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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BLACKDUCK -- Two men who burglarized a Blackduck residence in August were sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court. Derick Jay Borntrager, 28, of Hines and Billie Joe Large, 25, of Bemidji were arrested after Large's wallet was found in a stolen ATV that was abandoned on the Paul Bunyan Trail. Borntrager and Hines were linked to a burglary in Blackduck where two ATVs, a flatbed trailer, collectible beer signs and firearms were stolen. Borntrager received a five-year prison sentence, which was stayed for 15-years, on a possession of a pistol or assault weapon charge.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman connected to a van theft in November pleaded not guilty Monday in Beltrami County District Court. Jessica Tara Barney, 32, faces a felony simple robbery charge for her alleged involvement in the beating of a man in a mall parking lot Nov. 21. Barney and a male accomplice were identified as his attackers and arrested. The victim told law enforcement he met Barney at a shelter and drove her to the mall. Barney reportedly went into the mall and returned with three people who jumped the victim and stole his van. Two of the people were not charged.
RED LAKE -- The Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Tribal Council unanimously approved Tuesday a study on how medicinal marijuana and industrial hemp could benefit the Red Lake Nation. Many American Indian tribes began discussing the potential of marijuana and hemp on reservations after the federal Department of Justice released a memo Dec. 11 in response to some tribes requesting guidance on the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act on tribal lands by the U.S.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Tuesday: DWI 5:21 a.m. A 28-year-old woman was arrested for DWI on Highway 89 NW and Sweet Sap Road NW. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls on Tuesday: Sex crime 7:35 a.m. A 39-year-old man was arrested for a sexual assault on the 900 block of Park Ave. NW. Theft 6:15 p.m. A 52-year-old woman was cited for shoplifting on the 2000 block of Paul Bunyan Drive NW.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Wednesday. 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 Monday: Accident 8:43 a.m. A vehicle went off the road on the 5800 block of Leonardway Road SW and hit a tree, no injuries reported. 10:48 a.m. A 19-year-old was cited following a two car accident on Bemidji Road NE and Bunchberry Lane NE. Assault 11:06 a.m. A 48-year-old man was arrested following a report of domestic assault on the 29000 block of Cass RIver Road SE in Pennington. Burglary 12:03 p.m.
The following people were booked into the Beltrami County Jail Tuesday. The charges listed here do not necessarily reflect the nature of the counts that may be levied against them...
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman has been convicted of felony assault after stabbing a man in October. Theressa Marie Myers, 43, was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court on Jan. 5 to 90 days in the Beltrami County Jail for felony third-degree assault. She was credited with 90 days time served. Myers has been placed on five years supervised probation. Myers was arrested Oct. 21 after law enforcement responded to a report of a man who had been stabbed in his back. According to court documents, Myers said she argued with the man but denied stabbing him.
BEMIDJI -- The Nameless Coalition for the Homeless began as an unnamed group of well-intentioned people in October 2013. While progress has been slow, the mission has stayed steady --...
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man has pleaded guilty to assaulting an 8-week-old baby in July. Donny Lee Carlsen, 38, pleaded not guilty to felony first-degree assault Oct. 28. Carlsen entered a guilty plea by plea agreement in Beltrami County District Court on Jan. 6. Carlsen was arrested July 8 for inflicting injuries on his 8-week-old son two days earlier. Carlsen is accused of striking the infant in the face, shaking the baby and then dropping him while attempting to answer his cellphone.