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Beltrami County District Court report for week of June 1

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Rebecca Anne Erickson, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent to felony first-degree sale of methamphetamine. Her next court date will be June 30.

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According to the criminal complaint, on , a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force special agent received a text message from Erickson informing the agent that she would be able to supply meth that day. Erickson further informed the agent that she was charging $325 for an "8 ball" (3.5 grams) and that a "half-ounce" would cost $1,300. The agent told her he would be interested in purchasing a half-ounce. At 11:30 p.m. Erickson sold the agent a small baggie of meth, which the agent purchased for $650 from federal buy funds. Erickson returned one-half hour later with another baggie of meth, which she sold to the agent for $650. The substance field tested positive for meth. On or about June 18, 2008, the agent agreed to purchase another half-once of meth from Erickson. At 11 p.m. Erickson gave the agent three "8-balls" of meth instead of the full half-ounce for a total of $975. The substance field tested positive for meth and weighed 11 grams.

John Elmer Erickson, 41, of Hines, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of felony aiding and abetting second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and felony false imprisonment. The original charge was felony kidnapping. His next court date will be June 30.

On Jan. 9, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported assault and kidnapping involving a man. The man entered the residence where he met James Black, Erickson and a woman. Erickson held the male victim, while Black struck him in the forehead with a baseball bat. Erickson, Black and the woman forced the man into a car against his will for transport to Black's residence. The victim was eventually able to escape from the residence.

Erickson has a prior conviction of first-degree sale of a controlled substance and felony conviction of a firearm in violation of a stay of execution.

Tyler James Skogen, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 10 to felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine in a 90-day period. He was sentenced to 104 months in prison.

He was given credit for 140 day served, ordered to pay a fine of $83, with restitution reserved.

In September, October and November, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force conducted an investigation into methamphetamine trafficking by Skogen. A confidential informant bought a total of 19.5 grams of meth from him. Skogen has prior convictions for theft.

Paul Louis Kramer III, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:12 a.m. Jan. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding a suspicious vehicle which was parked on Centerline Court N.W. The vehicle had been parked for 2-3 hours with one occupant in it. The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle. The driver, upon seeing the deputy in his rear view mirror, immediately pulled into a driveway on Centerline Court. The officer identified the driver as Kramer. Kramer told the deputy that he was using his laptop computer for purposes of gaining a signal in order to access the Internet. His driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety. He has three prior DWI convictions.

Ulysses Elk Nation, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2 to gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. His next court date will be June 22.

At 5:08 p.m. May 2, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of August Drive N.E., Bemidji, in response to a domestic altercation. The deputies were advised that the female victim was now attempting to barricade herself in the bathroom of the residence for protection against further assault. The deputies arrived at the residence and questioned the female. She had been struck severely in the nose, possibly suffering a fracture. She was bleeding from a gouge in her nose. She said she had been struck two or three times in the face by Elk Nation. A Bemidji Police officer located Elk Nation approximately one-half mile south of the residence. Elk Nation was arrested and transported to the jail. He was drunk and was currently under a condition of probation prohibiting the use of alcohol. He has a prior conviction of gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Olaf Kristen Olander, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. His next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, at 8:30 p.m. April 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling north on Mission Road. The vehicle merged into the southbound lane and remained in the lane requiring the officer to pull onto the shoulder to avoid a head-on collision. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle continued to travel at a high rated of speed. The driver refused to stop and made a quick left-hand turn west on Ten Lake Trails Road. The pursuit continued at speeds approaching 100 mph for one mile. The driver finally stopped and identified himself with a false name. He displayed watery and blood shot eyes and emanated an alcohol odor. A subsequent investigation revealed that the driver was Olander. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .18. Olander had a prior license revocation for driving while impaired in 1998 and 2000. Olander informed the deputy that he became aware that a vehicle with lights and sirens was driving behind him on Mission Road. He further stated that he was aware that he was required to pull over when he first noticed the lights and siren, but decided to turn onto Ten Lake Trails.

