Beltrami County District Court for the week of May 18
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Eric Michael Smith, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 19 to felony terroristic threats. He was also charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. This charge may be dismissed as part of his plea agreement.
On Jan. 23, Smith armed himself with a set of brass knuckles and a lock-back knife with a three inch blade and went to an off-campus party. By 2:30 a.m. Jan. 24, Smith was drunk. A man and woman at the party agreed to give him a ride back to Bemidji State University. The man drove him to the Maple Hall parking lot. Smith became angry at the driver for not taking him directly to Oak Hall. Smith got out of the car and stationed himself behind the vehicle. The parking lot is under video surveillance and BSU Security officers observed Smith placing the brass knuckles on his right fist and began threatening the driver. As the driver attempted to walk away, Smith shoved him and drew out the knife from his pocket. He opened the knife and brandished in the driver's face. The driver quickly left the scene. Smith began walking toward 23rd Street, when BSU security personnel and Bemidji Police officers arrived on the scene, stopped, arrested and disarmed Smith. In a statement, Smith clearly believed that his actions had not been witnessed by anyone other than the victim. He denied doing anything to justify his arrest and denied pulling a knife on the man. When Smith was told he was being watched on camera, he claimed that he had only armed himself with the brass knuckles. He has no convictions as an adult, but a significant history of alcohol-related and drug-related juvenile and disorderly conduct adjudications as a juvenile.
Emily Rose Premo, 28, of Bejou, Minn., pleaded guilty May 18 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance - forged prescription for Methadone. Her next court date will be June 22.
On Sept. 9, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents obtained information from the Bemidji Police Department that a prescription pad had been stolen from a physician's office in Fosston. On Sept. 10, the agent was informed that a pharmacist turned away a woman on Sept. 9. The woman had attempted to pass a forged prescription for Methadone, using the stolen prescription pad. On Sept. 15, the agent met with the pharmacist and reviewed security footage. The pharmacist stated that she believed the prescription to be forged, so she made a copy of the prescription and handed the original back to the female suspect and informed her that the pharmacy could not fill that prescription. Later, the staff at the pharmacy notified the doctor's office of the forged prescription. The woman was identified as Premo. On Sept. 10, a woman presented the prescription to another pharmacy in Bemidji. She was dressed in the same clothing as the previous day. The pharmacist refused to fill the prescription because the signature looked forged. The pharmacist identified the female as Premo.
Christopher Aaron King, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 18 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for three years.
He must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $966, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter additional locations, submit to random testing, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and follow recommendations and remain law-abiding.
At 12:36 p.m. April 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle approaching his squad car from the rear on the U.S. Highway 2 bypass near the intersection of state Highway 197. The vehicle passed the squad and accelerated to 85 mph. The car then increased its speed to 100 mph. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as King. The deputy observed the odor of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. King failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .213. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .19. King admitted to consuming eight beers that evening. His driving privileges were revoked under the Implied Consent Law as a result of a driving incident, after which King submitted to testing. The test showed an alcohol concentration of .14.
Trevor Oliver Larson, 34, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 18 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation, inimical to public safety and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 365 days are stayed for two years and two years of supervised probation.
He must not have any driver's license violations, pay a fine of $658, not drive without insurance, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores and remain law abiding.
At 12:20 p.m. May 9, 2008, A Bemidji Police Officer observed a vehicle squeal its tires, upon leaving a parking lot and accelerate quickly onto Park Avenue. Based on the erratic driving, the officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver, who provided the officer with a false name. The driver said he had no insurance on the vehicle. The officer informed him the vehicle would be impounded, and the driver was allowed to leave the scene. A subsequent investigation identified the driver as Larson. Larson was asked why he used a false name, and he said he was driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and he did not want to get arrested. His privileges were revoked at the time of the incident.
David Michael Mountain, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 18 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days are stayed for three years.
He must serve 26 days with Sentence to Serve and credit granted for four days served, pay a fine of $841, follow the recommendations of evaluation and complete aftercare, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not drink and drive, not have any driver's license violations, not drive without insurance and remain law abiding.
At 2:22 a.m. April 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit on Roosevelt Road Southeast. The vehicle was traveling at 65 mph. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and saw a man behind the wheel. The man identified himself as Dave and was uncooperative in giving any further identification. The deputy observed bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and the odor of alcohol. The driver admitted to consuming a 12-pack of beer and had stopped drinking approximately 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop. The driver was identified as Mountain. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .173. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .19. The car was inventoried and a half of a bottle of raspberry rum was found. Mountain has one prior DWI conviction.
Shea William Stone, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 18 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. The charge of gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI 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 court for three years.
He must serve 29 days in jail with work release and credit for one day served, pay a fine of $958, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, complete an alcohol assessment and follow recommendations and complete aftercare, not drink and drive, not have any driver's license violations, not drive without insurance, not use alcohol or controlled substances and not enter bars or liquor stores.
At 2:34 a.m. Jan. 6, a Bemidji Police Officer saw a vehicle in the alley of the 1600 block between Bemidji and Bixby avenues. The officer ran a routine check of the license plate and found that it belonged to Stone, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. A description of Stone was provided and matched the description of the driver. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and the driver identified himself as Stone. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and watery, glassy eyes. Stone was arrested for the outstanding warrant. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .149. He refused to submit to testing at the jail. He has one prior DWI conviction.
