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.
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WHITE EARTH—A Mahnomen woman accused of breaking into a man's home and stabbing him in March has entered pleas to felony charges in Clearwater County District Court. Serena Oppegard, 41, was facing felony first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and second-degree assault charges. Oppegard pleaded not guilty to the charges April 29 but changed her plea through a plea agreement May 15. The second-degree assault charge was changed to third-degree. When law enforcement arrived at the scene on Strawberry Mountain Road in Clearwater County at approximately 5:13 a.m.
WALKER -- The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two men who died of apparent gunshot wounds near Walker on May 12. According to a release issued...
BEMIDJI—Charges against three men charged with felony fifth-degree drug sale have been dismissed in Beltrami County District Court. Kyle Bruers, 19, of Bagley, and Austin Tischman, 19, of Wilton, were arrested along with Cody Graser, 19, of Wilton, in December after law enforcement responded to a report of an armed home invasion at their Wilton residence. Charges against Bruers and Tischman were dismissed on May 11. The charge against Graser was dismissed April 22. During the home invasion, a bullet was shot through a wall.
CASS LAKE—It started as a splattering of blue specks Thursday morning and evolved into a sea of cyan waving through the streets of Cass Lake. Walkers, runners and anyone willing to go the distance—five kilometers—donned matching blue t-shirts and hit the trail for the Leech Lake Diabetes Fitness Center's 23rd annual Memorial Walk/Run. Leech Lake Diabetes Fitness Center director Eric Jackson said the event takes place each year on the Thursday before Memorial Day as a reminder of those who have gone before us.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman accused of tasing a woman in a Bemidji pharmacy parking lot has been sentenced to local jail time. Jessica Hughes, 21, was convicted of gross misdemeanor for using a stun gun while not defending self or property. She was originally charged with a felony-level offense. Hughes was sentenced to 15 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail on May 12. A 365-day sentence has been stayed for two years. She has been credited with three days time served.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Wednesday. Property damage 8:47 a.m. Damage to side of residence on the 5200 block of Irvine Ave. NW. Appeared to be shot with a BB gun, unknown amount of damage. Seatbelt 4:25 p.m. A 22-year-old man was cited for no seatbelt on Irvine Ave. NW and Landscape Lane NW. 4:42 p.m. A 24-year-old man was cited for no seatbelt on Lakewood Drive NW and Chipmunk Court NW. Theft 12:48 p.m.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Wednesday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
RED LAKE—An edutainment park popped up Wednesday next to the Red Lake Elementary School where students took a break from the classroom for the 11th annual Activity Day. Children in kindergarten through fifth-grade visited 40 activity stations developed by Red Lake physical education instructors Angela Lauderbaugh and Denise Houle. Lauderbaugh, who teaches kindergartners, said Activity Day was created to help promote collaboration, communication and peacemaking.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Tuesday. Property damage 9:14 p.m. A 50-year-old woman was arrested following a property damage complaint on Mission Road SE in Cass Lake. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Tuesday. Violation 11:12 a.m. A 31-year-old woman was arrested for violation of probation on the 600 block of Beltrami Ave. NW. Seatbelt 8:33 a.m.
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...