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Beltrami County District Court April 12-16

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Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Raquel Lynnette Infante, 63, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. The charge of gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation of a vehicle while under the influence was dismissed at sentencing.

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She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for four years. She must serve seven days in jail; granted credit for three days serviced; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $858; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 45 days and follow recommendations and aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 9:50 p.m. Oct. 24, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a one vehicle accident on Irvine Avenue near the intersection with Sink Hole Road. The caller said she had seen a vehicle run off the road and strike a tree. Upon arrival, deputies found two women standing next to the rear passenger door. One of the women was crying and stated that she had pain from the accident. Deputies then spoke with the driver, identified as Infante, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes, and had extremely slurred speech and was incoherent. She failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .25. She was arrested and transported to the hospital for a blood test. She has one prior DWI conviction.

Travis Lee Oxtra, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor theft.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days on Sentenced To Serve; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $1,883, including $800 for restitution; not have any contact with victims; remain law-abiding and must report to make arrangements for STS April 19.

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 investigation focused on Oxtra. Members of the wedding party had caught Oxtra attempting to steal a bottle of liquor during the wedding reception. The deputies spoke with Oxtra after he was arrested for unrelated burglary and theft.

In a statement, Oxtra confessed to entering the home of the man early on Aug. 17 for the purposes 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.

Brandon Charles Brown, 27, pleaded guilty March 29 and was sentenced April 12 for an amended charge of felony fifth-degree assault two or more previous convictions in three years. The felony charge of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon was dismissed at sentencing. The original charge was for felony assault-second degree with a dangerous weapon and felony first-degree aggravated robbery.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison, with a credit of 102 days served; restitution reserved and ordered to pay a fine of $96.39, including $13.39 for restitution.

At 6 a.m. Jan. 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to the parking lot of a local convenience store regarding an assault and attempted robbery. Upon arrival, a deputy met with the man who called in the complaint. He advised that at 6 a.m. he arrived at the gas station to obtain money from the ATM machine. While at the ATM machine in the store, he saw a large man wearing a tan jacket with a hood and a woman wearing a longer coat near the freezer area pointing at items within. He said he retrieved his money and walked to the coffee area to get a cup of coffee and then to the counter to pay the attendant. While he was paying the attendant, the man in the tan jacket left the store. He left the store and the man wearing the tan jacket came up behind him and ordered him to give him his money or he would "get beat up with a bat." He turned around and saw the man who had been in the store. He also saw a bat sticking out from inside the arm of his coat. He said the man swung the bat towards him and he was able to block the blow and disarm the man. He threatened to throw hot coffee at the suspect to which the suspect responded by knocking the coffee out of his hand. The suspect then "head-butted" the victim in the face. The suspect threatened the man and told him to leave. When the victim refused, the suspect left the area, got into a vehicle and drove away. The victim never gave the man any money or valuables. The victim had facial injuries from the suspect. He had an enlarged upper and lower lip and the inside of his upper lip was cut approximately one inch long. The victim provided a description of the vehicle. Deputies reviewed surveillance and noticed that the vehicle was missing a hubcap and was an older model van. The search led officers to a home on the 4900 block of Kappes Lane, where deputies found shoe prints that matched those at the convenience store. The deputies knocked on the door and spoke with a woman. While speaking to her they noticed a tan jacket lying next to a second coat matching the description of the woman's clothing. The woman allowed deputies into the house, where they found the male suspect and identified him as Brown. Both were arrested and transported to the jail. The woman admitted that she and Brown had driven to the convenience store to purchase food and gas. She said she knew nothing of the attempted robbery and assault. Brown stated that he was not involved in any type of altercation outside of the store. He then changed his story and admitted to getting in a "fight" outside the store and confronting another man outside the store. He then said the woman was not involved in the incident and knew nothing.

He has two prior felony convictions for terroristic threats, two convictions for felony assault and a conviction for escape from custody.