He is currently on probation for a burglary conviction and has an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on a fifth-degree controlled substance charge.

Christopher Dean Britten, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 1 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI-refusal to submit. His next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:40 a.m. May 1, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call of a man passed out in a pickup truck near a gas station. The officer arrived on the scene and observed the vehicle motor running and the brake lights engaged. The driver was slumped over the steering wheel. The officer opened the door, put the vehicle in park and shut the engine off. The driver woke up. The officer observed the driver displayed red eyes and smelled of alcohol. The driver was identified as Britten. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .197. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Britten was provided with a telephone and made several phone calls. He refused to submit to testing because he said he hadn't had an opportunity to speak with an attorney. He has two prior DWI convictions.

Amanda Jo Alice Vernlund, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent on June 1 for gross misdemeanor financial transaction fraud. Her next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, on Sept. 3, a man contacted the Bemidji Police Department because several applications had been filed in his name for credit cards. He became aware of the situation when he checked his credit report. He contacted one of the companies and found that the application had been made by email. The e-mail address belonged to Vernlund. In the past Vernlund had attempted to make him a guarantor on a student loan application. The officer confirmed the e-mail address belonged to Vernlund, and that the application listed Vernlund's address. In a statement, Vernlund admitted to using the man's name and Social Security number in an attempt to obtain financial transaction cards. She admitted she did this without permission and stated that she had done it because she felt he should be paying more child support. She admitted to making applications to two stores.

Starla Marie Deane, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent on June 1 to gross misdemeanor theft by check. Her next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, Deane issued a check to Dondelinger Chevrolet-Buick. The complaint states the $745.59 check was returned from the bank with payment having been refused because of a closed account.

Lori Diane Meyer, 50, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June first to gross misdemeanor theft by check. Her next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, between Jan. 6, 2008, and Jan. 27, 2008, she wrote numerous checks in the amount of $516.06 to various businesses in Beltrami County. All of the checks were returned for non-sufficient funds.

Clayton Lewis Barrett, 54, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent June 1 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be Sept. 22.

According to the criminal complaint, at 7 p.m. April 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle turn into a convenience store and pull up to the building. The vehicle immediately departed upon seeing the patrol car. The suspect vehicle traveled westbound on state Highway 1. The deputy followed the vehicle and was informed by dispatch that the vehicle was registered to Barrett whose license was revoked as inimical to public safety. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Barrett. Barrett indicated he had passed the driver's test to reinstate his privileges, but had yet to pay the reinstatement fee. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Brenton Joseph Sconce, 27, of Sammamish, Wash., pleaded guilty April 20 and was sentenced for felony financial transaction fraud June 2. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation.

He must serve 30 days in the jail, pay a fine of $8,410, including restitution, pay restitution, remain law-abiding, not have any contact with the victim or Wells Fargo Bank and complete cognitive skills training.

On July 15, Sconce was hired as a customer service representative at Wells Fargo Bank in Bemidji. In that capacity, he assisted customers with opening accounts, securing ATM cards, etc. An individual opened an account at Wells Fargo with a substantial amount of cash in the autumn of 2008. Sconce processed the order for an ATM card to enable the person to access the cash from his account.

Sconce altered bank records to assure that the card once issued was delivered to his own personal home, not to the owner of the account. In the succeeding weeks, Sconce made unauthorized withdrawals and other charges against the money in the individuals account in excess of $14,000. Sconce's crime was discovered by security personnel at the bank, and Sconce was fired Oct. 16.

Daniel Joseph Schmerbeck, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor domestic assault. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation.

He must serve eight days in jail with credit for 22 days served, pay a fine of $583 with Community Work Service and Sentence To Service granted, follow all instructions of probation, complete aftercare, complete domestic abuse counseling and treatment, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency, not have any same or similar offenses, remain law abiding and follow all federal laws regarding firearms.

