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 -- Jim and Kristi Miller made beautiful music together for 39 years. After Jim passed away in the summer of 2013, Kristi decided the music must go on so...
RED LAKE -- A Red Lake man accused of causing the death of a 17-year-old on July 4 has been charged in U.S. District Court in Fergus Falls. Trevor Lee Jones, 20, is facing a second-degree murder charge for unlawfully killing a human being with malice aforethought. The victim was Jerick Michael Neadeau, 17.
BEMIDJI -- A Red Lake woman plead not guilty in Beltrami County Court on Wednesday to criminal vehicular operation. She is facing criminal charges after she crashed her vehicle causing injuries to a passenger. Melvina Rose May, 49, rolled her Ford F150 in the early morning June 1 on Highway 89 south of Scribner Road NW. Court documents stated May admitted to having been drinking.
BEMIDJI -- A Richmond woman wanted for a Bemidji area burglary is now in the Beltrami County Jail. Cassie Barrick, 32, is charged with felony first-degree burglary for her part...
Sheriff’s Report The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls on Wednesday: Warrant 1:28 a.m. A 32-year-old woman was arrested on an outstanding warrant on the 7100 block...
The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the following calls on Tuesday: 10:03 a.m. Medical on the 500 block of 4th Street NW. 12:28 p.m. Medical with rope rescue on the...
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...
CASS LAKE -- The Cass County Sheriff's Office has issued a notification that a level three sex offender will be moving to the Cass Lake area Oct. 1. A community notification meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the commons area of the Cass Lake-Bena High School. James Tacumseh Littlewolf, 26, has a history of sexual contact with adolescent female victims, according to a release from the sheriff's office. He was known to his victims. Littlewolf was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a 13-year-old victim in 2007.
BEMIDJI -- A Duluth man faces a burglary charge after an attempted break-in at a Solway home last week. Marcus Woundedeye, 35, of Duluth is charged with felony first-degree attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. First-degree attempted burglary carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. According to court documents, a Solway woman was awoken by someone attempting to break into her home at about 1 a.m. Aug. 19. Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call on Sundown Road near Solway at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Aug.
BEMIDJI -- A second opinion will be sought before a Bemidji woman accused of manslaughter in the death of a 6-year-old child can be civilly committed by the court as mentally ill. Rachel Downer, 22, was charged with second-degree manslaughter after her 6-year-old cousin, Mercedes Mayfield, died while in her care. Mayfield was found outside an apartment complex in Bemidji on Feb. 27. The cause of death was hypothermia. Downer appeared in Beltrami County Court on Wednesday afternoon for a commitment hearing.