Beltrami County District Court
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Amanda Lee Lawrence, 34, of Wilton, amended her plea to guilty to amended charges of misdemeanor theft and was sentenced Aug. 5. The original charge was gross misdemeanor theft on May 22, 2006. The charges were amended July 31 to gross misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor theft and amended again Aug. 5 to gross misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft. The charge of gross misdemeanor theft and one count of misdemeanor theft were dismissed during sentencing on Aug. 5.
She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 30 days were stayed for one year; she must pay a fine of $158, remain law-abiding and have no contact with victims.
At 5:09 p.m. May 22, 2006, the Bemidji Police Department received a report that a woman's property had been removed from her home and sold at a garage sale. Lawrence is accused of stealing items including a large upright freezer, a new playpen, old baseball cards, a plaque, Christmas decorations and other items valued at $762.
Kyle Wayne Martin, 21, of Bemidji, changed his plea to guilty Aug. 3 to felony domestic assault, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. The misdemeanor charge of false fire alarms/tampering with a fire alarm system is scheduled for dismissal at sentencing, which is scheduled for Aug. 31.
On the evening of April 17 and during the early morning hours of April 18, Martin assaulted a woman by pushing her to the ground. When the woman called the police, but Martin fled the scene before officers arrived. After the officers left, Martin returned to the residence, pulled a fire alarm and fully discharged a fire extinguisher into the first floor hallway. Officers responded and again Martin fled the scene. Officers set up surveillance near the residence and saw Martin carrying a bottle of liquor, which he threw at the glass entry door. A foot pursuit continued before Martin turned and confronted the officer. He began swinging his closed fists towards the officer's face and chest. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He is prohibited from consuming alcohol as a condition of probation for prior convictions of gross misdemeanor assault of a peace officer, fifth-degree domestic assault and third degree assault.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:
Craig Lance Biberg, 34, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 29 for gross misdemeanor DWI operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration .08 or above within two hours.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 30 days in jail; was placed on four years of probation to the courts; must pay a fine of $1,080; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment within 60 days; not use alcohol: not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.
At 12:45 a.m. Dec. 19, 2006, Blackduck Police Officers responded to a call regarding an intoxicated man driving towards Blackduck. The officer observed the vehicle cross the center line several times and initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Biberg, who displayed slurred speech, poor balance and a strong odor of alcohol. He acknowledged that he had been drinking that night but pleaded with the officers to let him go. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .32. At the time of the incident his driver's license was revoked.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
Joshua Allen Church, 21, of Bagley, pleaded guilty June 30 and was sentenced Aug. 3 for felony first-degree damage to property over $1,000; felony possession of burglary or theft tools and misdemeanor theft.
He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 73 days in jail with credit for two days served; five years of supervised probation; must pay a fine of $399; follow all instructions of probation, pay restitution of $8,027.50; have no contact with co-defendants; have no contact with Pete's Place West, Fourth Street Tesoro, Jack Stop; Citizens State Bank, Simonsons, Nymore Laundromat Chalet Car Wash, Doug's Car Wash or with persons who are employed at these businesses; complete cognitive skills training; obtain a GED diploma; submit a DNA sample and remain law-abiding. The sentence is to be served concurrently with the two other counts and the two cases listed below.
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.
In a separate case, Allen pleaded guilty June 30 and was sentenced Aug. 3 for three felony counts of first-degree damage to property, valued at more than $1,000.
He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. The sentence is to be served concurrently with the case listed above. He must pay a fine of $827 and pay restitution of $35,452.76.
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, Allen pleaded guilty June 30 and was sentenced Aug. 3 for gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 292 days were stayed. He must serve 73 days, to be served concurrently with above charges; pay a fine of $211; pay restitution and follow all conditions of probation listed above.
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.
Ole Kristen Olander, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 14 and was sentenced Aug. 3 for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs.
He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed for five years. He must serve 23 days in jail with credit given for 86 days served; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,111; remain law-abiding; submit a DNA sample; submit to random testing; not use alcohol or controlled substances; complete treatment and aftercare and follow all instructions of probation.
On Jan. 26, Bemidji Police Officers responded to a call in Carter Circle Southeast disturbance. Olander and his girlfriend had gotten into an argument over money. According to Olander, it did not rise to physical altercations. Olander was arrested on outstanding warrants from Clearwater and Beltrami Counties. An inventory search was conducted and correctional officers seized suspected controlled substances in the form of prescription Oxycodone. Olander does not have a prescription for this medicine.
Roger Allen Strong, 21, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 3, for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years. He must serve five days in jail and was given credit for 10 days served; remain law-abiding; pay a fine of $583 and placed on probation to the courts for two years.
On July 25, Strong was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by a Bemidji Police officer. He identified himself with a false name. He was subsequently identified as Strong by a tattoo on his upper right arm of a dream catcher with the words "only the strong survive." He was arrested and transported to the jail on a warrant. In a search at the jail, corrections officers located three forms of identification in his shoes.
Keegan Collin Molzen, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 20, and was sentenced Aug. 3, for felony third-degree sale of narcotics.
