Beltrami County District Court March 8-12
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:
Adrian Richard Dunn, 33, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 26 and was sentenced March 1 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse - violation of no-contact order within 10 years of previous conviction.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, which was stayed for two years. The sentence is to be served consecutively with a separate case. He was placed on two years of supervised probation; must pay a fine of $1,333, of which $750 was stayed for two years; complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; follow all recommendations of evaluation; complete aftercare; complete anger management assessment and follow all recommendations; not use alcohol or controlled substances; submit to random testing and remain law-abiding.
On Feb. 11, a woman obtained a domestic abuse order for protection against Dunn. The order prohibited Dunn from having any presence at her home, even if invited. At 11:20 a.m. June 9, the woman reported that Dunn had come to her residence and thrown hot coffee on her back during an altercation.
In a separate case, he pleaded guilty Jan. 26 and was sentenced March 1 for gross misdemeanor domestic abuse-violation within 10 years of previous conviction.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 301 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 20 days in jail with credit for 44 days served; placed on supervised probation for two years; pay a fine of $1,333, of which $750 is stayed for two years and follow all recommendations listed above.
At 5:40 p.m. Dec. 10, Bemidji Police officers were called to a woman's home who had an order for protection against Dunn. Dunn was found in the home and was arrested and jailed.
Clayton Daniel Marcott, 36, of East Grand Forks, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 320 days were stayed for four years. He must serve 43 days in jail with credit for two days served; Sentenced To Serve granted for $500 of fine; placed on four years supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,108; follow all instructions of probation; complete outpatient treatment; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not have any same or similar offenses and not drink and drive.
At 1:38 a.m. Dec. 13, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw an oncoming vehicle fail to switch from high beams to low beams. The vehicle was also swerving and at one point crossed the centerline. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Marcott who displayed the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes. When asked if he had been drinking, Marcott admitted that he had just left a Christmas party where he had been drinking. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary blood alcohol concentration of .21. He was arrested and transported to the hospital, where he refused to provide a blood or urine sample for further analysis. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail where a small green metallic pipe which smelled of marijuana was located on his person. He has four prior DWI convictions.
Peter John Humphreys, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 9 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit.
He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 350 days were stayed for three years. He must serve eight days in jail with credit for seven days served and furlough granted to attend treatment; Sentence To Serve granted for $750 of fine; placed on supervised probation for three years; pay a fine of $858; follow all instructions of probation; complete aftercare; not use alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores except for employment purposes; submit to random testing; not have any same or similar offenses and complete counseling and any recommendations from the counselor.
At 10:50 p.m. Nov. 26, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit. The vehicle was traveling at 70 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Humphreys. There were also several occupants in the vehicle who admitted they had consumed alcohol. Humphreys said he was the designated driver, and he had not had anything to drink. Humphreys later admitted to having one alcoholic beverage. The deputy observed bloodshot, watery eyes and the odor of alcohol. Humphreys registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .245. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. While en route to the jail, he became belligerent and uncooperative. He slammed his head against the screen separating him from the deputy. He also requested that the deputy stop the squad car and "fight him." Upon arrival at the jail, Humphreys attempted to lie down in the rear seat of the car, as if preparing to kick out the window. Several times during the interview Humphreys indicated that he wished to fight the deputies. At one point, he stood up and advanced towards the deputy. He was subdued and placed in a holding cell. He refused to submit to a breath test. He has one prior DWI conviction.
In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:
Gerald Joseph Browneagle, 33, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent March 8 to felony escape from custody. His next court date will be April 6.
On March 31, Browneagle was arraigned in Beltrami County District Court on a charge of felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Conditional bail in the sum of $75,000 was imposed at the arraignment. Browneagle was remanded to the custody of the Beltrami County Sheriff. According to the criminal complaint, at 9 a.m. Sept. 12, Browneagle left the jail without permission and without posting bail. He had been temporarily housed in the basement portion of the jail and left through an open door when the person responsible for watching him was distracted. Subsequent information led officers to a residence on Washington Avenue South where Browneagle was found hiding in the bathroom.
John Jerrod Jones, 29, of Minneapolis, pleaded innocent March 8 to gross misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process - interfering with a peace officer and gross misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer by a means other than a motor vehicle. His next court appearance will be April 6.
According to the criminal complaint, Jones is a convicted felon with a significant history of violent offenses, weapons possession and drug trafficking. On Jan. 27, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was investigating a report of an assault near a residence on the 4300 block of Luomas Lane. A woman said Jones may have information about the assault and called him into the living room area. Jones was asked if he could assist with information about the assault and he immediately became uncooperative. He displayed the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. Jones suddenly bolted out the house. The deputy ran after him and directed him to stop. Jones ignored the directives and ran into a wooded area near the house. The deputy caught up to Jones and ordered him to put his hands behind his back. Jones began to run away. The deputy deployed his Taser and was able to detain Jones, who continued to resist arrest with force and verbal threats towards the deputy. A Leech Lake Tribal officer had to deploy his Taser to get Jones into the squad car. Jones continued to use force and make threats. The deputy and officers were eventually able to secure him in the back seat with restraints and duct tape.
