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Beltrami County Court Reports Feb. 13

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Danielson Cornelius Lussier, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Sept. 15, 2008, and was sentenced on Jan. 24 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and gross misdemeanor third-degree driving while impaired.

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For the first charge, Lussier was sentenced to 143 days in jail with credit for 53 served and fined $1,000. He must serve four years of probation.

For the second charge, Lussier was sentenced to 365 days in jail with 222 days stayed for four years and fined $50.

At 4:30 a.m. Aug. 13, 2008, Bemidji Police Department officers responded to the area of 14th Street and Minnesota Avenue in reference to an assault. They were approached by a man who said he was assaulted by individuals who took off in a dark-colored vehicle. Officers found the vehicle. Lussier, the driver of the vehicle, and a juvenile passenger, fled the scene. Officers caught up to them. Deputies noticed Lussier had bloodshot/watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. Lussier submitted to a breath test, which revealed a blood-alcohol level of .20. Lussier was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Law Enforcement Center. He was placed in an Intoxilyzer room.

Aaron Lee May, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor escaping from custody, gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor domestic abuse violating a no contact order within 10 years of previous conviction. His next court date is Feb. 21.

On the first case, at 10:30 p.m. July 27, 2009, May was reported to have violated a domestic abuse no-contact order. Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deputies pulled over May's vehicle during a routine traffic stop. As the deputy exited the squad car, May sped away in his vehicle. The officer followed in pursuit. May was met by two Red Lake Police officers as he crossed into the Red Lake Reservation line. May stopped, surrendered and was arrested.

On the second case, on Oct. 4, 2009, May came into custody at Beltrami County Jail due to warrants. May remained in custody in Beltrami County Jail until the judge authorized a furlough effective 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 2009, until 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 2009. May did not return to jail.

On the third case, at 1:40 a.m. June 29, 2009, deputies received a call of a possible verbal domestic dispute on the 500 block of Brightstar Lane in Eckles Township. Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies arrived on scene and found a vehicle later determined to be May's. Officers found May near the vehicle and approached him. May admitted he had been drinking. Officers smelled alcohol on May's breath. He had slurred speech and bloodshot/watery eyes. A breath test indicated a blood-alcohol level of .10.

On the fourth case, on July 27, 2009, Bemidji Police responded to the 2500 block of Park Avenue Northwest. A woman said May refused to leave her residence. May is not have contact with the woman.

Robert Alan Thunder, 29, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. His next court date is March 7.

At 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Thunder was found in possession of one or more mixtures containing methamphetamine. A Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deputy pulled Thunder's vehicle over during a routine traffic stop. The deputy seized several small baggies containing suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle. Several items used to ingest meth or crack cocaine were also seized from the vehicle.

Kevin Robertson, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 24 to felony violating a no contact order and gross misdemeanor domestic assault. His next court date is April 5.

On the first case, according to the criminal complaint, on Nov. 16, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence on the 6400 block of Nature Road Northwest and arrested Robertson for violating of a no-contact order.

On the second case, according to the criminal complaint, at 3:05 a.m. Oct. 20, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 6500 block of Nature Road Northwest in response to a domestic assault. Robertson allegedly struck a woman and struggled with a man.

He previously had been convicted of fifth-degree assault in Beltrami County in February 2006 and misdemeanor domestic assault in August 2007.

Donald Edward Goudy, 41, of Solway, pleaded innocent Jan. 24 to felony first-degree damage to property. His next court date is April 5.

According to the criminal complaint, Goudy offered a man a computer and a GPS unit in return for damage for to a flat-screen television and vandalism to a car. The man called the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The damage to the television was determined to exceed $600 in value and the vehicle damage exceeded $1,000, according to the complaint.

Dale Christopher Kromrey, 37, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to gross misdemeanor domestic abuse, violation of a no-contact order. His sentencing is scheduled for March 28.

On May 28, he was arraigned on a gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge with a no-contact order issued by the judge in relation to the female victim. He contacted her that same afternoon. He has prior convictions for domestic assault in 2002 in Anoka County and fifth-degree assault in 2006 in Dakota County.

Christopher Damon Franks, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 25 to serious felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. His next hearing is scheduled for April 5.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16, 2010, a woman reported to the Family Advocacy Center that she had been raped by Franks when she went to his apartment to buy marijuana. Samples of semen were taken and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation reported that the DNA matched Franks. He has prior convictions for domestic assault, providing false information to law enforcement and forgery.

Timothy John Schummer, 52, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Dec. 14 and was sentenced Jan. 24 for felony terroristic threats. Charges of fourth-degree assault motivated by bias and disorderly conduct were dismissed.

He received a stay of imposition of sentence on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for four days served; pay or work off fine and costs of $658; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit DNA sample; and have no contact with victims. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 6:35 p.m. July 31, he was drunk and walking in a Beltrami County park with two Rottweilers. He made verbal threats to black children and said he would kill their mothers. A Beltrami County deputy went to Schummer's home and made the arrest.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Leonard Eugene Butcher Jr., 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 31 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 359 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve six days in jail with credit for three days served; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $460; complete controlled dependency assessment and follow recommendation; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; and write a letter or apology.

At 4 a.m. Dec. 11, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report that Butcher was damaging property. He struggled and resisted while he was being arrested and the officer had to use the Taser three times before Butcher was subdued.

