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Beltrami County District Court Report

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Anthony Curtis Perez, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Aug. 24 and was sentenced Aug. 26 for felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

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He was sentenced to a stay of imposition on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for five days served and work release; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $583; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use controlled substances; undergo random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample; not possess firearms or dangerous weapons; not leave Minnesota without an interstate compact agreement with California. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

On Jan. 14, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at the Perez residence. The agents seized, among other evidence, drug paraphernalia, a marijuana grinder and bags containing 23.5 ounces of marijuana.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Wayne Chase Beaulieu, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29 and was sentenced Aug. 23 for felony motor vehicle theft.

He was sentenced to a stay of imposition on the following conditions: He must serve 20 days in jail on Sentence to Serve; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $83; pay restitution; not use alcohol or controlled substances, be around anyone using these substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit DNA sample; have no contact with the victim; take medications as prescribed; and write a letter of apology. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 10:53 p.m. Feb. 17, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle. The officers found Beaulieu with the vehicle at a Bemidji gas station. He had two outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Jeremiah John Defoe, 28, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 31 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 88 days stayed for two years and credit for two days served. He must serve two years of probation and pay fine and costs of $333.

At 1:27 a.m. Aug. 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle going north on state Highway 89 with one headlight out. The deputy made a traffic stop. Defoe, a passenger in the vehicle, gave the name and birth date of a 17-year-old.

Derek James LaDuke Sr., 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 30 for gross misdemeanor escape from custody.

He was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 245 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 120 days in jail consecutive to another sentence; serve two years of probation; and pay fine and costs of $133.

During the first week of February, LaDuke was an inmate in the Beltrami County Jail on conviction for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was granted furlough for medical appointments, but failed to return to jail.

Gerry Thomas Cardinal Jr., 57, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Aug. 30 for felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to a stay of imposition on the following conditions: He must serve 69 days in jail, serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,083; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, be around people who are using these substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; and submit a DNA sample.

On the misdemeanor DWI conviction, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 21 days stayed for two years on condition he serve two years of supervised probation, pay a $250 fine and follow the conditions of probation for the controlled substance crime sentence. Completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 6:40 p.m. April 3, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Cardinal driving in Eckles Township. The deputy knew Cardinal's license had been revoked. The deputy made a traffic stop and saw Cardinal's eyes were bloodshot with constricted pupils. He also was shaky and showed other indications of meth use. He smelled of marijuana and tested positive for meth.

Albert Benais III, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Aug. 30 to felony predatory offender knowingly failing to register. His next court date is Oct. 19.

According to the criminal complaint: On April 19, 2007, Benais was adjudicated delinquent on conviction for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He signed a predatory offender registry form on May 16, 2007. On Sept. 23, 2007, he was allowed a leave from Northwestern Minnesota Juvenile Center for a family visit. He failed to return. On June 18, he was found at a Bemidji residence having failed to keep up contact as to his whereabouts as required by law.

Corey James Wright, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent to gross misdemeanor theft by check with the intent to defraud. His next court date is Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint: On Jan. 22, he wrote an insufficient-funds check to another man, and had not made the check good as of July 1.

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