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Beltrami Court Report for March 21

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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Robert Lucas Pond, 26, of Pinewood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

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He was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for two days and three years of probation to the court; no drinking and driving, undergo educational assessment program and random testing; have no same or similar offenses, undergo ASPEN and pay fine and costs of $608.

At 6:43 p.m. Sept. 13, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a complaint of a possible drunk driver traveling east on U.S. Highway 2 and weaving in the lane and drinking from a beer can. The officer saw Pond's vehicle drift over the fog line and left turn lane line. The officer made a traffic stop and observed a moderate odor of alcohol on Pond, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Pond failed field sobriety tests and blew a preliminary breath test of .223. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .23 percent.

He has a prior conviction for minor consumption.

Robert Charles Mantia, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for gross misdemeanor DWI - refusal to submit to testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 15 days in jail with credit for six days served and three years of probation to the court; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; undergo an educational assessment program; no drinking and driving; undergo random testing; have no same or similar offenses; pay $608 in fines and costs with Sentence to Serve for $500 of the fine.

At 4:22 p.m. May 20, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call regarding a possible drunk driver. The driver was driving in an erratic manner, passing vehicles on the right, and at one point was slumping over the wheel and yelling obscenities at the caller. Bemidji Police officers found the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. They identified the driver as Mantia, who smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. He admitted that he had been drinking beer at a friend's home. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to complete a preliminary breath alcohol test. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail. He declined the opportunity to call a lawyer and then refused to submit to further testing citing his "lawyer tells me not to cooperate." He has no prior convictions.

Heather Noelle Ward, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 17 to gross misdemeanor DWI - refusal to submit to testing.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 10 days in jail with credit for seven days served and three years of probation to the court; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; no drinking and driving; undergo random testing; have no same or similar offenses and pay fine and costs of $608.

At 1:30 a.m. Sept. 28, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol in Nymore saw a vehicle heading north with no headlights or taillights. The officer made a traffic stop and observed the odor of alcohol on Ward and bloodshot, watery eyes. She failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test indicated .15. She was taken to the Law Enforcement Center where she refused blood, urine and breath testing. She has no prior convictions.

Martin Ralph Melina Jr., 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 9 to misdemeanor domestic assault, amended from an original charge of gross misdemeanor domestic assault. His sentencing is scheduled for April 1.

At 7:15 p.m. Sept. 13, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a domestic assault to the 700 block of 26th St. N.W. Melina was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior conviction for fifth-degree domestic assault.

Levi Colin Thorson, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 9 to gross misdemeanor assault of a peace officer and misdemeanor domestic assault. His sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

At 1:50 a.m. Dec. 29, Bemidji Police officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of 23rd Street Northwest in regard to a drunk man causing trouble. A woman reported that Thorson came home drunk and was spitting on appliances. She said he also pushed her down. When Thorson was arrested, he head-butted an officer. He has May 6, 2008, convictions for obstructing the legal process and fifth-degree assault.

Marlon Lavar Campbell, 30, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty March 9 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

At 1:15 a.m. Sept. 11, a call was received about a stolen car. A Bemidji Police officer responded to the call and spoke to the owner of the vehicle, who said he parked his vehicle on Minnesota Avenue for about 30 minutes. When he went outside, his car was missing. The vehicle was located traveling east on U.S. Highway 2. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy followed the vehicle into a driveway and identified the driver as Campbell. He said the vehicle belonged to a friend whose last name he did not know. He said the man had gotten out of the vehicle prior to the deputy pulling into the driveway and left the area on foot. Campbell said he lived at the residence where he was parked.

Joseph Wayne Lorence, 54, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for misdemeanor assault, amended from gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 25 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: He must serve five days in jail with credit for three days served and one year of probation to the court; write a letter of apology and pay fine and costs of $383.