Lars Kristen Magnuson, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 31 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on work release with credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing.

At 10:40 p.m. Dec. 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a rollover accident. Magnuson had left the vehicle and returned to his home nearby. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol on Magnuson, who failed field sobriety tests. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest. He had one prior DWI conviction in December 2006 in Beltrami County.

Courtney Edward Fisherman, 30, of Redby, pleaded guilty Dec. 28 and was sentenced Jan. 31 for felony motor vehicle theft and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. A charge of fourth-degree burglary was dismissed.

He was sentenced to 20 months in prison with credit for 198 days served. He must pay fine and costs of $772 and submit a DNA sample.

On the fleeing conviction, he must serve 90 days in jail and pay a $50 fine.

At 1:14 a.m. July 18, he stole a 1994 Chevrolet Suburban from a Bemidji residence. He drove the car into a ditch and fled on foot. He hid in a shed but was arrested and taken to the Beltrami County Jail. He has prior convictions for two motor vehicle thefts in 1998 and 2000, obstruction of the legal process with force in 1998, first-degree burglary in 2001 and giving law enforcement false information in 2000.

Scott Lesley Miettinen, 19, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 31 for two counts of felony attempted aggravated robbery. His sentencing is scheduled for March 7.

At 2:29 a.m. Dec. 4, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call from a Bemidji convenience store that a man armed with a tire iron and masked with a bandanna had demanded money but fled when the clerk called 911 and picked up a baseball bat. About 15 minutes later, a call came from another Bemidji convenience store of another robbery attempt by a man armed with a tire iron and fitting the description provided by the first store clerk. Video surveillance at the second store showed Meittinen, who again fled. He was arrested Dec. 6 in Hubbard County.

Donna Jeanne Pettiford, 32, pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to felony theft of an item valued at more than $5,000. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

At 3:45 p.m. Oct. 10, she and a man were shopping at a Bemidji jewelry store. Pettiford was trying on rings and stole one valued at $7,399.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Ulysses Joshua Elk-Nation, 23, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Jan. 10 and was sentenced Feb. 8 for felony domestic abuse, violation of a protection order within 10 years of previous convictions.

He must serve 102 days in jail with credit for 60 days served; five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $658; complete diagnostic assessment and follow recommendations; undergo anger management training; submit a DNA sample; and have no contact with the victim.

Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

On June 12, the Bemidji County Sheriff's Office responded to a report that Elk-Nation had returned to the home of a woman who had a protection order out against him. He had been convicted three times for fifth-degree assault of the same woman in the last three years.

Jamie Lee Totland, 29, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor violation of a no-contact order and misdemeanor domestic assault. His sentencing on all three convictions is scheduled for April 4.

At 12:30 a.m. May 18, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a domestic fight involving Totland. Witnesses said Totland had fled the home when the sheriff's office was called. They reported he had threatened to knock a woman out and nail the doors and windows shut before setting fire to the house in order to burn the family alive.

At 3:38 p.m. Sept. 18, he returned to the home against a no-contact order as well as a warrant for the terroristic threats charge. He beat the same victim, causing her to fall and suffer injury. She was taken by Leech Lake Ambulance to North Country regional Hospital.

Totland has prior convictions for giving a peace officer a false name and birth date in 2000 in Beltrami County, third-degree sale of methamphetamine in 2002 in Becker County and fifth-degree possession of meth in 2007 in Beltrami County.

Jesse Lennon Gooch, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to felony first-degree manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of meth precursors with intent to manufacture. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

On March 14, three Bemidji Police officers responded to a burglary or trespassing call. Officers conducted a search of the residence and in the basement found a clandestine methamphetamine lab containing two coffee carafes, one containing a solution that tested positive for meth. Officers also seized supplies used in the manufacture of meth, including brake fluid, cotton balls and camping fuel. Gooch has a prior felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance conviction and three prior convictions for felony theft and felony forgery and was on conditional release on a charge of second-degree sale of meth.

Jesse Wayne Johnson, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to felony motor vehicle theft and second-degree DWI. His sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

At 8:26 p.m. March 25, a woman reported that Johnson had stolen her car. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy pursued the vehicle and stopped Johnson, who was driving erratically. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Johnson. He registered .12 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, Johnson was on probation for gross misdemeanor DWI on a 2009 conviction in Beltrami County, his driving privileges were revoked and he had prior DWI convictions in 2006 and 2009 in Beltrami County.

Desiree McBeth Trott, 30, of Grand Rapids, Minn., pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to felony domestic assault. Her sentencing is scheduled for March 14.

Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to North Country Regional Hospital on a report of a woman who suffered domestic assault by Trott. The victim had been punched and had a split lip, which required stitches and was expected to be permanently scarred.

Trott had prior convictions for dishonored checks and fifth-degree assault in Itasca County and felony theft and false reporting in Beltrami County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Justin David Wellcome, 29, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Feb. 7 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI, refusal to submit to chemical testing.

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; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $860; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; not drive without insurance; have no driver's license violations; and undergo random testing.

At 2:15 a.m. Dec. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol found a pickup stuck in a ditch with the engine running and Wellcome asleep or unconscious in the driver's seat. The deputy detected bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol on Wellcome, who registered .233 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. At the time of his arrest, Wellcome's driving privileges were valid and he had no prior alcohol-related convictions.

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