He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which was stayed for 20 years and 20 years of supervised probation. He must serve 34 days in jail on sentence to serve; given credit for 26 days served; pay a fine of $1,083; follow all instructions of probation; restitution reserved; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; not enter bars or liquor stores; not be in the presence of anyone that is using drugs or alcohol; complete a diagnostic assessment and follow all of the recommendations; complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; complete aftercare; submit a DNA sample and remain law-abiding.
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 man subsequently identified as Molzen, entered the vehicle and sold 3.5 grams of crack cocaine for $600.
Rhonda Renee May, 49, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 3 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.
She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 352 days were stayed for three years. She must serve seven days in jail on Sentence to Service; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $736; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow all recommendations of evaluation; not drink and drive; complete treatment; complete the ASPEN of Minnesota program within 60 days; submit to random testing and not have any same or similar offenses.
At 11:17 a.m. June 20, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle turn north onto state Highway 89. The vehicle crossed the centerline during its turn; crossed the fog line three times and was weaving in its lane of travel. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as May. May displayed bloodshot eyes and mumbled speech and the odor of alcohol. She said she had been drinking the evening prior but had stopped at 8:30 a.m. that morning. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .237. She was arrested and transported to the jail where she registered a blood alcohol concentration of .22.
David Murray Bowen, 42, of Cass County, pleaded guilty Aug. 3, for felony fifth-degree procuring or possession by false title. His next court date will be Sept. 14.
At 10:30 a.m. July 13, a Bemidji Police officer spoke with an employee at North Country Regional Hospital about a suspicious man who had visited the emergency room on several occasions and had used different names and Social Security numbers. The man had received a prescription for Lorcet on two of these occasions. The man was questioned by the officer and identified himself with a false name and birth date. He said that he did not have a driver's license or any identification. When asked why he used a false name he said he was going to leave the hospital. He then got dressed and left. In the parking lot the man gave the officer his real name and birth date. He was arrested and transported to the jail.
James Leon Maltais, 37, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Aug. 3, to felony terroristic threats-reckless disregard risk. His next court date will be Sept. 22.
At 8:20 p.m. June 11, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call on the 7000 block of Birchmont Beach Road in relation to a call for assistance. According to the criminal complaint, a man reported that a woman had been assaulted by Maltais, and that Maltais had threatened to kill them both. At the scene, Maltais was found to be severely intoxicated. The deputies learned that he may have been deliberately inhaling gasoline vapors for purposes of enhancing his intoxication. Maltais struggled with the officers but was able to be subdued. He was placed in the squad car where he began to kick out the windows of the car. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he continued to resist the efforts of correctional officers.
James Donald Hamilton, 51, of Nevis, pleaded innocent Aug. 3 to two counts of gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. His next court date will be Sept. 22.
According to the criminal complaint, at 9:30 p.m. July 21, Bemidji Police officers were summoned to the Cameron Park boat launch. A group of intoxicated men were attempting to load a boat onto a trailer. One of the individuals was seen consuming alcohol and another man fell into the water. Upon arrival they observed a pickup truck in the water, with a man in the driver's seat, subsequently identified as Hamilton. Hamilton displayed bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. He told the officers that he had consumed a "few beers." Hamilton initially refused to complete field sobriety tests because he "knew that he would be over .08," however he eventually agreed. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .200. He was arrested and transported to the jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .19. He has three prior convictions for DWI.
Cheyne Michael Kingbird, 29, of Nett Lake, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 3 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI-refusal to submit. The charge of gross misdemeanor of driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety was dismissed.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 275 were stayed for four years. He must serve two months and 29 days in jail on Sentence to Service; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,208; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not have any drivers license violations.
At 12:50 a.m. July 16, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies received a call from a woman who reported that an intoxicated man left a bar in a vehicle towards the 2000 block of Jason Court. A deputy responded to the bar and spoke with the woman while another deputy found the vehicle in the driveway of the residence. The deputies were granted permission to enter the residence. A man emerged from the trailer. He was stumbling and nearly stepped off the side of the staircase. He was identified as Kingbird. He indicated that he had been consuming alcohol and that he had drank approximately 18 drinks. He indicated that he was drinking mickeys and vodka mixed with some soda. He went on to state that he was home all night and was not driving. Kingbird displayed bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, confusion, and a strong odor of alcohol. The man arrived at the home and stated that she and Kingbird had been at the bar together, when they had gotten into an argument over the bill. Kingbird got into the vehicle and drove home. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to provide a breath sample. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he continued to refuse to submit to a breath test. He indicated "I don't see why I have to because I was not driving." His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and he has two prior DWIS.
George Edwin Mitchell Jr., 21, pleaded guilty April 7 and was sentenced Aug. 4 for felony theft of a motor vehicle.
He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction; five years of supervised probation. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Sentence to Service; given credit for 30 days served; pay a fine of $1,111; follow all instructions of probation; restitution reserved; not have any contact with victims; complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; complete aftercare; complete a diagnostic assessment and follow all recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; not have any contact with known gang members; not participate in gang activity; remain law-abiding and submit a DNA sample.
On Nov. 7, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a stolen vehicle from a residence on the 900 block of America Avenue Northwest. The owner told the officer that he had been delivering pizzas and left his vehicle running with the keys in the ignition. He went back to his car and saw it being driven north on America Avenue.