Beltrami County District Court
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Ben-shoof:
Michael Lee Konrad, 40, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of felony receiving stolen property Dec. 15 and was sentenced Jan. 19. The original charge was felony theft.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for five years. He must serve 48 days in jail with credit for 12 days served; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,080; Sentenced To Service granted for $1,000 of fine; follow all instructions of probation; restitution reserved; no contact with the victims; comply with medical treatment as needed or directed by a doctor; take medications in the prescribed dosage and fre-quency; sign a medical au-thorization release form to Department of Corrections; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; submit a DNA sample and remain law-abiding.
At 6:21 p.m. May 18, 2008, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was dispatched to a sporting goods store in Cass Lake. The owner of the store reported that a man came to the store to sell property in-cluding a boat motor and tools, which had been reported stolen earlier in the day. The owner gave a description of the vehicle the men were in and its license plate number. The investigator saw the vehicle parked at a town home in Cass Lake. The investigator pulled in and saw five people standing in front of the vehicle, two of whom he could identify, one as Konrad. A woman approached his vehicle, and as the deputy spoke to her, Konrad and the other man left the area. The woman said one of the men was at her home, but she did not know who Konrad was. The other man was found in her home and admitted that Kon-rad had called him earlier in the day and asked him for a ride. He said Konrad had a boat motor and tools with him. He also said Konrad had at-tempted to sell the items at the sports store. A search was performed in the area around the house and a boat motor was found in the woods. The investigator also noticed an open garage door. The deputy saw a large amount of power saws and tools were found behind a table. The garage belonged to the woman; she said the tools were not hers and she had never seen them before. The investigator spoke to the owner of the stolen tools and boat motor. The owner had attempted to sell the tools and equipment to the owner of the sports store earlier in the week. The owner of the sports store recognized the tools as stolen and immediately called the original owner. The owner of the tools noticed that a window in his father's house and been broken out and the lock was busted off the garage door. The owner of the sports store identified Konrad out of a photo lineup.
John Herman Klasen, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced Jan. 19 for felony fifth-degree-drug pos-session.
He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, which was stayed for five years. He must serve nine days in jail with credit for 19 days served; placed on supervised probation for five years; pay a fine of $1,083; follow all instructions of probation; supply a DNA sam-ple; remain law-abiding, com-plete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within three weeks/immediately begin any recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled sub-stances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing and complete aftercare.
At 9:50 p.m. Oct. 17, a Minne-sota State Patrol trooper clocked a vehicle travelling north on state Highway 89 at 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Klasen. Klasen began to look for his insurance card, so the trooper went back to his car to check his records. He learned that Klasen had a warrant for his arrest from Beltrami County. He returned to the vehicle and arrested Klasen. He found a digital scale in his pocket. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a brown glass vial containing a powder resi-due which appeared to be a controlled substance. A cloth bag was found in the glove box that had been placed there when the trooper left the car. The bag contained a glass tube commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and two tablets. At the Beltrami County Jail, Klasen said he had re-moved the pipe from his pocket and placed it in the glove box. The pipe field tested positive for meth.
Frank Eugene Mustache, 23, of Wilton, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 and was sentenced Jan. 19 for gross misdemeanor carrying a BB gun/rifle/shotgun/assault weapon in a public place and misdemeanor fourth-degree intentional damage to prop-erty. The charge of misde-meanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle was dismissed at sen-tencing.
On the first count, he was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 359 days were stayed for two years. He must serve six days in jail; placed on super-vised probation for two years; he must notify the Department of Corrections if he is unable to go to Arizona; pay a $833 fine.
On the second count, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 84 days were stayed; he must serve six days in jail; one year of supervised probation; have no contact with victims, not use alcohol or controlled substances, submit to random testing; remain law-abiding and not ship/transport/possess or receive firearms or ammu-nition.
At 12:05 a.m. April 1, a Bemidji Police officer re-sponded to the area of 26th Street Northwest and Park Avenue Northwest regarding a call about an altercation involv-ing weapons taking place in a car. The officer located the vehicle parked on the 2500 block of Park Avenue; the female driver was identified and the officer saw three men running in different directions away from the vehicle. The officer saw a man running toward him with a shotgun. The man was ordered to drop the weapon and did so imme-diately, after which he was arrested. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrived to assist the officer, the complaint stated.
The woman said she and three men, including Mus-tache, had driven to the 2500 block of Park Avenue to con-front a man and a woman about property damage at her grandmother's home. Two people got into a fight and broke windows at the home, she said.