At 2:45 p.m. Nov. 12, a 911 dispatcher received a call from Lorence, who reported that his boat had been stolen. The dispatcher asked him to hold for a moment. Lorence hung up and redialed 911. He began to yell at the dispatcher and became belligerent when the dispatcher was unable to determine where the theft occurred. Two officers were dispatched to Lorence's home. The deputy told Lorence he did not have the right to be rude and verbally abusive to the dispatcher. Lorence then became belligerent and poked the officer forcibly in the chest, which forced the officer backwards. Lorence was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Wesley Dale May, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 9 to felony first-degree DWI - refusal to submit to testing. His sentencing is scheduled for May 3.

At 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 2009, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle travel through an intersection at a high rate of speed without stopping at the sign. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as May, who smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. May appeared to be nervous and was shaking uncontrollably. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .125. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail where he refused to participate in further tests. He has five prior DWI convictions from June 1993, April 1994, May 2002, July 2006 and November 2007. His license is cancelled - inimical to public safety.

Paul Anthony Mix, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 9 to felony receiving stolen property. His sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

In October, a special agent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was contacted by officers of the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department regarding stolen property. The agent had been actively involved in an investigation of a man suspected of stealing several all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. A past associate of the man was identified as Steven Lee O'Brien. On Oct. 21, the agent received information from a confidential reliable informant that the man was attempting to sell a semitrailer load of stolen tires in the Bemidji area. The description matched that of a truckload of tires that had been stolen from a store in Fargo. The CRI identified the residence on the 2000 block of Royal Estates Road Northeast as a location where he had personally seen the man with hundreds of new tires stored. This property is where the man had previously stored the stolen ATVs. Deputies approached the man, who was parked in the driveway of his residence. Two men exited the vehicle and fled into the woods. One was captured and identified as O'Brien. The tires were found in the back yard of the residence. Upon questioning, both men confessed to knowingly receiving, possession, transferring or concealing stolen property. O'Brien admitted to knowing that the tires were stolen and assisting the other man in moving the tires. The value of the tires was $35,000. O'Brien was convicted of felony aiding and abetting on Jan. 11.

Shane Douglas Clark, 23, of Redby, pleaded guilty March 9 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His sentencing is scheduled for April 12.

At 6:15 a.m. Oct. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the 4800 block of Birdsview Lane Northwest and met with a man who had woken up at 6 a.m. to find his vehicle missing. He explained that the ignition had a broken key in it, which allowed anyone to start the vehicle. He also reported that he had a red tool box in the truck containing about $279 worth of tools. At noon Oct. 19, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded again to the same address. The man said that Clark had called to tell him that he felt terrible for taking his truck during the early morning hours and that he was returning it. The deputies waited about 45 minutes at the residence for Clark. Shortly after they left, Clark arrived with the vehicle. Deputies again responded to the call and found Clark walking in a field near the man's home. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Corey William Larue, 36, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 15 days in jail and two years of probation to the court; have no driver's license violations; and pay fine and costs of $583 with Sentence to Serve granted for $500 of the fine.

At 11:01 p.m. Sept. 11, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper ran a routine registration check on a vehicle. The information indicated that the license plate was issued for a Ford truck, not a Dodge truck, on which the license was currently displayed. The plates had expired. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Larue. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and had not been reinstated. Larue said he knew his driving privileges were cancelled. He said he illegally transferred the license plate and registration sticker to a vehicle that had not been registered.

Robert George Tschida Jr., 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for felony fifth-degree possession of methadone, amended from felony fifth-degree sale of drugs.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with work release, if eligible, on the following conditions: He must serve five years of supervised probation; undergo chemical evaluation and treatment and follow recommendation; no alcohol or controlled substances; undergo random testing and searches and $1,000 fine and costs.

