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 -- A woman who attempted to burn down her trailer house to evict her son was convicted of felony first-degree arson Monday. Mary June Klasen, 57, of Bemidji was arrested for arson when she lit two fires at her mobile home at Roosevelt Manor Mobile Home Park on April 30. Klasen was sentenced to a stayed prison sentence of four years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee.
Fire Report The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Thursday: 2:34 p.m. Car vs. scooter on 4th Street NW and Bemidji Ave. 3:10 p.m. Motor vehicle crash...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Tuesday: Violation 7:53 a.m. A 44-year-old man was arrested for a probation violation on the 2100 block...
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...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Assault 2:24 p.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested for domestic assault on the 700 block of...
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Friday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in April 2013 has plead guilty in Beltrami County Court. Jeremy Bruce Cournoyer, 33, of Bemidji is charged with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He amended his not guilty plea entered in October to guilty in late June after he waived his right to a jury trial and opted to have Beltrami County Judge John Melbye hear his case in a court trial.
BEMIDJI -- America. Land of the free and the home of the brave. But brave people already called this land home before Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner," before Europeans declared their freedom from Great Britain on land already occupied by other nations native to North America. Those nations are being reanimated through a self-taught mapmaker's vision. Aaron Carapella, a self-described "mixed-blood Cherokee" from Oklahoma has created pre-European settler maps of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
BEMIDJI -- A Fosston man has plead guilty in Beltrami County Court to his part in an armed robbery in Bemidji in March. Riley William Burns, 18, Fosston, entered a guilty plea June 23. Burns was arrested along with Michael Todd Fineday Jr., 19, of Bemidji after the pair forced their way into a Bemidji home and demanded to know from the people living there the whereabouts of a person they believed to have money and marijuana. Both men are charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated robbery.
BEMIDJI -- A Redby man plead guilty in Beltrami County Court to charges in a Bemidji stabbing incident in May. Orland James Spears, 23, is charged with felony first-degree burglary in possession of a dangerous weapon and second degree assault. He entered a guilty plea June 20. Spears is accused of stabbing a 71-year-old man at his home when Spears asked to use his telephone.