Four men and two women were taken to Beltrami County Jail. The woman said she drove a vehicle with Mustache in the front seat and the other men in the back, with Mustache hold-ing a shotgun. She drove to Park Avenue, where the men exited the vehicle, with Mus-tache still carrying the shot-gun. She said she was unsure of what happened next. Mus-tache and the others declined to speak without an attorney present.
The man, who was found running in the parking lot with the shotgun, said he was at the apartment on the 2500 block of Park Avenue when he looked outside to see three men and a woman standing around his friend's vehicle. He said they were hitting the car with what appeared to be clubs, and he and his sister went outside to confront them. He said the man, called Frank by his friends, turned around with a shotgun in his hands, and the man, subsequently identified as Mustache, chambered a round into the shotgun and pointed it at his face. The man said he was walking backward when Mustache struck him with the butt of the shotgun. Everyone saw the officer and scattered. The man began to chase Mustache, who tried to turn around and struck him again with the gun, but ended up dropping the gun. The man picked it up and returned to the parking lot.
William James Batchelder, 49, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to an amended charge of two counts of misdemeanor repeated obscene/harassing phone calls. The charge of gross misdemeanor harass-ment - using mail/deliver letter/telegram or package was dismissed at sentencing. The original charges were for gross misdemeanor harassment stalking and gross misde-meanor obscene/harassing phone call-repeatedly calls.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 75 days were stayed for two years; he must serve 12 days on Home Deten-tion/Electronic Monitoring or Work Release with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $591; have no same or similar offenses and must comply with the domestic no contact order.
At 10:03 p.m. June 22, Bemidji Police officers re-sponded to a report of harass-ment and stalking at a resi-dence in Bemidji. The victim reported that Batchelder was parked outside her home. This was the sixth or seventh time since May 17 that law enforce-ment had contact with Batchelder for harassment and stalking, the complaint stated.
She reported that he regu-larly parked near her home and watched her, causing her to feel threatened and afraid for her safety. In a statement, the woman said Batchelder had been calling her repeatedly and left unwanted messages, until she finally blocked his number. She documented 55 calls from Batchelder between May 11 and May 14.
Chastity Ann Burnette, 31, of Naytahwaush, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16, for amended charges of gross misdemeanor aiding and abetting theft and gross mis-demeanor failure to appear in court. Two counts of felony theft were dismissed at sen-tencing. The original charges were three counts of felony theft.
She must serve one year in jail, of which nine months and 27 days were stayed for two years. She must serve 20 days on Sentenced To Service with credit for 43 days served; placed on supervised probation for two years; pay a fine of $383; sentence to be served consecu-tively with a separate case.
For the second count she was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 47 days were stayed for one year. She must serve 43 days on STS; placed on super-vised probation for one year; pay a fine of $108; to be served concurrently with count 1 and consecutively with another case; follow all instructions of probation; remain law-abiding; no contact with co-defendants and victims.
At 5:14 p.m. May 13, A Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart for a call regarding shoplifters. Burnette and another woman stole approximately $650 worth of merchandise from the store. They loaded items in a car and then left the cart near the bicycles in the back of the store. They took empty plastic bags from their purses and filled them with merchandise from the cart and walked out of the store.
Adrian Richard Dunn, 33, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violating a no-contact order. His next court date will be Feb. 17.
On Feb. 11, a woman ob-tained a domestic abuse order for protection against Dunn. The order prohibited Dunn from having any presence at her home, even if invited. At 11:20 a.m. June 9, the woman reported that Dunn had come to her residence and thrown hot coffee on her back during an altercation. According to the complaint, Bemidji Police officers found Dunn hiding behind a tree in a yard near the woman's home, but he evaded the police by running through the cemetery. Later in the day, Dunn called the woman and gloated that he had made it back to Cass Lake, the com-plaint stated. He has previous convictions for fifth-degree assault and violation of an order for protection. He has multiple felony convictions, for which he was committed to prison. At the time of the com-plaint, there was an out-standing warrant for his arrest.
In a separate case, he pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to a charge of gross misdemeanor domestic assault violating a no-contact order scheduled for March 1.
At 5:40 p.m. Dec. 10, 2009, Bemidji Police officers were called to a woman's home who had an order for protection against Dunn. Dunn was found in the home and was arrested and jailed.
Bonnie Sue Julkowski, 51, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to felony check forgery. Her next court date will be Feb. 8.
