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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RED LAKE -- Candidates for Red Lake School Board agreed that preservation of the Ojibwe language in the schools is a top priority and that student-teacher communication is key in the students' development. Kathryn "Jody" Beaulieu, Chris Jourdain, Roy Nelson and Tina Stately took part in a candidate fair at Seven Clans Casino and Event Center in Red Lake on Wednesday. The event was presented by the Red Lake Political Education Committee, a tribal non-profit, non-partisan organization.
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...
BEMIDJI -- Candidates to be the next Beltrami County Attorney highlighted their differences in a League of Women Voters debate Tuesday night at Bemidji City Hall. Beltrami County Attorney candidates Annie Claesson-Huseby and David Hanson countered comments between questions while Beltrami County Commissioner candidates Matt Bliss and Keith Winger agreed on a few points. Consistent with his platform, Hanson's opening comments included mention that Beltrami County has one of the highest crime rates in the state of Minnesota, something he would like to change. Claesson-Huseby stayed consistent
BEMIDJI -- How will the global pandemic of Ebola affect Beltrami County? Chances are it won't. Beltrami County Emergency Management Director Chris Muller presented commissioners with information on Ebola at...
BAGLEY -- The last of five people arrested in a methamphetamine and pharmaceutical drug bust in Bagley has pleaded guilty to felony drug sale charges. The arrests began in January and ended in April. Thomas Eugene Shook Sr., 44, of Bagley amended his not guilty plea entered in June to guilty Wednesday in Clearwater County District Court. Shook is charged with one count of felony third-degree drug sale and one count of fourth-degree drug sale. Shook is scheduled for sentencing Wednesday.
BEMIDJI -- Chris Muller hasn't yet completed a full year as Beltrami County emergency management director and he's already been recognized as the best in the state. The Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers named Muller 2014 State Director of the Year. He was presented an award in September at the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers' annual banquet. Muller's cheerful demeanor, use of social media and weather and spotter training were noted as reasons he was nominated. "Emergency management takes several of my interests and puts them into a career," Muller said.
BELTRAMI COUNTY -- A Cass Lake man was sentenced to eight years in prison for kidnapping and false imprisonment, but will only spend 321 days in the Beltrami County Jail. Robert Joseph Jones, 33, was convicted Wednesday in Beltrami County District Court on two counts of felony kidnapping and two counts of false imprisonment. Jones was sentenced to eight years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, but that time is stayed for 20 years. Jones was sentenced to 321 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail and credited with 214 days time served.
BEMIDJI -- A Minneapolis woman who attempted to bring methamphetamine to the Red Lake Indian Reservation pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to a felony drug sale charge. Delisha Rae Rodriguez, 25, is charged with felony first-degree drug sale, which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Rodriguez was arrested in May when she and two men were en route from Minneapolis to Red Lake with 43 grams of meth. One of the men, Joseph Jacob Thunder III, 47, of Redby, was sentenced to 69 months in prison in August.
BEMIDJI -- A Walker man is facing felony arson charges after he lit his shirt and a mattress on fire in the Beltrami County Jail. George Skye Tikayne, 20, was arrested for violating conditions of his probation for a second-degree burglary conviction and underage consumption of alcohol on Oct. 6. Tikayne was booked into the Beltrami County Jail and placed in a holding cell.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Warrant 3:23 p.m. A 29-year-old woman was arrested on a warrant on the 600 block of...