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 -- Two men pleaded guilty to a bevy of felonies Thursday in a March burglary that left another man with a broken hand and head injuries. Francisco Cecena, 22, of Bemidji and Tristian Lee Fox, 19, of Bagley, both appeared in court Thursday to enter guilty pleas. Cecena pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of third-degree possession of methamphetamine.
BEMIDJI -- National Institute of Corrections consultants wrapped up a three-day assessment of the Beltrami County Jail on Wednesday with recommendations meant to take on issues of overcrowding, understaffing and the lack of resources available to inmates.
BEMDIJI—A Bemidji man charged with a felony after an incident involving gunshots outside of a gas station pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree assault Monday. Kevin Robertson, 31, was charged along with Andy Tillotson, 35, Deavion Ladell Beasley, 24 and Andre Lamar Beasley, 46, after Beltrami County deputies received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West on Oct. 5.
ST. PAUL—A Redby man faces a federal drug charge after Red Lake police found thousands of dollars in cash and more than 100 grams of heroin in his trailer home in July 2016. Cody Jorrell Loud was charged in U.S. District Court on Oct. 18 with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. According to a criminal complaint, Red Lake police found drugs and cash stashed in Loud's Redby trailer home on July 8 after executing a search warrant there. The city of Redby falls within the boundaries of the Red Lake reservation.
BEMIDJI -- As the second day of Bemidji’s annual Studio Cruise kicked off, Les and Kathy Sanders were already hard at work in their converted garage. Kathy, a realtor by trade, was absorbed in the construction of a single glass bead when the first visitors began to arrive at her home. The process is a delicate one -- if she had removed the bead from her propane-oxygen torch for too long, it would crack.
BEMIDJI—A jury found a Bemidji man guilty Friday of three felonies stemming from a March home invasion and assault. Joseph Devon Wood, 25, was charged in March with one count of first-degree burglary and in October with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of false imprisonment. His trial began Friday, Oct. 13.
Conflicting priorities clashed Tuesday, as those both for and against Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project testified in front of an administrative law judge. More than 400 people attended two public meetings at Bemidji's Sanford Center in the afternoon and evening. The meetings allowed community members to comment on the potential pipeline replacement; those comments will be compiled by Judge Ann O'Reilly before she makes a recommendation to the Public Utilities Commission on whether to allow the project to go forward.
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.