On Jan. 14, 2002, the Bemidji Police Department began investigating a reported for-gery on the account of a fe-male. The Grand Forks Police Department was contacted by a woman who reported that Julkowski had stolen several checkbooks and had forged her name in order to purchase goods and services in Grand Forks and Bemidji. An investi-gation revealed that Julkowski and her husband were in Bemidji Jan. 5-6, 2002, and she forged the woman's name in order to obtain goods and services. She wrote checks in the amount of $1,528.98, to many local Bemidji businesses. The officers responded to a report that Julkowski fled the state. The truck was found that she had rented from a business in Bemidji was found in Bruns-wick, Ga. in late Jan. 2002.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Troy Allen Faughn, 25, of unknown address, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor neglect of child. The original charge was felony third-degree assault of a victim younger than 4. His next court date will be Feb. 16.
Faughn met a woman in a bar. They had a one-night stand which resulted in the birth of a child. The woman contacted Faughn for a blood sample, which confirmed that he was the father. On Jan. 20, 2009, the woman surrendered physical custody of the child to Faughn. It was anticipated that Faughn would take the child to Bemidji for a couple of weeks. The child remained with Faughn until March 1, 2009. Faughn was almost exclusively responsible for the child during the stay in Bemidji. On March 1, the woman traveled to Bemidji to reclaim custody of the child from Faughn. At 2:30 a.m., she removed the child's clothing to change his diaper and noticed multiple bruises scattered over his body. She immediately took the child to the hospital in Grand Rapids, Minn., to be examined. The child was examined at 4:10 a.m. that morning. The degree, pattern and various stages of healing of the bruising on the child's body resulted in a refer-ral to Child Protection. The child was further checked at a clinic and referred to the Mid-west Children's Resource Center. The clinician observed multiple bruises in various stages of healing and bruising on his ears and neck.
Chelsea Ari Anita Batchelder, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 25 to felony fifth-degree drug pos-session. Her next court date will be April 6.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8 p.m. Oct. 28, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on the 2000 block of Monarch Drive Southwest in response to a call regarding the safety of a family member who was driv-ing while under the influence of controlled substances. A woman reported that Batchelder was under the influence of controlled sub-stances and attempting to leave the home. The woman stated she was concerned about Batchelder's welfare because she discovered Hy-drocodon and morphine pills, in her possession, and she appeared to be under the influence and unfit to drive or care for her child. The woman further informed the deputies that Batchelder did not have a prescription for these drugs, and that she removed the drugs from her purse for her safety. She gave the deputies a small tin box containing what appeared to be prescription medication. The deputies then spoke with Batchelder, who was standing outside the residence. She appeared to be in a heightened emotional state and was crying. She informed deputies that in fact she was in possession of Hydrocodone without a prescription and snorted a Klonopin tablet earlier. She said she had ob-tained the medications illegally from her mother when she died. She acknowledged pos-session of the tin which con-tained Hydrocodone and Klonapin. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.
Charles Everett Goodwin, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 to an amended charge of felony third-degree assault. The original charge was for felony first-degree aggravated robbery. His next court date will be Feb. 16.
According to the criminal complaint, at 8:40 a.m. June 2, a man reported that he had been assaulted and robbed earlier that morning. Photographs were taken of the man's bruised and swollen face. The man said he had been at home in the 700 block of Woodland Avenue the previous evening. He said two men showed up, one who was subsequently identified as Goodwin. When they entered the house, Good-win demanded that the man give him all his money. When he refused, Goodwin punched him in the face, put him in a headlock and continued to pummel his face. The man's friends arrived to see what was going on. Goodwin demanded that one of them take the money from the victim's pocket. The man took the money and threw it on the floor. When Goodwin picked it up, the victim fled the resi-dence. The victim received medical treatment for at least two broken bones in his cheek as a result of the beating. A detective went to the home on Woodland Avenue to speak to a witness who said he took the money from the victim's pocket simply to make Goodwin stop assaulting him. Goodwin was located on July 6 and taken into custody.
Darrin James Pribula, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 12, for an amended plea of misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than motor vehi-cle. The original charge was for gross misdemeanor obstruc-tion of the legal process.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, of which 30 days were stayed for one year. He has served 60 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for one year; pay a fine of $383; sen-tence to be served concur-rently with separate case in Polk County; must not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing; remain law-abiding; not have any same or similar offenses and comply with all conditions of Polk County file.
Pribula was convicted Dec. 29, 2008, of gross misdemeanor assault on a peace officer in Polk County. The incident was alcohol related and Pribula was placed on two years of super-vised probation.
