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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BAGLEY -- A judge will allow two women accused of trespassing and tampering with Enbridge pipeline valves to argue during their trial that they felt they had no choice but to disrupt the pipeline company’s transportation of tar sands.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman who was hit by a police car after allegedly fleeing officers on an all-terrain vehicle admitted she was under the influence of alcohol while driving. Tara Rae Summers, 26, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of fourth-degree DWI, and not guilty to one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man was charged with a first-degree drug crime Friday after the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force allegedly found 170 grams of methamphetamine in his car and home.
BEMIDJI -- Six of Minnesota’s Chippewa bands will conduct their own regulatory process in response to Enbridge energy company’s proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.
CASS COUNTY -- A Cass Lake man accused of receiving nude images of a minor pleaded not guilty to a felony Oct. 6. Shannon Larry Northbird, 39, was employed as a Leech Lake tribal police officer when he allegedly received about 1,000 sexually explicit pictures of a 17-year-old girl in June 2016. A judge recently upheld the charge of felony possession of pornographic work involving a minor, but dismissed a count of misconduct by a public employee.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Fire Department will wrap up its annual Fire Prevention Week on Saturday with a fish fry and open house featuring activities for children and adults. Each year, the fire department uses the week to educate the public on fire safety topics. This year's theme, chosen by the National Fire Protection Association is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" "In a majority of fires, people are indeed trapped and not able to find a second exit point," said Captain Justin Sherwood of the Bemidji Fire Department.
BEMIDJI—Three men accused of breaking into a Bemidji mobile home, assaulting a man and stealing drugs and cash have all been charged with additional felonies. Joseph Devon Wood, 25, of Bemidji; Francisco Cecena, 22, of Bemidji and Tristian Lee Fox, 19, of Bagley, were all charged in March with one count of first-degree burglary. Wood, Cecena and Fox have all pleaded not guilty to that charge.
BEMIDJI—Four men were charged Monday for their alleged roles in an incident involving gunshots outside of a gas station just west of Bemidji. Andy Tillotson, 35, Kevin Robertson, 31, Deavion Ladell Beasley, 24, and Andre Lamar Beasley, 46, all of Bemidji, were arrested Thursday after Beltrami County deputies received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West. According to criminal complaints:
BEMIDJI—A Warroad man who pleaded guilty in December to meth charges was sentenced to 45 days in jail Monday. Phillip Clarence Michael Athman, 28, was charged in February with first-degree possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. He pleaded not guilty to that charge in August, then pleaded guilty to a second-degree drug charge on Sept. 5. Athman received a stay of imposition, meaning that if he successfully completes a 25-year term of supervised probation his conviction will be deemed a misdemeanor.
BEMIDJI—A Deer River man was charged with a felony Monday after allegedly arranging to meet and have sex with an undercover officer he thought was a 15-year-old boy. According to a criminal complaint, Scott Patrick Mickle, 53, came to the attention of law enforcement after he responded to an online "casual encounters" advertisement posted by Bemidji law enforcement and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Mickle responded to the ad on Sept. 23, the complaint said, and was told that he was talking with a 15-year-old boy.