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 -- A warrant has been issued for a man arrested in Red Lake earlier this month for heroin possession. Christopher Erving Peoples, 33, was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with felony fifth-degree possession of heroin. Peoples failed to appear at a hearing in Beltrami County District Court on Monday. On Oct. 3, Peoples was located in a basement of a residence on the 23300 block of Highway 1 in Red Lake, where officers found a digital scale, a micro bag of a brown substance believed to be heroin and numerous drug paraphernalia items.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man plead guilty Thursday to felony drug sale. Shawn Elston Jackson, 47, is the first in a group of four people arrested for first-degree sale of methamphetamine to plead guilty in Beltrami County District Court. Jackson was arrested in June after Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force narcotics agents conducted multiple search warrants and seized a large amount of cash, vehicles and other evidence in Puposky, Minn.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man received a 25 year prison sentence for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in 2013. Jeremy Bruce Cournoyer, 34, was sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct to 300 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud with 99 years conditional release after confinement. Cournoyer faced a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Cournoyer plead not guilty to the charge Oct. 25, 2013 and was found guilty by the court June 17.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Monday: Weapons offenses 8:29 p.m. Deputies responded to Sanford for a male with a gunshot wound to his hand. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls on Monday: Theft 8:36 a.m. Political campaign signs were reported stolen on 30th Street NW and Hannah Ave. NW. 6:05 p.m. A 28-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting on the 1100 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW. 6:20 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...
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Friday: Warrant 9:20 a.m. A 30-year-old man was arrested on a warrant on the 600 block of Minnesota Ave. NW. 11:06 a.m. A 32-year-old man was arrested on a warrant on the 600 block of Minnesota Ave. NW. Accident 3:25 a.m. A squad car accident was reported on Peterson Lake Road NE. 7:24 a.m. A 60-year-old man was cited following a two vehicle property damage crash on N Plantagenet Road SE and County State Aid Highway 36. 11:36 a.m.
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 -- Before the sun's rays illuminated the Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon course Saturday morning, the volunteers had already risen to the occasion. Course setters were on the path at 3 a.m. and volunteers were the last people to set foot on the race routes as they retrieved mile markers. "One thing I've been stressing, is without volunteers, this event wouldn't happen," said Bemidji Blue Ox Marathon Volunteer Coordinator Jill Bitker. Bitker slept in Saturday, she didn't arrive at the race site until 6 a.m.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: DWI 8:08 a.m. A 23-year-old man was arrested for DWI on Old Long Lake Road NW...
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Friday: 9:17 p.m. Medical on the 1000 block of Beltrami Ave. NW. The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following...