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 — Weather in Bemidji last week was ideal for camping. In fact, one man was camping in the woods last Monday — when Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a suspicious person call. The man was staying in a tent until his employment in the area was complete. The man had some shelter and the weather was cooperating. That isn't always the case. Homelessness in Bemidji isn't a new concern. A trend of known homeless people dying on the streets has become the norm the past two years; the most recent cases a man and a woman who passed away this autumn.
BAGLEY -- The last of five people arrested in a methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drug bust in Bagley was sentenced Tuesday in Clearwater County District Court to three years in prison. The arrests began in January and ended in April. Thomas Eugene Shook Sr., 44, of Bagley was sentenced to 39 months and 18 days in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for a felony third-degree drug sale charge. Shook was sentenced concurrently to 15 months in prison for a felony fourth-degree drug sale charge. A fifth-degree drug sale charge was dismissed.
BEMIDJI -- A Grygla man who led law enforcement on a high speed chase onto the Red Lake Indian Reservation in August has been found incompetent to stand trial. Timothy Lance Scott, 33, was arrested and charged with DWI, felony fleeing a peace officer and first-degree assault. Scott was spotted by a Minnesota State Trooper traveling east on U.S. Highway 2 west of Wilton at 84 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone.
BEMIDJI -- A Michigan man arrested with 11 pounds of marijuana in Bemidji plead guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court. Richard Jay Barbour, 62, of Spring Lake, Mich., is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Barbour was arrested Aug. 29 on U.S. Highway 2 after a Minnesota State Patrol Trooper clocked him at 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. Law enforcement learned Barbour was ordered by the state of Michigan to undergo a mental health evaluation, he was transported to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man pleaded not guilty last week in Beltrami County District Court to felony drug charges. A search warrant executed on his residence in October revealed marijuana plants and mushrooms. Andrew Joseph Haman, 27, is charged with felony fifth-degree possession of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms. Haman was arrested Oct. 3 in Grant Valley Township and attempted to avoid arrest by fleeing deputies.
BEMIDJI -- Three presumably intoxicated men and a car flipped on its roof resting in Gull Lake was the scene that awaited Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office deputies in Hagali Township...
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman is facing an assault charge for allegedly stabbing a man a month after she was connected to a separate stabbing incident. Theressa Marie Myers, 43,...
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Friday (Oct. 17): 4:42 p.m. Medical at Walmart. 7:16 p.m. Extinguish illegal burn structure fire on the 19900 block of...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Theft 8:26 a.m. A stolen vehicle on the 7100 block of Pete Lane NW was towed...
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...