Leanne Rose Auginaush, 24, of Mahnomen, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name. The misdemeanor charge of trespassing on the premises of another and refusing to depart was dismissed at sentencing.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $233; remain law-abiding and not enter any retail establishments in Bemidji.

On Dec. 20, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a local store in response to a female shoplifter who had been detained by store security. The woman was found to be switching tags on merchandise, attaching tags for lower priced items to valuable items. The woman failed to provide identification and identified herself with a false name and birthday. A photograph of the person was sent to the officer, which did not match the woman who had been shoplifting. She then gave her real name and birth date and said she gave a different name because she was prohibited from being present in the store. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail.

She has a prior conviction for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name.

Martin Ralph Melina Jr., 36, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty March 9 and was sentenced April 1 for an amended charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct - brawling or fighting. The original charge was for gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which was stayed for one year; placed on probation to the courts for one year; pay a fine of $133; remain law-abiding; not have any same or similar offenses; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and comply with CHIPS matters.

At 7:15 p.m. Sept. 13, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a domestic assault to the 700 block of 26th St. N.W. Melina was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

He has a prior conviction for fifth-degree domestic assault.

Chelsea Lurinda Cantu, 19, of unknown address, pleaded guilty April 15 to felony theft of a motor vehicle. Her next court date will be May 10.

At 1:20 p.m. Oct. 8, a Bemidji Police officer met with a woman about the theft of her vehicle. She had loaned the vehicle to Cantu for an hour, but the car had not been returned after two days. On Oct. 12, an investigator spoke with the woman who stated that her car had still not been returned and that she wanted to report it stolen. On Oct. 16, the investigator was contacted by security from a local casino. The stolen vehicle was in their parking lot and Cantu was located with the vehicle. Cantu was transported to the Beltrami County Jail and brought into the interview room. She acknowledged that she had borrowed the car on Oct. 9 and reported that she had paid the woman $100 to use the vehicle. Cantu said there was no time limit placed on her use of the vehicle. She said she had spoken with the owner of the car and that she was asked to return the car. On Oct. 16, the owner of the vehicle was re-interviewed. She said she allowed Cantu to borrow the car to go to the store and denied receiving any money. In a subsequent statement by Cantu, she said she drove around Bemidji for four-five hours before leaving Beltrami County.

Harry Dean Pelland, 51, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. The charge of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 30 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for four years; granted work release; pay a fine of $1,108; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days and complete aftercare and recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 9:32 p.m. Sept. 14, a Bemidji Police officer saw a southbound vehicle on Bemidji Avenue swerving within its lane of travel. At one point, the vehicle drifted so far over the line that it struck the curb south of the Mississippi River Bridge. The vehicle continued to drift over the fog line and the center line. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Pelland. When asked if he knew why he had been stopped, he said he had had a few beers. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a breath alcohol concentration of .248. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he provided a urine sample for further testing. In a statement, Pelland admitted that he had been drinking beer, at a local bar and then at a friend's house. He then said he was stopped because he was swerving.

His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety and he has five prior DWIs.

Joshua Allyn Beaulieu, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 275 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 86 days in jail with credit for four days served; granted work release; pay a fine of $1,108; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores, except to play pool or darts, but not consuming alcohol; submit to random testing; remain law-abiding; complete a chemical dependency evaluation within 30 days and file proof of admittance to outpatient treatment.

At 8:05 a.m. Jan. 1, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a local restaurant in response to a report of a vehicle that was parked in a snow bank with the male driver sleeping inside. Officers arrived on the scene to find the truck parked in the snow bank with its engine running. The officer tried to wake the driver up and was eventually successful. The driver, identified as Beaulieu, displayed the odor of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests. When asked for his license, he threw it on the top of the squad car and then climbed into the rear of the vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .23.

He has two prior DWI convictions.

