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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

James Adam Schummer, 23, of Wilton, pleaded guilty to felony possession of a pistol or assault weapon - conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence. The charge of misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next day in court will be Aug. 17.

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At 2:23 a.m. June 3, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a fight at the 2800 block of Arrowood Circle in Bemidji. Deputies were advised that the male suspect possessed a firearm and had left the scene in a truck. Deputies and Bemidji Police officers located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. A passenger in the vehicle fled the scene on foot. A .22 caliber semi-automatic Lorcin pistol was located in the grass near where Schummer surrendered. The female driver of the vehicle was identified and arrested. The driver said she and Schummer went to her ex-boyfriend's residence where she got into an argument with the ex-boyfriend. Schummer, entered the residence with a gun, causing another woman present to call 911.

Alan Gene Bloom, 39, of Park Rapids, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 27, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit. The misdemeanor charge of drugs, possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must served 30 days in jail on Sentence To Service; pay a fine of $958; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation; not drink and drive; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 2:18 a.m. July 18, a Bemidji Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling west on U.S. Highway 2, based on a traffic infraction. The officer identified the driver as Bloom, who displayed the odor alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. At the jail, officers seized eight grams of marijuana from Bloom. Bloom offered to sell the marijuana to the officer. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Randy Dean Atkinson, 29, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 27, for gross misdemeanor third-degree damage to property.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 345 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 16 days in jail with credit for four days served; pay a fine of $833; remain law-abiding; not take part in any gang activity and restitution reserved.

At 8 a.m., July 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy received a report of graffiti being placed on a building on Mississippi Avenue Northwest. The caller described the vehicle, which the deputy stopped on 15th Street at Norton Avenue Northwest. The front seat passenger was identified as Atkinson. Atkinson had blue paint on his right index finger and a passenger in the vehicle gave a bottle of spray paint to the deputy. She later said she had been with Atkinson when he spray painted several buildings. Atkinson had spray painted gang graffiti on three buildings located on 30th Street, 26th Street and Mississippi Avenue. Damages were estimated in excess of $500.

Matthew John Kedrowski, 27, of Cottage Grove, Minn., pleaded guilty May 26, and was sentenced July 27, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years; three years of probation to the courts; he must serve 28 days in jail on work release with; credit for two days served; he was granted permission to stay in jail in Washington County if at no expense to Beltrami County; pay a fine of $1,108;; complete treatment; have no alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 1:45 p.m. March 20, a Blackduck Police officer saw a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign and travel in excess of the speed limit on U.S. Highway 71. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Kedrowski, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .102. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a .12 blood alcohol concentration. Kedrowski admitted that he had been drinking rum and consumed approximately five to six drinks. He has one prior DWI conviction.

Carlos Adriel Moreno, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 27, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. The charge of misdemeanor traffic open bottle possession was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years; three years of probation to the courts; he must serve eight days in jail with credit for two days served; pay a fine of $958; complete a chemical dependency evaluation or treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; not drink and drivel submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 7:45 p.m. May 26, the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center received a call regarding a possible intoxicated driver in the area of Anne Street Northwest in Bemidji. A Bemidji Police officer saw the vehicle traveling south on Bemidji Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. The officer identified the driver as Moreno, who opened the door and the officer observed a blue bucket with several cans of beer in it, including a full can of beer and a partial can of beer. The officer detected the odor of alcohol. Moreno failed field sobriety tests and registered a .123 blood alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .12.

Tracey Lynn Bailey, 39, of Bena, pleaded guilty July 6, and was sentenced July 27, for felony first-degree DWI. The charge of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety was dismissed.

She was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years, with conditional release after confinement set at five years to be served consecutively with a Cass County Case; she must serve 117 days in jail with credit for 63 days served; seven years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,208; follow recommendations of evaluation; follow all instructions of probation; complete aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing and searches; not enter bars or liquor stores; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency; submit a DNA sample and remain law-abiding.

At 8:06 p.m. May 26, a Leech Lake tribal officer responded to a report of a vehicle driving in and out of the ditch west of Mission Road on Roosevelt Road Southeast. Bailey, who appeared intoxicated, admitted she had been driving. She failed field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample. She was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail, where she refused to give a breath sample.

Alexander Henry Cloud, 38, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 27, 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; two years of supervised probation; he must serve 14 days in jail with credit for six days served; pay a fine of $608 with Sentence To Service and Community Work Service granted; remain law-abiding; not have any drivers license violations and not drive without insurance.

At 7 p.m. May 30, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Pioneer Road. The vehicle approached an intersection. The driver slammed on his brakes and without stopping proceeded through the intersection. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Cloud. He informed the deputy that he was driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Jonathan Lewis Sollund, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 27, to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor traffic - driver's license, driving under suspension. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 7:30 p.m. May 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed three dirt bikes driving south on a property near Irvine AvenueNorthwest. One of the drivers was identified as Sollund, whose driving privileges were currently under suspension. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Two of the riders stopped immediately, while Sollund hesitated and then accelerated south on Irvine Avenue.

