Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations 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 -- The final member of a trio who attempted to transport methamphetamine from the Twin Cities to Red Lake has been sentenced. Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, of Minneapolis was sentenced Nov. 10 in Beltrami County District Court to six years in prison for felony first degree drug sale. Rodriguez was arrested in May with Alex Dejesus-Zuniga and Joseph Jacob Thunder III when the Jeep they were in was stopped south of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man was found guilty of felony terroristic threats Thursday in Beltrami County District Court. Kenneth Oscar Osmundson, 24, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats-reckless disregard after he attempted to kill himself and a passenger by rolling his car on U.S. Highway 2 in July, according to court documents. Osmundson pleaded not guilty to the charges in September. A second-degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and a $14,000 fine.
BEMIDJI -- One of two men arrested in connection with a shooting near Cass Lake in September has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge. Cory J. Walter Jones, 26, of Cass Lake pleaded not guilty to ineligible person in possession of a firearm in Beltrami County District Court on Nov. 10. Jones was arrested along with Dwight Thomas Jones, 37, of Cass Lake after a witness identified them as the men who shot and assaulted two White Earth men in September. The men reportedly fought over a debt before Dwight allegedly shot one of the men. Dwight Jones fled the scene and was later apprehended.
BLACKDUCK -- Two men linked to a burglary in Blackduck have pleaded not guilty to felony charges. Derick Jay Borntrager, 28, of Hines, and Billie Joe Large, 25, of Bemidji, each entered not guilty pleas in Beltrami County District Court on Nov.
BEMIDJI -- A former resident of Eckles Township has been sentenced to two months in the Beltrami County Jail for an arson charge from 2012. Donald Michael Roy, 39, of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to a felony second-degree arson charge in September. He was sentenced Nov. 10 in Beltrami County District Court to 63 days local confinement and credited with 42 days time served. Roy has been placed on 10 years supervised probation and must pay a $1,000 fine. Roy is accused of intentionally setting fire to a home he was purchasing on the 5000 block of Fireside Drive Northwest in April 2012.
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Thursday: 6:38 p.m. Ice rescue of an animal on the 700 block of Woodland Ave. SW. The Bemidji Fire Department...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Friday: Burglary 8:00 a.m. A 25-year-old man was arrested following a report of a burglary in progress...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Sunday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Friday.
BEMIDJI -- Picture in your mind a homeless person. Now visualize a middle school student retrieving two grocery bags from his locker. The two are one in the same. During Angie Lauderbaugh's five years as homeless student liaison with Bemidji Area Schools, she has worked with many students who don't have a home to go to when the final bell rings. One child was a boy who carried all of his belongings to and from school everyday in plastic grocery bags. He would spend time at the Boys & Girls Club and Evergreen Youth and Family Services shelter outside of school.