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In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Shari Schluchter:

Jason Allen Fowler, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to felony fifth-degree controlled substance crime, amended from possession of marijuana with the intention to distribute, and gross misdemeanor child endangerment. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan 31.

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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.

David Wayne Curry, 32, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Oct. 19 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony terroristic threats, amended from second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison stayed for five years on the following conditions: He must serve 180 days in jail with credit for 114 days served; serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; complete chemical dependency assessment and aftercare; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and cognitive skill training; submit a DNA sample; and write a letter of apology.

At 1:40 p.m. Aug. 1, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of threatening conduct at a residence on the 4600 block of Birdsview Lane Northwest. Curry swung knives and screamed at the deputies before he was arrested. He has prior convictions of giving false name, simple robbery, second-degree controlled substance and fleeing a peace officer.

Dale Allen Whitefeather, 23, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Oct. 19 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, namely a knife.

He was sentenced to 33 months in prison stayed for seven years on the following conditions: He must serve 160 days in jail; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; not use or possess alcohol or controlled substances or enter establishments where they are sold or served; undergo random testing and searches; complete treatment and take medications as prescribed; not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons; and have no contact with the victim.

At 1:45 a.m. July 7, Bemidji Police officers responded to a report of an assault. Whitefeather was chasing a man around a Bemidji apartment house parking lot and threatening the man with a knife after the victim tried to come between Whitefeather and two women Whitefeather was assaulting.

In a separate case before Judge Paul Benshoof, Whitefeather was sentenced for gross misdemeanor DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing Oct. 22.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 11 months stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve one months in jail; serve four years of probation to the court; pay fine and costs of $1,108; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendation; have no alcohol violations and not enter establishments where it is sold or served; undergo random testing; and write a letter of apology.

At 6:48 p.m. March 2, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Whitefeather driving and swerving into the oncoming traffic lane. The deputy made a traffic stop. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Whitefeather, who registered .345 in a preliminary breath test. He was on a no-drink order. He also had a bloody face from a fight with another man. He was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where he refused testing. He had one prior DWI conviction from 2008.

Carol Marilyn Hofland, 44, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 22 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two or more aggravating factors.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 30 days in jail with credit for four days served and furlough for treatment; serve four years of probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,108; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; complete treatment and aftercare; and undergo random testing.

At 2:02 a.m. May 6, she drove a vehicle into the ditch. Her passenger was ejected and injured. She was taken to North Country Regional Hospital where a blood test registered .28. Her driving privileges were valid at the time of her arrest. She had one prior DWI conviction in 2009.

Cheryl Ann Fedje, 56, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov., 8 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for gross misdemeanor third-degree DWI with one aggravating factor.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: She must serve 15 days on work release; serve four years of probation; pay fine and costs of $1,110; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 1:30 a.m. Oct. 31, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Fedje driving and weaving in her lane and crossing the fog line. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol and slurred speech. She registered .21 in a preliminary breath test and failed field sobriety tests. She was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where she registered .20 on the Intoxilyzer. Her driving privileges were valid at the time of her arrest. She had two prior DWI convictions in 1990 and 1992.

Rodney Elwin Gates, 51, of Blackduck, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 22 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on work release; serve two years of probation; pay or work of fine and costs of $1,085; not use or possess alcohol; not drive without insurance; have no driver's license violations; and undergo random testing.

At 6 p.m. Nov. 1, a Bemidji Police officer recognized Gates driving a vehicle. The deputy knew Gates' driving privileges had been cancelled. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol. Gates registered .075 on a preliminary breath test. He was on a no-drink order on probation from a July 2010 conviction for DWI. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail.

David Isaac Reiners, 31, of Pinewood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 22 for third-degree gross misdemeanor DWI refusal to submit to chemical testing.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 350 days stayed for three years on the following conditions: He must serve 15 days in jail with credit for three days served; serve three years of probation; complete chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not use or possess alcohol or enter establishments where it is sold or served; and undergo random testing.

At 1:57 a.m. Oct. 24, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Reiners crossing fog lines and rumble strips while driving. The deputy made a traffic stop and detected the odor of alcohol, bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech on Reiners, who registered .216 in a preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he refused testing. His driving privileges were valid at the time of his arrest. He had one prior DWI conviction in 2000 in Beltrami County.

Jesse Nichols Ruther, 30, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony aiding and abetting third-degree burglary.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail stayed on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days on Sentence to Serve; serve five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; pay restitution; submit a DNA sample; and undergo cognitive skills training and mental health counseling. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 7:05 a.m. Aug. 21, 2008, a window at Bemidji Paper Sales was broken and a burglar entered and stole a safe containing about $1,000 and an unknown amount in checks. On Sept. 4, 2008, a Crow Wing County Jail inmate reported that he and Ruther had committed the burglary. The inmate said they dumped the safe in the Mississippi River under the Mission Bridge, where the safe was later found.