Remberto Howard, 26, of Redby, pleaded guilty June 6, and was sentenced July 27, for felony second-degree burglary.

He was sentenced to 37 months in prison with credit for 133 days served; he must pay a fine of $161 with restitution reserved.

At 2:40 p.m. March 17, three Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of two suspicious men kicking at the door of a residence on the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue Southwest. One of the men was identified as Howard. The officers found a large camouflage duffel bag on the floor in the living room. Desk and dresser drawers were left open.

John Kennedy Martin Jr., 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 15, and was sentenced July 27, for felony ineligible to vote knowingly votes.

He was granted a stay of imposition, which upon successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor charge; he was sentenced to 15 days in jail on work release; five years of supervised probation; he must pay a fine of $461; follow all instructions of probation; remain law-abiding and maintain employment.

Martin is accused of registering to vote and voting in the general election Nov. 4. Martin said he was not aware that he was not eligible to vote because of a prior felony conviction for fleeing a peace officer.

James Harold Alexander, 51, of Gonvick, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 27, for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 340 days were stayed for three years; three years of probation to the courts; he must serve 25 days in jail on Sentence To Service; pay a fine of $1,083; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; not use alcohol; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 2:40 p.m. July 9, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy and a Minnesota State Patrol trooper responded to a call regarding an intoxicated driver near the a local business. The deputy arrived at the scene and observed the driver smelling of alcohol and moving with slow and lethargic movements. He identified himself with a fake name and later identified as Alexander. Alexander's preliminary breath alcohol concentration registered a .23 blood alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .20. His driving privileges were under suspension, and he had two prior DWIs.

Deran Delvon Hill, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 27, to gross misdemeanor interfering with an emergency 911 call and misdemeanor domestic assault. His next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 8 p.m. April 26, Bemidji Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance on 34th Street Northwest in Bemidji. A woman at the residence said she had been assaulted by Hill. She told the officers that when she threatened to call the police, he picked up her phone and put it in his pocket. He took out the cell phone and threw it on the ground and then left the scene. Hill was found at his residence on Delton Avenue Northwest, where he gave a statement that he had gotten into an argument with the woman. He said the woman tore a necklace off and threw it on the floor. He admitted to putting her cell phone in his pocket to delay her contacting the police. He said he collected some of his clothing, gave the phone back and left the residence.

Veronica Tucker, 41, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 27, to felony second-degree burglary. Her next court date will be Oct. 20.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 16, a man reported his I-Pod Touch stolen.. The man lives in a home next to Tucker's apartment. A Bemidji Police officer spoke to Tucker, who denied having any knowledge of the I-Pod and denied entering his residence. She said she had gone to his residence to ask for a ride. On May 8, the complaint states that Tucker had pawned the man's phone at a local pawn store for $100.

Melissa May Hamilton, 50, of Solway, pleaded innocent July 27, to gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation of a vehicle with negligence under the influence of alcohol. Her next court date will be Aug. 25.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:10 p.m. May 6, a Minnesota State trooper responded to a call regarding a two-car collision at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and Centerline Road Northwest. Hamilton had been traveling south on Centerline Road and failed to yield the right-of-way at the intersection of U.S. Highway 2. The oncoming vehicle struck Hamilton's car on the driver's side near the rear of the vehicle. Hamilton was not injured, but the other driver was. Hamilton displayed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath alcohol concentration of .114. She was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood sample.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Melvina Rose Johnson, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 28, for gross misdemeanor child endangerment - permitting a child to be present during the sale of controlled substances.

She was granted a stay of adjudication, which upon successful completion of probation will result in a dismissal; she was placed on two years probation to the courts; she must pay a fine of $100; comply with all CHIPS orders and Human Services directives; not use controlled substances; submit to random testing and remain-law abiding.

At 11 a.m. Feb. 2, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents received a call from a confidential reliable informant (CRI) in reference to purchasing marijuana from a man at his home in the 1400 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest. The CRI bought approximately half an ounce of marijuana for $120 and asked to come back later for another half an ounce. During both transactions the seller's 1-year-old child was present in the room when the drug sale took place. On March 1, the complaint states, agents met with a CRI who reported he received a call from a man offering to sell hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms, a quarter of an ounce for $80. Johnson was present during the sale of the drugs as well as her 1-year-old child, according to the complaint.

On March 22, agents obtained a search warrant for the residence from Judge Paul Benshoof and found five people in the residence including Johnson and her child, according to the complaint. Agents seized approximately 47 grams of marijuana broken up into six separate baggies, pre-packaged for sale. Agents also seized four baggies containing hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms totaling 10 grams. Agents further seized drug paraphernalia as well as measuring scales. Agents arrested Johnson and two men. The child was placed on a 72-hour hold.

