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 Deer River man set to go to trial after allegedly arranging to meet and have sex with an undercover officer he thought was a child pleaded guilty to a felony charge Wednesday. Scott Patrick Mickle, 54, was charged in October with one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. He pleaded not guilty to the charge June 19 but changed his plea Wednesday morning, the day his trial was set to begin.
CASS LAKE — Members of Leech Lake's Family Spirit Program wants the band's babies to know where they come from. That's why, for the first time, the band held a public welcoming ceremony for Leech Lake infants Friday.
BEMIDJI—A Ponsford man who arranged to meet and have sex with an undercover officer he thought was a child must spend 19 days in jail. Lukas Devlen Fineday, 21, appeared in court Thursday for sentencing. He was charged in September with engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child following a sting conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. According to a criminal complaint, Fineday posted an ad on Craiglist titled "young native," in which he said he was seeking "any type of woman that's down for anything."
BEMIDJI—A Deer River, Minn., man accused of arranging to meet and have sex with an undercover officer he thought was a 15-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to a felony charge Tuesday. Scott Patrick Mickle, 54, is set to be tried June 27 on one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. Mickle was charged with the crime Oct. 9. According to a criminal complaint, Mickle responded in September to an online "casual encounters" ad posted by Bemidji law enforcement and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Redby man who allegedly killed his 1-year-old son pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of second-degree murder. Gary Wayne Jackson, Jr. appeared in court in Minneapolis Wednesday morning. During the 21-minute hearing Jackson entered his plea and was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal, where he will remain until he is sentenced in October.
BEMIDJI—A Red Lake man charged with assault after an early May shooting pleaded not guilty Monday. David James Cook, Jr., 21, was charged May 7 with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm after a man was shot multiple times in the legs at the Elpine Village Mobile Home Park. Luiz Javier Solis Delarose, 23, of Walker, was also charged with second-degree assault and intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers another. He has not entered a plea. According to a criminal complaint:
WALKER—A Cass Lake woman accused of obstructing the investigation into the shooting death of Brandi Shank (also known as Brandi Strong) pleaded not guilty to two felony charges Monday. Sara Renae LaRose, 41, was charged in January with two counts of obstructing an investigation—aiding another who committed second-degree unintentional murder. Court documents say she gave investigators "false or misleading" information about the November killing of Shank, 25.
BEMIDJI—About a dozen people gathered in Paul Bunyan Park Monday morning, ready to take the "Flame of Hope" to its next destination along the Special Olympics Minnesota Law Enforcement Torch Run. A mix of local law enforcement personnel and Special Olympics athletes took off from the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues at about 9:30 a.m. and headed toward U.S. Highway 2. The group will run and bike all the way to Cass Lake, then south on Highway 371 to Pequot Lakes, Minn., as part of the final leg of the annual run.
CASS LAKE—A Cass Lake man who died after an assault June 8 has been identified in court documents as William Clifford Jones, 25. Three search warrants signed by a judge on June 8 and made public June 16 reveal details leading up to Jones' death, though the documents do not identify any suspects or include a cause of death. According to an affidavit requesting permission to search a mobile home at 6528 Northwood Loop Northwest in Cass Lake:
If you go: What: Special Olympics Torch Run When: 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 18 Where: The Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues in downtown Bemidji BEMIDJI—Local law enforcement and supporters will once again participate in the final leg of the Minnesota Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Monday.