At 2:51 a.m. Nov. 22, Bemidji Police Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Irvine Avenue Northwest in response to a report of a physical domestic assault. The male suspect had left the scene. The female indicated that she was a victim of domestic assault at the hands of her husband, Daniel. The female reported that her husband came home drunk and high on drugs. She reported that he asked for his Adderall tablets, as he wanted to sell them. When she told him she didn't know where they were he punched her over the right eye and in the back of the head. She fell to the floor and Schmerbeck sat on top of her with his hands around her neck. At this time she started to cry, and he covered her mouth, brought her upstairs and turned the lights off in the bedroom. At this point, he began striking her, and he made her promise she would not call the police. After he left the residence, she called the police. The officer observed her to be visibly shaken and scared and she kept looking out the window. She had black and blue swelling above her right eye.

Schmerbeck was adjudicated delinquent for a qualified domestic violence in 2002. In addition he was on unsupervised probation for fifth-degree domestic assault.

Todd Michael Johns, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 1 to felony domestic assault. His next court date will be June 15 for bail and July 6 for sentencing.

At 10:45 p.m. May 20, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to Alps Court to investigate a report of a domestic assault. Upon arrival, the deputies found a female victim who stated that she had just been assaulted by her boyfriend, Johns. She told the deputy Johns had struck her in the face with a closed fist and that he forced her into the bathroom against her will in order to wash the blood off her face. She said was held against her will and unable to contact law enforcement. The female victim had swelling on the left side of her face. Johns was found in the bedroom of the residence. Johns refused to leave the bed and was subsequently arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Johns was very emotional and there appeared to be dried blood on his left hand and wrist area. Johns gave a statement saying that he did not recall assaulting the woman. He had consumed approximately a six-pack of beer and could not explain why the woman had a bruise on her face and was reporting that he struck her. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .103.

He has two prior convictions for domestic assault, towards the woman and an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

David William Clark, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 2 to gross misdemeanor domestic assault and gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process - interfering with a police officer. His next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint, at 3:30 a.m. March 19, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance on Park Avenue. An officer arrived on the scene and spoke with a man who said he heard breaking glass and a woman screaming for help. The officer approached the door to the residence and heard a woman screaming and a man yelling. The officer saw a man slap a woman and pull her hair. The man was subsequently identified as Clark. The officer asked Clark to open the door, but he refused. The officer attempted to kick the door down, but Clark was leaning against the door. The officers were eventually able to gain entry. Clark continued to push on the door, resist arrest and fight with the officers, forcing them to use a Taser. The woman would not provide any information regarding the assault. She only said she and Clark had argued about his communicating with a woman over the computer. She denied that Clark had assaulted her and refused to give a statement. The woman was upset and sobbing. She had a cut on her foot which was bleeding steadily, a scrape on her right arm and bruises on her waist and lower back. Officer also observed loose hair on her pants and a clump of hair in the blood on her foot.

Clark has a prior conviction gross misdemeanor fifth degree assault.

Geoffrey Ray Steffen, 40, of Solway, pleaded guilty April 7 to felony fleeing a peace officer and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years of supervised probation on the first count and 90 days in jail, stayed for two years, on the second count.

He must serve 28 days in jail on the weekends, with credit for two days served, pay a fine of $508, complete treatment-DWI clinic, not drink and drive, submit to random testing, not have any same or similar offenses, follow all instructions of probation, supply a DNA sample and remain law-abiding.

At 1:30 a.m. Dec. 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle with a rear license plate unilluminated. The deputy closed the distance between the squad and vehicle by driving 85 mph. The suspect parked his truck in a driveway and fled into the woods. Steffen was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for evaluation, and a blood draw was conducted.

Joshua John Vagt, 25, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. A misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for three years and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 27 days in jail with credit for three days served, pay a fine of $958, complete chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow recommendations of evaluation, not drink and drive, submit to random testing and have no same or similar offenses.