Kyle Lee Gustafson, 22, of Cottage Grove, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 28, for felony terroristic threats - reckless disregard of risk - and misdemeanor overwork/mistreatment of animals - cruelty. Both charges were continued for dismissal upon successful completion of probation; he was placed on probation to the courts for one year and must pay a fine of $150.

At 11:45 a.m. April 10, three Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of an assault on a dog and threats towards a female resident at home on the 1000 block of Birchmont Drive Northeast. Dispatch indicated that a man had stabbed a dog with a knife and also threatened a woman with it.

Lacey Nicole Rae Edwards 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 28, for gross misdemeanor third-degree damage to property.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days were stayed for two years; placed on probation to the courts for two years; she must pay restitution; remain law-abiding; have no contact with victim; have no same or similar offenses and pay a fine of $133.

At 2:03 a.m. March 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's sergeant responded to a complaint of criminal damage to property committed by a drunken woman. Edwards smashed a vehicle hood and fender with a snow shovel.

Dale Alan Haglund, 28, of St. Cloud, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 28, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years; he must serve 30 days in jail; three years of probation to the courts; pay a fine of $1,108; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not drink and drive; not drive without insurance; not have any drivers license violations; complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment within 30 days of release; complete after care and remain law-abiding.

At 2:40 a.m. May 4, a Minnesota State trooper initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for equipment failures. The driver was identified as Haglund, who displayed the odor of alcohol and glassy, bloodshot, watery eyes. He said he had drunk six beers earlier in the evening. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a .184 preliminary breath alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a .18 blood alcohol concentration. He has one prior DWI conviction.

Pamela Jean Greenwaldt, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 28, for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years; she must serve 30 days in jail and was granted furlough to attend treatment; she must pay a fine of $1,108 with Sentence To Service granted for $500; probation to the courts for three years; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; not drive without insurance; not have any drivers license violations; not drink and drive; complete treatment and aftercare and submit to random testing.

At 10:23 a.m. Oct. 8, Bemidji Police officers responded to a medical call on Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. A woman had fallen and struck her head. She was identified as Greenwaldt and transported to North Country Regional Hospital where a sample of blood was taken. The alcohol concentration in her blood was .370. She has a prior DWI conviction and driver's license revocation in 2006.

Elden Kent Redeagle, 42, of Redby, changed his plea to guilty for felony fleeing a peace officer on July 28. The misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be Aug. 31.

At 9:14 p.m. April 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle with a broken driver's side taillight illegally emitting white light. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued to travel down the road at 15 mph and began to gradually increase speed. The deputy activated the siren, and the driver accelerated to 55 mph. The vehicle became stuck in a muddy section of the road. Redeagle claimed that he had not been driving the car, that his cousin had been driving but fled the scene. There were no footprints in the mud and the deputy had not seen anyone exit the vehicle. Redeagle's license was revoked for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Giashamena Atkinson, 30, of Bemidji, changed her plea to guilty July 28, to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be Aug.31.

At 1:15 a.m. Feb. 16, a Bemidji Police officer saw a man and woman walking across the parking lot of a bar onto Second Street Northwest. While looking for the bottle disposed of by Atkinson, the officer observed a clear plastic baggie sticking out of the man's pocket. The baggie appeared to contain a large quantity of marijuana. Atkinson was arrested and transported to Cass County Jail. The bag weighed 70 grams and tested positive for THC. Atkinson has a prior conviction for burglary and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.

Troy Lawrence Friend, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 28, to felony simple robbery and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle. The charge of felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor interfering with a 911 call are scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be Aug. 31.

On April 10, Friend entered an apartment without permission and pushed a woman to the floor on two separate occasions. The second time, the woman suffered a broken left leg. Another woman attempted to call 911 on her cell phone, but Friend grabbed the cell phone from her by force. He also took her wallet which contained cash and credit cards and then fled the scene. Officers responded to the scene and saw Friend hiding behind a dumpster. When confronted, he took off running. Friend has a prior felony conviction for third-degree burglary and a warrant for his arrest had been issued for failing to appear on felony charges of burglary and theft.

Tony Brandin Abbott, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 21, for gross misdemeanor third degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years; probation to the courts for four years; he must serve 30 days in jail on work release, if eligible; pay a fine of $1,108; complete a chemical dependency assessment and treatment within 45 days of release; remain law-abiding; not drive without insurance; not have any drivers license violations; not use alcohol and not enter bars or liquor stores.

At 1 a.m., July 16, A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle turn right off Bemidji Road without using its turn signal; the deputy further observed the vehicle cross the centerline and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Abbott, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and poor balance. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a .183 blood alcohol concentration. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety for a DWI conviction.

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