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WALKER—The Cass County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two men who died of apparent gunshot wounds near Walker on May 12. According to a release issued Thursday, investigation into the deaths and preliminary autopsy results show the men died of a murder/suicide scenario. The deceased have been identified as Leo Jordan, 57, and David Smith, 60, both of Walker MN. Jordan was transported to a Fargo hospital via North Memorial AirCare where he was later pronounced dead.
The following cases were heard May 11 by Beltrami District Judge John G. Melbye: Joshua Allen Church, 27, of Bemidji was convicted of felony fifth-degree possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to 15 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud, which has been stayed for five years. Church has been sentenced to 54 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail, which may be done through sentence to serve if eligible. He has been credited with 54 days time served.
Langley to graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma EDMOND, Okla.—Judith J. Langley, of Bemidji, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree in general studies along with approximately 1,657 spring 2015 graduates from throughout the country and world during Central's commencement ceremonies held on May 8-9. Straubel graduates from Park University PARKVILLE, Mo.— Park University recently held its May 2015 Kansas City Area Commencement on May 9 at the Community of Christ Auditorium.
Norwegian service scheduled at Aardahl Lutheran BEMIDJI—A Norwegian service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday May 17 at Aardahl Lutheran Church, 2920 Van Buren Ave SE. The service will be presented in a combination of English and Norwegian, and there will be Norwegian goodies served at coffee after the service.
The following cases were heard April 27 by Beltrami District Judge Shari R. Schluchter: Jordan Todd Nordmarken Bellcourt, 22, of Onamia was convicted of two counts of felony second-degree burglary and sentenced for the first count to 23 months in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud and 28 months for the second charge, both prison sentences are stayed for 10 years. Bellcourt must serve 183 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail for which he has been credited with 122 days time served.
Graves earns Associated Press media honors ST. CLOUD—Jeremiah Graves, of Bemidji, is one of six broadcasters from St. Cloud State's student-run radio station 88.1 FM KVSC to earn a 2014 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters awards April 10. Graves won first place with his co-anchor Declan Goff for the Sports Play-by-Play category with their broadcast "SCSU Men's Hockey #6 vs #1 Univ.
WILTON—The Wilton Liquor Store reported a burglary to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning. Sheriff's deputies responded to a commercial burglary alarm at 7:58 a.m. on the 200 block of Spirit Avenue Northwest in Wilton, approximately 5 miles west of Bemidji.
Gallery North First Friday open house BEMIDJI—Gallery North will host two showcase artists for the First Friday open house from 2 to 5 p.m. May 1 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW. Connie Nelson from Clearbrook is a rosemaler and will feature her rosemaled products.
The following cases were heard on April 6, 2015 by Beltrami District Judge Shari R. Schluchter: Michael Scott Armstrong, 35, of Bemidji was convicted of giving a peace officer a false name and theft. Armstrong was sentenced to 365 days local confinement in the Beltrami County Jail for the false information charge, 338 days are stayed for two years. Armstrong must serve 27 days and has been credited with 19 days time served. He has been placed on two years court probation and must pay a $150 fine which may be done through community service.
BEMIDJI — A teenage male who was stabbed outside of J.W Smith Elementary School on Monday afternoon subsequently sought medical attention at the Boys & Girls Club, resulting in a temporary lockdown of the facility. The Boys & Girls Club issued a release on Monday, stating that club staff took immediate action, applied first aid and notified law enforcement by calling 911.