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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Casandra Angelique Mayville, 38, of Hines, felony charge of kidnapping was dismissed June 8.

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On Jan. 9, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported assault and kidnapping involving a man. The man entered the residence where he met James Black, John Erickson and Mayville. Erickson held the male victim, while Black struck him in the forehead with a baseball bat. Erickson, Black and Mayville were originally charged with forcing the man into a car against his will for transport to Black's residence. The victim was eventually able to escape from the residence.

Kyle Lee Gustafson, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 8 to felony terrorist threats and misdemeanor animal cruelty. His next court date will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint at 11:45 a.m. April 10, three Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of an assault on a dog and threats towards a female resident at home on the 1000 block of Birchmont Drive N.E. Dispatch indicated that a man had stabbed a dog with a knife and also threatened a woman with it. The woman reported she and Gustafson were at the residence. Gustafson got mad at his dog for urinating in the house and stabbed the dog. She reported that he threatened to stab her if she called the police. The officers arrived at the residence and found a dog running around the backyard with large amounts of duct tape on its hindquarters. The officers found blood in the bathroom and duct tape on the sink. A knife, with blood on it, was located in the basement bedroom. Gustafson's hands were also full of blood. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. In a statement, Gustafson said that his dog "Isis" was not eating and he tried to get her to come by snapping his fingers. When he did the dog snapped at his fingers. The dog then began to urinate on the floor. He grabbed her collar and began to bring her outside. He stated they use a knife to open the backdoor, as there is no knob. He grabbed a steak knife off the refrigerator and went to open the door. Gustafson reported the dog snapped at his hand and he threw the knife down at the floor. He said he did not intend to stab the dog and that he didn't recall threatening the female.

Kyle Wayne Martin, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 8 to felony domestic assault, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, misdemeanor false fire alarms/tampering with a fire alarm and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. His next court date will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint, on the evening of April 17 and during the early morning hours of April 18, Martin was drunk at a residence on 2900 block of Ridgeway Avenue. He assaulted a female by pushing her to the ground. The female called the police. Martin, however, fled the scene before officers arrived. The officers were unable to located Martin. After the officer left, Martin returned to the residence. He pulled a fire alarm at the facility and fully discharged a fire extinguisher into the first floor hallway, although there was no fire in the facility. Officers responded and again Martin fled the scene. Officers were unable to find him and they set up surveillance near the residence. They observed Martin carrying a bottle of liquor towards the residence. He threw the bottle of liquor at the glass entry door of the residence and then began to punch the glass entry door. The police officer ordered him to get down, but Martin turned and ran. A foot pursuit continued for some time before Martin turned and confronted the officer. He began swinging his closed fists towards the officer's face and chest. A Taser was used to subdue Martin. He was arrested and transported to the jail. He is prohibited from consuming alcohol as a condition of probation for prior convictions of gross misdemeanor assault of a peace officer, fifth-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault.

Troy Lawrence Friend, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 8 to felony third-degree assault, felony simple robbery, gross misdemeanor interfering with a 911 call and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle. His next court date will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 10, Friend encountered his ex-girlfriend and another woman at a local bar. He pushed his ex-girlfriend around and took her car keys forcibly from her. The two women returned to their apartment and found that Friend had already entered the apartment without permission. He violently pushed the woman to the floor on two separate occasions. The second time, the woman suffered a broken left leg. The other woman attempted to call 911 on her cell phone. Friend grabbed the cell phone from her by force and placed it in his pocket. He also took her wallet which contained cash and credit cards and then fled the scene. Officers responded to the scene and observed Friend hiding behind a dumpster. When confronted he took off running. Friend stopped when officers warned him that they would use their Tasers. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The woman's cell phone was found in his pocket. Friend has a prior felony conviction for third-degree burglary and a warrant for his arrest had been issued for failing to appear on felony charges of burglary and theft.

