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—An Illinois man charged with possession of child pornography in November after he was found with a missing Bemidji teen pleaded not guilty to the five charges Friday. Chris Morales, 21, of Otswego, Ill., was arrested Nov. 8 near Bloomington, Minn., about one day after the 13-year-old girl was reported missing.
LEECH LAKE -- Unofficial results show Leech Lake’s incumbent secretary-treasurer candidate Arthur “Archie” LaRose defeated challenger Donald “Mick” Finn, Sr., in the band’s general election Tuesday. Former District I Representative Robbie Howe -- who took time off to care for her mother -- regained her seat and District II Representative Steve White secured another term, according to the unofficial results.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man and a Leonard, Minn., woman were charged Tuesday with first-degree drug sales after deputies allegedly found more than 100 grams of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
LA PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP—A Clearwater County family is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction after a May 29 fire and burglary at a rural storage shop near Roy Lake. A member of the family whose building was burned told the Pioneer that two utility-terrain vehicles were stolen from the structure. The fire destroyed two boats, several riding lawn mowers and other equipment.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man charged with first-degree drug possession after police allegedly found a large amount of methamphetamine during a traffic stop pleaded not guilty Monday. Sky Brandon Knute, 39, was arrested May 10 after law enforcement stopped the stolen pickup he is accused of driving. Knute appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, according to a criminal complaint, and was arrested.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man who participated in a June 2017 burglary will not be required to spend additional time in jail on the charge. Though David James Cook, Jr., received a stayed prison sentence and credit for time served Monday, he remains in custody. Cook was charged May 7 with second-degree assault after a man was shot in the leg at the Elpine Village Mobile Home Park. Cook is accused of entering the burglary victim's house along with Derek Jon Paddy, who pleaded guilty to, and was sentenced for, first-degree burglary in May.
BEMIDJI—When Jason Sampson was released from prison in the spring of 2017, he was back to work at Tires Plus within three days. Though he was, in his words, "hauled out of there in handcuffs," the Bemidji shop welcomed him back after he served time for third-degree burglary. Sampson's criminal record is, as he put it, "off the charts." He's been convicted of multiple burglaries and two second-degree assaults, as well as other petty crimes.
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- A Jordan, Minn., man who allegedly used an employee’s information to purchase a Subway restaurant in Bemidji was charged with 13 tax-related felonies Tuesday. Ronald Allen Fry, 51, owned the Bemidji restaurant starting in July of last year. He also owned a Dairy Queen and a bowling alley in Belle Plaine, Minn.
BEMIDJI -- Just 15 minutes after Bemidji’s Seventh Day Adventist Clothing Center opened its doors Tuesday morning, the parking lot was packed and the thrift shop was bustling.
BEMIDJI -- A Bloomington, Minn., man who was arrested in late March during a Red Lake drug bust pleaded guilty Friday to a first-degree drug charge. Russell Kazell Reed, Jr., 23, was arrested March 23 after Red Lake police searched a house at the 15300 block of Ladota Avenue in Redby. While searching the house, officers encountered Reed and a 20-year-old Brooklyn Park, Minn., woman.