Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues 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 -- Beltrami County Commissioners discussed two topics at Tuesday's county board meeting that have been on the agenda throughout the year -- homelessness in the area and increased capacity and functionality in the jail. People in tune with the homelessness situation in Bemidji have already heard of a possible shelter coming in the next three to five years. What's new is a potential funding source. "This past year was an unprecedented year at the state Legislature. There was $100 million allocated for affordable housing," said Rick Klun, executive director with Center City Housing.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Monday: Burglary 10:52 a.m. A break-in was reported of an outbuilding in Durand Township on the 19600 block of Irvine Ave. NW. Empty gas cans were taken. 4:11 p.m. A Roseau County resident reported a break-in to a seasonal hunting property north of Funkley on the 29400 block of Highway 71. Fire 4:56 p.m. A fire was reported in the jail on the 600 block of Minnesota Ave. NW.
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...
BEMIDJI -- A Minneapolis woman who attempted to outrun the law appeared Monday in Beltrami County District Court. Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, was arrested south of Bemidji in May when she and two men attempted to transport 43 grams of methamphetamine from Minneapolis to the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to court documents. Rodriguez is charged with felony first-degree drug sale, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. One of her conspirators, Joseph Jacob Thunder III, 47, of Redby, was sentenced to 69 months in prison in August.
BEMIDJI -- Dwight Jones and Cory Jones made their initial appearances Monday in Beltrami County District Court since their involvement in a recent shooting incident near Cass Lake. Dwight Thomas Jones, 37, and Cory J. Walter Jones, 26, both of Cass Lake, were identified by a witness as shooting and assaulting two men from White Earth on Sept.
WALKER -- A Walker man was sentenced for his part in breaking into a Hackensack liquor store in June. Curtis Eugene Hoffman III, 22, was convicted Sept. 29 in Cass County District Court of felony third-degree burglary. Hoffman has been sentenced to 90 days local confinement in the Cass County Jail, of which 57 days is stayed for five years. Hoffman has been credited with 33 days served. A warrant was issued for Hoffman's arrest after failing to appear at a hearing Aug. 18.
HUBBARD COUNTY -- Two men arrested in connection with copper theft and damage to the former Ainsworth Plant in Hubbard County have plead guilty to burglary charges. Roderick John Goose, 47, of Walker, and Jeffrey Allen Goose, 28, of Cass Lake, were each charged with two counts of felony theft, one count of felony third-degree burglary and two counts of felony first-degree damage to property. Both men pleaded guilty to the burglary charge Sept.
WALKER -- One of two men involved in a stabbing in Cass Lake in August pleaded not guilty Wednesday to all charges in Cass County Court. Sheldon James Armstrong III, 22, of Cass Lake is charged with felony charges of first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, second-degree assault and theft after he and an accomplice allegedly assaulted and stabbed a victim and attempted to drive him over with his own truck. Armstrong's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20. Armstrong's accomplice, Travis Richard Paquette, 18, of Bemidji, faces identical charges.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS -- Two people arrested in connection with 11 burglaries in six communities have been sentenced in Koochiching County Court. Brandon George Howard Sr., 34, of Redby, and Holly Beth Johnson, 30, of Redwood Falls, were arrested in July by Red Lake Tribal Police. The two were suspected in burglaries that occurred at seasonal cabins and unoccupied residences in Roosevelt, Benville, Shooks, Spruce, Minnie and Bemidji Townships. Howard was convicted Sept. 29 of felony second-degree burglary. He was sentenced to 28 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Friday: DWI 1:09 a.m. A 24-year-old man was arrested for DWI following a traffic stop for a suspicious vehicle on Miles Ave. SE. Drugs 2:24 p.m. A 27-year-old man was arrested for fifth-degree controlled substance after a marijuana grow search warrant was executed on the 1600 block of Pamela Court NW. Thirty-three mature growing plants were found along with additional pounds of marijuana seized. 2:37 p.m.