Grace Pastoor covers crime, courts and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. Contact her at (218) 333-9796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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BEMIDJI--An omnibus hearing for a Bemidji man charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of his 2-year-old foster child has been pushed to September. Nathan Daniel Jackson, 38, appeared in court Monday, where his attorney requested that his omnibus hearing be scheduled for a later date to allow time to receive more evidence.
CASS LAKE—Sixty-eight years after her father became the sole casualty of a Cass Lake factory fire, Pat Ryan still remembers watching the flames. "I was looking out the window, all of the kids watching the fire, and (my brother) came and he got me and I'll never for it," Ryan said. "He said, 'Get away from the window, our dad will never get out of there.'"
BEMIDJI--A 36-year-old Clearwater County man charged with criminal sexual conduct is facing three new charges, according to an amended criminal complaint. Andrew George Damann was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13 -- one in the first degree and one in the second -- and one count of possession of child pornography.
BEMIDJI -- Supporters of law enforcement will gather Sunday night to participate in a 5K run/walk event to honor police officers across the country. Linda Roberts, whose husband is a deputy with the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, worked with about 20 other law enforcement spouses to organize Bemidji’s Officers Down 5K, just one piece of a nationwide event put on by Pennsylvania-based Light Up The Nation In Blue.
BEMIDJI -- Every summer, the field next to Sanford Health transforms. Once a year, the usually vacant field fills with brightly dressed Native dancers, drummers, singers and supporters. Volunteers serve traditional Native American food, while vendors sell everything from jewellery to emu oil. Thursday marked the 13th annual healing powwow, organized and hosted by Sanford Bemidji and Red Lake and Cass Lake Indian HS Hospitals. The powwow honors healers in the community, particularly doctors, health care workers and holistic healers.
BEMIDJI -- Bi-County Community Action Programs’ Bemidji building filled with visitors and booths Wednesday as part of the organization’s 50-year anniversary open house. BI-CAP, which provides a wide range of services to low-income clients in Beltrami and Cass counties, opened its doors to the community in an effort that was part celebration, part outreach. Visitors could enjoy childrens’ activities, hot dogs, games and explore displays with information about renters’ rights, energy efficiency and more.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man charged with multiple burglaries in Beltrami and Hubbard counties pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of second-degree burglary in Beltrami County.
BEMIDJI--Two years after losing her parents to a drunk driver, one local woman is working to keep intoxicated individuals from getting behind the wheel. Alicia Collins, who lives between Bemidji and Cass Lake, created the Facebook group “Bemidji Area Designated Drivers 4 You” on July 31 to try to connect potential drunk drivers with a sober ride, and to share information about the issue with the community.
BEMIDJI -- Despite an initial slow start, the HydraHeads made Dragon Boat history Saturday, winning the Gold Division Cup for the fourth consecutive time. The team, from Headwaters Canoe and Kayak, secured the top spot in the final race with a time of 2:16.30, coming in about two seconds ahead of the second-place Cedar River Gang. Team captain Mark Walters said the veteran team put in about 3,000 hours of paddling in preparation for the Lake Bemidji Dragon Boat Festival.
BEMIDJI -- A survey conducted by a new recovery program in Bemidji found that a majority respondents have a loved one impacted by addiction and that most believe alcohol and drug abuse or addiction is very common in the city.