In Beltrami District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:
Jerrold Ryan Kemmer, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 29 for felony theft of a motor vehicle. A gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation inimical to public safety was dismissed at sentencing.
He was sentenced to 25 months in prison and given credit for 107 days served; restitution was reserved and he must pay a fine of $133.
At 12:50 a.m. Dec. 13, a Bemidji Police officer saw Kemmer driving a truck southbound on Minnesota Avenue Northwest. Dispatch informed the officer that Kemmer's license was cancelled inimical to public safety. Kemmer was arrested and taken to Beltrami County Jail. When the officer ran the plates on the truck, he found it was registered to a local business. On Dec. 14, the investigator went to the company that owned the truck. The owner said he did not know Kemmer and had not given Kemmer permission to use the vehicle. The business is across the street from where Kemmer lives. The investigator met with a woman, who said she had ridden in the truck with Kemmer. Another female reported that on Dec. 12, she had driven Kemmer back to his residence, where he got out of the vehicle, went into the house and returned with a key. The woman then drove Kemmer to the company across the street and parked near a truck. He told her he had permission to use the truck. She said she watched Kemmer enter the truck, start it and drive off.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
John Jerrod Jones, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 29 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process--interfering with a police officer. A second charge of misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle was dismissed at sentencing.
He was sentenced to one year in jail with 272 days stayed for two years. He must serve 93 days in jail. He was placed on supervised probation for two years; pay a fine of $1,083, of which $500 is stayed; follow all recommendations of a chemical dependency assessment; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.
Jones is a convicted felon with a history of violent offenses, weapons possession and drug trafficking. On Jan. 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was investigating a report of an assault near a residence on the 4300 block of Luomas Lane. A woman said Jones may have information about the assault and called him into the living room area. Jones was asked if he could assist with information about the assault and he immediately became uncooperative. He displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Jones suddenly bolted out the house. The deputy ran after him and directed him to stop, but Jones ran into a wooded area nearby. The deputy eventually had to deploy his Taser and was able to detain Jones, who continued to resist arrest with force and verbal threats. A Leech Lake Tribal officer had to deploy his Taser to get Jones into the squad car. Jones continued to use force and make threats. The deputy and officers were eventually able to secure him in the back with restraints and duct tape.
Richard Joel Anderson, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 29, for felony drugs in the fifth degree. His next court date will be May 10.
At 3:20 p.m. Feb. 18 a Bemidji Police officer stopped a vehicle for failure to use a seat belt. A passenger in the car was identified as Anderson, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest. He was asked to exit the vehicle and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. After exiting the car, he threw keys with a container attached into the back seat. The container had plastic sticking out of the lid. Inside was a glass methamphetamine pipe and a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be crystal meth. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where the correctional officers seized more meth from his shoes.