Reginald John Wind Jr., 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve nine days in jail on weekends only; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $608; complete aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 1:20 a.m. Dec. 11, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle turning northbound onto Bemidji Drive. The vehicle "fish-tailed," turned sideways, taking up both northbound lanes. The driver over-corrected which caused the vehicle to fish-tail in the other direction. The vehicle ended up in the entrance to a local restaurant. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Wind, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot watery eyes and slurred speech. He admitted to consuming three to four beers prior to driving. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .145. He was arrested and transported to the Bemidji County Jail. Wind was asked to submit to a breath test, which he refused. He then agreed to give a urine sample, but when given the cup, he threw it into the toilet and proceeded to urinate on the floating bottle. Wind was then taken back to a room for a breath test, where he continued to refuse. He was informed that his behavior was deemed a refusal to submit to testing.

At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were revoked due to failure to provide insurance information.

Steven Jay Niswander, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 25 days in jail with credit for five days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; granted furlough for treatment, physical therapy and medical appointments; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing, remain law-abiding and pay a fine of $608.

At 1:28 a.m. Nov. 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle driving towards oncoming vehicles with the high beams activated. The driver eventually flashed to the normal setting and then back to the high beam setting. The vehicle passed the deputy with its high beams activated. The deputy followed the vehicle into a driveway, where he observed the driver exit the vehicle with a cooler and walk away from the squad car. The deputy got out of his vehicle and chased after the man, who then set the cooler down and fell over it. He identified the driver as Niswander, who smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot, watery eyes, difficulty standing and slurred speech. When asked how much he had to drink he said two, then three and then finally said four beers. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .196. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he was asked to participate in a second breath test, to which he stated "I'll pass." When asked again, he stated "No, I don't want to do any of them." When asked why he wouldn't participate he stated "It was totally crazy reasoning to do that." In a statement he said he had been drinking a couple of glasses of what he considered homemade wine or eggnog.

He has five prior DWI convictions.

Victor John Yerbich, 51, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancelation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 15 days on Sentenced To Serve; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $83; not drive without insurance; not have any driver's license violations and remain law-abiding.

At 12:36 p.m. July 1, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy arrested was informed that Yerbich was driving east on Balsam Road toward Irvine Avenue. The deputy stopped the vehicle and arrested Yerbich and transported him to Beltrami County Jail. His license was cancelled IPS in August 2007.

Shawn David Stevens, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 2 for gross misdemeanor second degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 320 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 42 days on work release with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for four years; granted work release, if the jail allows; pay a fine of $1,083 of which $500 was stayed for four years; granted Community Work Service or Sentenced To Serve; complete an alcohol assessment and show proof within 30 days of completing and follow recommendations and aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores, except for work purposes only during shift; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 3:10 a.m. Feb. 27, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a call regarding a drunk driver that was parked at the drive-through window of a local restaurant. The male driver had a can of beer between his legs. The man was slurring his words and having a hard time getting his money out of his wallet. Officers arrived on the scene and saw the vehicle head westbound on state Highway 197. The vehicle drifted over the fog line and almost hit the curb and was swerving back in forth within its lane. The officer initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Stevens. Stevens was asked to provide a driver's license and insurance, which he stated he had. He sat there until the officer asked him again and then he began to look around the car. The officer asked him where the open container of alcohol was and he said there wasn't an open container. When he lifted his jacket the beer can was in the center console. When asked what the can was in the console, he said nothing and covered it back up with his coat. When Stevens opened the glove compartment the officer saw two more beer cans. He immediately shut the glove box and smiled while stating "more beer." Stevens then provided the officer with two pieces of paper, stating it was his insurance. It was actually his résumé and not his insurance. Stevens displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and slow, clumsy movements. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to give a breath sample, stating "I don't want to." Stevens was arrested and transported to the hospital, where he continued to refuse to provide a urine or blood sample. His driving privileges were revoked and he has two prior DWIs.

