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Beltrami County District Court week of April 26

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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Cole Roy Fredrickson, 29, of Minnesota Correctional Facility, St. Cloud, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 20 for felony possession of burglary or theft tools. The charges of gross third-degree misdemeanor damage to property and gross misdemeanor theft were dismissed at sentencing.

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He was sentenced to 23 months in prison with credit for 214 days served and must pay a fine of $83.

At 1:47 p.m. Aug. 26, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call regarding a theft, which had taken place in the parking lot of a pawn shop. While the officer was en route, dispatch notified him that the owner of the pawn shop had apprehended the suspect and was holding him in the parking lot of a local video store. As the officer pulled into the parking lot he witnessed Fredrickson reach into his left front pants pocket and pulled out a large screwdriver. Fredrickson dropped the screwdriver on the ground on top of a sweatshirt. The owner of the pawn shop had witnessed Fredrickson steal a tape player out of an employee's vehicle. Fredrickson was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. The officer found a DVD player, which was designed to be in the dash of a motor vehicle, inside the blue sweatshirt. Another officer arrived on the scene and found the vehicle that the DVD player had been stolen from. It had a smashed window, and there was glass lying all over the ground. The dash had also been torn out and a radio appeared to be missing. The owner of the vehicle identified the DVD player as his. The owner walked outside and witnessed the suspect holding onto what he thought was a radio from the vehicle. Fredrickson then took off running behind several stores along Paul Bunyan Drive. The owner chased Fredrickson and eventually apprehended him. In a statement, Fredrickson reported that he was walking down the road when all of a sudden he was chased by a crazy man with a gun. Fredrickson reported that he was scared and ran off. He said he never had a radio in his hand, that he never had a blue sweatshirt and that he never pulled a screwdriver out of his pocket. The officer asked the owner of the pawn shop about a gun and he admitted that he had one and had pointed it in the direction of the suspect in order to get him to stand still. He also said when Fredrickson took off running, he put the gun away. The DVD player was valued at $800 and the damage to the vehicle was in excess of $500.

In a separate incident, Fredrickson pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 20, for gross misdemeanor theft. A second charge of gross misdemeanor damage to property-third degree was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail; credit granted for 212 days; sentence to be served concurrently with case listed above. He must pay a fine of $83.

At 2:17 a.m. July 23, Bemidji Police officers responded to the report of a theft on the 400 block of 26th St. Northwest. While en route, the officers were informed that the suspect had fled the scene and was heading eastbound towards Lake Bemidji. Officers pursued the suspect and brought in a K9 unit to track the suspect. The officers continued to search the area but were unable to find the suspect. The officer returned to the owner of the vehicle. The person reported that he was sitting in his apartment playing a game. He got up from the couch and while doing so saw a man in his vehicle. He started to yell at the man and told him that the police were on their way. The suspect fled the scene. The property that was taken included a GPS, iPod, money, a digital camera, a video camera, cell phone chargers and other miscellaneous property. They estimated that the property was worth approximately $2,779. There was also damage to the XM radio, tailgate lock cylinder and the vehicle in the amount of $612.09. On Sept. 21, the owner of the vehicle reported to the detective that they had been at a local pawn shop and mentioned the theft from their vehicle. The owner of the pawn shop showed them a picture of Fredrickson, which they identified as the man who had stolen the items out of their vehicle.

Ray Russell Parsons III, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for an amended charge of gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer. The charge of misdemeanor minor consumption was dismissed at sentencing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 335 days were stayed for two years. He must serve 30 days in jail; placed on probation to the courts for two years; pay a fine of $1,083, of which $500 was stayed and comply with all conditions of probation.

At 1:02 a.m. Sept. 2, Bemidji State University Security officers were called to deal with an intoxicated man at Oak Hall. A Bemidji Police officer also responded. He saw two BSU security officers chasing, catching and struggling with the fleeing man. The officer approached and warned the struggling man to stop fighting. Parsons was arrested for disorderly conduct. He also was intoxicated. Parsons began to actively resist and intentionally tripped one of the officers causing injuries to the officer's elbow, hand and knee. Parsons was escorted to the squad car, where he at one point kicked the officer in the groin and in the right knee. He was placed in a hobble restraint to overcome his resistance.

