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Beltrami County District Court Report for November 21

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Faryn Leigh Lord, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to gross misdemeanor damage to property totaling $501-$1,000 and misdemeanor damage to property. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

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According to the criminal complaint: On Dec 6, he egged a vehicle, damaging the finish.

Cory Lee Graves, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for March 8.

According to the criminal complaint: At 6:20 p.m. Aug. 11, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Graves driving a vehicle with no rear-view mirror. The deputy made a traffic stop and discovered Graves' driver's license had been cancelled.

Leanne Marie Pacheco, 32, of Bemidji pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor neglect of a child leading to likely physical/emotional harm.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 326 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve 39 days in jail with credit for 39 days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $333; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 7 p.m. July 19, she left three children ages 9, 4 and 1 alone all night. In the morning, the children walked to another residence for help.

Clinton Robert Zenzius, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Sept. 21 and was sentenced Oct. 16 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm.

He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, with credit for 181 days served, and must pay fine and costs of $83 and restitution. He must also submit a DNA sample.

At 11 p.m. May 19, Bemidji Police officer responded to a call from a Bemidji bar where several customers were restraining Zenzius. He had assaulted the bartender with a pool cue when the bartender refused to serve him. The assault left the bartender with a bloody face and broken glasses. Zenzius has felony convictions for first-, second- and third-degree burglary and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2006 and fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle in 2007 and two felony convictions for third-degree burglary in 2008.

Joshua Lincoln Curtis, 29, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 346 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 19 days in jail with credit for 19 days served; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $858; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substance or enter establishments where they are sold or served except for employment; and undergo random testing.

At 4:50 a.m. Aug. 14, a Bemidji Police officer found Curtis passed out in the driver's seat of a vehicle with the keys in his lap. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Curtis. He failed field sobriety tests and refused a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His driving privileges were revoked at the time of his arrest, and he has one prior DWI conviction in 2009.

Darren Darnell Johnson, 23, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for third-degree gross misdemeanor DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing. A second charge of fourth-degree misdemeanor DWI was dismissed.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $858; undergo chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments there they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 5 a.m. Oct. 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle in which the deputy suspected people involved in an assault were riding. The deputy detested the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Johnson, the driver. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest and he had no prior DWI convictions.

Scott Alan Schmidt, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Oct. 25 and was sentenced Nov. 15 for felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more DWI convictions.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison stayed for seven years on the following conditions: He must serve 180 days in jail with 90 days stayed for five years and serve 90 days on work release and a furlough for treatment; serve seven years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $108; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit a DNA sample; and complete the DWI program.

At 1:10 a.m. Sept. 2, a Bemidji Police officer saw Schmidt go through a stop sign. The officer made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Schmidt, who pulled his vehicle into a parking place and fled on foot. The officer caught him and took him to the Beltrami County Jail where he provided a urine sample. Schmidt's driving privileges were cancelled at the time of his arrest and he had convictions for DWI in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Todd Peter Tellstrom, 32, of Boy River, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for gross misdemeanor theft.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 365 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: he must serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $383 and restitution; and have no contact with the victim.

During October, he stole auto parts valued at more than $500 from a Bemidji business.

Staci Kai Grosfield, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days on work release; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,108; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 5 p.m. Oct. 13, a Bemidji Police officer received a report of a possible drunk driver. The officer made a traffic stop. Grosfield was belligerent and resisted arrest. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she refused to submit to testing. Her driving privileges were valid at the time of her arrest, and she had one prior DWI conviction.

Maynard Russel Cloud, 42, of Ponemah, pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more DWI convictions and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Dec. 14.

According to the criminal complaint: A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Cloud driving without a seat belt. The deputy made a traffic stop. Cloud had no driver's license. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .13 on the Intoxilyzer. He has convictions for driving after cancellation and three prior DWIs in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

Crystal Rose Kangas, 26, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for misdemeanor theft, amended from a charge of felony theft.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail stayed for one year on the following conditions: She must serve one year of probation to the court; pay fine and costs of $130 and restitution; and have no contact with the victim.

On Nov. 8, 2007, Kangas used a forged traveler's check to purchase $191.97 worth of merchandise from a Bemidji business. The traveler's check was issued for $500, so she received change of $308.03.

Kenneth James Harrison Jr., 26, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to felony fifth-degree possession of crack cocaine and gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Dec. 14.

According to the criminal complaint: At 12:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Bemidji Police officers were notified of a fight in which the victim said Harrison head-butted him. Witnesses also reported the Harrison might have a knife. The officer patted Harrison down and discovered bindles of crack cocaine in his pocket. Harrison has convictions for domestic assault in 2006 in Cass County; receiving stolen property and check forgery in 2007 in Mille Lacs County; violation of an order for protection, fourth-degree assault and third-degree assault in 2007 in Beltrami County; fifth-degree assault and motor vehicle theft in 2008 in Beltrami County; and obstructing arrest in 2009 in Beltrami County.

