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Published August 08, 2010, 10:54 AM

Beltrami County District Court

In Beltrami County District Court

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Matthew James Joy, 25, of Hines, pleaded guilty May 10 and was sentenced July 12 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse –violation of no contact order. A second charge of gross misdemeanor domestic assault was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days in jail; two years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,583, of which $500 is stayed; follow all instructions of probation follow all instructions of evaluation; comply with domestic no-contact order; not have any contact with victims; not have same or similar offenses; remain law-abiding; not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; complete anger management; complete domestic abuse evaluation and complete cognitive skills training.

At 8:20 p.m. March 20, Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputies and Blackduck Police officers responded to an assault on the 24000 block of Hines Road Northeast. Officers met with the woman involved in the assault, who informed them that Joy had arrived at the residence earlier in the evening and entered without permission. He pushed her up against the wall. She was able to break free and went to the kitchen to call the police. Joy grabbed the telephone out of her hands and struck her in the forehead with the receiver. Joy then fled the scene. Joy was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He has prior convictions for child endangerment and several violations of an order for protection.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Kyle Richard Dupree, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 19, for felony fourth degree assault of a peace officer – demonstrable bodily harm. His next court date will be Aug. 16.

At 12 a.m. June 5, Bemidji Police officers responded to a local hotel to investigate and remove an intoxicated man. The officers approached the suspect and he immediately became combative and belligerent and aggressive. The man refused to comply with the officers and rushed towards both of them, throwing punches. The man struck the officer in the nose with a closed fist. The officer then directed the man to the ground and in the process injured his left wrist on a metal door jam. The man was subsequently subdued and handcuffed. He continued to be combative and threatened the officers. They transported the man, subsequently identified as Dupree, to the Beltrami County Jail. Dupree has two prior convictions for felony possession of a controlled substance.

Stephen Craig Frethem, 31, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26, for gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 29 days on work release with credit for one day served; furlough granted for treatment; granted work and school release; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $608 and follow all standard conditions of probation.

At 1:30 a.m. June 18, aBeltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy arrested Frethem for DWI. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .14 in the field and .12 at the jail.

Joshua Albert Ingvauld Werp, 26, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty June 21 and was sentenced July 26, for felony check forgery with intent to injure or defraud.

He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail with credit for 15 days served; five years of supervised probation; must not have any contact with victim; supply a DNA sample; remain law-abiding; not act in a financial capacity of another; not enter into written or verbal contracts with anyone; not to open or maintain a checking account; no credit installment buying unless approved by the Department of Corrections and pay a fine of $1,080.

Werp wrote $2,600 in checks on an acquaintance’s bank account. On Feb. 28, 2008, he admitted to taking the checkbook without authorization and that he forged her signature on a closed account.

In a separate incident, he pleaded guilty June 21, and was sentenced July 26 for an amended charge of gross misdemeanor theft by check. The original charge was for felony check forgery.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years; he must serve 30 days in jail; two years of supervised probation and follow the same conditions as listed above, including pay restitution and pay a fine of $280.

He forged a check for $730.30 from a closed bank account.

Jamie Lee Totland, 28, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent July 26 to felony terroristic threats. His next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, at 12:30 p.m. May 18, Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home on the 25000 block of Conner Road Northeast in reference to a family disturbance between a woman and a young man identified as Totland. While en route the deputies received information that Totland was threatening the woman and the fight seemed to be escalating. Totland then fled the scene. According to the witness, Totland also made threats that he was going to nail the doors and windows shut and burn his entire family alive. Totland has prior convictions for giving a peace officer a false name and date of birth; thirddegree sale of meth and fifthdegree possession of meth.

Patrick Ray Tahahwah, 28, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI. A second charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 345 days were stayed for three years. He must serve seven days in jail with credit for 14 days served; placed on supervised probation for three years; pay a fine of $658 and follow standard conditions of probation.

At 7:40 p.m. May 4, 2009, Bemidji Police officers arrested Tahahwah for DWI. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .22 at the jail. A small pipe that later tested positive for crack cocaine was in the vehicle.

