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—A Bemidji man who touched a woman's breast without her consent will spend no additional time in jail. Austin Cleo Christopherson, 19, was sentenced Monday for fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A judge gave him 365 days in the Beltrami County Jail, with 350 of those days stayed. Because Christopherson received 15 days of credit for the time he spent in custody before his conviction, he will not have to return to jail unless he violates the conditions of his probation.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man involved in an early October altercation at a gas station west of Bemidji pleaded guilty to a charge of terroristic threats Monday. Andy Tillotson, 35, admitted during his hearing that he swung a pry bar at another man, who he identified as Deavion Beasley, 24, during the Oct. 5 fight. Tillotson was initially charged with second-degree assault, to which he pleaded guilty Nov. 7. He withdrew the plea on Nov. 9 after his attorney and a prosecutor discovered there had been a misstatement of state law before the plea.
BEMIDJI—An Illinois man was charged with possession of child pornography Thursday, two days after he was found near Bloomington, Minn., with a missing Bemidji girl. Chris Morales, 21, of Oswego, Ill., was booked at the Beltrami County Jail at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Morales and the girl were found thanks to the girl's neighbor, who noticed a man standing in the wood line near the child's home two days before she went missing.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of attacking another man with a pry bar during an early October altercation withdrew his guilty plea Thursday. Andy Tillotson, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault Tuesday. He asked to withdraw the plea due to a misstatement of state law and a mistake made during the calculation of his criminal history score.
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man accused of shooting at two people during an early October altercation was charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon Wednesday. Deavion Ladell Beasley, 24, was initially charged with gross misdemeanor possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction following the Oct. 5 assault. An amended criminal complaint was filed Wednesday.
RED LAKE -- Volunteers and public safety officials gathered Tuesday to continue the search for two fisherman who went missing on Lower Red Lake on Monday afternoon. The two missing people -- identified by the Red Lake Police Department as Deland Beaulieu, 29, and a 17-year-old juvenile -- disappeared after a Red Lake Fisheries boat capsized on the east side of the lake near an area known as the “cut off.”
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Police Department welcomed new members of its reserve program at a swearing-in ceremony Monday. The seven new reserve officers were sworn in during the Bemidji City Council meeting. Police Chief Mike Mastin was present for the ceremony and said the program allows the police department to connect with the community. "I'm proud of their achievements, and I'm proud of the impact that they can have on our community," Mastin said.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji man accused of attacking another man with a pry bar pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree assault Friday. Andy Tillotson, 35, was charged with the felony four days after the Oct. 5 assault. He was arrested along with Kevin Robertson, 31, Deavion Ladell Beasley, 24, and Andre Lamar Beasley, 46, after Beltrami County deputies received a 911 call reporting gunshots at Pete's Place West.
BEMIDJI—Shortly after the gift shop The Least of These moved to its downtown Bemidji location last year, the weather turned cold, and manager Jenn Anderson noticed signs someone was sleeping behind the building. "It just seemed like things were moved around back there, and there were boxes that were flattened, and then one day we came back and realized for sure that someone was sleeping back there," Anderson said. "It really broke our hearts, because it was so cold out."
BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man involved in an altercation at a gas station just west of the city pleaded guilty to an amended felony charge Friday. Kevin Robertson, 31, was initially charged with aiding and abetting second-degree assault after the Oct. 5 incident. Robertson pleaded not guilty to the assault charge Oct. 23, but pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats after the charge was amended and a new criminal complaint was filed.