Eve Marie Kreller, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 8 for felony first-degree sale of 10 or more grams of methamphetamine within a 90 day period. She was sentenced to 86 months in prison, which was stayed for 30 years and 30 years of supervised probation.

She must serve 165 days in jail with work release and given credit for 15 days served, pay a fine of $1,580, granted Sentence To Service, not use or be in the presence of anyone using controlled substances, submit to random testing and searches, complete an alcohol assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation, complete aftercare, remain law-abiding, supply a DNA sample and follow all instructions of probation.

On June 16-18, 2008, Kreller knowingly transported another woman for the purpose of conducting a sale of meth.

Dakota Wayne Bluebird, 31, of Minnesota Correctional Facility, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 8 for felony theft of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in prison and with credit for 431 days served. He must pay a fine of $130.

On Nov. 8, 2006, the Auto Theft Investigator in Bemidji was informed of an attempted theft of a motor vehicle on the 500 block of Eighth Street N.W. During the evening hours of Nov. 7, 2006, someone had attempted to steal a vehicle from this location. The steering column appeared to be chipped out and there was blood on the inside of the vehicle. The owner indicated that she did not give permission to anyone. The rear window of the vehicle had been broken out and the dome light had been pried away. A fingerprint was lifted from the vehicle and samples of the blood found on the steering column were taken. The blood was analyzed and found to belong to Bluebird who was currently incarcerated in a Minnesota Correctional Facility. On Jan. 6, 2009, detectives met with Bluebird to obtain a buckle swab sample. Bluebird stated that he did not know what incident the officers were referring to. He did not deny his involvement, but was only concerned with how any future charges would affect his stay in prison. The vehicle owner pressed charges March 19.

James Dean Armstrong, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 18 and was sentenced June 8 for felony theft of a motor vehicle. He was granted a stay of imposition. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 18 days in jail with credit for 42 days served and Sentence to Service, restitution reserve, not have any contact with victims, complete an alcohol assessment and follow recommendations of evaluation, complete aftercare, submit to random searches, complete cognitive skills training, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, supply a DNA sample, not ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammunition, follow all instructions of probation, pay a fine of $1,080.

At 1:34 a.m. June 6, 2008, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the Nymore area in response to a vehicle that had knocked down the gate at the Minnesota Department of Transportation complex. The vehicle in question had been reported stolen earlier. A woman and man identified Armstrong as a passenger in the stolen vehicle.

On a separate incident he pleaded innocent June 8, to felony second-degree burglary. His next court date will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint, at 12:48 a.m. May 8, a Bemidji Police officer was on routine patrol near the old Bemidji MnDOT building demolition site. The officer observed Armstrong and two other men acting suspiciously. The officer watched them discard several items in the grass along the fence of the demolition site and then walk away. One of the men said he and the other men had gone to the house on Shevlin Avenue and taken some items and a laptop.

Warren Lynn Castonguay, 50, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 8 to felony fifth-degree drug possession. His next court appearance will be July 28.

According to the criminal complaint, at 8:45 p.m. May 6, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle cross the centerline twice. The car traveled in the westbound lane of Grange Road for a short distance before correcting. The deputy initiated a traffic stop, and the driver and passenger were identified. The passenger was identified as Castonguay. The deputy observed the odor of marijuana coming from Castonguay. He admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the evening, but not inside the vehicle. He was patted down and the deputy found a glass marijuana pipe and micro-baggies in his front left pocket. One micro-baggie contained marijuana and the other contained a white substance that later tested positive for cocaine. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Devin James Clark, 25, of Trail, Minn., pleaded innocent June 8 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. His next court date will be June 30.

According to the criminal complaint at 8:53 p.m. July 22, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were told a theft had occurred at Lakeland Motor Sports. A hose and three four-wheelers were missing. The four-wheelers' value was estimated at $17,000. On July 22, three stolen four-wheelers were located in Redby. A man reported seeing Clark riding on of the four-wheelers. He identified Clark from a photo line-up. He reported seeing the four-wheelers in a gravel pit in the McBride area. On July 30, the investigator was told that a man was in the Red Lake Jail for possession of a stolen four-wheeler. The man said he had observed Clark drive the stolen four-wheeler from the store. He also identified another suspect. Another witness saw Clark filling up the gas tank of the four-wheeler.