Elden Kent Redeagle, 42, of Redby, pleaded innocent to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, at 9:14 p.m. April 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle with a broken driver's side taillight illegally admitting white light. The deputy pursued the vehicle, which suddenly applied its brakes and turned onto Higgins Road. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle continued to travel down the road at 15 mph and began to gradually increase speed. The deputy activated the siren, and the driver accelerated to 55 mph. The vehicle became stuck in a muddy section of the road. Redeagle was found in the passenger seat of the vehicle. He claimed that he had not been driving the car, that his cousin had but fled the scene. There were no footprints in the mud and the deputy had not seen anyone exit the vehicle. His license was revoked for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He continued to maintain that he was not driving, it was his cousin. He said that he and his cousin traveled off the reservation to sell cranberry bush bark to a friend.
Jeanne Louise Goose, 43, of Walker, pleaded innocent May 18 to gross misdemeanor issuing a dishonored check valued at more than $250-500. Her next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, several businesses within the city of Bemidji and Beltrami County reported to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office that they had received from Goose checks, which were returned without payment for reason of a closed account. The amount of the checks written equaled $364, plus $150 in non-sufficient funds fees.
Vanessa Jean Adams, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 18 to felony fifth-degree possession of cocaine and gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. Her next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, at 4:30 a.m. April 27 a Bemidji Police officer saw a woman passed out in the driver's seat of a vehicle parked on Birchmont Drive Northeast. The vehicle was running and the driver's door was wide open. The driver was identified as Adams. The officer observed slurred speech, glassy, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol. Adams failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .11. Corrections officers seized a small amount of cocaine from Adams. She has a prior license revocation for a DWI conviction, an underage drinking and driving conviction and an outstanding warrant for her arrest on a separate charge.
Derrick Anthony Adams, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 18 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. His next court date will be June 30.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8:20 p.m. April 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle cross the fog line several times and then cross the center line. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Adams. The deputy observed bloodshot, watery eyes and poor dexterity. Adams admitted to having been drinking a little. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .290. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .25. He has three prior DWI convictions.
Lacey Nicole Rae Edwards, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 18 to gross misdemeanor third-degree damage to property. Her next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, at 2:03 a.m. March 21, a Beltrami County Sheriff's sergeant responded to a complaint of criminal damage to property committed by a drunken woman. Upon arriving on the scene, the Sergeant observed damage to the vehicles hood and fender area. Two men at the scene were fighting, when the woman, identified as Edwards, grabbed a snow shovel and smashed the vehicle. Edwards admitted that what she did was illegal. She attributed her actions to the significant quantity of alcohol that she had consumed.
Amanda Lee Lawrence, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 18 to gross misdemeanor theft. Her next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, at 5:09 p.m. May 22, 2006, the Bemidji Police Department received a report that a woman's property had been removed from her home and sold at a garage sale. The victim said she had rented a home in the 800 block of Mississippi Avenue Northwest. She subsequently moved from the residence but maintained the lease. She asked a man to store the property in the basement of the residence. The woman found out that Lawrence had moved into the residence, but that she did not appear on the lease. Lawrence moved into the residence without signing a lease and was evicted May 17, 2006. Lawrence was told to remove her property from the residence. The woman reported several items missing including a large upright freezer, a new playpen, old baseball cards, a plaque, Christmas decorations and other items valued at $762.
Pamela Jean Greenwaldt, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 18 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. Her next court date will be July 28.
According to the criminal complaint, at 10:23 a.m. Oct. 8, Bemidji Police officers responded to a medical call on Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. A woman had fallen and struck her head. Upon arrival the officer observed a woman sitting on the ground with two employees attending to her wound. Two witnesses observed Greenwaldt drive into the parking lot. They became concerned when she appeared confused and disorientated. They approached the vehicle to see if she needed help. The witnesses helped Greenwaldt from the vehicle, parked her car and called a cab. While waiting for the cab the woman fell and struck her head. The officers observed Greenwaldt to be confused and incoherent, with glassy eyes and slurred speech. She denied having any medical conditions or that she had consumed alcohol. When the ambulance attendants asked Greenwaldt if she had any medical conditions, she said that she was really drunk. Greenwaldt's husband arrived at the scene. He said she had a drinking problem and often drinks vodka. He also said she has access to several prescription drugs. She was transported to North Country Regional Hospital where a sample of blood was taken. The alcohol concentration in her blood was .370. She told the officer she had been drinking vodka and was on her way to the liquor store when she fell. She has a prior DWI conviction and driver's license revocation in 2006.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
Richard David Vigil, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 30 and was sentenced May 18 for felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation-operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. He was sentenced to 17 months in prison and received a stay of six years and six years of supervised probation.
He must serve 155 days in jail with credit for 210 days served, pay a fine of $2,856, including restitution, supply a DNA sample, not have any driver's license violations, not drive without insurance, remain law-abiding, obtain a GED, participate in offender mediation, complete a diagnostic assessment within 30 days of being released, follow all recommendations of the assessment, not have any alcohol at his residence, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing and searches, not have any contact with the victim or the family of the victim, follow recommendations of the evaluation and follow all instructions of probation.
On May 24, 2008, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a two-car collision resulting in bodily injury at the intersection of 28th Street and Park Avenue Northwest The accident was caused by Vigil, who failed to stop at a stop sign controlling westbound traffic on 28th Street. Vigil entered the intersection illegally and was struck by another vehicle. The male driver of the other vehicle was seriously injured. He suffered two serious scalp lacerations, which went clear through to his skull. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate Vigil from his vehicle. He too was taken to the North Country Regional Hospital for emergency care. The officer saw an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, and Vigil appeared to be under the influence. He is currently in custody in Hubbard County for felony domestic assault. He has an outstanding warrant for probation violations.