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, Minn.—More than two dozen people were cited as about 100 people gathered and blocked streets in downtown Bemidji on Wednesday, Aug. 29, in opposition of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. The dozens of activists gathered shortly before 12:30 p.m. and marched to downtown, where they stood in a square set off by four large banners in the middle of the crossing.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—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, Minn.—A female body was found in Lake Bemidji in northwest Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the 911 center received a report at about 12:20 p.m. of an object in the lake near the Tourist Information Center, and the caller stated they thought it looked like a body. Deputies, Bemidji police, members of the Bemidji Fire Department and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officers responded to the scene and recovered the woman's body.
LAPORTE, Minn. — A Lake George, Minn., woman was charged with attempted murder and assault Monday after police say she slit the throat of an acquaintance at his Hubbard County home. Defendant Janelle Nicole Rex, 32, and the victim, identified as Larry Holm, of Laporte, "didn't particularly like each other," according to a court documents that provide an account of the throat-cutting.
ST. PAUL—A Red Lake man who shot and killed a 17-year-old boy in a dispute about a Playstation was sentenced to 19 years and eight months in federal prison Tuesday, May 15. Joshua Francis Hill pleaded guilty in January to one count of second-degree murder in the teen's June 24, 2017, shooting death.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The net had only been in Lake Bemidji for a few minutes when the three Minnesota Department of Natural Resources boats began to converge. One boat made a beeline for the shore near Paul Bunyon and Babe, the Blue Ox, where the two men who placed the net were waiting, along with about 30 supporters. The group—largely composed of White Earth and Leech Lake band members—circled around conservation officer Demo Regas as he cited Joseph Rousu and Leonard Thompson for fishing a day before the state's opener.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A former Bemidji State University employee was charged with a felony Tuesday after he allegedly used his university-issued credit card to make personal purchases. Former Physical Plant Manager Jeffrey Arne Sande, 66, was charged with financial transaction card fraud, nine months after authorities confiscated multiple big-ticket items—including lawn mowers, a trimmer and other equipment—from his Bemidji home.
ECKLES TOWNSHIP, Minn.—Two men were charged with assault Monday after allegedly shooting a man at the Elpine Village Mobile Home Park on Friday, May 4. Luiz Javier Solis Delarosa, 23, of Walker, and David James Cook, Jr., 21, of Red Lake, are both charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm, according to court documents. Delarosa also is charged with the intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers another.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji man and a Red Lake man were arrested Friday, May 4, after a shooting in Eckles Township just west of Bemidji.
BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Jail violated state rules regarding inmate checks in the 2017 death of a woman in custody, according to the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Stephanie Bunker, 39, of Naytahwaush, was found hanging in her cell at the jail on July 1 and later died at a hospital on July 11.