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Beltrami County District Court Report

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

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Chamar Samuel Olbekson, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Aug. 16 and was sentenced Sept. 7 for felony domestic assault by strangulation. A second count of felony domestic assault by strangulation was dismissed.

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He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison with the prison time stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 102 days in jail with credit for 68 days served; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; make restitution; undergo anger management training and domestic abuse counseling and treatment; not use alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; and have no contact with the victim.

At 3 a.m. July 2 at a Bemidji residence, he assaulted a woman by strangling her, leaving scratches, bruises and gouges in her neck and causing her to lose consciousness. At the time of his arrest, he was on pre-trial release on a charge of domestic assault by strangulation of another woman.

Heather Renae Farrand-Bogucki, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 26 and was sentenced Sept. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 344 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 21 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve four years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $858; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; not drive without insurance; have no driver's license violations; undergo counseling and complete out-patient treatment. She was granted furlough for treatment.

At 5:45 p.m. June 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy found Farrand-Bogucki asleep in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked in the middle of U.S. Highway 71 in Port Hope Township. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. She had in the vehicle an open, partly consumed bottle of wine. She registered at .383 in a preliminary breath test. Her driving privileges were valid and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Robert Anthony Rizzi, 51, of Baudette, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 320 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 45 days in jail with credit for one day served; serve four years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $858; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo aftercare and random testing. He was granted furlough for treatment.

At 1:35 a.m. May 22, Bemidji Police officers responded to a hit-and-run accident. They identified the vehicle involved and made a traffic stop. They detected slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Rizzi. He failed field sobriety tests and registered .16 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .18 on the Intoxilyzer. His driving privileges were valid but restricted so that any use of alcohol or drugs would invalidate the license. He had three prior DWI convictions in 1998 in Beltrami County and 1999 and 2005 in Lake of the Woods County.

Jon Leroy Gesling, 39, of Lennox, S.D., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 7 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors. A second count of misdemeanor failing to stop after being involved in a no-injury accident was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $858; complete chemical dependency assessment and following recommendations; undergo random testing; and not drink and drive.

At 5:31 p.m. April 21, Gesling was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. A Bemidji Police officer was informed by dispatch that the driver of one of the vehicles had left the scene. The vehicle was identified, and the officer made a traffic stop. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot watery eyes on Gesling. Gesling failed field sobriety tests and registered .20 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. His driver's license was valid, and he had one prior DWI conviction.

Brian Lee Marsh, 55, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Sept. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with work release and credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $508; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; undergo random testing; complete the ASPEN course; and not drink and drive.

At 11:44 p.m. Aug. 27, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw an oncoming vehicle fail to dim its lights. The trooper made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol on Marsh. Marsh failed field sobriety tests and registered .21 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .22 on the Intoxilyzer. His driving privileges were valid, and he had no prior DWI convictions.

Eric James Grewe, 29, of Park Rapids, pleaded innocent Sept. 8 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to submit to chemical testing. His next court date is Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint: At 1:20 a.m. May 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Grewe make a turn without signaling. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Grewe. An open, partly consumed bottle of tequila was in the vehicle. Grewe was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His license was suspended at the time of his arrest, and he had two prior DWI convictions in 2001 and 2003.

Jon Harold Solheim, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 27 and was sentenced Sept. 7 for felony first-degree sale of 10 grams or more of methamphetamine within a 90-day period.

He was sentenced to 86 months in prison with the prison time stayed for 30 years on the following conditions: He must serve nine months in jail, with credit for 138 days served; serve 30 years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,083; pay restitution; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and have no contact with people associated with illegal drugs.

In January and February, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents received information from a confidential source who bought a total of 11.7 grams of meth from Solheim.

Jarred Lee Martell, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Aug. 2 and was sentenced Sept. 8 for felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer causing demonstrable bodily harm - throwing/transferring bodily fluids or feces.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, with credit for 40 days served, with the following conditions: He must serve four years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; complete chemical dependency assessment and aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; complete cognitive skills assessment; and participate in restorative justice mediation unless the victim declines. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 1:51 a.m. July 11, a Bemidji Police officer saw Martell urinating in the Union Square parking lot, an offense against Bemidji ordinances. Martell had been convicted of gross misdemeanor DWI Feb. 10 and was on a no-drink order. The officer detected the odor of alcohol on Martell, who refused a preliminary breath test. Officers arrested Martell, but as they were putting him in the squad car, he kicked one officer in the arm and one in the face and spat in one officer's face.

Courtney Edward Fisherman, 30, of Redby, pleaded innocent Sept. 7 to felony motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer by other means than in a motor vehicle. His next court date is Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint: At 1:14 a.m. July 18, Bemidji residents were awakened by the sound of crunching gravel in their driveway as their vehicle was being stolen. They reported the theft and Bemidji Police officers found the car in a ditch on Irvine Avenue Northwest. Fisherman fled from the vehicle on foot and was arrested a short time later.

Robin Lee Lussier, 21, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent Sept. 7 to two counts of felony aggravated robbery. His next court date is Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint: at 11:24 p.m. Feb. 18, Leech Lake Tribal Police officers responded to a report of an armed robbery of an occupied residence. Two men, one of whom was later identified as Lussier, entered the house and pointed guns at a man and a woman and ordered them to lie down on a bed. The robbers stole cash from the woman's purse and drove off. At 1:23 a.m. Feb. 19, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to another armed robbery by the same two men, in which the victims were beaten with pistols, leaving them bleeding from the face and head. The victims of the second robbery were taken to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment. One of the victims recognized Lussier and knew where he lived. Bemidji Police officers went to that address and were establishing a perimeter when the occupants of the house, including Lussier and the other robber, tried to get in a car and leave. The officers made a felony stop. Lussier and the other robber were identified by the first victims. Guns and ammunition were found in the house and car of the accused. Lussier is a convicted felon on probation for felony terroristic threats from Redwood County in August 2009 and had already committed a probation violation in December 2009.

David Keith Utz, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Sept. 7 to felony third-degree sale of Oxycodone. His next court date is Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint: at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 6, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force confidential reliable informant bought two 80-milligram oxycodone pills from Utz in a Bemidji parking lot.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Ruth Ann Newell, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 27 and was sentenced Aug. 30 for felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI.

She was sentenced on the meth conviction to 12 months and one day in prison, stayed for 10 years on the following conditions: She must serve 33 days in jail; serve 10 years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; undergo Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services and follow recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; and submit a DNA sample.

She was sentenced on the DWI conviction to 90 days in jail with 57 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $250; and follow the above requirements of probation.

At 11:30 p.m. April 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle swerving in its lane and made a traffic stop. The driver was cited for DWI. Newell was a passenger in the vehicle, which was towed away. A search of the car revealed three pipes with methamphetamine residue and a fourth pipe with meth in it. She had one prior DWI conviction in 1995 and one prior fifth-degree drug conviction in 2007.

John Kevin Bilinski, age unavailable, of Pennington, pleaded innocent Aug. 30 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors. His next court date is Oct. 19.

According to the criminal complaint: At 9:40 p.m. Aug. 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a vehicle in a ditch. Bilinski was in the driver's seat. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Bilinski. Bilinski failed field sobriety tests and registered .20 in a preliminary breath test. He had two prior DWI convictions in 2008 and 2009.

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