Joseph Edgar Medina, 46, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 6 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days on Sentenced To Serve; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $583; not drive; not drive without insurance; not drink and drive and remain law-abiding

At 5:55 p.m. Jan. 20, a Bemidji Police officer stopped a vehicle on state Highway 197 and Irvine Avenue for an inoperable headlight. The driver was identified as Medina, whose license had been cancelled as inimical to public safety. He had six prior DWI convictions. He had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .046 and admitted to drinking three beers earlier in the day.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Justin Caine Reed, 31, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 12 to felony domestic assault and felony fifth-degree drugs - possession. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:10 a.m. March 11, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue Southeast. Upon arrival, they met with a woman and a man identified as Reed. One of the officers removed Reed from the residence and spoke with him outside. The other officer spoke to the woman who was visibly upset and crying. The officer observed bruising around the woman's face and neck. She said she was assaulted by Reed in a violent manner. She stated that she and Reed were involved earlier in the year and that he arrived at her home earlier that morning to confront her. She said Reed became upset with her and without provocation, attacked her and shoved her head into a sheetrock wall causing the sheetrock to break. He then proceeded to strike her in the face and head with a closed fist. He then grabbed her around the throat with his hands and squeezed causing bruising and impeded her breathing. The woman said she had been granted an order for protection against Reed earlier, because she was fearful for her safety and previous threats of violence. Reed was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Hubbard County. The officer seized a small amount of methamphetamine contained in a dollar bill rolled up tightly like a tube. Reed admitted that the rolled up dollar bill contained meth and that he had used meth earlier. Reed was also served with an order for protection from the court. He has prior convictions for domestic assault; violation of an order for protection; gross misdemeanor domestic assault; misdemeanor assault, he was arrested for domestic battery in Florida and he has an outstanding warrant for a traffic citation in St. Louis County.

Joseph Allen Jones Jr., 26, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent April 12 for felony domestic assault. His next court date will be June 1.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11:05 a.m. March 25, Leech Lake Police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Porcupine Lane in response to the report of an assault. The woman said she had been assaulted by Jones, who lived on the 4700 block of Kappes Lane. The woman stopped at the Leech Lake Police Department to give a statement. The officer noticed that the woman had a large bruised lump on the right side of her forehead as well as other bruising around her head. The woman reported on the morning of March 25, she and Jones had gotten into an argument, in which he told her he was going to kick her out of his apartment. As she was attempting to leave, Jones punched her in the stomach, grabbed her by the neck and threw her onto the floor. As she fell she struck her head on the wall. Once she was on the floor, Jones began kicking her. The officer went to Jones' resident and arrested him. He said the woman had hit him in on the side of the cheek with an ash tray and that it was only then that he grabbed her by the shirt and pushed her out of the door to the residence and then locked it. Jones had the officer photograph an injury.

Shane Douglas Clark, 23, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty March 9 and was sentenced April 12 for felony theft of a motor vehicle.

He was granted a stay of imposition with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 27 days in jail with credit for three days served; pay a fine of $1,083, of which Sentenced To Serve can be used for $1,000 of fine; five years of supervised probation; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation immediately; complete a diagnostic assessment and follow all recommendations of the Department of Corrections deems appropriate at any time; sign medical authorization forms to the Department of Corrections; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter any bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and searches; complete cognitive skills testing at the directive of the Department of Corrections; remain law-abiding and complete aftercare.

At 6:15 a.m. Oct. 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the 4800 block of Birdsview Lane Northwest and met with a man who had woken up at 6 a.m. to find his vehicle missing. He explained that the ignition had a broken key in it, which allowed anyone to start the vehicle. He also reported that he had a red tool box in the truck containing about $279 worth of tools. At noon Oct. 19, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded again to the same address. The man said that Clark had called to apologize for taking the truck and was returning it. The deputies waited about 45 minutes at the residence for Clark. Shortly after they left, Clark arrived with the vehicle. Deputies returned and found Clark in a field near the man's home. He was arrested and transported to Beltrami County Jail.