Russell David Luther, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent June 8, for felony first-degree damage of property more than $1,000. His next court date will be July 28.

On July 24, a Bemidji Police officer arrived at the Bemidji Regional Airport to investigate a report of property damage. A fence located at the northwest corner of the airport had been destroyed and taken down without consent. The fence posts were shattered and broken and the metal bars were bent and destroyed. The fence was newly constructed and during the construction a man approached the employee and identified himself as "Russ." Russ informed the employee that he, "Might as well not waste his time putting up the fence because he was going to tear it down." The man was later identified as Luther. The officer was not able to locate Luther. Luther contacted the officer by telephone and said that he had informed the airport employee he "was going to rip the fence down." He said he had been using this public property for years as a dirt race track, and that it appeared the airport had no need for using the property. He further said he did not believe that the airport should be able to fence that portion of the airport property off to prevent him and his friends from using it. He told the officers that he directed his friends to pull the fence down. Damages were estimated at more than $3,000.

Sandra Renee Thompson, 44, of Bagley, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 and was sentenced June 8, for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. She was granted a stay of adjudication. Successful completion of probation will result in a dismissal of charges, and she was sentenced to five years supervised probation.

She must serve 30 days in jail, pay a fine of $500, complete an alcohol assessment and follow all recommendations of evaluation, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not have any same or similar offenses and remain law-abiding.

On Sept. 18, 2007, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene of a stranded motorist at the intersection of Birchmont Beach Road Northeast and Beltrami County Road 19. The deputy assisted the two woman in the vehicle, one of whom was identified as Thompson. The deputy was advised that Thompson had an outstanding warrant. She was arrested and in a search incident to the arrest, deputies seized drug paraphernalia and Oxycontin pills, a schedule II controlled substance, from the interior of the car, where both Thompson and the other woman had access.

Mackenzie Leigh Gilseth, 18, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty June 8, to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs. Her next court date will be July 20.

At 3 p.m. April 7, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a shoplifting complaint at a local store. Two women had been apprehended by the store loss prevention agents. One of the women was identified as Gilseth. A small cellophane bag full of green and blue tablets was observed. Gilseth stated "those are mine" She did not say where she obtained the tablets. The pills were identified as Clonazepam a controlled substance and Ambien, a controlled substance. Gilseth told the officer that she did not steal anything, but she was in possession of the controlled substances. She doesn't have a prescription for either of the drugs. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Carl Lewayne White, 27, of Redby, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 8, for felony fifth-degree drug possession. He was granted a stay of adjudication. Successful completion of probation will result in the charge being dismissed. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve three days in jail with credit for 57 days served, complete an alcohol assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation and aftercare, submit to random searches, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter any bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, not ship, transport, possess or receive firearms or ammo, follow all instructions of probation and pay a fine of $1,000.

On Jan. 16, Bemidji Police officers were dispatched to the area near a gas station to investigate a man attempting to enter an occupied Minnesota Department of Transportation snow plow truck. Upon arrival, officers saw a man lying on the ground next to the passenger side of the vehicle. He was identified as White and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. White was subjected to an inventory search in which staff seized five Darvocet pills, a schedule IV controlled substance. He does not have a prescription for Darvocet.

Nicolai Thomas Tourville, 20, of Elk River, Minn., pleaded guilty April 27 and was sentenced June 8, for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was granted a stay of adjudication. Successful completion of probation will result in a dismissal of the charge. He was sentenced to two days in jail and five years of supervised probation.

He served two days in jail, must not use controlled substances, submit to random testing and follow all instructions of probation and pay a fine of $500.