Scott William Endicott, 24, of Solway, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 and was sentenced March 8 for felony first-degree DWI. The charges of gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and felony first-degree DWI within 10 years of three or more qualified prior impaired driving incidents were dismissed at sentencing.
He was sentenced to 54 months in prison, stayed for seven years. Conditional release after confinement has been set at five years. The sentence is to be served consecutively with a Clay County Case. He must serve 221 days in jail; granted credit for 144 days served; placed on supervised probation for seven years; pay a fine of $1,108; complete treatment; not use or possess alcohol or drugs; not enter bars or liquor stores; submit to random testing; not be around anyone that is consuming or possessing alcohol or drugs and remain law-abiding.
At 10:30 p.m. Oct. 16, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was on routine patrol when he saw a vehicle driving 20 mph slower than the posted speed limit. The vehicle was being driven erratically, crossing over into the lane of on-coming traffic forcing an eastbound car to the shoulder. The vehicle then pulled to the side of the road and stopped. The driver was highly intoxicated and identified himself with a false name. The driver said several times that he was drunk. He failed field sobriety tests and registered a preliminary breath alcohol concentration of .194. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he was identified as Endicott. He became extremely belligerent at the jail. He initially refused a urine test and said he would take a blood test. As he was being transported to the North Country Regional Hospital, he said he was going to refuse the blood test. At the hospital Endicott became belligerent towards the lab assistant and would only permit the lab assistant to fill one vial of blood. He has three prior DWI convictions in the past five years, one specifically for refusing to test. His driving privileges were cancelled as inimical to public safety May 7. At the time of the arrest he was still on probation for his most recent DWI convictions.
Cody Alonzo Davis, 18, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Jan. 25 and was sentenced March 8 for felony third-degree burglary.
He was granted a stay of imposition, with successful completion of probation resulting in a misdemeanor conviction. He was sentenced to 30 days on Sentenced To Serve; granted Community Work Service to pay fine; five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $2,144 of which $500 is stayed; pay restitution of $1,061; complete chemical dependency evaluation and treatment; follow recommendations of evaluation; submit a DNA sample; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not be in the presence of anyone that is consuming alcohol and submit to random testing.
At 6:30 p.m. June 5, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call regarding stolen property. A man reported that he noticed his fishing tackle box was missing from his boat. The box was valued at $1,000.
Brian Lee Northbird, 36, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty Jan. 12 and was sentenced March 8 for an amended charge of felony fifth-degree drug possession and gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. The original charge was for felony third-degree drugs -possession of a Schedule I or II narcotic.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, stayed for 10 years. He must serve six months in jail; placed on 10 years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; complete aftercare; complete treatment; attend Alcoholics Anonymous; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances; not enter bars or liquor stores; obtain a sponsor; complete a diagnostic assessment; not be in the presence of anyone consuming alcohol or drugs; supply a DNA sample; cooperate and be truthful with agents in all matters. For count two, he must follow all conditions listed above; placed on five years of supervised probation and serve six months in jail and remain law-abiding.
At 9 p.m. June 8, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were called to a residence on the 1400 block of Quill Lane Southeast in response to a reckless driving complaint. Deputies met with a woman who said she had been almost hit by a drunk driver. She was in her driveway when Northbird entered his vehicle and drove toward her in a menacing manner. She believed Northbird was intoxicated and that he was intentionally trying to hit her. Northbird left the premises heading to a home on the 19000 block of Williams Road Southeast. Deputies arrived at the residence to find Northbird standing in the driveway. He had bloodshot, watery, glassy eyes, slurred speech and poor balance. He failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and then said he would not comply with the rest of the tests. He was arrested and placed in the vehicle. He placed his foot in the door of the car to stop it from being closed and had to be asked several times to remove it before he complied. Northbird began to shift around in the vehicle as if he was trying to get something. The deputy removed him from the vehicle and found two tablets on the seat. The pills seized were identified as Oxycontin, a Schedule II narcotic. He was transported to the Beltrami County Jail. Prior convictions for felony escape and two counts of felony fifth-degree possession of controlled substances and prior convictions for DWI.
Michael Lee Monroe, 23, of Annandale, Minn., pleaded guilty March 8 to felony financial transaction fraud. His next court date will be April 12.
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.
Steven Jay Niswander, 43, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. His next court date will be April 6.
According to the criminal complaint, 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 admitted that he had been drinking a couple of glasses of what he considered homemade wine or eggnog. He has five prior DWI convictions.
Jason Wayne Swan, 34, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent March 8 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be March 4.
According to the criminal complaint, at 7:20 p.m. Feb. 2, a Bemidji Police officer saw a vehicle without operating tail lights. He initiated a traffic stop and identified the driver as Swan, who informed the officer that he did not have a valid driver's license. He has four prior DWI convictions; three prior convictions for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety and is currently on probation with conditions of remain law-abiding and not have any license violations.