Michael Lee Monroe, 23, of Federal Dam, Minn., pleaded guilty March 8 and was sentenced April 12 for felony financial card fraud.

He was sentenced to 13 months in prison stayed for five years. He must serve 56 days in jail with credit for 112 days served; placed on supervised probation for five years; pay a fine of $1,083; follow all instructions of probation; restitution reserved; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not have any contact with the victim or the family; submit a DNA sample; remain law-abiding and complete cognitive skills training at the directive of the Department of Corrections.

On Sept. 30, 2008, a woman reported that Monroe had stolen her Visa card and was using it without her permission while he was staying in the Bemidji area. Monroe used the card at several Bemidji businesses in the amount of $1,623.

Levi Colin Thorson, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 9 and was sentenced April 12 for gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer. The charge of misdemeanor domestic assault-intentionally inflicts/attempts to inflict bodily harm was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 322 days were stayed for two years; He must serve 14 days in jail with credit for 29 days served; placed on supervise probation for two years; pay a fine of $583; follow all instructions of probation; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation immediately; sign medical authorization forms to the Department of Corrections; remain law-abiding; take medications in the prescribed dosage and frequency.

At 1:50 a.m. Dec. 29, Bemidji Police officers responded to a residence in the 1600 block of 23rd Street Northwest in regard to a drunken man causing trouble. A woman reported that Thorson came home drunk and was spitting on appliances. She said he also pushed her down. When Thorson was arrested, he head butted an officer. He has a May 6, 2008, convictions for obstructing the legal process and fifth-degree assault.

Marcus Adam Weidner, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 12, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 27 days on work release with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858; complete a chemical dependency evaluation/treatment within 30 days; follow recommendations of evaluation immediately; not drink and drive; submit to random testing; not have any same or similar offenses and complete the ASPEN program.

At 1:22 a.m. Feb. 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle veer over the fog line, while driving southbound on Bemidji Road. The deputy turned his squad car around and saw the vehicle weave over the fog line and then make an improper left-hand turn onto Adler Street. The vehicle continued traveling down the center of Adler Street and beyond a sign that clearly stated "No motorized vehicles beyond this point except snowmobiles." The vehicle continued to drive down the snowmobile trail. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Weidner, who failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .235. He was arrested; however, the deputy's vehicle was stuck in the snow. The deputy called for assistance and another deputy arrived on the scene. Weidner was told that he would need to walk to the other vehicle. He began to walk and approximately 30 yards away from the vehicle, Weidner refused to walk, even after being ordered to so. The deputy had to apply a pressure point control tactic to get him into the squad car. Weidner refused to submit a breath or blood sample and after many attempts was finally able to provide urine sample. In a statement, Weidner stated that he was driving a vehicle and indicated that he was at a bar until approximately 12:30-1 a.m.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Roger William Ricci, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 5, for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 5:07 p.m. Feb. 7, an anonymous caller contacted law enforcement about Ricci. The caller indicated that Ricci was driving west into Bemidji on Beltrami Country Road 8 from the area of Swenson Road. The caller also stated that Ricci's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety. A Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle matching the description of the one given. The deputy was able to positively identify the driver as Ricci and initiated a traffic stop. Ricci was arrested and transported to the jail. He was on probation for second degree DWI.

Gregory James Smith, 21, of Guthrie, pleaded innocent April 5 to gross misdemeanor obstruction of legal process-interfering with a peace officer and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias. His next court date will be held May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:35 a.m. Feb. 14, a Bemidji Police officer and a police intern were approached by a man dressed in black clothing. That man said he had been consuming alcohol at a local bar and said he was unsure what city he was in. The officers informed him that he was in Bemidji and offered him a ride to another location in the city. The man told the officer that he "wished to die" and appeared combative and looked ready for a fight. The officers searched his person and found an open container of beer in his inside coat pocket. They identified the man as Smith. There was an active no-drink order on Smith in relation to a 2009 conviction for trespassing and reckless handling of a weapon. Smith was told that he was under arrest. He refused to cooperate with the officer and had to be pulled into the vehicle. While being transported, Smith yelled a racial epithet towards the intern and proceeded to spit through the open cage, directly on the intern's head. He continued to struggle at the Beltrami County Jail and had to be restrained.