Brandon Wade Dahlseid, 28, of East Grand Forks, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26, 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 30 days in jail; granted credit for time served in Kandiyohi County; placed on probation to the courts for four years; pay a fine of $858; attend an AA meeting once a week for one year and follow all standard conditions of probation.

At 1 a.m. Oct. 31, Dahlseid was arrested for DWI. He registered a blood alcohol concentration of .173 in the field and .20 at the jail. He failed sobriety tests. He has one prior conviction for DWI.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Ashley Ann Lund, 24, of Blackduck, pleaded innocent April 26 to felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine. Her next court date will be May 18.

According to the criminal complaint, at 11 p.m. March 31, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy was notified that Lund had requested to be arrested for possession of meth. She gave dispatch her location and the deputies responded. She approached the deputies and produced a black case from her pocket and informed the deputy that her drugs were contained in the case and that she wished to give it to law enforcement. She then informed the deputies that she was a meth addict, has been abusing meth and marijuana for years and that she wished to surrender herself and turn her life around. The deputy found a small amount of meth and a syringe in the case. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. In a statement she said she was tired of using meth, wanted to change her life around and to start to change. She stated that she had injected herself with meth a couple of hours before contacting law enforcement. The deputy confirmed that she appeared to be under the influence of meth as her speech was rapid, her movements were quick and she continually scratched the back of her head and scalp and pick at her face. At the time of her arrest she was on supervised probation for second-degree DWI, and one of her conditions was to not use controlled substances. She also has a prior conviction for felony possession of meth. She has also been subject to civil commitment for meth dependence and mental illness.

Gerry Thomas Cardinal, 57, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent April 26 to felony fifth-degree possession of drugs and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 6:40 p.m. April 3, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Cardinal driving a vehicle. Cardinal does not have valid driving privileges. The deputy followed the vehicle east on Balsam Road and then turned quickly into a driveway. After a few minutes, the deputy saw Cardinal exit the driveway and travel north on Balsam Road. The deputy initiated a traffic stop. Cardinal said he knew he was not licensed to drive and that he was bringing the passenger to a friend's home, so she could obtain cigarettes from the man. Cardinal's hands were shaking violently. His eyes were bloodshot and his pupils were small and constricted. He appeared to be under the influence of a drug. The deputy asked Cardinal to exit the vehicle. Upon his exit the deputy smelled burnt marijuana. Cardinal's teeth were rotten and falling out, consistent with "meth mouth." Cardinal's legs were also shaking. He was dirty, unkempt and appeared to have lost a significant amount of weight since the deputy had seen him last. Cardinal failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The deputy seized several methamphetamine pipes with residue and micro baggies containing meth residue in the search incident to the arrest. A meth pipe and a baggie with a small amount of meth were found in the console of the truck. Cardinal was transported to the hospital for a blood test for further analysis.

Jennifer Rose Moen, 22, of Bagley, pleaded guilty April 26 to felony third-degree burglary. Her next court date will be June 7.

At 5:35 p.m. Aug. 1, a Beltrami County Deputy was dispatched to a gas station regarding a burglary that had occurred the previous night. The deputy was shown security footage taken at 11:16 p.m. July 30, showing two individuals entering the gas station, which was locked. One of the burglars was a woman who disarmed the alarm system. The burglar was identified as Moen. She and her male partner had stolen a large amount of lottery tickets, cigarettes and other items. Moen was found and arrested. She confessed her role in the burglary and named her accomplice. It was later learned that one or more of the tickets had been cashed in.

Daniel Mah-een-gan Brown, 20, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty April 26 to felony fifth-degree sale of marijuana. His next court date will be May 17.

At 1 p.m. Aug. 7, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for evidence pertaining to the possession and distribution of marijuana at a residence on the 5000 block of Kappes Lane. Agents entered the home and found four people in the house. They searched a room occupied by Brown and found two large gallon bags stuffed with raw marijuana, weighing nearly six pounds; three more baggies containing marijuana packed in a manner consisted with distribution; a digital U.S. magnum scale consistent with weighing controlled substances; a grinding mechanism consistent with packaging bulk marijuana for distribution.; $3,002 in currency and indications that the room belonged to Brown. While agents were seizing items, a woman informed officers that Brown exclusively used the bedroom.

Maria Marlene Johanneson, 39, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular homicide or operation a motor vehicle in grossly negligent manner.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. She must serve six days in jail with credit for four days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $833; not have any alcohol violations; not enter a bar or liquor store; submit to random testing; complete aftercare and remain law-abiding.

