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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BAGLEY—A Bagley man pleaded guilty to one of five felony charges he faces after law enforcement discovered a methamphetamine lab at his residence in April. Darrin Forsberg, 44, pleaded guilty June 17 in Clearwater County District Court to aiding and abetting possession of methamphetamine with intent to manufacture.
RED LAKE—A methamphetamine possession charge was dismissed in county court against a Brooklyn Park, Minn., man caught with the drug in his possession in Red Lake in October, however, he will be charged. Michael Dukes was one of 41 people arrested in "Operation Exile," a multi-state drug bust, on May 28. On May 29, county level charges against Dukes were transferred to the federal level. Dukes, 47, was charged with felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine in Beltrami County District Court after he and Christopher Peoples, 33, of St.
BEMIDJI—A Cass Lake man appeared in Beltrami County District Court on Monday facing two counts of criminal sexual conduct after he was accused in May of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old Bemidji girl. Kyle James Johnson, 29, was arrested May 22 after the girl told her mother and grandmother Johnson had molested her on several occasions in the past year, according to a statement of probable cause. Contact included inappropriate touching of the girl with Johnson's hand and other body parts, court documents said.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Thursday. Underage consumption 2:09 a.m. A juvenile male was cited for minor consumption following a report of an out of control juvenile male on Summit Ave. E in Blackduck. Property damage 6:46 p.m. Deputies responded to a report of a disturbed grave site on 3rd Street NW in Wilton. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Thursday. Fraud 12:48 a.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...
MINNEAPOLIS—Federal indictments against the last two of 10 men accused of fish poaching on area tribal waters in 2010 have been dismissed in U.S. District Court. All 10 area men arrested in the case have had the charges dismissed. In 2010, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began Operation Squarehook to investigate illegal sale of fish in northern Minnesota focusing on allegations that tribal members caught walleye on lakes within reservation borders and sold them to non-Indians at below market rates.
Sheriff's Report The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office responded to the following calls Wednesday. Assault 1:33 a.m. A 34-year-old woman was arrested following a domestic assault on the 4800 block of Eckles Road NW. Property damage 2:35 p.m. A 25-year-old man was cited for property damage on Bemidji Road NE and Birchmont Beach Road. Police Report The Bemidji Police Department responded to the following calls Wednesday. Accident 12:54 p.m.
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...
BEMIDJI—Two men charged with felony offenses after assaulting a Bemidji man in January have been sentenced in Beltrami County District Court. Shelby Boswell, 23, of St. Paul and Brandon Madigan, 18, of Cass Lake were arrested along with Robin Lussier, 26, of Bemidji after the three were accused of assaulting and robbing a man of his cell phone and wallet on Jan. 15. Boswell was convicted of felony third-degree assault June 15. Boswell has been sentenced to three years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
WALKER—A Walker man facing four felony level drug offenses and a firearm charge pleaded guilty to a drug sale charge in Cass County District Court. Joshua White, 21, was facing five, felony-level drug offenses including one count of first-degree drug sale, three counts of second-degree drug sale, one count of third-degree drug possession in a public housing zone and a felony level possession of a firearm charge. White pleaded guilty to first-degree drug sale June 1.