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.
LEONARD, Minn. —Four activists accused of tampering with Enbridge-owned pipeline facility near Leonard in northwest Minnesota will be allowed to argue at trial that they felt they had no choice but to commit the crime. Last week, the Minnesota Supreme Court declined a request from the Clearwater County Attorney's office to review an April ruling by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that paved the way for the protesters to present a "necessity defense." A necessity defense is used to shield people who must break the law in order to prevent greater harm.
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.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The attorney for a Red Lake woman imprisoned for a 2011 drug crime argued Thursday, July 19, that his client should receive credit for time she spent in the reservation's jail prior to sentencing. John Donovan, an assistant state public defender, told a panel of three Minnesota Court of Appeals judges that the 25 days Misty Kay Roy, 29, spent in the Red Lake Detention Center should have been subtracted from a sentence handed down in state district court in November 2017.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Though Thursday brought clear skies and warm, breezy weather, signs of the small tornado that touched down in the middle of Bemidji Wednesday, July 4, remained in the whine of chainsaws, rumble of bulldozers and tree stumps still clinging by their roots to the boulevard. City workers, private tree removal companies and residents could be seen in the hardest-hit areas Thursday morning, continuing cleanup efforts that began shortly after the EF-1 twister swept through a 12-square-block area at about 6:18 a.m. on Independence Day.
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.