Beltrami County District CourtIn Beltrami County District Court
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Wayne Chase Beaulieu,
20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29 for felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court case will be Aug. 2.
At 10:53 p.m. Feb. 17, a woman reported to Bemidji Police officers that her car had been stolen. She said she returned home at 5 p.m. and hadn’t realized the car was missing until 11:45 p.m. Feb. 16. She also noted that her spare key had been taken from the center console between Feb. 15 and 16. The vehicle and the suspect were subsequently found in a parking lot of a local store. The suspect was identified as Beaulieu. He had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. In a statement, Beaulieu said he got in the car and had taken the keys out of the console a few days prior. He said that at 10:30 p.m. Feb. 17, he took the car. He said he had taken the car to Rice Lake and was in the process of cashing a check to pay for the gas in the vehicle.
Shane David Scott, 26, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty June 29 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. A second charge of misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI is scheduled to be dismissed at sentencing. His next court date will be July 12.
According to the criminal complaint, at 7:14 p.m. April 17, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy observed an allterrain vehicle being operated in violation of a Minnesota Statute on state Highway 72 near Blackduck. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The operator eventually turned into a driveway on the 100 block of Liberty Drive. He then got off the ATV and barricaded himself in the garage. The deputy entered the garage and pounded on the door to the residence. No one answered, so the deputy forced open the door and entered. The driver, identified as Scott, was found in the upstairs bathroom. He claimed to be washing the dirt out of his eyes. He further claimed that the dirt in his eyes kept him from seeing the deputy. He was arrested and, because of a strong smell of alcohol, he was asked to complete field sobriety tests, which he failed. He registered a .14 blood alcohol concentration in the field and .13 at the Beltrami County Jail.
Donovan Alan Goodman, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 2 to an amended charge of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon (firearm). The original charge was for felony first-degree aggravated assault. His next court date will be Aug.2.
Leech Lake Tribal Police learned that an armed robbery had taken place at a residence on the 20000 block of Littlers Road. A man and woman reported that at about 10:30 p.m. they allowed a man they knew into their home to discuss borrowing money from them. Goodman and the victim went into a back room to talk. After a few seconds, two men also entered the room and pointed guns at the victims. The two men ordered the man and woman to lie on the bed. They then took a sum of cash and the woman’s purse. The suspects left the scene. At 1:23 a.m. Feb. 19, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a separate armed robbery that had occurred at Pine Ridge Apartments. At the scene, officers spoke with a woman and a man who were the victims of the robbery. Both had been physically beaten during the robbery and were bleeding from the head and face.
Benjamin Irvin Torgerson, 21, of Clearbrook, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 29 for an amended plea of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, engaging in abusive language by text message and gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process, interfering with a peace officer. The original charge was for felony terroristic threats – reckless disregard.
He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 26 days in jail; granted Sentenced To Serve for $500 of fine; placed on two years of supervised probation; pay fine of $583; have no same or similar offenses; follow all instructions of probation and remain law-abiding.
At 6:15 p.m. Jan. 30, Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputies were dispatched to a fight on the 4000 block of Swiss Lane Northwest. The caller reported that one of the men might have a firearm in his vehicle. A deputy arrived on the scene and saw a young man standing at the rear of the vehicle. The man began to approach the deputy, but was ordered to stop and assume a position that would enable the deputy to search him for weapons. The man walked up to the officer and assumed a fighting stance. The deputy and two other officers were able to overcome the man’s resistance and arrest him. It was necessary to use a taser to get the man to calm down. He was handcuffed and placed in the squad car. He was identified as Torgerson. A woman reported that she had received threatening text messages from Torgerson several hours earlier.
Jason Albert Fultz, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 29, for felony violation of a nocontact order – within 10 years of the first of two or more convictions. His next court case will be Aug. 2.
On April 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy became aware that Fultz had made six calls to a woman, who had issued an order for protection against him.
He has prior convictions of fifth-degree assault and assault in the third degree.
In a separate incident, he pleaded guilty June 29 to felony felon convicted of a crime of violence, firearm violation. A second charge of felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon is scheduled for dismissal at sentencing. His next court date will be Aug. 2.
On Dec. 12, 2002, Fultz was convicted of felony assault in the third degree in Hennepin County District Court. On July 28, 2007, in violation of that criminal prohibition, he received possession of two semi-automatic handguns from an individual. On March 24, at 1:36 a.m. Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic assault involving a firearm on the 8300 block of Thompson Court. He was arrested and searched. An illegal switchblade was found in his pocket. A search warrant was secured for the residence and a 9 mm Hi-Point pistol was found with a box of ammunition. He has also been convicted of fifth-degree domestic assault and giving a peace officer a false name.
Robert Joseph Jones, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 2, for felony fourthdegree assault of a peace officer causing demonstrable bodily harm or throws/transfers bodily fluids or feces. His next court date will be Aug. 2.
At 9:37 p.m. Oct. 17, deputies of the Beltrami and Cass County Sheriff ’s departments and the Leech Lake Tribal Police responded to a call regarding shots fired at a residence on the 4800 block of Kappes Lane Southeast in Cass Lake. At the scene officers encountered Jones. The officers observed the odor on alcohol and asked Jones to take a preliminary breath test, which he refused. He was taken into custody and placed in the squad car. Jones immediately began kicking the door and hammering the window with his fists. The officer opened the door and ordered Jones to stop hitting the window, to which Jones spat directly at the officers face.
Kerry Lynn Twa, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 29 for gross misdemeanor thirddegree DWI.
She was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days were stayed for three years. She must serve 28 days on work release or Sentenced To Serve; credit was given for two days served; placed on probation to the courts; pay a fine of $833; granted STS, if eligible and must comply with all standard conditions of probation issued by the judge.
On March 10, a Bemidji Police Officer arrested Twa for DWI. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath alcohol concentration of .16.
Jason Michael Lory, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 6 for gross misdemeanor seconddegree DWI.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 275 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 86 days on work release; granted credit for four days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; granted Sentenced To Serve; pay fine of $1,083 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.
On March 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff ’s deputy arrested Lory for DWI. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .189 in the field and .20 at the jail. He has two prior DWI convictions.
In Cass County District Court:
Anthony David Bushey, 21, of Walker, was charged with gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI and one count of misdemeanor of fleeing a peace officer.
On June 30 a Leech Lake Tribal Police officer was trying to locate a vehicle that had been involved in a hitand-run accident in Cass Lake. The accident pinned a man against another vehicle. The officer saw the vehicle and made a traffic stop. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and ordered Bushey to exit his vehicle. The officer had put a handcuff on one of Bushey’s wrists when he took off running. The officer was pulled to the ground and injured after trying to restrain the suspect. Bushey was later found and arrested by another Leech Lake Tribal officer and a Cass County deputy. He registered .12 blood alcohol level at the Cass County Jail.