On July 11, 2008, a special agent with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for a home on the 6900 block of Pinto Lane Northwest. At 7:45 p.m., the agents seized four marijuana plants from the roof of the house. Another 21 starter marijuana plants were located on the kitchen counter. Agents also seized two bottles of methadone. The home was owned by Tschida and a woman. The woman said the plants were possessed and cultivated by Tschida. Tschida admitted he did not have a prescription for methadone, and that he obtained it from a man in the Solway area.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Rodney Jay Mudge, 52, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty on an Alford plea Feb. 16 and was sentenced March 15 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. The original charge was for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for 10 years on the following conditions: He must serve six months in jail with credit for four days served and follow the instructions of probation; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; undergo cognitive skills training; no alcohol, controlled substances, bars or liquor stores; not be in the presence of anyone consuming alcohol or controlled substances; provide a DNA sample; pay fine and costs of $3,083 with Sentence to Serve and Community Service Work granted for fine.

At 10:45 p.m. Feb. 12, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle drive into a driveway at a residence of a known methamphetamine user in the 5000 block of Grange Road. The deputy saw the vehicle was traveling with its high beams illuminated. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and saw a passenger in the vehicle hunching downward. The driver was identified as Mudge. The deputy observed Mudge to have bloodshot, watery, dilated eyes that did not react to a flashlight. The deputy seized methamphetamine pipes and two morphine sulphate pills, a Schedule II controlled substance. Mudge failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and possession of meth and was transported to the North Country Regional Hospital for a blood or urine test, but refused to submit. The pipe tested positive for meth. At the time of this arrest he was on probation for a felony drug conviction in Polk County.

Craig Anthony Heisz, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with eight months and 30 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve two months and 29 days in jail with work release and four years of probation to the court; undergo chemical dependency and treatment and follow recommendations; no alcohol, controlled substances, bars or liquor stores; undergo random testing, remain law abiding and pay $1,108 in fine and costs.

At 12:57 a.m. Feb. 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was traveling north on Third Street in Wilton near U.S. Highway 2 and saw a vehicle backing out of a parking spot. The driver headed east on Highway 2, weaving in the lane. The deputy made a traffic stop and observed the odor of alcohol on Heisz, bloodshot, watery eyes and a sleepy, lethargic manner. Heisz's license was cancelled inimical to public safety and two warrants were out for his arrest. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a preliminary breath test of .195 percent. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he tested .18 percent. He has four prior DWI convictions from 1989, 1990, 2004 and 2009.

Adrian Harry White, 54, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 16 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 363 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two days in jail and two years probation to the court; not drive without a license and insurance; remain law abiding; and pay $833 in fine and costs.

At 6:13 p.m. March 15, a Blackduck Police officer saw a vehicle traveling on Blackduck Lake Road with no front license plate. The officer made a traffic stop. White's license was cancelled in 1999 and not reinstated. There was also a warrant out for his arrest for driving without a license.

Bradley Allen Larson, 28, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of a no-contact order.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 11 months and three days stayed for two years and credit for 17 days served on the following conditions: He must serve two years of supervised probation and follow probation instructions; remain law abiding; undergo domestic abuse evaluation and anger management; undergo random testing and searches; have no domestic contact, no firearms or dangerous weapons; and pay $583 fine and costs.

At 8:15 p.m. Dec, 28, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a Ten Lake Township residence on an assault call. Leech Lake Tribal Police officers also responded. Larson was in the house in question. A no-contact order had been issued against Larson Dec. 11. He has prior convictions for fifth-degree assault in 2008 in Cass County and a pending charge of fifth-degree assault in Beltrami County with the condition of release no contact with the same victim.

Brett Anthony Carsella, 24, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty Feb. 9 and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor hunting, using artificial lights to spot, locate or take wild animals.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, stayed two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of probation to the court; remain law abiding; and pay fine and costs of $1,333.