Kerry Ann Kellar, 26, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty June 1 and was sentenced July 26 for felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to 13 months in prison stayed for 10 years. She must serve six months on work release with credit for 22 days served and furlough for treatment; placed on supervised probation for 10 years; follow all instructions of probation; complete treatment outpatient; after care; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing; submit to random searches; complete mental health counseling; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency; complete cognitive skills training, if Department of Correction deems appropriate; submit a DNA sample; not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons; remain lawabiding and must not leave the state of Minnesota without written court approval and pay or work off a fine of $1,083.

At 11 p.m. Jan. 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy saw a vehicle parked at the house of a person who has been the subject of multiple narcotics investigations. The vehicle then left the home at a high rate of speed. The car was occupied by a female driver identified as Kellar and a male passenger. The deputy saw a large plastic bag containing several prescription bottles. Kellar had dilated pupils and slow reactions and seemed nervous and shaky. She said the medicine was hers. Kellar was under courtmandated conditions not to use controlled substances and was subject to random searches. Kellar failed field sobriety tests and was not under the influence of alcohol. A search of the vehicle yielded a spoon, three hypodermic syringes and five small microbaggies of methamphetamine. A fourth of a gram was seized from Kellar upon arrest. She has a prior conviction for fifth-degree possession of meth.

Jon Harold Solheim, 32, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 27 to felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. His next court date will be Sept. 7.

In January and February 2010, Solheim sold 11.7 grams of methamphetamine in Bemidji.

Patrick Jerome Dalton, 51, of White Bear Lake, Minn., pleaded innocent July 26 to felony terroristic threats. His next court date will be Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint, at 7:45 p.m. May 21, Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputies responded to a report of a man making threats with a firearm on Oscar Avenue in Blackduck. Deputies arrived on the scene and were informed that Dalton had approached the property in a menacing manner, armed with a firearm. Witnesses said they saw Dalton scream at another man and said that he was going to shoot him in the head with his pistol. The deputies approached the residence Dalton had gone into and he was directed to get on the ground. He said his pistol, which was loaded, was on top of the refrigerator. He said he had gotten mad at the other men and he indeed threatened to shoot one of the men in the head with his pistol. He was arrested and transported to the jail.

John Charles Domrese, 42, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 27 to felony first-degree burglary – assault of a person in a building or on a property. His next court date will be Nov. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, at 3 p.m. June 12, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a break-in and assault in the 600 block of 19th Street Northwest. Officers met with a man whose face was covered with blood. He had several black and blue marks and welts forming on his cheeks and forehead. The man explained that a woman, accompanied by Domrese had come to his residence, entered without permission and assaulted him. The ambulance was called and it was believed that the man had a broken nose. In a statement Domrese admitted to getting in the fight and entering the apartment without permission. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Elizabeth Ann Timmins, 36, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 27 to felony firstdegree burglary – assault of person in a building or on a property. Her next court date will be Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint, at 3 p.m. June 12, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a break-in and assault on the 600 block of 19th Street Northwest. Officers met with a man whose face was covered with blood. He had several black and blue marks and welts forming on his cheeks and forehead. The man explained that Timmins, accompanied by man, came to his residence, entered without permission and assaulted him. Timmins slapped him in the back of the head. The officers went to Timmins’ residence to discuss the altercation. In a statement Timmins admitted that they went to the man’s residence and entered without permission.

Evelyn Elaine Brown, 49, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent July 26 to gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias. Her next court date will be Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint, at 6:54 p.m. April 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the report of an assault on 17000 Condor Lane Southeast. At the resident, the deputies discovered a woman, who had been severely beaten. Her face was covered in blood and swollen. Her eyes were swollen to the point she could hardly see. She told the deputies that she had been at a local bar, when she was invited to an after party at Brown’s house. The woman continued to consume alcohol and play cards. At some point, Brown began to berate her because her mother was a Caucasian and she, was as a result, a person of mixed racial heritage. She drank so much alcohol that she had become sick and went to an upstairs bedroom to lie down. She vomited in a bedroom and then went to a nearby bathroom to clean up, where she was confronted by Brown, who began to strike her about the head. She reported that Brown ultimately threw her down the stairs. The victim then fled the scene. Brown followed her out of the residence and continued to beat her. Brown ultimately beat her to the ground. The woman was able to get up and go to a nearby residence to call for help.

