Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and Beltrami county government 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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BEMIDJI -- Children and teenagers in the Bemidji area are ranking high in the wrong categories according to a Kids Count study done by Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. Community members gathered Monday morning at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji to explore why Beltrami County youth is maintaining higher than state averages in child poverty, teen births and high school dropouts.
Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls on Friday: Warrant 8:39 p.m. A 57-year-old man was arrested on a warrant after officers responded to the 1100 block of 1st Street E to remove an intoxicated male from the residence. The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls on Saturday: Warrant 1:04 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 -- A Bemidji man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for his part in a methamphetamine drug bust in the Puposky area in June. Shawn Elston Jackson, 47, was convicted Monday in Beltrami County District Court on two counts of felony first-degree drug sale. Jackson was sentenced to 86 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud for the first count and to a concurrent 110 month prison sentence for the second count.
BEMIDJI -- A Cass Lake man was sentenced Tuesday in Beltrami County District Court to 90 days in jail on a felony criminal sexual conduct charge. Ira Ray Mercurio-Keezer, 37, is accused of molesting a 5-year-old girl in February while she was visiting family in Bemidji. Keezer was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct which carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. Keezer pleaded not guilty Sept. 8.
RED LAKE -- The Red Lake High School gymnasium was transformed into a hub of health Friday afternoon during the Eighth annual Teen Health Fair. Since 2006, the school has been hosting the event to foster students' faith in the community and introduce them to available resources. Community Education Resource Coordinator Victoria Graves said the fair is in response to the 2005 school shooting tragedy, which had a lasting effect on students. "It's holistic healing for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health," Graves said.
BEMIDJI -- Calvary Lutheran Church was the first to take a weeklong Servants of Shelter shift this season. Where will homeless people sleep this Sunday night? "We've already encountered our first casualty," said John Szurpicki, youth minister at Crossroads Church and member of the Servants of Shelter steering committee. "The week of Nov. 9 to 16 is vacant." On Wednesday, a dozen people were served by the program and Szurpicki knows that number will reach the 20 maximum capacity rate soon as the cold weather continues to settle into Northern Minnesota.
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Accident 2:54 a.m. Vehicle struck a deer on Highway 2 and 5th Street NW. No injuries...
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...
BEMIDJI -- A former teacher at Voyageurs Expeditionary School in Bemidji has been sentenced to four months in jail for felony criminal sexual conduct after he was found guilty of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. Paul Joseph Johnson, 49, of Backus, Minn., was sentenced Monday in Beltrami County District Court to 120 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail. A three-year prison sentence was stayed for 15 years while Johnson is on supervised probation. He was given conditional release after 10 years and credited with four days time served.