The conditions of this proba-tion are that he must not pos-sess or consume alcohol, and that he must submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.
On Sept. 17, Pribula violated the terms of his probation by consuming alcohol on Bemidji State University grounds. Pribula, who was very intoxi-cated, fled from BSU Security officers and was combative with Bemidji Police officers. At the Beltrami County Jail, he threatened to assault correc-tions officers.
Dontae Maurice Johnson, 26, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 21 for an amended charge of misde-meanor traffic - reckless driving - and gross misde-meanor second-degree DWI -refusal to submit. The original charge was for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehi-cle.
He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, of which 35 days were stayed for one year. He must serve eight days in jail with credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for one year; pay a fine of $283.
For the second count, he was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 10 months and 27 days were stayed for three years. He must serve one month in jail with credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,000; sentences to be served consecutively with a separate case; not have any driver's license violations; not drive without insurance; re-main law-abiding; not drink and drive; not use or possess alcohol or controlled sub-stances; complete a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment; follow recom-mendations of evaluation and submit to random testing.
At 9 p.m. Nov. 5, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed turn onto Irvine Avenue and screech its tires. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver ignored the lights and sirens until turning onto 26th Street Northwest and then Minnesota Avenue Northwest before finally pulling over. A male passenger imme-diately exited the vehicle and was handcuffed and placed in the back of the squad car. The driver was identified as John-son, who smelled of alcohol and marijuana and had bloodshot, watery eyes. Upon being in-formed of his arrest, he said he had consumed several beers and had smoked marijuana in the vehicle. Officers located a partial box of beer on the floor in the back seat and a green-tinted plastic container of what appeared to be marijuana. Johnson was transported to North Country Regional Hospi-tal for a blood or urine sample but refused to submit to the tests and was transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he gave a statement saying that he had been travel-ing from Pine Ridge Avenue Northwest to a friend's home in the area of 27th Street. He admitted travelling too fast, but said he did not intentionally try to evade the officer, saying he did not see the lights immedi-ately. He has one prior DWI conviction.
Cody Alonzo Davis, 18, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to felony third-degree burglary His next court date will be March 8.
At 6:30 p.m. June 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding stolen property. A man reported that he noticed his fishing tackle box was missing from his boat. The box was valued at $1,000. At 8 p.m., the man called the deputy back and stated that Kyle Ole Davis had some of his tackle and lures in the back of his car. The man confronted Davis about stealing his tackle box, and Davis became defensive and identified a Cody Davis as the person who stole the tackle box. Cody Davis confessed that he and Kyle Davis had entered the man's garage without permission and stolen the tackle box. They split up the goods and brought them to a local pawn shop for some quick cash to buy gasoline. Kyle Davis admitted to pawning the man's fishing gear, but blamed the Cody Davis for the theft. Another man stepped forward and said he was in Kyle Davis's car and had observed Kyle Davis and Cody Davis break into the garage and steal the equipment.
Travis Lee Oxtra, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 25 to felony second-degree burglary of a dwelling. His next court date will be April 6.
According to the criminal complaint on Aug. 17, 2008, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were contacted about missing money and checks, after a man reported that he was married Aug. 16, and he believed cash and checks had been stolen from his home on the 100 block of Sime Avenue Northwest in Solway in the early morning hours of Aug. 17. The man noticed that six wedding cards were missing. The man said the envelopes appeared to have been opened and the cards contained no cash. The groom estimated the envelopes had between $150 and $200 of cash in them. A subsequent investigation by the Sheriff's Office established that five abandoned wedding cards were found on the prop-erty of a local bar. The owners of the bar reported locating the five cards associated with the wedding. The investigation focused on Oxtra. Members of the wedding party had caught Oxtra attempting to steal a bottle of liquor during the wedding reception. The depu-ties spoke with Oxtra after he was arrested for unrelated burglary and theft. In a state-ment, Oxtra confessed to entering the home of the man early on Aug. 17 for the pur-poses of stealing money from wedding cards. He said he did not have permission to enter the house and admitted to abandoning the cards at the bar and keeping the cash. He also admitted that he spent the money.
Zachariah Reid Binkley, 22, of Puposky, pleaded innocent Jan. 26 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His next court date will be April 6.