At 1 a.m. Nov. 19, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer saw a vehicle parked north-south in the driving lanes of Beltrami County Road 34, which runs east-west. The vehicle's position allowed the headlights to be cast into the adjacent ditch and field. Once the conservation officer arrived on the scene, the truck left. A man exited the woods carrying a flashlight. The man said he had been involved in shining and shooting a deer. He said the carcass of the deer was nearby. The man was identified as Benjamin Alan Leach, who told the officer that he had met Carsella at a bar in the area earlier that evening and had agreed to illegally shine for deer. The two men got into the truck and drove to the location on County Road 34, where Carsella used the vehicle headlights to shine a deer. Carsella shot a deer and Leach had gone to drag the deer carcass to the edge of the road, while the man turned the truck around at the nearby intersection. It appeared that Carsella had seen the officer and drove away, abandoning Leach. The carcass was located and seized. A short time later, the officer located Carsella, who said he had been responsible for shining and shooting the deer. Leach and Carsella were arrested. Leach was convicted Dec. 14 of gross misdemeanor game and fish hunting - shining using artificial light to locate wild animals.

Karen Delores Carlton, 51, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree drugs - sale of narcotics, namely crack cocaine - Feb. 1 and was sentenced March 15. A felony charge of fifth-degree possession of crack cocaine was dismissed.

She was sentenced to 51 months in prison with credit for 265 days served.

On Sept. 16, 2008, agents with the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met with a confidential informant in reference to purchasing an amount of crack cocaine from Carlton. The informant went to Carlton's home on the 1000 block of Minnesota Avenue Northwest and purchased half a gram of crack cocaine for $100. Carlton has eight prior felony convictions in Minnesota: 1979, felony controlled substance crime, Hennepin County; 1981, fifth-degree sale of marijuana in Beltrami County; 1982, wrongfully obtaining assistance, Dakota County; 1995 and 1998, fifth-degree possession of controlled substances, Beltrami County; and 2004, two counts of check forgery in Beltrami County.

Jacob Craig Powell, 26, of Hutchinson, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor unlawfully using artificial lights to kill big game.

He was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of probation to the court and pay $833 in fine and costs.

On Nov. 4, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer saw a vehicle pulling a trailer on Dogwood Road shining a high-powered spotlight into fields. A passenger, Patrick James McClure, was in the car with Powell. The conservation officer made a traffic stop and saw the spotlight in he car. Powell admitted to shining deer and having two rifles and a handgun in the car.

Patrick James McClure, 26, of Hutchinson, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor unlawfully using artificial lights to kill big game.

He was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of probation to the court and pay fine and costs of $833.

On Nov. 4, a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer saw a vehicle pulling a trailer on Dogwood Road shining a high-powered spotlight into fields. McClure was a passenger in the car of Jacob Craig Powell, who was charged and convicted of the same offense.

Alvera Lynn Barrett, 45, of Redby, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 and was sentenced March 15 for felony financial transaction card fraud of more than $250 but less than $2,500.

She was sentenced to 24 months in prison with credit for 140 days served and must pay fine and costs of $211.

On Aug. 28, a Bemidji Police detective received a report from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Department indicating a theft had taken place at the Clearwater County Health and Human Services Office. A woman reported her wallet and checkbook had been taken from the office. She had received a report that her card had been used to purchase merchandise for $584.53, including a pre-paid credit card at a Bemidji store. The person who used the stolen card also used an EBT card on both of those dates. Barrett was confronted by security guards and started to leave. She then entered the rest room, where the wallet and cards were later found.

Dawn Gail Marie Carlson, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with seven months and 23 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve four months and eight days in jail with credit for 87 days served and four years of probation to the court; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; no alcohol or controlled substances; remain law abiding; undergo random testing and pay fine and costs of $858.

At 12:25 a.m. Nov. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was traveling south on Beltrami County Road 27 and saw a vehicle closing in at high speed from behind. The deputy avoided collision as the suspect vehicle made a U-turn and traveled on the shoulder into a driveway on Roosevelt Road. Carlson got out of the car, walked quickly to the house and entered. The deputy was admitted to the house by a man who said Carlson, who was unknown to him, had knocked on the door, walked in uninvited and asked to use the phone. The deputy observed the strong odor of alcohol on Carlson. She had no driver's license. She blew .118 in a preliminary breath test and failed field sobriety tests. She was taken to Beltrami County Jail, where she refused to submit to testing. She has two prior DWI convictions in January 2002 and June 2007.

