Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. 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.
- Member for
- 1 year 6 months
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.
WALKER -- Two men who robbed a Hackensack liquor store in June have plead guilty in Cass County Court. Curtis Eugene Hoffman III, 22, of Walker and Jeffrey Allen Goose, 28, of Cass Lake entered guilty pleas to felony third-degree burglary on June 26. Each faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The Cass County Sheriff's Office reported three people were arrested for burglarizing the Hackensack Municipal Off-Sale Liquor Store on June 10. Video footage of two individuals confirmed Goose and Hoffman had broken into the establishment.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl pleaded not guilty in Beltrami County Court this week. Matthew August Loos, 28, faces a felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for an alleged incident that took place in May 2013. According to court documents, Loos had sex with an 11-year-old girl while she was sleeping. In a statement given to law enforcement, Loos denied engaging in sexual contact with the girl. If convicted, Loos could spend up to 30 years in prison and be charged a maximum $40,000 fine.
BEMIDJI -- One of three people arrested for transporting methamphetamine to Red Lake from the Twin Cities in May has plead not guilty. Joseph Jacob "Jake" Thunder III, 47, of Redby entered a not guilty plea in Beltrami County Court on June 23. He is accused of working with Alex "Sparky" Dejesus-Zuniga, 18, and Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, of Richfield, Minn., to bring 43 grams of meth onto the Red Lake reservation. All three face first-degree conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine charges. They were apprehended by law enforcement on U.S.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Thursday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
WALKER -- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe members traveled from the tribal government headquarters in Cass Lake to Walker to host the 2014 Inauguration Ceremony at Northern Lights Event Center on Thursday. A new secretary/treasurer, District 1 and District 2 representatives were sworn into office. Arthur "Archie" LaRose defeated incumbent secretary/treasurer Donald J. Finn in the 2014 election. LaRose was sworn in by Walter Chase. District 1 Representative Robbie Howe did not seek reelection. Penny DeVault was voted into the District 1 office over James Howard.
BAGLEY -- The third of five people arrested for selling methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drugs in Clearwater County was sentenced Wednesday. Eric Dacus, 39, of Bagley was convicted of one count of felony second-degree controlled substance sale. Dacus was sentenced to 58 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater. He was credited with 86 days time served and must pay $1,100 in restitution. Dacus plead guilty to the charge June 4. Dacus sold methamphetamine to an informant in Bagley in late February, court documents said.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Wednesday: DWI 4:18 a.m. A 44-year-old man was arrested for DWI following a report of a van...