According to the criminal complaint, at 10:58 p.m. Dec. 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a car pass his squad car. He saw in his rear-view mirror that the vehicle was being drive erratically. He turned his squad car around and pursued the vehicle east-bound on Lumberjack Road. The vehicle then began to travel at a high rate of speed and it turned suddenly onto Pleasant Valley Road and headed south. The deputy had a hard time catching up to the driver, despite traveling in excess of 85 mph. The vehicle made a sudden left turn into a ditch approach that led into a field. The vehicle continued through the field into a wooded area at a high rate of speed. The deputy followed the vehi-cle, which was now driving on an ATV trail. The deputy acti-vated the siren on his car and the suspect continued to flee, driving back onto Pleasant Valley Road and heading south. The vehicle than turned quickly onto the Mud River Road. The deputy was able to close the gap between him and the suspect and was able to stop the vehicle. The driver was ordered out of the vehicle and was arrested for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. The driver was identified as Binkley, who told the deputy he had been trying to get away from him because he had been consuming alco-holic beverages and was wor-ried he might get a DWI.
Wanda Lou LaDuke, 47, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to sub-mit.
She was sentenced one year in jail, of which 10 months and 26 days were stayed for three years. She must serve 32 days on Home Detention/Electronic Monitoring; granted furlough for any and all medical issues. She must sit in jail on the dates provided; she can be released on the alcohol monitoring system to serve the balance of her 26 days. She will not re-ceive good time while on the monitor; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858; follow all recom-mendations of evaluation; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; remain law abiding; not enter bars or liquor stores and submit to random testing.
At 12:17 a.m. Aug. 3, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies received a call that LaDuke had become suicidal and had driven away from the family residence. The caller reported that LaDuke was intoxicated and was believed to be return-ing to a residence on the 28000 block of U.S. Highway 71. LaDuke was also in the pos-session of a loaded 30.06 rifle. Two deputies and a Blackduck Police officer responded to the call and saw LaDuke driving a vehicle into the driveway of the house listed above. The deputy waited for back-up before approaching the residence. The officers met with the homeowner who informed officers that LaDuke had just arrived, walked over to the couch and passed out. The homeowner granted permis-sion for the officers to check on the wellbeing of LaDuke. She smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and her eyes were extremely bloodshot and watery. She was arrested and the rifle was seized incident to the arrest. She was trans-ported to the North Country Regional Hospital due to the report of suicidal ideation. She refused to provide a blood or urine sample. She was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. She has two prior DWI convic-tions.
Josephine Lee Snyder, 26, of Park Rapids, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 26 for gross misdemeanor child endangerment.
She was granted a stay of adjudication, which upon successful completion of pro-bation will result in a dismissal. She was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on proba-tion to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $200; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to ran-dom testing and follow all directives from Hubbard County Social Services.
At 8:19 a.m. July 13, a Beltrami County Deputy saw a vehicle parked in such a man-ger that it was a hazard. The deputy pulled in behind the vehicle and saw that the female driver was either frustrated or upset. The woman exited her vehicle and indicated to the deputy that her vehicle had broken down and that her boyfriend had walked up the road to get help. The driver was identified as Snyder. She said she had been involved in an argument with her boy-friend while camping at Pine Point, and he had left her after the vehicle broke down. She identified her boyfriend who had a warrant out for his ar-rest. Snyder told the deputy that she had three children in her vehicle and had been in the vehicle since 4 a.m. The deputy exited the vehicle in order to get a better look at Snyder, who did not accurately depict the person he saw on her record. The photograph depicted somebody with a full face who looked healthy. The deputy asked Snyder if she ever used methamphetamine. After a short time, she admitted to smoking meth on the evening of June 12 while camped with her boyfriend and three chil-dren. When asked if there was any meth in the van she said none that she knew of. She declined a search of the vehi-cle. While the deputies were speaking with the children, Snyder removed two black canvas bags and one charger from the rear of the vehicle and said they belonged to her boyfriend, and she wanted nothing to do with them since he had left her stranded. The items were placed in the dep-uty's squad car. The bags were later searched and a square plastic opaque container, which held several syringes, spoons, a bag of green leafy matter, clear plastic baggies and one bag which contained white powder were founded. The items were transported to the Beltrami County Jail for evidence. Snyder was arrested for gross misdemeanor child endangerment and trans-ported to the jail. In a state-ment, she once again admitted that she had been using meth with her boyfriend in the pres-ence of her children while camping.
Cleveland Allen Harrison, 22, of Cass Lake, was found guilty by a jury Jan. 21 and was sentenced the same day for gross misdemeanor check forgery.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 10 months and 26 days were stayed for one year. He must serve 32 days on Work Release or Sentenced To Service; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $230; pay restitution; have no contact with victims; have no contact with witnesses and remain law-abiding.