John David Hawkins, 23, of Cambridge, Minn., pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to gross misdemeanor theft. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Dec.14.

According to the criminal complaint: At noon Aug. 10. Hawkins, with others, stole fishing tackle from a boat moored on Upper Red Lake.

Darrin Wayne Brown, 23, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Nov. 15 to felony third-degree sale of oxycodone. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Dec. 14.

According to the criminal complaint: on April 14, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force confidential reliable informant bought six oxycodone tablets from Brown.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Kari Ann Armstrong, 25, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Oct. for criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm and with negligence.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days in jail; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $833; not use alcohol or controlled substance or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

At 7 p.m. March 9, a passerby saw a vehicle that had rolled over into the ditch. In the vehicle were a 6-year-old child and Armstrong. The passerby called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and emergency services and took the child out of the rolled vehicle. Armstrong was pinned in the driver's seat of the rolled vehicle. Armstrong and the child were taken to North Country Regional Hospital where the child was treated for minor injuries. Armstrong had a broken ankle. She submitted to a blood test, which registered .20. She had been convicted Oct. 6, 2009, of fourth-degree DWI and was on a probation order not to drink and drive. Her driving privileges had been revoked at the time of her arrest in March.

Jesse Grant Lyons, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor fourth-degree burglary.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on work release; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $783 and restitution; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; and write a letter of apology.

At 12:42 a.m. March 18, Lyons was cited by a Bemidji Police officer for assaulting a bouncer at a Bemidji bar. He then went to an apartment where a family was sleeping and kicked in the door. The residents didn't know Lyons.

Michael Ray Terrill, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 15 days served; serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $580; and not drive with a license and insurance.

At 12:30 a.m. June 28, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Terrill driving and knew his license had been cancelled. The deputy made a traffic stop and arrested Terrill.

Audrey Dawn Lussier, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor check forgery.

She was sentenced to 91 days in jail with 91 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve two years of probation and pay or work off fine and costs of $233.

On March 22, she forged another person's name on a check for $50.

Patrick Jerome Dalton, 52, of White Bear Lake, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for misdemeanor disorderly conduct, amended from a charge of felony terroristic threats.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for three days served and with 87 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: He must serve one year of probation and pay fine and costs of $383

At 7:45 p.m. May 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of Dalton making threats with a firearm in Blackduck.

Elaine Carol Mrazek, 61, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days in jail with credit for three days served; serve three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $858; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; undergo random testing; not drive without insurance; and have no driver's license violations.

At 10:50 p.m. July 30, Mrazek's vehicle was being pulled out of a ditch. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrived at the scene and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Mrazek. She failed field sobriety tests and registered .242 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she provided a urine sample. Her driver's license was valid at the time of her arrest, and she has two prior DWI convictions in 1984 and 2006.

Tony Lee Preston, 35, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced, consecutive with a Clearwater County conviction, 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 supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $858; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 3:04 a.m. July 28, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a report of a man unconscious in a pickup truck. When a deputy woke Preston up, he didn't know where he was or what the time was. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Preston. He registered .16 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where he provided a urine sample. His driving privileges were revoked at the time of his arrest, and he had a DWI conviction in Clearwater County from June 10.

Lora Ann Johnson, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to felony mail theft. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

On Aug. 20, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office received a complaint that someone was stealing mail from a mailbox. Bills and license tabs that should have been delivered were not in the box. The victims set up a video surveillance system to watch the mailbox. They also notified the U.S. Postal Service. Johnson was arrested after using a gift card from the mailbox at a local business. She has prior convictions for third-degree burglary and felony theft and domestic abuse, violation of an order for protection in 2005 in Polk County.

Timothy John Adams, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to felony third-degree sale of crack cocaine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

On April 14, a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force confidential reliable informant bought a gram of crack cocaine from Adams. The deal was in a Bemidji area business parking lot.

Bobby Lynn Wade, 52, of St. Paul, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to submit to chemical test.

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 three days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $608; undergo random testing; not drink and drive; and undergo aftercare.

At 9 p.m. July 19, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper had made a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 2 and Wade drove a vehicle pulling a boat on a trailer too close to the stopped squad car. The trooper made a traffic stop of Wade's vehicle. The trooper detected the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes on Wade. Wade failed field sobriety tests and register .16 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Bemidji County Jail where he refused a breath test. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest, and he had one prior DWI in 2006.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Thomas Lee Harr, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony terroristic threats Nov. 2. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 17. A second charge of misdemeanor domestic assault was dismissed.

At 2 a.m. July 31, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic assault call. A woman said Harr had assaulted her and threatened to stab her with a butcher knife. Harr had fled and hidden in a swamp, but was found and taken to the Beltrami County Jail.

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