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Beltrami County District Court cases for the week of May 25

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Beltrami County District Court cases for the week of May 25
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Tina Louise Jones, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 26 for gross misdemeanor neglect of a child. She was granted a stay of adjudication and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.


She must serve 30 days in jail with Sentence to Serve, pay a fine of $300, cooperate with Beltrami County Human Services, not use alcohol and not have any at her residence, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding. She was granted furlough to complete treatment and attend doctor appointments.

At 11:55 p.m. Feb. 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 400 block of Archery Road, in response to a report of a disturbance and child welfare check. It was reported that a child was yelling for help. Upon their arrival, the deputies knocked on the door of the residence. The deputies heard a child's voice and a female mumbling "help me, help me." At that point the deputy kicked in the door and made entry into the residence. The deputies found Jones, the mother of three minor children, who were also present in the home, yelling at the deputies for breaking in her door. She refused to follow verbal instructions. A deputy identified a separate female sitting on the couch. They identified another woman who was sitting on the couch. The woman appeared to be intoxicated and had a blood on her lips and nose and stated that she had been hit. Jones reported that she had not been hit, but rather had fallen down. Jones later indicated that the female may have been hit. Jones submitted to a preliminary breath alcohol concentration in which she registered .22, and she exhibited mood swings. The deputy found that she was not in any condition to take care of the children and observed the house to be a mess with beer cans all over the house including the bed where the children were sleeping, beer and other liquids were found on the floor and the countertops and carpets were a mess. The deputies placed her three children on a 72-hour hold. The children were removed from the home.

Travis Allen Martin, 24, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 357 days are stayed for four years, and four years of supervised probation.

He must serve 28 days in jail with credit for two days served, pay a fine of $3,208, of which $3,000 is stayed, complete a DWI program and pay associated fees, not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, not enter any establishments that sell alcohol without permission from the Department of Corrections. He was granted furlough to complete treatment.

At 1 a.m. Feb. 17, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle drive through an intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Sixth Street Northwest without stopping at the stop sign. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Martin. The deputy observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and poor balance. An open bottle of rum and numerous open cans of beer were found in the vehicle. Martin failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .20. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. His license was revoked at the time of this complaint. He has two prior convictions for DWI.

Leslie Charles Headbird Sr., 40, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty April 27 and was sentenced May 26 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault -subsequent violation. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 307 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation.

He must serve 58 days in jail, pay a fine of $433, follow all instructions of probation, complete treatment, attend counseling and or psychiatric appointments as directed by an agent, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, submit to random searches, have no contact with the victim, remain law-abiding, complete cognitive skills training at the direction of the Department of Corrections and comply with domestic no contact order.

At 6:05 p.m. April 18, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a home in the 19000 block of Williams Road Southeast in response to a domestic disturbance. The deputies located the suspect, who was identified as Headbird. A woman told the officers that Headbird had become angry with her and had bit her on the foot so hard that she had begun to bleed. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Joseph Brandon Burris, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 26 to felony second degree burglary of a dwelling. His next court date will be June 22.

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 observed 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. The officer stopped the men and asked for identification, which none of the men could provide. One of the officers spoke with Burris, who was intoxicated and talking continuously even though no one was asking him questions. Burris indicated that was at a friends' home drinking while his friends robbed a place. He went on to state that he thought it was odd that his friends would steal stuff from this person, because the person was a really nice guy and would lend out stuff if his friends would ask. The officer went to a house on Shevlin Avenue Southwest and found the house to be empty, but the back door was unlocked. The homeowner arrived at the scene and agreed to walk through the residence. The homeowner noticed that a laptop was missing. The homeowner was shown the items found in the field and identified them as his belongings. The owner stated he did not know the persons who robbed his home, but that they had left a bottle of peppermint schnapps near a tree in his yard. The bottle was collected and processed for fingerprints. Burris and the other men were placed under arrest. In a statement, Burris indicated that he and the other men had gone to the house on Shevlin Avenue where a friend of his lived. Burris reported that he knocked on the downstairs window and one of the other men went to the door. Burris said the man found that the door was open and all three of them went into the residence. Burris went downstairs to his friend's apartment in an attempt to locate him. He said he waited for him and smoked a cigarette on the couch. He reported that the two men took some stuff and a laptop from upstairs. Burris denied taking anything from the residence. Burris then said the owner or renter was not at the residence and that he did not have permission to be there. Burris admitted to drinking some peppermint schnapps.

One of the men gave a statement that they were all together at a house on the 500 block of Wood Avenue, when Burris said let's go rob someplace. He reported that they walked to the house on Shevlin Avenue. Burris told him to check the doors, so he did and he went in when he found the door unlocked. The man said they were all carrying items that they had stolen when they saw the squad car.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Shawn Patrick Bugg, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 27 to felony first degree drug possession of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine. His next court date will be June 26.

In September and October 2007, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents conducted an undercover investigation into meth trafficking by Bugg and a woman. An agent made contact with the woman on several occasions in September and October to purchase meth. On Oct. 8, 2007, an agent called the woman to purchase one-half of an ounce of meth. Bugg met the agent at 8:10 p.m., and the agent paid $1,200 of federal buy funds for one-half of an ounce. In a conversation, Bugg said that he was close to the source of the meth. Bugg and the agent discussed the purchase of larger amounts of meth in the future. Bugg said he believed such purchases could be arranged and that he works with the woman. The substance was analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; it weighed 14 grams. Bugg has a prior conviction in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota for selling cocaine. He was committed to 27 months in federal prison.

Pioneer staff reports