At 8 p.m. March 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence on the 7000 block of Fairgrounds Road. The deputy met with a number of individuals present at the residence. A man indicated that he observed a man standing next to the gas station, urinating on the side of the building. He said he yelled at the man to find another place to pee. The man turned around and began screaming obscenities, took steps toward him and threatened that he would "get his butt beat." The man then got into a vehicle and drove away. Later, the man subsequently identified as Vagt returned to the residence. Vagt began to scream obscenities and yelled at the individuals. Then got his vehicle and sped away. A sheriff's deputy observed the vehicle traveling directly in the center of the road and further observed the vehicle weave from left to right, nearly traveling in the ditch on both shoulders. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Vagt. Vagt displayed bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. He said he left a bar and had consumed alcohol. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .17 in the field. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .15. He has a prior DWI conviction in Douglas County.

Patrick Arthur Oshea Sr., 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 11 and was sentenced June 1 for felony first-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was sentenced to 42 months in prison, stayed for seven years, with a conditional release after confinement set at five years and seven years of supervised probation.

On the felony charge, he must serve 180 days in jail, 90 days of that time is stayed for seven years, with credit for 38 days served. On the gross misdemeanor charge, he must serve one year in jail, of which 327 days are stayed for one year. He must serve 38 days in jail with credit for 38 days served and furlough to attend treatment, pay a fine of $1,676, of which $1,500 is stayed, complete the DWI program and pay for all the fees, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not have any driver's license violations, not drive without insurance, remain law-abiding, not have any same or similar offenses, complete cognitive skill training, supply DNA sample, complete an updated chemical dependency assessment evaluation/treatment and follow all recommendations of evaluation, complete DWI court.

At 9:10 p.m. April 25, a Bemidji Police officer responded to the area of 13th Street and Minnesota Avenue in regards to a drunk driver. A DNR Officer performed an initial traffic stop on the vehicle and needed an officer to respond to the location. The DNR officer indicated that he pulled the vehicle over for driving without headlights and speeding and detected odor alcohol from the driver.

The officer identified the driver as Oshea. Oshea told the officer he did not have a license and that he had gone to the bar to pick up his wife. He admitted to driving 40 miles per hour and that he had consumed a six-pack. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, he responded "You don't need to go through the test. We both know I'm intoxicated. Just place me under arrest." He was asked to participate again. He did and performed poorly. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .16. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a alcohol concentration of .16. His license was canceled as inimical to public safety at the time of the complaint. He has three prior DWI convictions.

Kevin Ronald Smith, 42, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve 13 days in jail with credit for two days served, pay a fine of $583, not have any driver's license violations and not drive without insurance.

At 8:12 p.m. May 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a truck fail to obey a posted stop sign near the U.S. Highway 2 and state Highway 89 junction. The truck crossed both eastbound lanes of Highway 2 and turned westbound onto Highway 2 traveling towards Wilton. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Smith. Smith admitted that he did not stop at the stop sign and that he did not have a valid driver's license. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 2004.

Sherry Marie Green, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 7 and was sentenced June 1 for an amended charge of misdemeanor domestic assault. The original charge was gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail, of which 30 days are stayed for one year, and placed on one year of supervised probation.

She must pay a fine of $383, Sentence To Service and Community Work Service granted, complete a diagnostic assessment and follow the recommendations, complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment, follow all instructions of probation, follow recommendations of evaluation, take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency, not have any contact with the victim and must not have any same or similar offenses.

She is accused of hitting a man in the head with a pop bottle Oct. 28. Witnesses at the residence indicated Green had been the first party to strike a blow. She has a prior adjudication for gross misdemeanor assault in St. Louis County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Brian Wayne Holthusen, 43, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to submit to testing. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 27 days in jail with work release and credit for three days served, pay a fine of $1,208, complete treatment and aftercare, not use alcohol, not enter any bars or liquor stores, remain law-abiding and submit to random testing.

At 10:30 p.m. Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a location near the southern border of the Red Lake Reservation for a traffic hazard. Deputies observed a man attempting to dislodge a snowmobile from the ditch on the west side of Irvine Avenue. The driver of the snowmobile was identified as Holthusen. He explained that he and a woman had driven to the store to buy alcohol. While en route the alcohol fell off the back of the snowmobile. The snowmobile had gotten stuck in the ditch when he was looking for the alcohol. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, swaying while standing and staggering when walking. Holthusen failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .262. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he refused to submit to testing indicating "I was not on the highway. I was in the bottom of the ditch." His license was revoked as inimical to public safety in 2000. He has six prior DWI convictions.