Chad Philip Rudduck, 29, pleaded innocent April 5 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 1:38 a.m. March 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a speeding vehicle approaching him. The vehicle was traveling at 50 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Rudduck, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and seemed lethargic. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .172. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a .15 alcohol concentration. He admitted that he was legally drunk and that the alcohol he had consumed had probably affected his driving performance. He said he consumed multiple alcoholic beverages at a friend's house and two local bars. He has one prior DWI conviction.

Thomas James Pierce, 32, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 5 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 342 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 17 days on work release in a different county if at no expense to Beltrami County; placed on three years probation to the courts; pay a fine of $608; not drink and drive; submit to random testing; complete a chemical dependency evaluation and treatment and follow recommendations of evaluation.

At 8:40 p.m. Jan. 23, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle driving in front of him. The vehicle was continually swerving into the adjacent lane of traffic, at one point causing a pizza delivery truck to change lanes to avoid collision. The officer initiated at traffic stop and identified the driver as Pierce, who displayed the odor of alcohol. Pierce was asked if he had been drinking and he said that he had a few beers. He seemed confused and had slurred speech and poor balance. When asked to participate in field sobriety tests he stated "I could not do any of them." He was then asked to submit a breath sample for analysis and he said "He shouldn't." He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he continued to refuse to submit to a breath alcohol test. His driving privileges were suspended in 2007.

Kyle Wade Malterud, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 5 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 28 days on work release with credit for two days served and furlough for treatment; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,108; complete treatment; not have any alcohol violations; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.

At 12:59 a.m. March 10, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle swerving in its lane of travel. As the vehicle rounded the corner near the railroad tracks on Division Street, it crossed halfway into the oncoming traffic lane. It continued to drive over the center line and the fog line. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Malterud, who displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes, slow, slurred speech. When informed of the reason for the stop, Malterud, said he was talking to his girlfriend on the cell phone. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .202. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered a breath alcohol concentration of .21. His driving privileges were revoked and he has two prior DWIs.

Dale Allen Whitefeather, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 22 and was sentenced April 5 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI - refusal to submit.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for four years. He must serve one month in jail, consecutively with a separate case; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $1,108; not have any alcohol violations; submit to random testing; not enter bars or liquor stores; complete an updates chemical dependency evaluation/treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; remain law-abiding and write a letter of apology to the sheriff's deputy.

At 6:48 p.m. March 2, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to state Highway 89 for a report of a drunk driver heading southbound. The caller reported the vehicle was driving into oncoming traffic and forcing cars to leave the road. A deputy observed three vehicles in the southbound lane and saw the middle vehicle swerved onto the shoulder of the road and then back into the lane of travel. He initiated a traffic stop and immediately saw that the driver had blood all over his right ear and face. The driver was identified as Whitefeather. The driver was acting suspiciously and began reaching for his waistband, forcing the deputy to draw his gun. Another deputy opened the driver's side door and asked Whitefeather to exit the vehicle and further observed that he had a fat lip and lacerations on his head. Whitefeather was asked if he had been injured and he said that someone had assaulted him. He smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes, slow and lethargic movements and was swaying and staggering. He had also vomited in the front seat. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .345. He was arrested and transported to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment. He refused treatment and told the doctors that the police had thrown him to the ground, causing his injuries and that he was going to contact someone at the ACLU and have the sheriff's job. Whitefeather refused to provide a blood or urine sample for further testing. He was released from the hospital and when the deputy asked him to put his hands behind his back, he refused. The deputy had to corner him in the hospital room and was eventually able to get him to cooperate. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. His license was revoked and he has one prior alcohol-related incident.

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