Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or email@example.com
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REDBY—Recently released search warrants revealed additional details of a shooting that triggered a multi-county manhunt last week. In a Dec. 1 post to Twitter, the FBI issued a release asking for help apprehending Derek Jon Paddy, 21, of Red Lake. The tweet said that Paddy was involved in a Nov. 23 armed robbery and a Nov. 30 shooting on the reservation, and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI would not provide any more information to the Pioneer.
CASS LAKE—Six months after Leech Lake band members voted to build a new casino in Cass Lake, officials broke ground at the construction site Thursday. Various officials, including Leech Lake Tribal Chairman Faron Jackson, Sr., Secretary/Treasurer Arthur LaRose and tribal council member LeRoy Fairbanks III expressed excitement for the upcoming project during the event, held near the current Leech Lake Gaming Administration Building.
DULUTH -- A Redby man charged with a federal drug crime pleaded not guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin during a Nov. 27 hearing. Cody Jorrell Loud, Sr. was charged Oct. 18 in U.S. District Court, more than 15 months after Red Lake police found thousands of dollars in cash and more than 100 grams of heroin in his trailer home within the boundaries of the Red Lake reservation.
RED LAKE—Days after the historic St. Mary's Mission Church in Red Lake burned to the ground, people whose lives have been touched by the church are attempting to raise money to help rebuild. One GoFundMe page, started by Troy Bauer, a youth minister at St. Katharine Drexel in Ramsey, Minn., has already raised $990 in just four days. Bauer first visited St. Mary's school in 2012 while running a mission trip and wanted to help the church get back on its feet when he heard about the fire.
BEMIDJI—The Disney version of the Pocahontas story is almost universally known: John Smith arrives in the Americas along with other white settlers and is captured by Natives, then rescued by Pocahontas. Everything ends well, and nobody gets hurt. But Simone Senogles knows that story isn't true. "Pocahontas was one of the first missing and murdered indigenous women," Senogles said during a Tuesday-night event meant to unpack the history of the highly popular myth. "It's still happening today."
RED LAKE -- The wreckage of St. Mary’s Mission Church was still smoldering at noon Saturday as congregants stood at the edge of a caution-tape boundary, paying their respects. The historic church, which has served the Red Lake Reservation since the 1800s, burned to the ground overnight, leaving nothing but the chimney intact. Charred debris had traveled the entire length of the large field that separated the church from the nearby fire station, and wood splinters showed where the bell tower had stood.
BEMIDJI -- Two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji temporarily closed Thursday after more than two dozen people contracted salmonella after eating there. Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health, said the department has confirmed 27 cases, and received reports of four more probable cases. Both Burger King sites voluntarily decided to close Thursday.
REDBY -- Police are searching for a suspect after a shooting Thursday in Redby, according to law enforcement. Scanner chatter indicated the shooting occurred at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday, and that the suspect could be headed toward International Falls or the Warroad area and could be armed and dangerous.
UPPER RED LAKE -- Law enforcement and a local resort are urging people who ice fish to use caution when venturing out following the death of two anglers Monday. Searchers recovered the bodies of Melissa Marie Seidenstricker, 30, of Princeton, Minn., and Zeth Grey Knyphausen, 29, of Stacy, Minn. at about 3 p.m. Monday. The pair had rented a sleeper fish house from Rogers’ on RED resort and had failed to return from their fishing trip Sunday night. A friend alerted police to their disappearance.
CASS LAKE -- Three people sought by police after the Nov. 12 murder of a Cass Lake woman have been found, but law enforcement would not discuss details related to the location of the trio Wednesday.