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Beltrami County District Court for week of May 4

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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Valkyrie Cougar Pendragon, 52, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 4 to felony predatory offender - knowingly violates registration requirements or intentionally provides false information. His next court date will be June 2.

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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. According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 16, a Beltrami County investigator received information that Pendragon may be living on the 3800 block of Polk Avenue Southeast. The investigator confirmed he was currently living at the address, but had previously registered an address on the 51000 block of Zopf Park in Cass Lak. However, he failed to return a verification letter to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, as required. Further investigation revealed that Pendragon had changed his driver's license to reflect his new address. At 11:45 a.m. Dec. 17, Pendragon met with the investigator. He said he had been staying at the address for approximately three weeks and the residence is owned by his wife. He also stated that he frequently stays at this address as he takes care of the animals located there. He said he changed his address on his driver's license in August, the complaint states.

Matthew Howard Black, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 2 and was sentenced May 4 for gross misdemeanor fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct - non-consensual sexual contact. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 326 days are stayed for two years, and two years of supervised probation.

He must serve 42 days in jail with work release, pay a fine of $383, follow all instructions of probation, granted permission to attend a wedding, obtain employment or further education, not possess or use any pornographic or sexually explicit material, not use alcohol or controlled substances, may not be in the presence of anyone using either alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, follow recommendations of evaluation, attend sex offender program, have no contact with the victim and submit to polygraph examinations as directed.

A woman reported that on Aug. 15, Black and she were intoxicated at a party, she fell asleep and woke up to find Black on top of her, engaged in the act of sexual intercourse. Black said he did not recall having sex with her during the party, because of his level of intoxication and the blackout he experienced.

Scott Wayne Vaughn, 29, of Laporte, pleaded guilty March 24 and was sentenced May 5, for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs, felony possession of a pistol or assault weapon or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence and felony possession of a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of a violent crime conviction. He was sentenced to 17 months in prison.

He was given credit for 192 days served and ordered to pay a fine of $133.

On Oct. 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was called to assist Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents with a drug surveillance operation. The deputy stopped a vehicle with unilluminated license plates and identified the driver as Vaughn. A subsequent search showed that what appeared to be a pistol grip was a fix-bladed knife. A subsequent search of the vehicle, disclosed a black carrying case, located in front of the passenger seat. Officers found a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun with a partially loaded magazine. There was also 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 a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. In the trunk of the vehicle, officers located a handbag that contained a sawed-off, 20-guage shotgun. Vaughn has prior convictions for felony fifth-degree possession of controlled substances and felony third-degree assault.

John Conrad Weber, 18, of Laporte, pleaded guilty March 24 and was sentenced May 5, for felony first-degree damage to property and felony second-degree burglary. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, to be served concurrently with time from another case, and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 60 days in jail with work release, pay a fine of $583, follow all instructions of probation, restitution reserved, have no contact with victims, submit to random searches, not use mood-altering chemicals, submit to random testing, complete cognitive skills training, supply DNA sample and remain law abiding.

Throughout November, ongoing reports of acts of vandalism and theft at a number of gas stations and convenience stores were received by Bemidji Law Enforcement. A subsequent investigation established that three individuals, one of whom is identified as Weber, committed several acts of vandalism and theft by intentionally damaging coin operated car care services at multiple locations.

A subsequent investigation also established that Weber attempted to commit an act of burglary by breaking into a pawn shop Nov. 25.

In a separate case, Weber pleaded guilty March 24 and was sentenced May 5 for felony second-degree burglary. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, to be served concurrently with the case above.

On Nov. 26, law enforcement was dispatched for a burglary alarm at The Other Place in Turtle River. The female lookout identified three males as the suspects in the burglary, one of them being Weber.

Randee Marie Sundvall, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 2 and was sentenced May 5 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 231 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

She must serve 129 days in jail, pay a fine of $330, remain law abiding, not drive without insurance and not have any driver's license violations.

At 7:55 p.m. March 11, Bemidji Police officers initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle failing to display a front license plate. The officer identified the driver as Sundvall. A check of her license revealed that her driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety. Sundvall was arrested and transported to the jail. Her license was suspended in 2008 and she has three prior DWI convictions.