Dillon Mark Hooker, 18, of Laporte, pleaded guilty Oct. 21 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony theft of a firearm and felony offering a forged check.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail stayed and with credit for six days served on the following conditions; He must served five years of supervised probation; pay or work off fine and costs of $1,083; not use controlled substance or enter establishments where it is sold; undergo random testing and searches; submit a DNA sample; have no contact with the victims; and complete treatment, counseling and aftercare. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 12:40 a.m. June 21, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a resident of Northern Township concerning a burglary that occurred sometime between May 27 and June 11. The resident said the house had been broken into and two rifles, a shotgun and a box of checks had been stolen. At 8:30 a.m. June 21, Hooker reported to sheriff's investigators that he had stolen two guns and pawned them in Bemidji. He said he also wrote a series of checks May 31 totaling $666.50 on the stolen check blanks.

Michael Paul Aaron Smith, 30, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Oct. 25 and was sentenced Nov. 22 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm, amended from first-degree assault, and gross misdemeanor interfering with a 911 call.

He was sentenced to 48 months in prison with credit for 215 days served and fined $83.

At 6:15 a.m. April 22, Bemidji Police officers responded to a call on Washington Avenue Southeast. The officer met with the woman who had been assaulted. She had an extremely swollen and bloody face. Blood covered her clothes, hands and arms. The woman was still bleeding profusely from the mouth and arms. She was barely able to speak but pleaded with the officers to check on her baby. She was able to identify the attacker as Smith, who was sleeping in the house. Officers entered the residence and found a sleeping infant who was strapped into a car seat. They then entered the bedroom and detained and secured Smith. There was blood found on his clothing and there was blood and hair on the living room floor. The woman was transported to North Country Regional Hospital for medical treatment. Physicians said she suffered from a collapsed lung, multiple rib fractures, significant facial injuries, and it was believed that she had begun to have a bleed in her brain. She was subsequently flown to Fargo, N.D., for treatment. The officer arranged for child care for the child. Smith has a prior conviction of 22 months in federal court for assault in 2008. He was on supervised probation from that conviction when he was arrested April 22.

Daniel Robert Church, 27, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 22 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He received a stay of sentence on the following conditions: He must serve 18 months probation and pay a fine of $500. Successful completion of probation will result in a misdemeanor conviction.

At 5:13 p.m. Sept. 12, 2009, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper made a traffic stop for an expired license plate. The trooper discovered that Church was driving after cancellation.

Corey Allen Delcourt, 25, of Mora, Minn., pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to felony aiding and abetting receiving stolen property. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3.

At noon Aug. 10, Delcourt, with others, was involved in stealing fishing tackle from boats moored on Upper Red Lake.

John Kennedy Martin Jr., 23, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded innocent to felony aggravated forgery. His pretrial hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

According to the criminal complaint, on July 7, 2008, and March 11, 2009, he deposited a counterfeit money order for $850 at a Bemidji bank and then drew money from the account, and wrote a bad check to a Bemidji business for $536.88.

Nicholas Justin, 27, of Brainerd, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 29 for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 284 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve 81 days in jail with credit for 81 days served; serve two years of probation; and pay fine and costs of $585. He must also pay a $100 speeding fine.

At 5 p.m. Oct. 3, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper stopped Justin for driving 85 mph in a 55 mph zone. He had no driver's license. He had three convictions for DWI in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

John Arthur McElmury, 59, of Blackduck, pleaded innocent Nov. 22 to felony terroristic threats. His next court appearance is Jan. 11.

According to the criminal complaint: At 6:20 p.m. Nov. 7, a man reported that McElmury threatened to shoot him and two friends while they were at a hunting camp.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge John Melbye:

Mark Daniel Cree, 25, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 15 for felony third-degree assault causing substantial bodily harm, gross misdemeanor use of unlawful force or violence, amended from second-degree riot armed with a dangerous weapon, and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

He was sentenced to one year in jail stayed for two years on the following conditions: He must serve two years of supervised probation; pay fine and costs of $833; and have no contact with victims.

At 1:15 a.m. July 8, he and others went to a Bemidji residence. They assaulted a woman, hitting her on the side of the head with a rock, hitting her with a blunt instrument on the back of her head and tearing her ear almost off. The victim was treated at North County Regional Hospital.

Gregory Alex Souder, 22, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 and was sentenced Nov. 19 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two 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 in jail, with credit for 60 days served, and furlough for treatment; serve four years of supervised probation; 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 aftercare.

At 1:10 a.m. Sept. 12, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy saw Souder weaving in his lane while driving. He also had no license plate light. The deputy detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot, watery eyes on Souder, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .08 in a preliminary breath test.

He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .10 on the Intoxilyzer. His driver's license had been revoked at the time of his arrest. He had two prior DWI convictions in 2008 and 2010.

In Beltrami County District Court before Judge Paul Benshoof:

Daniel Lee Cook, 28, of Redby, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to felony fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 27.

At 8 p.m. Aug. 17, 2009, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy on routine patrol saw Cook driving without a seat belt. The deputy activated emergency lights, but Cook didn't stop. The deputy activated the siren, but Cook continued into the Red Lake Reservation where a Red Lake Police officer picked up the chase and made the arrest.