Gary Lee Bruguier, also known as Gary Lee Jackson, 31, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty March 15 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His sentencing is scheduled for April 5.

At 3:50 p.m. March 2, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol was driving east on Battle Road and saw a westbound vehicle with no rear license plate. The deputy activated lights for a traffic stop, but the driver looked back, made eye contact and increased speed. The pursuit continued to the Red Lake Reservation line with the deputy notifying Red Lake Police of the chase. Red Lake officers made the traffic stop, then authorized the Beltrami County deputy to make the arrest because Bruguier is a Yankton Sioux Tribe member from South Dakota and not a Red Lake Nation enrollee. Bruguier was taken to the Law Enforcement Center. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Hennepin County based on a 2007 terroristic threats conviction, He also has a conviction for domestic assault and an active warrant for a traffic offense in Beltrami County.

Scott Lee Lussier, 29, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty March 15 to felony first-degree DWI with three or more qualified prior impaired driving convictions in the last 10 years. His sentencing is scheduled for April 19.

At 2:05 a.m. Feb. 4, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on patrol was traveling north on Bemidji Road in Northern Township and saw a northbound vehicle with a defective brake light. The deputy activated lights for a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle turned onto Irvine Avenue at a high rate of speed and pulled into a driveway. The driver, Lussier, had no ID or driver's license and gave a false name and birth date. The deputy observed a strong odor of alcohol on Lussier, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. He failed field sobriety tests and blew .16 percent in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he tested at .12 percent. He had an outstanding warrant from Wilkin County from 2008. His driving privileges were cancelled and he has three prior DWI convictions from 2003 and two in 2008.

Adrian Dale Johnson, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 15 to felony fifth-degree controlled substance possession. His sentencing is scheduled for April 26.

At 3:20 p.m. Feb. 18, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol saw a vehicle parked at Second Street and Beltrami Avenue with a passenger with no seat belt on. The vehicle turned north. Dispatch advised the officer that the driver had revoked driving privileges. The officer made a traffic stop. Johnson, the passenger, appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The officer found a meth pipe and crystal meth in the car. Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents arrived on the scene and found two baggies with small amounts of meth in them on Johnson's person. Johnson has prior Beltrami County convictions for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance from 2001 and fourth-degree sale of controlled substance.

Brenda Rose Sayers, 49, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 15 for second-degree DWI amended from felony fleeing a peace officer and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

On the DWI count, she was sentenced to one year in jail with eight months and 30 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve two months and 29 days in jail with work release and four years of probation to the court; no alcohol violations, no bars or liquor stores; be law abiding; undergo random testing and pay fine and costs of $1,083.

On the driving after cancellation, she was sentenced to one year in jail with eight months and 30 days stayed for two years on conditions for Count 1 and pay a $50 fine.

At 1:26 a.m. Oct. 2, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle speeding north on state Highway 89 with its high-beam headlights on. The deputy turned to follow the vehicle and noticed that the rear license plate on the vehicle was not illuminated. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and attempted to identify the driver. She could not find her license or any form identification. The deputy saw two open containers of beer in the center console of the vehicle. The driver was asked to participate in field sobriety tests, which she agreed to. However, when the field sobriety tests were initiated she revved the engine, engaged the gearshift and drove away at a high speed. The deputy pursued the vehicle north on Highway 89. The pursuit continued at speeds of 80-95 mph, and the driver repeatedly drove her vehicle into the southbound lane. Red Lake Police officers were notified as the vehicle approached the reservation line. The deputy stopped at the line. Officers of the Red Lake Police were able to stop the vehicle by employing stop sticks that deflated three of the vehicle's tires and using a pursuit intervention technique to force the vehicle to stop. A deputy was invited onto the reservation to photograph the woman, who was identified as Sayers. She has five previous DWI convictions in 1979, 1980, 1988, 1998 and 2002. Her license was cancelled as inimical to public safety in 1998 and had not been reinstated. She also pleaded guilty to DWI Oct. 2, 2008, in Red Lake Tribal Court.

