Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or email@example.com
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BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery March 15 after he allegedly entered another man's home without permission, tied him up and stole electronics, jewelry, tools and guns. Jordan Anthony Thompson, 24, was charged with the robbery four days before he was taken to the Beltrami County Jail. According to a criminal complaint:
RED LAKE -- On Friday, after three years of work, Red Lake Nation’s ambitious solar energy project finally came together. A crane and crews could be seen from the windows of the government center working to implement the first phase of the project and install brackets and solar panels on the roof of the building.
RED LAKE -- The bodies of two fishermen who went missing on Lower Red Lake in November have been recovered, according to the mother of one of the missing. Deland Beaulieu’s mother, Rita Beaulieu, confirmed with the Pioneer via Facebook Messenger on Thursday morning that her son, as well as a 17-year-old boy not identified by law enforcement, had been found.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of punching and robbing a woman in mid-January pleaded guilty to lesser charges March 15. Jordan Lee Drouillard, 24, of Bemidji, initially pleaded not guilty to one count of simple robbery in February, but later pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession and theft. According to an amended criminal complaint filed Monday:
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of stabbing another man pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree assault Monday. Lewis Edward Barney, 47, was arrested March 3 after Beltrami County deputies were called to the the 1100 block of Augusta Drive Northeast. The victim accused Barney of stabbing him in the hand while he tried to intervene in a fight between Barney and a woman. When deputies arrived at the scene they saw that the victim had a cut across the base of the first finger on his right hand. They arrested Barney after a short foot pursuit.
CASS LAKE—A 24-year-old Cass Lake man was arrested Tuesday after a drug bust by the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department. According to a news release, officers executed a search warrant in the "Prescott Housing area" of Cass Lake and found methamphetamine, illegally possessed prescription pills and two guns. James Lee Roper, Jr. was arrested and taken to the Cass County Jail, where he is currently being held on suspicion of drug possession. Another man was arrested for multiple warrants during the bust.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of arson pleaded guilty to the charge Friday. Damian Patrick Joseph Smith, 21, was charged with first-degree arson Jan. 4, three days after he set fire to the living room curtains of a house at the 700 block of Sunset Way. According to a criminal complaint and the Bemidji Fire Department, firefighters responded to the blaze at about 10:22 p.m. Jan. 1. When they arrived, officials found Smith and both of the home's residents in the garage.
RED LAKE—Local business owner Chad Prentice announced Friday that he will run for Red Lake Tribal Treasurer. Prentice, who owns M&N Prentice Construction and, in 2014, took over leadership of his family's business, the Redby Store, said he has been seriously considering running for the position for about a year.
RED LAKE—Former Marine and Red Lake local Michael Iceman announced his bid for Red Lake District Representative Friday. Iceman, who was born and raised in Red Lake and graduated as the valedictorian of Red Lake High School, said he chose to run after discussing the campaign with his family. "This decision is not an easy one to make," Iceman wrote in a news release. "After lengthy discussion with my family and taking my kids into consideration I feel the time is right to become a leader of the Red Lake Nation."
BEMIDJI—David Hanson finally has his dream job. After losing his 2014 bid to become Beltrami County's lead attorney, Hanson bided his time in nearby Clearwater County. But when Annie Claesson-Huseby—who defeated Hanson four years ago by just 556 votes—left her position as Beltrami County Attorney to become a Ninth District judge, the Bemidji native was eager to try again.