He told the homeowner that he did not want them to tell anyone or call the police. The deputy arrived and asked the man to identify himself. He refused. He demanded to be taken to jail, while simultaneously stating that he had not consumed any alcohol. The deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol and had to assist the man in walking. He was identified as Finckbone. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .249. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood draw. He has five prior alcohol-related driving convictions or license revocations in the past twenty years. He was recently charged with driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and is currently on probation for that charge.

Vernon Gene Jones Sr., 47, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 15 and was sentenced July 20 for felony theft of a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to 17 months in prison, which was stayed for five years; given credit for time served and five years of supervised probation; he must pay a fine of $833 with community service; restitution reserved; undergo chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, supply DNA sample; follow all instructions of probation; remain law-abiding; not drive without insurance; not have any drivers license violations and have no same or similar offenses.

At 9:30 a.m. May 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle. While en route, the deputy received a dispatch that Koochiching County deputies located the vehicle 11 miles south of International Falls. The driver was identified as Jones.

Mackenzie Leigh Gilseth, 29, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty June 8, and was sentenced on July 20 for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs.

She was granted a stay of adjudication, with successful completion of probation resulting in a dismissal of the charge; sentenced to 30 days in jail of which 19 were served; she must pay a fine of $500, five years of supervised probation; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, complete aftercare, not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and searches; remain law-abiding, and follow al instructions of probation.

At 3 p.m. April 7, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a shoplifting complaint at a local store. Two women had been apprehended by the store loss prevention agents. One of the women was identified as Gilseth. She had small cellophane bag full of green and blue tablets of Clonazepam and Ambien, controlled substances. She doesn't have a prescription for either of the drugs. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Brian Lee Northbird, 35, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent July 20 to felony third-degree possession of Schedule I or II narcotic in a school/park/public housing zone and gross misdemeanor second degree DWI. His next court date will be Oct. 20.

According to the criminal complaint at 9 p.m. June 8, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence on the 1400 block of Quill Lane S.E. in response to a reckless driving complaint. Deputies met with a woman who stated that she had been almost hit by a drunk driver. She was in her driveway when Northbird entered his vehicle and drove toward her in a menacing manner. She believed Northbird was intoxicated and that he was intentionally trying to hit her. Northbird left the premises heading to a home on the 19000 block of Williams Road S.E. Deputies arrived at the residence to find Northbird standing in the driveway. He had bloodshot watery, glassy eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. He failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and then stated that he would not comply with the rest of the tests because "he should not have to." He was arrested and placed in the vehicle. He placed his foot in the door of the car to stop it from being closed and had to be asked several times to remove it before he complied. Northbird began to shift around in the vehicle as if he was trying to get something. The deputy removed him from the vehicle and found two tablets on the seat. The pills seized were identified as Oxycontin, a schedule II narcotic. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Prior convictions for felony escape and two counts of felony fifth-degree possession of controlled substances and prior convictions for DWI.

Andrew Stanton Thomas, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29 to felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana. His next court date will be Aug. 31.

On May 28, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant at a home in Hillcrest Manor. Upon arrival, officers met the tenant of the residence, who informed them that he was aware that Thomas was using a back room of the trailer to grow and cultivate marijuana, according to the complaint. He informed agents that approximately four months ago Thomas approached him and asked to rent a portion of the unoccupied back bedroom, the complaint stated. He stated that Thomas informed him that he was going to "keep his plants" in the back bedroom, according to the complaint. The owner said he could keep his plants in the back bedroom for $60 a month. Thomas agreed to sublet the back room and began moving items in. Thomas would periodically show up to "tend" his plants and request that the tenant water the plants during times he was away. The tenant said he refused to care for them and became aware that the plants were marijuana when Thomas referred to them as such. The owner requested that Thomas remove the plants from the bedroom and further informed him that he was terminating the lease due to the illegal activities, the complaint stated. The tenant gave the officers permission to enter the back room. Agents entered the back bedroom and seized approximately nine marijuana plants in various states of growth, a humidifier, timers, vent fan, tubing and a grow light. Three of the marijuana plants were approximately three feet high and the six other plants were approximately 6-8 inches high and were growing in a flower tray. Agents further located 12 purported marijuana plant seedlings approximately 2-3 inches high inside an aquarium on a shelf and further seized three grow tent boxes, two black nylon/vinyl growing tents and one handmade growing box, according to the complaint. They seized several miscellaneous growing accessories including, ballasts, fans, power converters, fertilizer, grow lights, heaters, humidifiers, potting soil, extension cords and timers, according to the complaint. On top of the containers were several items of mail addressed to Thomas. Agents spoke to the landlord of the unit, who advised agents that he had noticed the tenant's demeanor had changed recently and that something had been upsetting him. The witness stated that the tenant had learned Thomas had been growing marijuana in the back bedroom and that Thomas had requested that the renter take care of his plants, the complaint stated the landlord stated that the tenant is a vulnerable adult and that Thomas was taking advantage of his disability.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Chastity Ann Burnette, 30, of Naytahwash, pleaded innocent July 14 to an amended charge of felony theft of movable property. The original charge was for felony aiding and abetting. Her next court date will be Aug. 11.

At 5:14 p.m. May 13, A Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart for a call regarding shoplifters. Burnette and another woman stole approximately $650 worth of merchandise from the store. They loaded items in a car and then left the cart near the bicycles in the back of the store. They took empty plastic bags from their purses and filled them with merchandise from the cart and walked out of the store. Both women were arrested and transported.

Amber Lynn Hays, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 14 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety, misdemeanor traffic regulation/uninsured vehicle and misdemeanor traffic accidents driver failed to stop.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 352 days were stayed for two years; 13 days in jail on work release, with credit given for two days served; pay a fine of $541 of which $150 is stayed; surrender license plate; not drive without insurance; not have any drivers license violations; restitution reserved. For the misdemeanor charges she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 75 days were stayed for one year and 15 days in jail on work release.

At 5:03 p.m. Dec. 17, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a hit-and-run in the parking lot of a local business. A woman reported that while exiting her vehicle a mini-van hit her driver's side door. The driver then exited the vehicle identified herself and provided the woman with a phone number. She informed the driver that she did not have insurance and left in the van. The number provided was continuously busy. At 5:53 p.m. Dec. 22, the victim was shopping and noticed the vehicle in a parking lot. The van was registered to Amber Hayes. On Jan. 14, an officer received word that Hayes had been located, in relation to a separate case, at her residence. Hayes agreed to meet the officer at her home. The officer arrived to find Hayes at work. The vehicle was in the driveway and it had scraped paint on the front right bumper, consistent with the report. Hayes gave a statement at 4:10 p.m. Jan. 15, in which she asserted that her van had been parked for approximately two years because she doesn't have insurance on the vehicle and her license is cancelled as inimical to public safety. She denied any involvement and asserted that no one else had access to the vehicle. The victim identified Hayes from a photo line-up. She has three prior DWIs and her license is cancelled as inimical to public safety.

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