Kari Lynn Cook, 29, of Redby, pleaded innocent July 26 to gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor identify theft. Her next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 7, Bemidji Police officer responded to call in the emergency room at North Country Regional Hospital. A patient had used a false name and Social Security number in order to obtain medical services. Upon her arrival, the officer spoke with a nurse who said the woman had registered under a different name. The nurse looked at a photo for the woman in question, and it did not match that of the person in front of her. The officer went to the room and asked the patient to identify herself, and again she gave another name. It was subsequently discovered, that her name was Cook. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. She had received approximately $100 in services.

In a separate incident, Cook pleaded innocent July 26 to gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud. Her next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, Cook had taken a woman’s credit card while she was making a purchase at a register. She used it to buy $85 worth of products.

Jeremy Roy Kruger, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 26 to felony seconddegree drugs – sale of three or more grams of cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. His next court date will be Oct. 19.

According to the criminal complaint, Paul Bunyan Task Force agents used a confidential reliable informant to purchase 6.7 grams of methamphetamine, amphetamine and Klonopin. Kruger has prior convictions for two counts of felony fifth-degree possession of meth and a prior gross misdemeanor conviction for possession of narcotics in Colorado.

In a separate incident, Kruger pleaded innocent July 26 to felony possession of a pistol/assault weapon. His next court date will be Oct. 15.

According to a criminal complaint, on Feb. 25, Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents, assisted by an undercover confidential reliable informant, arranged for a sale of a .32 caliber pistol available for sale for $250. The CRI made the purchase and left the scene.

Adam Lee St. Peter, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 26, for felony first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling. His next court date will be Aug. 24.

According to the criminal complaint, on the morning of July 18, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a burglary. The owners indicated that someone had burglarized their residence in the night while they were sleeping in the bedroom. The burglar had broken into the home through a window and had taken a wallet and three bottles of prescription medication. The burglar had used a knife to open the screen. Several fingerprints were lifted from the window frame. Approximately two months later, it was learned that St. Peter was being housed in the Red Lake Jail. A woman reported that the items stolen from the couple were found in St. Peter’s residence. There was approximately $200 cash and all of the medication. He was subsequently released to the Clearwater County Jail in relation to burglaries that took place there. An investigator was able to get a statement from St. Peter, in which he said after the lights went out, he unlocked the window and cut the screen. He said he then entered the residence and took the wallet and the medications. He has a prior conviction for criminal damage to property.

Bobby Lynn Wade, 52, of St. Paul, pleaded innocent July 26 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI – refusal to submit. Her next court date will be Nov. 16.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9 p.m., June 19, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper arrested Wade for DWI. She had a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .16 in the field, but refused to test at the Beltrami County Jail. She has one prior DWI.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Cheryl Lynn Preston, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 4 and was sentenced July 20 for felony criminal vehicular homicide or operation – operate vehicle with negligence, under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

She was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. She was sentenced to 23 days in jail with credit for 22 days served; Sentenced To Serve granted for $1,000 of fine; four years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; follow all instructions of probation; complete a chemical dependency evaluation, treatment and aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not be in the presence of anyone using alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and searches; not drive without insurance; not have any driver’s license violation; submit a DNA sample and follow recommendations of evaluation.

On Oct. 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to the scene of a single-car accident on Littlers Road. At the scene, the Cass Lake Ambulance personnel told the deputy they had removed from the vehicle a male passenger with a broken arm. A woman, believed to be the driver, had gone into the woods nearby. The deputy located the woman near the car. She had a set of car keys in her hand. She was identified as Preston. The passenger said the woman was the driver at the time of the accident. He told the deputy that he, Preston and another man had left a nearby residence. He tried to get the keys from Preston, but she insisted on driving. He said Preston had pulled onto Littlers Road, accelerated to the point where she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the woods. She then tried unsuccessfully to back the vehicle out of the woods. She registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .21 and was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital. At the hospital, her blood was drawn. She had one prior DWI conviction.

Michael James Good, 41, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty July 19to felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. His next court date will be Aug. 16.