At 7:30 p.m. April 3, 2008, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to Maple Hall at Bemidji State University. Campus security reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the dorm room. Officers knocked on the door where Tourville was visiting. Tourville opened a duffel bag that was lying on the floor and handed officers a plastic bag containing a large amount of marijuana.

Robb Allen Lindell, 22, of Solway, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 8 for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed for four years and four years of supervised probation.

He must serve 45 days in jail with work release, not use or be in the presence of anyone using alcohol or controlled substances, supply a DNA sample, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, not have any same or similar offenses, follow all instructions of probation and pay a fine of $1,083.

At 8:50 p.m. July 30, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw man sitting on a dirt bike. The dirt bike left the area at a high rate of speed traveling west on Jackpine Road. The deputy activated the lights and sirens and pursued the dirt bike at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour.

Dawn Olive Labelle, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty May 5 and was sentenced June 8 for felony third-degree sale of a narcotic. She was granted a stay of imposition. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction. She was sentenced to 45 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation.

She must serve 45 days in jail with Sentence To Service, submit to random testing, follow all instructions of probation, supply a DNA sample, obtain a GED within six months, complete individual counseling, take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency, not use or be in the presence of anyone using alcohol or controlled substances, pay a fine of $1,080.

On Nov. 30, 2007, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force met with a confidential reliable informant (CRI) who made arrangements to purchase a small amount of crack cocaine from Labelle. The CRI was provided with $200 from the federal buy fund, and purchased the .2 grams of crack cocaine.

Brian Keith Brown, 39, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty June 1 and was sentenced June 8, for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 360 days are stayed for one year and placed on probation to the courts for one year.

He must serve 59 days in jail, not have any same or similar offenses, not drive without insurance, not have any driver's license violations, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $383.

At 12:10 p.m. May 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy identified Brown, a person without a valid license, driving near Roosevelt Road and Newstrand Road Southeast. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Brown. Brown admitted that he knew he had a warrant for his arrest for probation violations and his driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

Morgan Paige Suan, 38, of Coon Rapids, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 8 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI and petty misdemeanor traffic-speeding. She was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for four years and placed on probation to the courts for four years.

She must serve 30 days in jail, complete an alcohol assessment within 30 days of being released, follow recommendations of evaluation, not use alcohol or controlled substances, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, complete aftercare and pay a fine of $881.

At 9:42 p.m. March 7, a Bemidji Police officer observed a vehicle speeding. The officer's radar indicated the vehicle was traveling at 53 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Suan. She admitted that her driver's license had been revoked due to a prior DWI. When asked if she had been drinking, she responded "A little bit." Suan began to plead with the officer, saying "Please let me go, I'll walk home." She admitted to drinking seven or eight beers approximately 45 minutes prior to the stop. She also stated she was driving over the speed limit because she was arguing with a passenger in the vehicle. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .19. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where she registered a .20. When she saw the results of the test she stated "I'm drunk." Her license was revoked at the time of the arrest and she has one prior DWI conviction.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Nakoa Neeland, 30, of Waubun, Minn., pleaded guilty April 13 and was convicted May 28, for felony fifth-degree sale of drugs. The charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession was dismissed. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison which was stayed for five years and five years of supervised probation.

He must serve 67 days in jail, follow all instructions of probation, complete an alcohol assessment, complete a diagnostic assessment and follow all recommendations, submit to random testing and searches, not use alcohol, not enter bars of liquor stores, complete cognitive skills testing at the direction of the Department of Corrections, supply a DNA sample, remain law-abiding, follow recommendations of evaluation, pay a fine $1,083 fine and granted Sentence To Service to pay off the fine.

At 1:15 a.m. Feb. 28, a Bemidji Police officer observed a vehicle traveling south on Second Street with an un-illuminated front headlight. The officer initiated a traffic stop and observed a passenger seated behind the driver making furtive movements and pushing something into the crevice of the backseat. The passenger was identified as Neeland. The bag contained a large amount of marijuana. Another large bag of marijuana was also located. Neeland has prior felony convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property and criminal menacing and he needed to be extradited from Minnesota for failure to appear in court in North Dakota.