Heather Elaine Sys, 19, address unknown, pleaded innocent May 4 to felony aiding an offender to avoid arrest. Her next court date will be June 2.

According to the criminal complaint, on Dec. 1, a Bemidji Police detective was attempting to locate a predatory offender. The detective learned the offender might be residing with Sys. The detective told Sys the male individual was an offender and warned her against harboring, concealing or assisting him. At 12:10 p.m. Dec. 2, Beltrami County Law Enforcement received a call that the male and Sundvall were sitting in a parked car in a parking lot. Sys was arrested for aiding an offender. The complaint states she informed the detected that she had attempted to get the man to turn himself in.

Thomas Michael Jones, 27, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty April 20 and was sentenced May 5 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 11 months and 16 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for five days served, pay a fine of $1,041, complete an alcohol assessment within 60 days, follow recommendations of evaluation, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 2:25 p.m. Feb. 22, A Bemidji Police officer responded to the report of a possible drunk driver driving south on U.S. Highway 71. The officer found the suspect vehicle stuck in a snow bank. The officer observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. The male identified himself with a false name. He was subsequently identified as Jones. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he made several statements to reflect that he was "drunk and had it coming." The officer read Jones the Minnesota Implied Consent Advisory. In the middle of the advisory, Jones said, "I should not have been driving." He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .21.

Gerald Benedict St. John Jr. 25, of Federal Dam, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 4 for gross misdemeanor giving peace officer a false name. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 270 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve three months in jail, pay a fine of $383 and remain law-abiding.

Bemidji Police officers responded to a call about suspicious activity around a car at Southview Terrace. The citizen who reported it noted that the car came to a quick stop and the driver exited and ran from the vehicle. A female passenger in the car stated that the St. John drove into the parking lot because he thought the police were going to stop him. He then got out of the car and fled on foot. St. John was arrested at Fourth and Wood streets in Nymore. St. John gave a false name and birth date upon arrest. He was later identified.

Chastity Ann Burnette, 30, of Naytahwaush, Minn., pleaded guilty on and was sentenced May 4 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 334 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

She must serve 36 days in jail, remain law abiding and pay a fine of $383.

At 2:51 a.m. Oct. 22, the Bemidji Police Department was advised by officials that three females were taking items from Wal-Mart without paying for them. Two of the individuals left the area in a car. The other suspect was located and detained. She stated her name and the name of the other females. Officers located the car and the driver identified herself with a false name. The female at the store identified the driver as Burnette, who subsequently admitted that she had given a false name.

Brian Norbert Huewe, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 4 for gross misdemeanor hunting - using artificial lights to spot, locate or take wild animals. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 354 days are stayed for two years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve nine days in jail and was given credit for one day served, pay a fine of $833, remain law abiding and comply with DNR administration.

At 11:30 p.m. Oct. 25, a Minnesota State conservation officer was on routine patrol west of the junction of Whiting and Werner roads in Beltrami County. The officer observed a truck, casting a spotlight into an adjacent field. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Huewe. The officer asked Huewe what he was doing and he said, "Oh you know, shining the field." The officer found an uncased rifle with three shells in the magazine. Huewe said he was shining illegally with a loaded firearm, and he was operating a vehicle with a revoked license. The firearm was seized and Huewe was allowed to walk away from the scene.

Francisco Joel Elias, 36, of the Beltrami County Jail, pleaded guilty on and was sentenced May 4 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 286 days are stayed for four years, and four years of supervised probation. To be served consecutively with another case.

He must serve 78 days in jail, pay a fine of $1,083, of which $1,000 is stayed until May 4, 2013, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.

At 1:38 a.m. March 14, A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle traveling north on Bemidji Avenue with its left blinker light on. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Elias. He was unable to provide the deputy with proof of insurance. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Elias admitted to having a few drinks earlier in the evening. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .187 in the field. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a breath alcohol concentration of .16. He has two prior DWIs within the last two years.

Joseph Robert Fear, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent May 4 to two counts of felony second-degree burglary. His next court date will be June 2.

