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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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.
BEMIDJI -- A Red Lake woman has been sentenced to serve 15 days in jail for causing a crash that injured a passenger in June. Melvina Rose May, 49, was convicted Sept. 30 in Beltrami County District Court of criminal vehicular operation of a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more. May's blood alcohol level was 0.184 when she rolled her Ford F150 on Highway 89 south of Scribner Road Northwest in June. A passenger in May's vehicle was injured in the accident. May was sentenced to 365 days in the Beltrami County Jail, of which 350 days are stayed for three years.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Saturday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
BEMIDJI -- A Laporte man has been convicted of criminal sexual conduct following an incident that occurred in Bemidji in February. William James Francisco, 22, was originally charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony level offense. Francisco plead guilty to a fifth-degree charge, a gross misdemeanor, in Beltrami County District Court in July. He was sentenced Sept.
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...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Drugs 9:58 a.m. A 31-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman, a 25-year-old man and a 24-year-old man...
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Thursday, Sept. 25: 1:01 p.m. Three vehicle motor vehicle crash near the 6600 block of Bemidji Ave. N. The Bemidji...
CASS LAKE -- Gov. Dayton has responded to the death of 4-year-old Eric Dean by creating a new task force to protect children. Dean was murdered in 2013 as a result of abuse and maltreatment in his home that had been reported 15 times in Pope County. Dayton announced appointments to the 26-person Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children on Friday. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairwoman Carri Jones is one of the appointees. Jones has also been named as a 2014 Native American “40 under 40” award recipient.