Crystal Dey covers crime, courts and Beltrami county government for The Bemidji Pioneer. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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BEMIDJI -- A second opinion will be sought before a Bemidji woman accused of manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old child can be civilly committed by the court as mentally ill. Rachel Downer, 22, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after her 6-year-old cousin, Mercedes Mayfield, died while in her care. Mayfield was found outside an apartment complex in Bemidji on Feb. 27. The cause of death was hypothermia. Downer appeared in Beltrami County Court on Wednesday afternoon for a commitment hearing.
BEMIDJI -- A woman who was part of a four person methamphetamine bust in June plead not guilty to drug sale charges Monday in Beltrami County Court. Tamara Sue Halverson, 45, of Bemidji, is charged with one count of felony first-degree sale of methamphetamine.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Tuesday: Violation 9:18 a.m. A 31-year-old man was arrested on a probation violation on Alvwood Road NE...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Tuesday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man on Monday appeared in Beltrami County Court for an assault charge after allegedly running over a woman's arm and dragging her down a driveway with his car. Jeremy Mitchell Rudnick, 26, is charged with one count of felony third-degree assault after an altercation on Aug. 19. According to court documents, Rudnick knew he had struck a female with his car before fleeing the scene. Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of domestic assault at approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19 on Bemidji Road NE.
BEMIDJI -- A Redby man was convicted Monday in Beltrami County Court for conspiring to transport 43 grams of methamphetamine from the Twin Cities to the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Joseph Jacob Thunder III, 47, of Redby, was sentenced for felony second-degree drug sale to 69 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Thunder was arrested on U.S. Highway 71 south of Bemidji on May 23. Alex "Sparky" Dejesus-Zuniga, 18, and Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, both of Richfield were also arrested at that time.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Monday: Burglary 11:35 a.m. Deputies responded to a burglary on Beighley Road NE in Blackduck. 12:22 p.m...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Monday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
WALKER -- Law enforcement is seeking the whereabouts of a man involved in a liquor store robbery in June. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Curtis Eugene Hoffman III on Aug. 18 after he failed to appear at a hearing in Cass County Court. Hoffman, 22, of Walker is charged with felony third-degree burglary after he and Jeffrey Allen Goose robbed the Hackensack Municipal Off-Sale Liquor Store on June 10. The men were captured on video stealing bottles of Captain Morgan. Goose was convicted of felony third-degree burglary on Aug. 4.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Friday: Drugs 3:34 a.m. A 20-year-old man, 22-year-old man and 24-year-old man were cited following a suspicious...