According to the criminal complaint, 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. On Jan. 8, the deputy received an anonymous tip from a man, who said he had overheard an individual whom he knew as "Fear" bragging about borrowing a car and using it to commit burglaries on Dec. 29. "Fear" said one of the cabins broken into was that of an individual he knew, the complaint states. The deputy located a woman, who said she loaned her car to Fear on Dec. 29. She knew that fear had been in the company of another man. She further stated that Fear told her he had committed burglaries while in possession of her vehicle. The deputy warned the woman not to inform anyone that the police were investigating Fear and his accomplice. A woman at his residence witnessed Fear and his partner carrying concealed objects from a vehicle into the residence on the 600 block of Second Street Southeast. They appeared to be carrying rifles and shotguns wrapped in blankets. A search warrant was obtained and the moose antlers were found in the house. Fear's whereabouts were unknown at the time of the report.

George Ronald Batcha, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 4 to felony third-degree sale of 10 or more dosages of phencyclidine or a hallucinogen. The charges were amended from felony second-degree sale of ecstasy to a felony third-degree sale and felony third-degree conspiracy to commit sale. His next court date will be June 15.

At 9:30 p.m. Nov. 16, an agent of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Headwaters Safe Trails Task Force met with two male individuals, one identified as Batcha, for the purpose of purchasing 20 tablets of a synthetic hallucinogen, Ecstasy. The agent met with Batcha and his partner at 9:30 p.m. The agent purchased 20 pills of Ecstasy for $360 of federal buy money.

At 8:10 p.m. Dec.1, an agent of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force and Headwaters Safe trails Task Force made contact with Batcha to purchase more Ecstasy tablets as well as cocaine. The agent met with Batcha and bought 40 tablets of Ecstasy for $600 of federal buy money. Batcha informed the agent that this Ecstasy was "more pure" than the stuff he sold to him last time.

Justin Ray Lewis, 19, of Dilworth, Minn., pleaded guilty March 10 to felony third-degree burglary and was sentenced on May 5. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $611, submit to random testing, not have any contact with victims, not use or possess mood altering substances, restitution reserved, supply DNA sample and follow all conditions of probation.

On Nov. 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call at Dale's Bar and Grill. The front door of the business was found to be open by the owners. Approximately 30 bottles of liquor and 10 cartons of cigarettes were found to be missing. Lewis was arrested for unrelated charges and confessed to burglarizing the bar in the early hours of Nov. 21. Two other suspects admitted that they were present during the break-in and that they had stolen items. Lewis and a woman hid the stolen property at a residence. Lewis confessed to a few burglaries that had taken place in Bemidji.

In a separate incident, Lewis, pleaded guilty March 10 to felony second-degree burglary and was sentenced May 5 to 60 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation to be served concurrently with the above case.

He must serve 60 days in jail, pay a fine of $583, follow all instructions of probation, restitution reserved, no mood altering chemicals, submit to random testing and have no contact with victim.

On Nov. 26, law enforcement was dispatched for a burglary alarm at The Other Place in Turtle River. The female lookout identified three men as the suspects in the burglary, one of them being Lewis. The woman said they decided to rob the place because they were all broke.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Eve Marie Kreller, 19, of Bemidji, amended her plea to guilty May 5 to felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine within a 90 day period. Her next court date will be June 8.

On June 16-18, Kreller knowingly transported another woman for the purpose of conducting a sale of meth.

Pamela Louise Fisherman, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 5 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and misdemeanor traffic accidents - failure to notify owner of damaged property. She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 349 days are stayed for three years, and placed on probation to the court for three years.

She was given credit for 15 days served, ordered to pay a fine of $833, follow recommendations of evaluation, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not drink and drive, have no drivers license violations, not drive without insurance, restitution reserved, not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances.

On Nov. 29, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of First Street East in response to the report of a possible personal injury accident. A caller reported that a vehicle had crashed into a fence and then came to rest in the yard of a home. Officers apprehended a man and woman walking west near the 1200 block of First Street East. The woman was identified as Fisherman. Fisherman smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery and glassy eyes, slurred speech and difficulty standing without swaying or staggering. The man told the officer that he was a passenger in the vehicle and Fisherman had been the driver. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .214 in the field. At the Beltrami County Jail, she had a breath alcohol concentration of .23.