Gavin John Herrera, 22, of Pennington, pleaded guilty to two counts of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation of a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration of .08 or more. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation.

He must serve 15 days in jail with work release, pay a fine of $1,091, complete an alcohol assessment and follow recommendations of evaluation, follow all instructions of probation, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, restitution is reserved and he must remain law-abiding.

At 12:32 a.m. Nov. 19, Bemidji Police officers responded to the intersection of Lake Avenue and Mill Street for a roll-over accident. The officers were advised that the vehicle involved was on fire and that the occupants had been thrown out. Three officers arrived on the scene. An officer made contact with the four occupants of the vehicle. All four had injuries and were bleeding. The officer attempted to gather information. A male occupant refused to cooperate and became belligerent. A second male passenger identified Herrera as the driver of the vehicle. The female passenger informed the officer that she was the left rear passenger in the four-door truck. She stated that Gavin was the driver and she did not know his last name. The woman reported that the vehicle was traveling on Lake Avenue way too fast, and that Herrera lost control of the vehicle, causing the accident. She reported that he had been consuming alcohol prior to the accident. Herrera displayed red watery bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol. A blood draw was taken which registered a .22 alcohol concentration. One of the men suffered three lacerations as a result of the accident, including an 8-centimeter laceration on his forehead, which required 16 stitches, a 6.5-centimeter laceration at the back of his head and 10-centimeter laceration. The woman suffered abrasions on her fingers.

Christopher John Davis, 21, pleaded guilty June 2 to an amended complaint of felony fifth-degree drug possession. The original charge was felony third-degree drug possession. His next court date will be July 6.

He is accused of selling crack cocaine Oct. 11, 2007, to a Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force confidential reliable informant (CRI). The cocaine was analyzed by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and was found to be .7 grams and containing cocaine.

Scott Steven Dingmann, 23, of Fosston, changed his plea to guilty on May 27 and was sentenced for gross misdemeanor purchase liquor for a person younger than 21 years of age, on May 27. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 365 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must pay a fine of $833, not have any same or similar offenses and remain law-abiding.

At 1 p.m. Dec. 5, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a Bemidji liquor store in reference to a customer furnishing liquor to minors. Store employees identified Dingmann as the person who purchased liquor and gave it to the minors.

Curtis Floyd Iceman, 49, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 1 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $833, remain law-abiding, not drive without insurance and not have any driver's license violations.

At 7:19 p.m. May 31, a Blackduck Police officer, observed a pickup truck belonging to a woman. From prior investigations, the officer knew that the two men who usually drove the truck were driving with revoked licenses. He followed the vehicle and was able to observe the driver's face through the rearview mirror. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Iceman. Iceman indicated that he did not have his driver's license with him. The officer detected the odor of alcohol. Iceman denied drinking. The officer determined that Iceman was not under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He has prior DWI convictions.

Anthony David Vaughn, 27, of Laporte, pleaded innocent Jan. 20 to felony possession of a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime conviction and felony possession of machine guns and short-barreled shotguns. Both counts were continued for dismissal.

He was sentenced to time served and must pay a fine of $750, serve two years of probation to the courts, remain law-abiding and follow all conditions of probation from a separate case.

On Oct. 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy stopped a vehicle with unilluminated license plates and identified the driver as Scott Wayne Vaughn. The passenger in the car was Anthony Vaughn. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a black carrying case, a .22-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun with a partially loaded magazine and a case of white powder in the carrying case which contained a glass smoking pipe and two zipper lock baggies that contained a small amount of methamphetamine. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a handbag that contained a sawed off, 20-guage shotgun.

Joseph Fear, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 2 to an amended charge of one count of felony second-degree burglary. He was originally charged with two counts of felony second-degree burglary. His next court date will be July 6.