At 7:54 p.m. June 29, Bemidji Police officers responded to a local park on a call about a man assaulting a woman. When officers arrived they discovered a woman lying on the ground being assisted by bystanders. The woman indicated that Good had struck her with one of his crutches and she was knocked to the ground.. She had suffered an injury to her right arm. She went on to say that once she was on the ground, he put his hand on her throat and began to choke her. A witness corroborated the story. Good was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The victim was treated at North Country Regional Hospital for a broken arm.

Tony Lee Jacobson, 37, of Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud, pleaded innocent July 19 to felony escape from custody. His next court date will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 29, 2008, Beltrami County District Judge Paul Benshoof sentenced Jacobson to a prison sentence of 17 months in a Minnesota State Correctional Facility. The court granted a stay of execution and placed him on supervised probation. Within days of being released from custody, he violated his probation by failing to return to jail in a timely fashion. On Jan. 12, 2009, he appeared before Benshoof and admitted a second probation violation for failing to stay in contact with his agent. On Feb. 17, 2009, Benshoof ordered Jacobson to remain in custody but furloughed from the jail to attend inpatient chemical dependency treatment. He was ordered to return immediately to the jail after treatment. On April 16, 2009, the DOC received notice that Jacobson did not complete the inpatient treatment and absconded from the recovery center. After leaving the center, he did not return to the jail and remained at large until April 21, 2009.

In a separate case, Jacobson pleaded innocent July 19 to felony check forgery. His next court case will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 10, 2009, Jacobson forged checks in the amount of $696.

Omar Zandoval-Gonzalez, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 19 for gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, with 335 days stayed for three years. He must serve 28 days on work release with credit for two days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years and pay a fine of $1,108, to be served consecutively with a DWI case in California and must comply with standard conditions of probation.

At 11:52 p.m. March 17, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy arrested Zandoval-Gonzalez for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a .09 in the field and at the Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior DWI conviction in California.

Sheila Rae Carter, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 19 for second-degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for four years. She must serve 27 days in jail; granted credit for three days served; placed on supervised probation for four years; pay a fine of $1,108 with $1,000 stayed until 2014 and she must comply with all standard conditions of probation; granted furlough to attend treatment.

At 1:45 p.m. June 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Carter for DWI. She registered a blood alcohol concentration of .128 in the field and was transported to the hospital for further testing. She has two prior DWI convictions.

Emmaline Marie Benjamin, 39, of Redby, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 19, for second degree DWI.

She was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for four years. She must serve 12 days in jail; granted credit for 18 days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,108 and follow standard probation conditions.

On July 2, a Bemidji Police officer arrested Benjamin for DWI. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration in excess of .08 in the field and .24 at the jail. She has two prior DWI convictions.

Gerry Thomas Cardinal, 57, of Bemidji, amended his plea to guilty July 27 for felony fifth-degree possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. His next court date will be Aug. 30.

At 6:40 p.m. April 3, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy saw Cardinal driving a vehicle. Cardinal does not have valid driving privileges. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Cardinal said he knew he was not licensed to drive and that he was bringing the passenger to a friend’s home, so she could obtain cigarettes from the man. Cardinal’s hands were shaking violently. His eyes were bloodshot and his pupils were small and constricted. He appeared to be under the influence of a drug. The deputy asked Cardinal to exit the vehicle. Upon his exit the deputy smelled burnt marijuana. Cardinal’s teeth were rotten and falling out, consistent with “meth mouth.” Cardinal’s legs were also shaking. Cardinal failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The deputy seized several methamphetamine pipes with residue and baggies containing meth residue in a search incident to the arrest. A meth pipe and a baggie with a small amount of meth were found in the console of the truck. Cardinal was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test for further analysis.

Ruth Ann Newell, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty to felony fifth-degree drug possession and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. Her next court date will be Aug. 30.

At 11:30 a.m., April 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop. The driver was identified as Newell. She had a strong odor of alcohol and was lethargic and displayed bloodshot eyes. She failed field sobriety tests. She was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for further testing. Upon a search of the vehicle, three glass pipes containing methamphetamine residue were seized from the center console. A fourth pipe was seized from the glove compartment. Newell has one prior conviction for alcohol related loss of license. She also has a prior sentence for fifthdegree possession of meth.

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