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—Multiple agencies across Bemidji will spend September working to prevent suicides and reduce the stigma of mental illness through events promoting awareness and education. BSU will host events during the school's Suicide Prevention Week and highlight activities like Evergreen Youth and Family Services' Run/Walk/Skate for Suicide Prevention set for Sept. 10. Jay Passa, BSU's health education coordinator at the Student Center for Health and Counseling said he hopes the events will show students struggling with mental health issues that it's OK to reach out.
BEMIDJI—One month after a jury found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, Brian Keith Jourdain once again stood in front of Judge Paul Benshoof, this time to find out how long he would spend in prison.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman faces charges of second-degree assault and third-degree damage to property after she allegedly rammed another car with her own vehicle repeatedly Wednesday.
BEMIDJI—Police suspect a Bemidji woman found dead at the scene of a fire from which a 5-year-old girl disappeared was involved in planning the child's kidnapping, according to a search warrant filed Monday.
BAGLEY—An omnibus hearing for a Clearwater County man charged with five counts of criminal sexual conduct and one count of possession of child pornography has been moved to October. Andrew George Damann Jr., 36, appeared in Clearwater County court Wednesday where his attorney, Layne Chiodo, asked for the hearing to be pushed in order to give the defense an opportunity to continue investigating and to review additional evidence.
BEMIDJI-- A St. Paul man who admitted to aiding an offender in connection with the murder of Rose Downwind was sentenced to 10 years and three months in prison Monday. Christopher John Davis, 28, will be eligible for supervised release after serving six years and 10 months of his sentence and would spend the remaining time on parole.
BEMIDJI -- A woman accused of hitting another woman in the face with a glass bottle pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree assault. Onawa Dunn, 41, of Bemidji, has been held in Beltrami County Jail and a facility in Crookston since her arrest July 9 after police received a report of an assault near the old Pamida Building.
BEMIDJI -- Law enforcement is encouraging the public to remove valuables from cars, and keep doors locked after a rash of burglaries across the city. Between Aug. 12 and 24, officers received reports of seven garage burglaries, five bike thefts, 18 thefts from vehicles and three vehicle thefts within Bemidji, said Police Chief Mike Mastin. Police believe a group of people working together is responsible for the incidents.
BEMIDJI -- On the morning of Aug. 18, Leah Corcoran was cautiously optimistic. “We’re on a five-day stretch right now,” Corcoran said, knocking on a nearby wooden dresser. “Very excited, I know, it’s incredible.” That day was the fifth day in a row that Corcoran’s 25-year-old daughter, Sarah Taylor, had not been woken by a violent seizure, something that, up until two months ago, was the norm.
BEMIDJI -- This fall, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office’s newest employee will begin his career chasing down suspects, searching for lost children and locating illegal drugs, with plenty of breaks to play with tennis balls and enjoy treats. Mac, a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois, was purchased about a month ago and is the latest addition to the Sheriff’s Office’s K9 unit. He will join the department’s other dog, 6-year-old Jessi, after a 10-week training beginning in September.