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Beltrami County District Court July 31

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Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Daniel John Mechtel Jr., 33, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 25 to felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 6.

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At 6:45 p.m. Dec. 24, Bemidji Police officers responded to a domestic assault report of two men fighting. As they entered the residence they detected the odor of raw marijuana. Mechtel said the marijuana was in the refrigerator for his personal use. Officers seized 43 grams and 13 jars of marijuana.

Curtis Kent Brown, 21, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent July 25 to felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call. On arrival the deputies found Brown and another man in a car, which had a strong odor of raw marijuana. A large bag of marijuana was in plain view on the floor of the vehicle, along with baggies and a scale. At the time of his arrest, Brown was on supervised probation on conviction for fifth-degree domestic assault and on conditional release for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse violation of a protection order and driving after revocation.

Christian Leonard Reinke, 43, of Solway, pleaded guilty May 31 and was sentenced July 26 for felony ineligible person in possession of a firearm. Felony charges of receiving a stolen firearm, motor vehicle theft and fifth-degree controlled substance crime were dismissed.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison with credit for nine days served and fined $208.

On Oct. 4, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of the theft of a 1930 Ford Model A from a driveway. The car appeared to have been towed, and the deputy followed the tracks to Reinke's residence. At Reinke's property, the deputy found two other motor vehicles stolen from St. Louis and Pennington counties and seized four firearms and two pipes for smoking methamphetamine that contained residue. At the time of his arrest, Reinke was on probation for a conviction for possession of meth in 2007 and had a prior conviction of gross misdemeanor theft by check.

Linda K. Johns, 38, of Grand Rapids, Minn., pleaded guilty May 23 and was sentenced July 26 for felony domestic assault, amended from felony domestic assault by strangulation.

She was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: She must serve five years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $660; submit DNA sample; undergo random searches; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 11:50 a.m. April 23, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic assault report. Johns had assaulted another woman. At the time of her arrest, she was on probation for violating probation on a prior domestic assault conviction and there were two Beltrami County warrants out for her arrest.

Gerome James Winkler, 19, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent July 25 to felony third-degree aiding and abetting burglary, motor vehicle theft and fleeing from a peace officer in a motor vehicle, and fourth-degree assault of a peace officer causing demonstrable bodily harm. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 23.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 1:18 a.m. May 30, Bemidji Police officers responded to a burglary complaint. Residents said a woman entered their garage, then drove off with Winkler as passenger in a vehicle Winkler had stolen in Hubbard County. The officers made a traffic stop and were speaking to the woman when Winkler moved over to the driver's seat. One of the officers grabbed Winkler, but he drove off after punching the officer. At the time of his arrest, Winkler had prior convictions for providing false information in 2010 and pending charge of obstructing justice in 2010, and an outstanding warrant from Clearwater County.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Theresa Lucille Pierce, 44, of Bemidji, on July 26 had continued for dismissal in six months a charge of gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child on condition she have no unsupervised contact with children.

On Feb. 4, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report by a 7-year-old child who told school staff that Pierce had choked the child. There were broken blood vessels in the skin on the child's neck, and it was the second instance in one week of the child reporting suspicious injuries.

Stacy Leigh Vold, 40, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for two days served and 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days on work release; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $860 and complete standard probation conditions.

At 12:10 a.m. April 19, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw two vehicles turn onto a snowmobile trail marked by the DNR as off limits to motorized traffic. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Vold, the driver of one of the vehicles. Vold failed field sobriety tests and registered .229 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid, and she had one prior DWI conviction.

Kenneth Lee Yanez, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 275 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 90 days on work release; serve four years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $935; and complete standard conditions of probation.

At 11:51 p.m. March 15, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report that a car was driving in and out of a residential driveway in a suspicious manner. When the deputy arrived at the scene, Yanez had ducked into the house, holding the car keys. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .201 in the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, he had two prior DWI convictions, had no driver's license and was on a no-drink order.

Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 35, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 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; serve three years of probation; pay fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 1:24 a.m. March 19, the Law Enforcement Center received a report of a vehicle driven by Cimmarusti striking a parked vehicle at a business. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail by a Bemidji Police officer and then to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, where he registered .152 in a blood test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had one prior conviction for DWI refusal to test in 2004.

Karen Lee Graves, aka Karen Lee McKenzie, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for gross misdemeanor DWI refusal to test.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 355 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: She must serve 10 days on work release with credit for two days served; serve three years of probation; and complete standard probation conditions.

At 9:43 p.m. April 28, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Graves driving slower than the speed limit and crossing lines. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Graves, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .147 in a preliminary breath test. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail, where she refused a breath test. At the time of her arrest, her driving privileges were valid and she had no prior DWI convictions.

Douglas Donald Bock, 46, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced July 26 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

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; served three years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $935; and complete standard probation conditions.

On March 29, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Bock driving in the turn lane and driving through a red light. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Bock, who registered .164 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .20 on the Intoxilyzer. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had one prior DWI conviction in 2005.

Kristen Alizabeth Winona Jones, 21, of Ponemah, pleaded guilty July 26 to felony attempting to obtain hydrocone, a controlled substance, with a forged prescription. Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9.

At 3:20 p.m. Feb. 8, 2010, Jones submitted a forged prescription at a Bemidji pharmacy. She was arrested at 10:30 p.m. when she returned to pick up the prescription.

Corey William LaRue, 37, of Shevlin, pleaded guilty July 26 to felony first-degree DWI. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

At 1:30 a.m. April 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw LaRue driving 40 mph in a 30 mph zone and crossing lines. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on LaRue, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .207 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .19 in a breath test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges had been cancelled as inimical to public safety, and he had six prior DWI convictions in 1994, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2010. He was on probation at the time of his arrest for the 2010 conviction, which was for felony first-degree DWI.

Joseph Z. Livingston, 29, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty July 26 to felony first-degree DWI. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

At 9:45 p.m. April 1, a Bemidji Police officer responded to a report of a drunk driver. As the officer approached, Livingston stopped and exited the vehicle. Livingston was taken to the Beltrami County Jail, where he registered .17 in a breath test. At the time of his arrest, his driving privileges were valid, and he had four prior DWI convictions in 2000, 2001, 2004 and felony DWI in 2005. He was on supervised release on the 2005 conviction.

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