Gary Wayne Smith, also known as Gary Wayne Dumont, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced March 15 for felony failure to appear. A second charge of felony violation of no-contact order was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 17 months in prison stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 120 days in jail with credit for 60 days served and four years of supervised probation; no alcohol, controlled substances, bars or liquor stores; undergo random testing and searches; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; undergo counseling; take medications as prescribed; provide DNA sample; remain law abiding and pay fine and costs of $1,083.

On Aug. 4, 2008, Smith was sentenced on a conviction for fifth-degree domestic assault in Beltrami County. Among the conditions of his sentence, he was prohibited from having any contact with the female victim, except through a third party. On Feb. 18, he made his initial appearance in court and was charged with felony violation of a no-contact order. Smith was released on the condition that he have no contact with the victim, directly or indirectly, while the case was pending. He was also ordered to make all appearances in court as directed. He was warned that any failure to appear could result in a new felony charge of failure to appear. He signed the conditional release order form and received a copy of the no contact order. On Aug. 25, 2009, he was ordered to appear in court for a criminal pre-trial. He failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Aug. 26, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were summoned to the residence of the female victim, whom the no contact order was issued to protect. She reported that Smith had come to her home earlier that day and had assaulted her with a portable electronic device. Smith was then given a ride from her residence by a male friend. The man confirmed that Smith was at the residence. Smith has convictions for domestic assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping, attempted simple robbery, first-degree criminal damage to property, felony escape and four convictions for fifth-degree assault in Cass County; convictions for violating protection order and fifth-degree assault in Beltrami County; and aggravated robbery in Hennepin County. He is a career offender as defined by Minnesota law.

Chad Michael Castonguay, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 22 and was sentenced March 15 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle.

He was sentenced to 17 years in prison stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 150 days in jail with credit for 101 days served and four years of supervised probation; have no driver's license violations and not drive without license and insurance; no alcohol, controlled substances, bars or liquor stores; undergo random testing and searches; remain law abiding; take medications as prescribed; and pay fine and costs of $1,583.

At 7:20 a.m. Dec. 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy received a call reporting that a man dressed in camouflage was attempting to break into a vehicle parked on the 4000 block of Eckles Road. The caller, who owned the vehicle, yelled at the suspect, who then fled the scene. The caller followed the vehicle to a residence on state Highway 89. Two deputies conducted surveillance near the residence. A vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle left the house and used a minimum maintenance road that winds its way toward Coyote Road. The deputy caught up to the suspect and initiated a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop, and accelerated in an attempt to get away from the deputies. A pursuit ensued and eventually the deputy observed the driver bail out of the vehicle and run into a wooded area. The passenger of the vehicle was arrested at gunpoint. K9 was used to locate the suspect, who was subsequently apprehended and identified as Castonguay. He had an active warrant for his arrest after absconding from intense supervised release by the Department of Corrections following a 2005 conviction for first-degree burglary. He has prior felony convictions for receiving stolen property in 2004 and first-degree burglary and forging a check in 1995.

Rhea Anne Openshaw, 33, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 and was sentenced March 15 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 11 months stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve one month in jail with credit for six days served and four years of supervised probation; undergo chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations; no alcohol, controlled substances, bars or liquor stores; undergo random testing and searches; no driver's license violations; not drive without license and insurance; remain law abiding; and pay fine and costs of $858.

At 4:28 a.m. Feb. 14, dispatch received a call regarding a vehicle in the ditch on Clearline Road in Lammers Township. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the scene, where he saw a woman, later identified as Openshaw, in the driver's seat. The deputy observed the odor of alcohol on Openshaw, slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and poor balance. She admitted to having consumed alcohol. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .16. She was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail, where she registered a blood alcohol concentration of .18. She has three prior DWI convictions in January 2004, August 2000 and May 1998..

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