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 -- On a Monday afternoon in Bemidji, three high school girls wait for a man in a van to pick them up after school. Each has a different reason for getting into the vehicle. For two of the girls, it's meth; for the other, it's pills and alcohol. All three are driven to an apartment building north of town -- where they bond in abstaining from their drug of choice, where they rock the sober lifestyle. "The majority drug of choice, or DOC, is marijuana but we do get some cases of alcohol and meth as well," said Rock Sober Coordinator Corey Medina. Medina is the man in the van.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man charged with felony possession of pornography was sentenced Friday in Beltrami County District Court to a stayed prison sentence and time served. Max Arnett Lussier, 56, was convicted of possession of pornographic work involving minors. Lussier was arrested in October after images of children engaged in sexual acts were traced to his computer IP address. Images included video clips of adult males engaging in sexual acts with prepubescent females. Lussier was sentenced to 84 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail, which has been served.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man who assaulted officers at the Beltrami County Jail in April was sentenced for felony assault in Beltrami County District Court. Nakaylin James Yost, 20, was charged with fourth-degree assault after he assaulted two corrections officers while he was an inmate at the Beltrami County Jail on April 4. Yost was sentenced to 111 days local confinement in the same jail Feb.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man charged with felony assault for stabbing a man in September was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court to 18 months in prison. Jonathan Garrick Beaulieu, 19, was sentenced in Beltrami County District Court on Feb. 13. Beaulieu was arrested on a second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon charge on Sept. 20 after he allegedly stabbed the man. Beaulieu pleaded guilty to the charge Jan. 20. Beaulieu has been credited with 147 days time served and must pay a $50 fine. Beaulieu was facing a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Thursday: Theft 6:03 p.m. Deputies received report of a theft of checks and check fraud on the 19200 block of Mary Kay Drive NW. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls on Thursday: Accident 8:15 a.m. A three vehicle crash was reported on the 200 block of Paul Bunyan Drive SE. Disorderly conduct 4:34 p.m.
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 Bemidji man accused of sexually assaulting a woman after a Super Bowl party last year received a stayed two-year prison sentence in Beltrami County District Court on Feb. 10. David Earl Neumann, 25, was sentenced to 45 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail for one count of felony fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Neumann pleaded not guilty to the charge in August; but his plea was amended to guilty Dec. 12. Neumann was arrested Feb.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man charged with felony assault for aiming a gun at a man was given a stayed prison sentence in Beltrami County District Court on Feb. 9. Michael Alan Eugene Martin, 30, was sentenced to 162 days in the Beltrami County Jail for one count of second-degree assault. A three-year prison sentenced was stayed for seven years. Martin was arrested in September after he reportedly aimed a pistol at a man stopping to help him on the side of the road. An accomplice, Ashley Melberg, 20, of Bemidji was charged with aiding an offender after Martin was arrested at her residence.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls on Wednesday: Fire 11:18 a.m. A fire was reported by Hubbard County on the 27900 block of 460th Ave. Accident 4:17 p.m. Deputy squad involved in accident on the 2400 block of Adams Ave. NW. Assault 7:35 p.m. A 34-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant following a report of a domestic assault on the 800 block of Porcupine Road SE in Cass Lake.
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...