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 -- For Marlon Smith, signing on to work at the Beltrami County Jail was a no-brainer. Though the downtown Bemidji facility is radically different from the Jamaica jails Smith is used to, the job is, at its core, the same.
BEMIDJI -- Sanford Health staff, Native American dancers and members of the public gathered at the medical center Thursday to say a traditional thank-you to the health care workers who serve the region.
BEMIDJI—Two men arrested in Bemidji during online stings were sentenced for sex crimes on Thursday, Aug. 9. Travis Lee Nicholson, 41, was found guilty by a jury June 29 of one count of soliciting a child or someone believed to be a child through electronic communication to engage in sexual conduct and one count of engaging in electronic communication relating or describing sexual conduct with a child. Nicholson was sentenced to three years in prison, and received credit for the 195 days he was incarcerated after his March arrest.
BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman who broke an infant's legs while babysitting was sentenced to one year and six months in prison Monday. Bridget Renee Stately, 42, received credit for the 77 days she has spent in the Beltrami County Jail since her May 29 arrest. She was charged May 30 with third-degree assault and child endangerment.
BEMIDJI—A north Chicago man accused of selling drugs out of a Bemidji hotel was charged Friday with first-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute. According to a criminal complaint, "cooperating defendants" and informants told Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force agents on the evening of Aug. 8 that Jeremy Laderacus Ollie, 25, was at a room in the Best Western hotel, where he was selling heroin.
TURTLE RIVER—It took a village to corral 1,300 campers into the Waldsee area of the Concordia language camps Friday afternoon. Students from the 11 language villages danced and sang at the center of the German camp, celebrating Concordia Language Villages' second International Day of the summer. Cultures mixed as campers and their families enjoyed German snacks and Arabic offerings, while others chatted in French and Spanish.
BEMIDJI -- Police chatted with civilians and children swarmed squad cars and fire trucks Tuesday evening, as the Bemidji community gathered to celebrate another National Night Out. The annual event, held at both St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Bemidji Boys & Girls Club, routinely draws hundreds, and offers children and adults alike a chance to get to know law enforcement, while allowing police to connect with the community they serve.
DULUTH—A Red Lake man accused of a November armed robbery and later shooting on the reservation pleaded not guilty to multiple charges in federal court July 30. Derek Jon Paddy, 22, appeared in court in Duluth for two separate hearings, during which he pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of discharging a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, one count of second-degree burglary and one count of robbery.
BEMIDJI -- A Bloomington, Minn., man who was charged in March with first-degree drug sales was sentenced Tuesday to five years and three months in prison. Russell Kazell Reed, Jr., 23, was arrested during a drug bust in which Red Lake police found almost 28 grams of heroin in his pocket.
RED LAKE -- More than three dozen Red Lakers assembled took off from the reservation’s powwow grounds Wednesday in an effort to spread a message of hope, support, health and sobriety.