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Beltrami County District Court Jan. 16

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Jason Allen Fowler, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 24 and was sentenced Jan. 3 for felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance crime, amended from felony possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and gross misdemeanor child endangerment.

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On the controlled substance crime conviction, Fowler was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 228 days in jail; serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $1,158; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; submit an DNA sample; and undergo anger management treatment.

On the child endangerment conviction, he was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of supervised probation and follow the probation requirements for the controlled substance crime conviction.

On Aug. 9, a Beltrami County probation officer asked the Bemidji Police Department to arrest Fowler on an active warrant from Mille Lacs County. The officers went to Fowler's home and were told by a neighbor of a concern about a baby being in the house. The officers entered to apprehend a fugitive felon with a baby and found the 4-month-old with Fowler in a closed wood box next to the fireplace. The temperature in the wood box was more than 100 degrees. Fowler was arrested on the felony warrant from Mille Lacs County and taken to the Beltrami County Jail. A search of the house turned up 56 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm. The baby was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for treatment of heat exposure.

Fowler has prior convictions for felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle twice in 2006, fifth-degree controlled substance crime and receiving stolen property, third-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft, all in Mille Lacs County, and fifth-degree assault, fleeing a peace officer on foot, receiving stolen property, disorderly conduct, theft of removable property, driving after cancellation and driving without insurance, all in Beltrami County.

James Leon Maltais, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 11 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 two years on the following conditions: He must serve 10 days in jail with credit for two days served; serve two years of probation to the court; pay fine and costs of $935; complete chemical assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; and undergo random testing.

At 4:30 a.m. Sept. 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the report of a drunken drive with a vehicle in a ditch. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Maltais. Maltais failed field sobriety tests and registered .253 on a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where refused to take a breath or urine test. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest, and he had no prior DWI convictions.

James Kennedy Martin Jr., 23, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to felony aggravated forgery and felony attempted theft by check. His sentencing on both convictions is scheduled for Feb. 14.

On Sept. 23, 2009, the Bemidji Police Department responded to a report from a Bemidji credit union that Martin deposited a counterfeit postal money order July 7, 2008. At the time he was on felony probation, but had left Minnesota for Florida. On Aug. 20, 2009, the Bemidji Police Department responded to a report from a Bemidji business that Martin had paid for services with check from a closed account. Martin has prior convictions for gross misdemeanor theft by swindle, felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and felony voting fraud. At the time

Shane Allen Kingbird, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 14.

At 1:30 a.m. July 7, along with two other people, Kingbird went up to a man and woman sitting on a bench in downtown Bemidji and beat them up, punching and kicking the pair to the ground and causing disfiguring injuries to their faces. The male victim was taken to North Country Regional Hospital and kept in intensive care. The female victim was also taken to NCRH for treatment. Kingbird was adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile for third-degree assault in 1998.

Tony Lee Jacobson, 37, of St. Cloud, Minn., pleaded guilty to felony escape from custody. His sentencing is scheduled for March 8.

On July 29, 2008, he was sentenced to 17 months in prison on conviction for fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. On Jan. 12, 2009, he violated probation and incarcerated. On Feb. 17, 2009, he was furloughed to an inpatient treatment center for methamphetamine addiction treatment. On April 16, 2009, he left the treatment facility and didn't return to jail. He was arrested and incarcerated April 21, 2009. He has prior convictions for third-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft and felony escape.

Alexander Shane Jacobson, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to felony terroristic threats and misdemeanor domestic assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 14.

At 3 a.m. Sept. 15, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call from a woman who reported that Jacobson had threatened to shoot her in the face and commit suicide. She feared for herself and her child's safety.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Brandon James White, 22, of Longville, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 10 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of an order for protection.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 15 days in jail; serve two years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $408; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; undergo domestic abuse counseling and treatment; and have no contact with the victim.

At 8:33 p.m. Dec. 20, he violated a protection order by going to a woman's home. He had two prior convictions for separate domestic violence offenses.

Eric Scott Bailey, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 and was sentenced Jan. 10 for felony first0degree aiding and abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine.

He was sentenced to 86 months in prison stayed for 40 years on the following conditions: He must serve 180 days in jail; serve 40 years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,158; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing; submit DNA sample; and undergo mental health counseling.

On March 14, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of burglary or trespassing at a Bemidji home. The homeowner, who had left Bailey in charge of caring for the home while the occupants were away, found a man and a woman in the house. The couple fled with a satchel. The man was found in a neighboring home, hiding under the bed. The satchel contained supplies for manufacturing meth. The officers found a meth lab in the basement of the burglarized home. Bailey had invited the meth maker in while the homeowner was away. Bailey was to receive some of the profits from the sale of meth.

Naomi Elizabeth Long, 25, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to felony fifth-degree possession of Oxycodone. Her sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22.

At 6:50 p.m. Aug. 10, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper saw her driving and knew her driving privileges were cancelled. The trooper made a traffic stop, searched the vehicle and found Oxycodone.

Lisa Marie Letexier, 41, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 11 to driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for May 3.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 6:46 p.m. Feb. 14, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper clocked her at 66 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper made a traffic stop. Letexier's license had been cancelled as inimical to public safety in 2003 and never reinstated.

Roger Howard Hulett, 73, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent Jan. 11 to serious felony criminal sexual conduct and indecent exposure. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for May 3.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 6, 2009, a 13-year-old girl reported to a school official that she had been sexually assaulted by Hulett the night before. He was a person of authority over her.

Ulysses Joshua Elk-Nation, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to felony domestic abuse - violation of an order for protection. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

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.

Bobby Joe Houle, 30, of Devils Lake, N.D., pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to felony domestic assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

At 1 a.m. Aug. 6, he punched and choked a woman. She screamed for help and Houle ran off into the woods. He has prior convictions for motor vehicle theft in 1998 in North Dakota; domestic assault in 2002 in Anoka County; felony theft in 2004 in North Dakota; and two counts of domestic assault in 2008 in North Dakota.

Ivan William Loeffler, 45, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 10 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for March 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 4:16 p.m. Nov. 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a drunk driver. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Loeffler. Loeffler refused to take field sobriety tests. He was taken to the Bemidji County Jail where he refused chemical testing. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest. He had six prior DWI convictions in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990 and 2007.

Terry Wayne Lussier, 48, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent Jan. 10 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 6:44 p.m. Oct. 23, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a drunk driver and saw Lussier weaving in his lane, crossing the center line, driving in the opposite lane and driving into and out of a ditch. He eventually stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road. Her driving privileges had been cancelled since 2000 and never reinstated. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital for a blood test. He had six prior DWI convictions between 1985 and 2000.

Jerry Dean Gillum, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Jan. 10 to serious felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct between 1999 and 2004 with a girl younger than 16 and serious felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct between 1999 and 2004 with a girl younger than 13. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

In 2006, a girl reported that Gillum had been sexually abusing her since she was 8 or 9 years old.

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