Patrick Allen Brun, 38, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty June 9 to felony domestic assault. His next court date will be July 6.

At 7 a.m. Nov. 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a residence in Elpine Village Trailer Court for a report of a domestic assault. The female victim said Brun had head-butted her twice in the face. Sheriff's deputies observed remnants of blood on her shirt as well as a ring of blood around her mouth and nose. Brun has prior convictions for domestic assault. He was unable to be located at the time of the incident.

Heather Elaine Sys, 19, of Bagley, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 to an amended charge of petty misdemeanor obstruction of legal process-lawful execution legal process. The original charge was felony aiding and offender to avoid arrest.

She must pay a fine of $333 and was granted community service.

On Dec. 1, a Bemidji Police detective was attempting to locate a predatory offender. Beltrami County Law Enforcement received a call that the male predatory offender was sitting in a parked car in a parking lot. Sys was arrested for aiding an offender.

Johnathon Benjamin Salazar, 21, of Laporte, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2, for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI-refusal to submit to testing. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for three years and three years of supervised probation to be served consecutively with a separate case.

He must serve 24 days in jail, with credit for six days served, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, complete alcohol assessment within 60 days, follow recommendations of assessment, pay a fine of $1,208 and granted community service.

At 11:10 p.m. March 9, a Bemidji Police officer observed a car doing donuts in a parking lot. When the officer turned into the parking lot the vehicle straightened out and began heading towards the exit. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Salazar. Salazar admitted that he was driving ridiculously. He admitted to having had a couple of drinks. The officer observed Salazar smelled of alcohol, had watery and bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. He completed one field sobriety test and was given the chance to complete the one-legged stand, but he wasn't able to and stated he was done. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The officer provided Salazar with several opportunities to contact a lawyer, but was unable to make contact. He then stated "Let's go to prison then." He proceeded with the Intoxilyzer test and provided five different attempts at a sample before the machine accepted one. On the second breath sample, he was asked to blow into the machine and he stated that he had asthma and could not do it. He stated that he was done, and the officer informed him that he had not completed the test. He said he didn't care. He refused and said he had four years hanging over his head and that he was going to prison so a gross misdemeanor refusal was nothing. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Dustin Spudean Cook, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 2 and was sentenced June 2, for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He was granted a stay of adjudication. Successful completion of probation will result in a dismissal of the charge. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

He must serve eight days in jail, given credit for two days served, granted work release, remain law-abiding, obtain a driver's licensed and pay a fine of $500.

At 2:21 p.m. Feb. 2, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle with expired registration stickers. The driver was identified as Cook, whose driving privileges are cancelled as inimical to public safety. He has three prior convictions for driving after cancellation.

Brandon Joseph Rossbach, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for two years and placed on probation to the courts for two years.

He must serve 29 days in jail with credit for one day served, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $833.

Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of harassing behavior at a residence on the 800 block of 26th Street Northwest. Three individuals came to the door of an apartment and spoke to the occupants in an aggressive way. The individuals got into a vehicle and left the residence. Rossbach was an occupant of the vehicle and gave a false name to the peace officer. While the officer was checking on their licenses, the three passengers bolted from the vehicle. A foot chase ensued and Rossbach was apprehended, and another officer identified him as Rossbach. Rossbach was belligerent and stated he had never given a false name. Rossbach was placed in the squad car and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and had a hard time understanding Rossbach. He was uncooperative at the jail and used derogatory and offensive language towards a female corrections officer.

Frank Wayne White, 59, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. The case is continued for dismissal, pending successful completion of probation. He was placed on probation to the courts for six months.

He must not have any traffic-related charges, obtain a driver's license and pay a fine of $300.