In a separate case, Fisherman pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 5 for gross misdemeanor neglect or endangerment of a child. She was granted a stay of adjudication for two years to be served concurrently with the above case.

She must comply with CHIPS file, not use or possess alcohol or drugs, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing and not drink and drive.

On March 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about severely drunk woman in the second floor hallway with a child. The intoxicated adult was vomiting and the child was crying. A deputy brought the child to the car for safety. Fisherman was arrested.

Troy Allen Faughn, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced May 5 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation inimical to public safety and misdemeanor traffic regulation, failure to provide proof of insurance. He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 338 days are stayed for 2 years, and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He was given credit for 26 days served, ordered to pay a fine of $783, complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment, follow all instructions of probation, not drink and drive, not have any driver license violations, not drive without insurance, submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 10:42 p.m. Oct. 8, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a truck speeding on Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast. The vehicle was also being operated without headlights. The truck was traveling at 58 mph in a 35 mph zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Faughn, who acknowledged that he was the registered owner of the truck, but stated that he did not have his driver's license or any form of identification on him. He said his driving privileges were suspended in Minnesota and that he had recently purchased the vehicle, but did not have insurance on it. He said he was driving to his girlfriend's residence and that he had to drive and get around because his mother, who usually transported him, was out of town. The deputy detected faint alcohol order. Field sobriety tests and preliminary breath alcohol concentration test indicated that he was not intoxicated. His license was cancelled on June 16, 2006, for three DWI convictions. He also has multiple convictions of driving after cancellation.

Tina Marie Headbird, 47, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty May 5 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. Her next court date will be May 26.

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. Upon arrival, the officer was directed to the mall entrance of the store, where he observed a number of employees attempting to prevent a woman from leaving the area. The officer escorted Headbird to the loss prevention office. Employees informed the officer that Headbird had attempted to steal $202 worth of merchandise. 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 white residue, which appeared to be consistent with a controlled substance from Headbird. The substance in the straws contained Oxycontin.

DeWayne Allen French, 27, of Ponemah, amended his plea to guilty May 5 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. His next court date will be June 8.

At 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was on routine patrol when he encountered a vehicle driving at dusk with its parking lights on. The deputy further observed the vehicle swerve and cross the fog line. The deputy activated the emergency lights and the vehicle continued to drive on Pioneer Road Southeast. The vehicle accelerated rapidly and continued north at speeds of more than 100 mph. French smelled of alcohol. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a breath alcohol concentration of .16. His driving privileges were revoked at the time of the incident.

Carl LeWayne White, 27, of Redby, amended his plea to guilty May 5 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. His next court date will be June 8.

On Jan. 16, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the area near a gas station to investigate a man attempting to enter an occupied Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow truck. Upon arrival, officers observed a snow plow truck in the parking lot and a man lying on the ground next to the passenger side of the vehicle. He was identified as White and was arrested for an outstanding warrant. White was subjected to an inventory search in which staff seized five Darvocet pills, a schedule IV controlled substance. He does not have a prescription for Darvocet.

Robb Allen Lindell, 22, of Bemidji, amended his plea to guilty May 4 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His next court date will be June 8.

At 8:50 p.m. July 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw man sitting on a dirt bike near the front of a pickup. The dirt bike left the area at a high rate of speed traveling west on Jackpine Road. The deputy activated the lights and sirens and pursued the dirt bike at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.

Dawn Olive Labelle, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 5 to felony third-degree sale of narcotics. Her next court date will be June 8.

On Nov. 30, 2007, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met with a confidential reliable informant "CRI" who made arrangements to purchase a small amount of crack cocaine from Labelle. The CRI was provided with $200 from the federal buy fund, and at 11:20 a.m., the CRI met with Labelle, at her residence, on the 800 block of Minnesota Avenue. She informed the CRI that she could obtain crack. The CRI went with Labelle to another location on the 1000 block of Bemidji Avenue North and purchased the crack cocaine. The CRI drove Labelle to another location and dropped her off. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension tested the substance, which tested positive for crack and weighed .2 grams.

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