At 2 p.m. Feb. 26, Bemidji Police officers responded to a two-vehicle accident with injuries at the intersection of Second Street Northwest and Minnesota Avenue. Upon arrival officers saw paramedics treating an injured passenger who was bleeding from a face or head laceration. A car heading west on Second Street Northwest was hit by another car turning east onto Second Street from Minnesota Avenue. The driver of the vehicle that turned east was identified as Johanneson. She displayed the odor of alcohol . She explained it was her fault because she pulled in front of the other vehicle which had the right of way. The other driver reported that he had been driving westbound on Second Street when the car pulled in front of him. He said the woman in the front seat of his car struck her head on the dash or the windshield and was being transported to North Country regional Hospital. Johanneson failed field sobriety tests. She was arrested and transported to the hospital for further testing. She has no prior convictions.

Daniel Lawrence Rath, 26, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 and was sentenced April 26 for felony violation of a no-contact order within to years of the first of two or more convictions.

He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which was stayed for five years. He must serve 43 days in jail; granted credit for 86 days served; placed on five years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $1,083; complete anger management training; follow recommendations of evaluation; comply with a domestic no contact order; submit a DNA sample; and follow all instructions of probation and complete treatment.

On Sept. 14, Rath was charged with felony domestic assault. On Sept. 16, Judge Melbye signed a pre-trial domestic abuse no-contact order. The order specifically stated that Rath was not to have contact with the woman directly, indirectly, through others, in person, by telephone, in writing, electronically or by any other means. At 5:50 p.m. Nov. 9, Bemidji Police officers responded to a residence located on the 200 block of 14th Street Northwest to remove one person. Rath was found at the residence and a woman was found hiding downstairs. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior conviction for violating a harassment restraining order in 2005, along with a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in 2004. He has also pleaded guilty to felony domestic assault.

Adrian Dale Johnson, 34, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty March 15 and was sentenced April 26 for felony fifth-degree possession of drugs.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison, which was stayed for 10 years. He must serve 112 days in jail with credit for 68 days served; 10 years of supervised probation; furlough for treatment; complete an outpatient treatment program at the jail or elsewhere; complete aftercare; submit a DNA sample; pay a fine of $1,083; and follow all instructions of probation.

At 3:20 p.m. Feb. 18, a Bemidji Police officer saw a passenger in a vehicle not wearing a seatbelt. The officer turned the car around and followed the vehicle. He was informed by dispatch that the driver of the vehicle had a revoked driver's license. The passenger, identified as Johnson, was not wearing a seatbelt and appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force were called to the scene because methamphetamine had been found in the vehicle. Agents spoke with Johnson, who appeared to be under the influence of meth. The agent seized two baggies containing minute amounts of meth from Johnson. He has prior convictions for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree sale of a controlled substance.

Kayla Marie Waslaski, 24, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26, for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit to testing and misdemeanor possession of an open bottle. A misdemeanor charge of drugs, possession of 1.4 grams of marijuana in a motor vehicle was dismissed at sentencing.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. She must serve six days in jail with credit for four days served; placed on three years of supervised probation; pay a fine of $833 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 6:40 p.m. Jan. 20, Waslaski was found sitting in the driver's seat of a car that had been in an accident. She failed field sobriety tests. There was also an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle. While she was being arrested Waslaski attempted to discard a small bag containing marijuana. She has prior convictions for felony second-degree sale of methamphetamine.

Terri Lee Benedix, 47, of Duluth, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for felony check forgery.

She was sentenced to 17 months in prison, which was stayed for five years. She must serve 13 days in jail with credit for 27 days served; placed on supervised probation for five years; pay a fine of $833; restitution reserved; supply a DNA sample; not open a checking account without prior approval from agent and must not enter into written/verbal contract with anyone without prior approval from agent; and follow all instructions of probation.

On Nov. 28, a Bemidji Police officer was dispatched to a local bar in reference to a theft of a purse. A woman had reported that she left her purse under the table and when she had returned, she noticed her purse had been stolen. She reported that her purse contained a checkbook, cash and personal effects. Within five days $754.79 worth of checks had been passed at establishments in Beltrami, Cass and Hubbard counties. Surveillance revealed that Benedix had stolen the purse and was identified as an individual who presented a forged check at a local business. In November, Benedix was on probation for earlier felony forgery convictions and for a case where she had participated in the theft of a purse at a local club. She has been convicted more than once for forging checks on checkbooks contained in purses which were stolen from local bars.