At 5:52 p.m. Feb. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that had been speeding. The driver was identified as White, who admitted that he did not have a license. His driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety in 2001 and have never been reinstated.

Todd Elmer Leroy Kise, 24, of Laporte, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail of which 90 days are stayed for one year and placed on probation to the courts for one year.

He must write a letter of apology, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $333.

At 12:45 p.m. Jan. 31, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Beltrami County Human Services went to the apartment of Lillie Kise to arrest her in relation to the death of Christopher Anderson. Lillie Kise pleaded to felony second-degree manslaughter. Todd Kise attempted to intervene in the officers' efforts to secure his sister.

Roger Joseph Wakonabo, 21, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty June 2, to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, an amended charge of misdemeanor domestic assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property. He was originally charged with felony fourth-degree assault, gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree damage to property. His next court date will be Aug. 17.

At 12:15 am. April 4, a Bemidji Police officer received a radio request from another officer. The officer was conducting a traffic stop when he was approached by a man with bloody hands. The man was yelling obscenities at the officer and continued to walk towards the officer. He was later identified as Wakonabo. The officer drew his Taser and ordered Wakonabo to the ground. When asked what happened, Wakonabo started yelling at the officer and stood up. He was asked to go to the curb and sit down, which he did. The car was allowed to leave the scene. Three other officers arrived on the scene Wakonabo again stood up flexing his chest and yelling at the officers. He was apprehended and placed in handcuffs. While being handcuffed he spit in the officers face. When ordered to the ground, he spit on another officer. He was arrested for fourth-degree assault on a peace officer. He continued to be belligerent and uncooperative, threatening to cut their heads off and calling them derogatory names. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The officers followed the blood trail from 30th Street to an apartment nearby and made contact with the people in the apartment. A man answered the door and told the officers that Wakonabo had broken the window out and assaulted him. The man said that he, Wakonabo and a woman were drinking at the residence when Wakonabo began to get out of control and was removed from the residence. As he was being removed he punched the man several times causing a lump on the right side of his forehead. Wakanobo left the apartment and returned about five minutes later and broke out the front window of the apartment with his fist.

Michelle Lee Pierson, 27, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for felony theft by swindle. She was granted a stay of adjudication and five years of supervised probation.

She must not have any same or similar offenses, remain law-abiding, pay restitution of $1,800 and follow all instructions of probation.

On Jan. 27, 2006, Officers were dispatched to a local bank. An individual had presented a fraudulent check to the bank officers. The individual was identified as Pierson. She had attempted to cash a check from a business located in Nevada, the owner of the business said similar checks had been forged and cashed in a number of states. Pierson was taken to the Law Enforcement Center where she admitted to cashing two $900 checks written against the Nevada account on the previous day. She said she had received the checks from a company named "Euro Venture Capital" which she found on the internet. She had communicated with them and they had mailed the checks to her from Riga, Latvia. Pierson cashed the checks knowing that she was not entitled to any of the proceeds therefore and had spent the money at the casino, on clothing, cigarettes and gasoline.

Raymond Gene Erickson, 52, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced June 2 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 335 days are stayed for three years and placed on probation to the courts for three years.

He must serve 26 days in jail with credit for four days served, complete an alcohol assessment within 60 days, follow recommendations of evaluation, not use alcohol, not enter bars or liquor stores, submit to random testing, remain law-abiding, pay a fine of $958 with community service granted.

At 6 a.m. Feb. 6, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a vehicle stuck in a snow bank near 26th Street and Delton Avenue. The officer identified the driver as Erickson. Erickson said he wound up stuck in the snow bank after swerving to miss a cat in the roadway. The officer detected the odor of alcohol and observed Erickson to have bloodshot watery and glassy eyes. He said he had not consumed any alcohol. He declined to participate in field sobriety tests because he was legally disabled and had trouble with his legs. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .179 in the field. He was arrested and transported tot he Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a .16. He has one prior DWI conviction and revocation.

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