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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BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man charged with felony assault on an 8-week-old baby boy in July plead not guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court. Donny Lee Carlsen, 38, was arrested July 8 after law enforcement served him with an arrest warrant for allegedly inflicting injuries on his 8-week-old son two days earlier. The child was life-flighted to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo where it was determined he suffered brain injuries.Carlsen is accused of striking the infant in the face, shaking the baby and then dropping him while attempting to answer his cellphone.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman appeared in Beltrami County District Court on Tuesday facing a felony charge after allegedly using a stun gun on another woman outside a local pharmacy. Jessica Marie Hughes, 21, is charged with use of a stun gun while not defending self or property after she used an "electronic incapacitation device" to assault a woman, according to court documents. Use of a stun gun when not defending yourself or property carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A female victim called Bemidji police at approximately 10 p.m. on Oct. 24.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Warrant 2:31 a.m. A 22-year-old man was arrested on a warrant and cited for driving after...
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Friday, Oct. 24: 3:29 p.m. Wildland fire on the 14600 block of County Road 9. 5:27 p.m. Medical call on...
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...
HUBBARD COUNTY -- One man was sentenced Monday in Hubbard County Court for his part in stealing copper from a local lumber mill. One of his accomplices skipped court and...
BELTRAMI COUNTY -- A Cass Lake man was sentenced Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to 12 years in prison for his part in a drug deal gone wrong this spring. Joseph Harvey Bellanger, 32, was arrested in March after a male and a female victim told law enforcement Bellanger and three other people took them against their will, detained, beat and terrorized them before leaving them in a secluded location.
BEMIDJI -- A Richfield, Minn., man was sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court to eight years in prison for his part in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Alex Dejesus-Zuniga, 19, was arrested in May with two other people while attempting to transport 43 grams of methamphetamine from the Twin Cities to the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Dejesus-Zuniga, Joseph Jacob Thunder III, 47, of Redby and Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, of Richfield, were picked up on on U.S.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Wednesday: Accident 7:41 a.m. A single vehicle property damage accident involving a deer occurred on Bemidji Road NE. No injuries reported. Warrant 7:42 a.m. A 21-year-old man was arrested on a warrant on the 600 block of Minnesota Ave. NW. 8:30 p.m.
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...