At 12:01 p.m. Dec. 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a burglary on the 5900 block of Silent Water Road in Hagali Township. The caretaker reported that he had observed suspicious tire tracks in the driveway of his friends' cabin and noticed the front door had been kicked open. A television set, four firearms and a large quantity of rifle ammunition were reported stolen. Another cabin in the vicinity of Silent Water Road was reportedly broken into and a 52-inch set of moose antlers was stolen. A search warrant was obtained and the moose antlers were found in Fear's house.

Remberto Howard, 26, of Redby, changed his plea to guilty June 2 for felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling. His next day in court will be July 6.

At 2:40 p.m. March 17, three Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of two suspicious men kicking at the door of a residence on the 100 block of Mississippi Avenue Southwest. One of the men was identified as Howard. Evidence was taken from the scene by police officers. The officers found a large camouflage duffel bag on the floor in the living room. Desk and dresser drawers were left open.

Randall Scott Seelye, 22, of unknown address, changed his plea to guilty June 2 for felony dangerous weapons - drive-by shooting toward a person, occupied motor vehicle or occupied building. His next court date will be July 6.

At 1:55 a.m., Nov. 30, 2007, law enforcement was dispatched to a call regarding shots being fired at a residence on the 19000 block of Plantation Road S.E. A vehicle pulled up in front of the residence when a man exited the rear passenger side door and fired six or seven shots at the house before getting into the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The vehicle then left the scene. At the scene, officers located seven spent 9 mm casings on the ground and also observed several shots that hit the residence and the ground. The shots appeared to be concentrated in the area of a central bedroom of the home. Three adults and a child were in the house at the time, but no one was injured. Approximately 30 minutes later, officers located the vehicle at a residence on the 19000 block of Williams Road S.E. Three sets of footprints were observed exiting the vehicle and entering the house. The officers knocked on the door and the owner of the residence indicated that the people the police were looking for were in the house. Seelye was found hiding in the basement with two other men. One of the men indicated that he had been contacted by Seelye earlier in the evening with a request to use his vehicle. Seelye has a previous felony conviction for possession of an assault weapon.

Kelly Renee Randberg, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 29 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 345 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

She must serve 20 days in jail, pay a fine of $583, remain law-abiding, not drive without insurance and not have any driver's license violations.

At 3:45 p.m. May 28, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the Pine Valley Trailer Park in regards to a disruption in the park. The caretaker said the persons involved in the disruption had left the trailer park in a vehicle and had been consuming alcohol. The deputy located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. The deputy identified the driver as Randberg. Randberg said she did not have a driver's license. Her license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 2003. She has a prior driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

Valkyrie Cougar Pendragon, 52, of Bemidji, changed his plea to guilty June 2 to felony predatory offender knowingly violating registration requirements. His next court date will be July 6.

On April 10, 1990, Pendragon, was convicted of criminal sexual assault in Colorado. Based on this conviction, Pendragon has a lifetime sex offender registration requirement from Colorado. On Dec. 16, a Beltrami County investigator received information that Pendragon was at an address where he was not registered. Further investigation revealed that Pendragon had changed his driver's license to reflect his new address.

E Patrick James Hendrickson, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to felony failure to register as a predatory offender. His next court date is July 6.

Hendrickson was charged on Nov. 19, 2008, after law enforcement personnel went to his last-known address to obtain a current photograph. They learned that Hendrickson no longer lived at that address, and he had not notified law enforcement of a change of address.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Tina Marie Headbird, 47, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty May 5 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. She was sentenced to 19 months in prison, which was stayed for 10 years, and 10 years of supervised probation.

She must serve 180 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,080, complete treatment, not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing, supply a DNA sample, not be in the presence of anyone consuming alcohol or drugs, complete a mental health assessment, not have any contact with Herberger's and follow all instructions of probation.

At 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to Herberger's on a report of a female shoplifter fighting with loss prevention staff. Dispatch notified the officer that Headbird had an active condition of release prohibiting her from being present at any store in the mall. The officer seized two plastic straws containing Oxycontin.

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