At 1 p.m. April 26, 2008, a traveling salesman reported to the Bemidji Police Department that several blank checks had been stolen from his vehicle, forged and cashed at various businesses in Bemidji. Ap-proximately seven checks were forged in the amount of $359.18.
Michael Jon Willis, 58, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced Jan. 25 for an amended charge of misde-meanor harassment- violation restraining order. The original charge was for felony terroris-tic threats - reckless disregard for others.
He was granted a stay of ad-judication, which upon success-ful completion of probation will result in a dismissal; credit given for time served; must not use alcohol or controlled sub-stances; submit to random testing; complete a chemical dependency evalua-tion/treatment; take medica-tions in the prescribed dosage and frequency; comply with all doctors orders; must not have any violent behavior; must notify law enforcement in the county he lives about probation conditions; must leave the state by Jan. 29 to go to Illinois. If he returns to Minnesota he must notify court immediately; remain law-abiding; not ship-/transport/possess or receive firearms or ammunition in Minnesota; complete anger management treatment; stay a reasonable distance away from victim's residence and place of employment; must not have any contact with victim or family.
On March 26, the District Court of Beltrami County, issued a Harassment Restrain-ing Order against Willis. The court found that Willis called the petitioners and said he had taken pictures of them, made phone calls to the petitioners after being asked not to call and continued to call until the number was blocked. Willis made threatening comments to the petitioners while they were walking past his resi-dence
Corey Lee Graves, 34, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty July 20, 2007, and was sentenced Jan. 25, for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs and gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.
He was granted a stay of ad-judication for the first count. He must serve 57 days in jail with credit for 33 days served; five years of supervised proba-tion; pay a fine of $750; attend AA meetings weekly; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; not drive without insurance; not have any driver's license violations; follow all instructions of proba-tion; remain law-abiding and not enter bars or liquor stores.
For the second count he was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 275 days were stayed for three years; must serve 57 days in jail; granted credit for 33 days served and all the above conditions; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,080 and granted $1,000 in Sen-tenced To Service to pay off fine.
At 4:25 a.m. Jan. 14, 2007, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and Bemidji Police officers responded to a one-vehicle car accident on
First Street Southeast at Rich-ards Avenue. The vehicle was found running and in gear, with the driver, subsequently identi-fied as Graves asleep behind the wheel. The deputy took a photograph of Graves and the flash didn't wake him up. After yelling, banging on the window and the roof, Graves finally woke up, placed the vehicle in reverse. He was ordered to turn off the vehicle and open the doors. Graves said he had taken pills and fell asleep. Graves had a hard time stand-ing, staying awake and speak-ing while they were inquiring about the accident. He failed field sobriety tests and regis-tered zero blood alcohol con-centration. Graves admitted taking Klonopin. He was ar-rested and transported to North Country Regional Hospi-tal, where he continued to be in and out of consciousness. He agreed to submit to a blood test. While transporting Graves to the Beltrami County Jail, the officer heard a tin like sound from the rear of the vehicle. The officer saw a small tin box lying on the seat of the car, and it appeared to be the same object that was felt during the pat down. Below the seat were three small plastic bindles of crack cocaine, which weighed 1.5 grams. At the time of the arrest Graves' license was revoked and he had two prior DWI convictions.
Toni Rae Smith, 35, of Bena, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 to felony fifth-degree drugs - pro-cure/possess/control a con-trolled substance. Her next court date will be March 8.
On Dec. 15, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call regarding a fraudulent pre-scription being presented over the phone. The office spoke with the pharmacy technician who informed him that a per-son had called in a prescription for Klonopin. The pharmacy contacted the Allina Clinic, where the prescription was allegedly written and was informed that no one at the clinic authorized this prescrip-tion. The officers left the scene and were called back by the pharmacist when Smith showed up to pick up the pre-scription. She informed the officers that she was picking up the prescription because Park Nicollet Clinic had called in the prescription, and it was legiti-mate. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She has prior felony convictions for third-degree assault, fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and theft.
Terry Wayne Tolman, 47, of Bemidji, was acquitted by a jury Jan. 19, for gross misde-meanor third-degree DWI.
At 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Wilton area in response to a complaint of an intoxicated individual driv-ing a four-wheeler with a child without face protection or a helmet on board. The deputy initiated a stop and identified the driver as Tolman. While speaking with Tolman, the deputy observed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and poor bal-ance. Tolman failed field sobri-ety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .131 in the field. At the Beltrami County Jail, he registered .10.