Charles James Headbird, 38, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 29 for gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI with two aggravating factors.

He was sentenced to one year in jail with 335 days stayed for four years on the following conditions: He must serve 30 days in jail with credit for 10 days served; serve four years of probation; complete a chemical dependency assessment and follow recommendations; not drink and drive; undergo random testing; and enroll in ASPEN.

At 8:15 p.m. Nov. 20, a Bemidji Police officer on routine patrol saw Headbird swerving in his lane while driving. His license tabs were expired and the left front tire was flat. The officer detected the odor of alcohol, slurred speech and bloodshot, watery eyes on Headbird, who failed field sobriety tests and registered .190 on the preliminary breath test. He was taken to the Beltrami County Jail where he registered .21 on the Intoxilyzer. His driving privileges had been suspended at the time of his arrest. Headbird had two prior DWI convictions in 1991 and 2001.

Guy Thomas SunRhodes, 23, of Bemidji pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, amended from felony first-degree assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20.

At 5 a.m. June 11, Bemidji Police officers responded to a fight involving several men wielding bottles. The officers saw a man with a bloody shirt. SunRhodes had chased the victim and stabbed him twice with a serrated kitchen knife. The victim was taken to North Country Regional Hospital, where it was determined that he would have died without emergency treatment.

Eric Scott Bailey, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to felony aiding and abetting the manufacture of methamphetamine. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10.

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.

Michael Lee Konrad, 41, of Deer River, Minn., pleaded innocent Nov. 29 to felony first-degree property damage, gross misdemeanor second-degree DWI and fourth-degree assault of a peace officer. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 10:25 p.m. Aug. 15, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a one-vehicle accident with the vehicle in a ditch. Konrad and his passenger were injured and taken to North Country Regional Hospital. At 1:10 a.m. Aug. 16, police returned to the hospital as Konrad was causing a disturbance. Konrad pushed the deputy over a desk, tried to head-butt the deputy and kicked the deputy in the stomach. In the squad car, Konrad kicked and damaged the car doors.

Konrad's license was cancelled as inimical to public safety at the time of his arrest. He also had four prior DWI convictions from 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2009.

Darrell Gene Partridge, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded innocent Nov. 29 to felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 8 a.m. Aug. 28, Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies were investigating a report of a man stabbed in the face. The victim, who was at North Country Regional Hospital, said he had been attacked by Partridge with a knife.

Partridge was on probation on a conviction for fifth-degree controlled substance crime and child endangerment at the time of his arrest. He had prior convictions for fifth-degree sale of marijuana, child endangerment, simple robbery, all in Beltrami County, and felony burglary and felony theft in Florida.

Jeffrey Fritz Carlbom, 28, of Isanti, Minn., pleaded innocent Nov. 29 to felony receiving stolen property. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

At noon Aug. 10, 2009, two men reported the theft of fishing tackle from boats on Upper Red Lake. Carlbom is charged with being among others involved in the theft.

Darren Harvey Benais, 47, of Cass Lake, pleaded innocent to gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation as inimical to public safety. He requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint: At 7:50 p.m. Sept. 1, Leech Lake Tribal Police officers stopped Benais for speeding and discovered that his license had been cancelled.

Desiree McBeth Trott, 29, of Grand Rapids, Minn., pleaded innocent to felony domestic assault. She requested a jury trial, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

According to the criminal complaint:

Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies responded to North Country Regional Hospital on a report of a woman who suffered domestic assault by Trott. The victim had been punched and had a split lip.

Trott had prior convictions for dishonored checks and fifth-degree assault in Itasca County and felony theft and false reporting in Beltrami County.

David Keith Utz, 47, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 16 to felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec.. 20.

At 4:45 p.m. Feb. 6, agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force had a confidential reliable informant buy two 80milligram tablets of oxycodone from Utz in a Bemidji business parking lot.

Evelyn Elaine Brown, 49, of Cass Lake, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Nov. 16 for misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, amended from gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault motivated by bias.

She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 86 days stayed for one year on the following conditions: She must serve four days in jail with credit for four days served; serve one year of probation; and pay fine and costs of $383.

At 6:54 p.m. April 25, a Beltrami County Sheriff's deputy responded to the report of an assault. At the residence, the deputies found a woman who had been severely beaten. Her face was swollen and covered in blood. Her eyes were swollen to the point she could hardly see. The victim had fled the scene, but Brown followed her out of the residence and continued to beat her. Brown ultimately beat her to the ground. The woman was eventually able to get up and go to a nearby residence to call for help.

Ana Maria Luna, 28, of Bemidji, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 and was sentenced Nov. 29 for gross misdemeanor check forgery, amended from felony check forgery.

She was sentenced to one year in jail with 338 days stayed for two years on the following conditions: She must serve 27 days in jail with credit for 18 days served; serve two years of probation; pay fine and costs of $580; and pay restitution.

At 5:20 p.m. May 2, 2007, she forged a check for $193.73 at a Bemidji business. She had a prior conviction for gross misdemeanor theft in 2005.

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