Gerald Raymond Gustafson, 49, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Feb. 13 and was sentenced April 26 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced and must serve one year in jail and pay a fine of $83.

At 3:35 p.m. Feb. 12, 2009, Gustafson was arrested for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He has four prior DWI convictions and/or revocations and a prior conviction of driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

Connor John Bian, 20, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26, for gross misdemeanor third degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve 10 days on work release; placed on probation to the courts for three year; pay a fine of $833 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 3:30 a.m. Dec. 5, Bian was arrested and transported to the jail for driving while intoxicated. He drove his vehicle into a ditch. He had no valid driving privileges in Minnesota and a suspended driver's license in Wisconsin.

Robert Grant Pillsbury, 47, of Lino Lakes, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for third-degree DWI-refusal to submit to testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve six days in jail with credit for four days served; able to serve in another county if at no expense to Beltrami County; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $833 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 8:43 p.m. April 2, Pillsbury was arrested for driving while under the influence. He failed field sobriety tests. He refused to comply with further testing at the jail.

Matthew David Jorgensen, 28, of Waskish, Minn., pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI.

He was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for three years. He must serve seven days in jail with credit for three days served; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $858 and follow all standard conditions of probation.

At 7:10 p.m. April 10, Jorgensen was arrested for driving while under the influence.

Amanda Rae Lussier, 21, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 for gross misdemeanor giving a peace officer a false name and petty misdemeanor driving after revocation.

She was sentenced to one year in jail, of which 355 days were stayed for two years. She must serve 10 days in jail; placed on probation to the court for two years; remain law-abiding; pay a fine of $533.

At 12:50 a.m. Feb. 16, Lussier was arrested for driving after revocation, giving a false name to the peace officer and an outstanding arrest warrant.

Transeunce Kenneth Smythe, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty April 19 and was sentenced April 28 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was granted a stay of adjudication with successful completion of probation resulting in a dismissal. He must serve 22 days in jail and pay a fine of $250.

On Feb. 19, Smythe was stopped for driving in excess of the speed limit. His license was cancelled as inimical to public safety.

Peter James Mason, 30, of Red Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced April 26 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 six days in jail with credit for 24 days served; sentence to be served consecutively with a separate case; placed on probation to the courts for three years; pay a fine of $1,108 and comply with all standard conditions of probation.

At 1:27 a.m. April 3, Mason was the driver of a vehicle involved in a car accident. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He registered a breath alcohol concentration of .165 in the field and .13 at the jail. His license was revoked and he has one prior DWI conviction.

Steven Lee Gleason, 22, of Hunter, N.D., pleaded innocent April 26 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI. His next court date will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, at 12:07 p.m. Jan. 17, Gleason was stopped for exceeding the speed limit. He was arrested for driving while under the influence. He failed field sobriety tests and a marijuana pipe and marijuana were found in his pocket. He has a prior DWI in North Dakota.

Josephine Marie Roybal, 44, of Redby, pleaded innocent April 26 to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. Her next court date will be June 29.

According to the criminal complaint, at 4:28 p.m. Nov. 2, Roybal was stopped for driving in excess of the speed limit. She was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail for driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

Kenneth Scott Mutzke, 26, of Lesueur, Minn., pleaded innocent April 26 to gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI. His next court date will be Oct. 19.

According to the criminal complaint, Mutzke was stopped for having equipment violations on his vehicle. He failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail. He has a prior DWI conviction.

Craig Lance Biberg, 35, of Blackduck, pleaded innocent April 26 to second-degree DWI-refusal to submit to testing. His next court date will be May 4.

According to the criminal complaint, at 3:30 p.m. March 31, Biberg was arrested for driving while intoxicated. He refused to submit to any testing.

Eugene Alan Hanson, 64, of Red Lake, pleaded innocent April 26 to gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI - refusal to submit to testing and gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. His next court date will be July 27.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:45 p.m. Feb. 19, Hanson was stopped for an equipment failure on his vehicle. He was found to be under the influence and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and transported to the Beltrami County Jail, where he refused to submit to further testing.

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