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 By Crystal Dey and Justin Glawe    News    October 3, 2013

Day marks bitter loss: Ojibwe remember Old Crossing Treaty, 150 years later

HUOT — Fabian Strong couldn’t join the others. His 82-year-old legs wouldn’t allow it. So, he pulled his walker backward as fellow veterans representing all branches of the armed forces and decades of service danced around a freshly raised Red Lake Nation Flag on Wednesday, commemorating a new tribal holiday. "Come on. Let’s go," Earl Fairbanks said as he led the others in a circle, their...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    September 24, 2013

Homeless man dies after being struck by vehicle early Sunday

BEMIDJI — Andrew Willard Reed never saw his picture in Sunday’s edition of the Pioneer, and he apparently didn’t see the car that struck him on a Bemidji street that morning, killing the 54-year-old homeless man. Reed, of Bemidji, was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Paul Bunyan Drive. He died as a result of multiple head injuries, police said, after being struck...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    September 23, 2013

Homeless in Bemidji: No easy answers for the homeless, their advocates and the city

EDITOR'S NOTE: In part two of our series, “Homeless in Bemidji,” the costs of incarceration for one homeless man were discussed, as were the unknown costs of dealing with a group of men and women identified as “persistently homeless.” In the final story, one homeless woman tells of her attempts to stay sober, and solutions to the sometimes intertwined issues of homelessness and alcoholism...

 
 By Justin Glawe    Features    September 19, 2013

Homeless in Bemidji: Costs are high for all involved

EDITOR’S NOTE: In part one of our series, “Homeless in Bemidji,” we introduced a group of four homeless who live on the streets, and seek shelter wherever they can. They drank together July 5 as downtown teemed with tourists and visitors for the holiday weekend. In part two, the costs of incarceration for one homeless man are discussed, as are the unknown costs of dealing with a group of...

 
 By Justin Glawe    Opinion    September 19, 2013

The point of the 'Homeless in Bemidji' series is to encourage community discussion

In response to the large amount of feedback the Pioneer has received as a result of the first story in our series “Homeless in Bemidji,” Editor Matt Cory suggested I write an explanation of my motives for pursuing and reporting on this issue. Since moving here in late December I’ve been seeing the same faces around town. They’re the faces of people I’ve identified as being in a group I’ll call “visibly homeless.” No, they do not...

 
 By Justin Glaw    Features    September 16, 2013

Homeless in Bemidji: You see them, or maybe you don't, but they have stories to tell

Editors Note: Following the June 21 death of Butch Ryan, a local homeless man, the Pioneer began looking into a group of men and women who, as Butch did, live on the streets of Bemidji. In Part 1 of a three-part series, we spend time with the non-traditional family unit of Andy Reed, Shelly Whitefeather, Melvin Kingbird and Lawrence Goggleye. A young boy blew bubbles through a wand July 5. His...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    September 10, 2013

Traffic stop results in drug bust

BEMIDJI -- A traffic stop resulted in the discovery of 70 marijuana cigarettes -- a total of about 30 grams of the drug -- Saturday afternoon. Two were arrested on low-level felony drug charges as a result of stop. Alvin Robert Johnson, 23, was arraigned on one count of fifth-degree drug possession Monday and was released from the Beltrami County Jail on a $2,500 bond. The passenger in the vehicle Johnson was driving, 31-year-old Shanna Rose...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 30, 2013

Red Lake man sentenced for 2011 assault

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Red Lake man is headed to prison for more than three years for an assault that took place on the reservation in November 2011. Roderick Arlyn Sayers, 44, was sentenced Monday to three years and seven months in prison for the crime, according to a press released from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Sayers assaulted a woman on Nov. 22, 2011, resulting in serious bodily harm to the victim....

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 28, 2013

One injured in afternoon shooting

BEMIDJI -- A juvenile male said by police to be responsible for shooting a man near a home in Frohn Township on Tuesday was riding in a truck with the victim when police arrived on scene. Devin Craig Spears-Thomas was shot more than once by the juvenile, according to police, and was taken to a hospital in Duluth to be treated for non life-threatening gunshot wounds. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 28, 2013

Woman involved in fatal collision released from custody

BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji woman accused of causing the death of a passenger on a motorcycle in a collision Sunday was released from custody on $20,000 bail Monday afternoon. Victoria Blakeley Whitefeather, 23, either worked with a bail bondsman or paid $2,000 to be released from the Hubbard County Jail. Whitefeather was arraigned Monday on six counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two counts of DWI after admitting to police she fell asleep at the...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 27, 2013

One dead in motorcycle-car crash in Hubbard County

PARK RAPIDS — Police say a Bemidji woman fell asleep while intoxicated behind the wheel of her sport utility vehicle before she crossed the centerline and killed a passenger on a motorcycle. Victoria Blakely Whitefeather, 23, was charged in Hubbard County District Court with several counts of criminal vehicular homicide for striking a motorcycle driven by Robert Childs, of Proctor. Childs’ passenger, 51-year-old Tracy Childs, was airlifted...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 23, 2013

School District faces lawsuits over alleged abuse by former teacher

BEMIDJI -- Any chance of punishment or exoneration for John Wangberg, a former longtime Bemidji teacher accused of sexually abusing three 5- and 6-year-old children between 2008 and 2011, ended when he was found dead in his home Jan. 30. But Bemidji School District 31, Wangberg's employer from 1986 until his resignation in 2011, may pay a price for his alleged crimes. Named as the defendant in...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 22, 2013

High-speed chase involving stolen vehicle ends north of Ponemah; suspect still being sought

BEMIDJI -- A 55-mile chase that saw speeds in excess of 100 mph ended with the abandonment of the stolen vehicle pursued by police, and its driver fleeing on foot into a wooded area north of Ponemah. Edwin Lee Johnson, 41, of Bemidji, is being sought by Red Lake Tribal Police after he fled from police in Bemidji Wednesday afternoon. He is described as being 5-foot 7-inches tall and weighing 200 lb...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 16, 2013

Redby man sentenced for gun, threat charges

BEMIDJI -- For pulling a pistol from his waistband as a Bemidji police officer approached in early July, a Redby man is headed to prison for five years. Bruce Lee Armstrong, 22, was sentenced Tuesday by Beltrami District Judge Shari Schlucter for being a felon in possession of a pistol and terroristic threats. Armstrong, who has credit for 38 days time served, will serve his sentence at the St. Cl...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 16, 2013

Cass Lake man sentenced for possessing stolen pistol

BEMIDJI -- A Cass Lake man with an extensive decade-long criminal history was sentenced Tuesday for being in possession of a stolen handgun. Joseph Allen Jones, 30, must serve two years and four months at the St. Cloud Correctional Facility, with credit for 146 days served. Beltrami District Judge Paul Benshoof sentenced Jones. A report of a stolen pistol to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office on...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 16, 2013

Man sentenced in three-year-old burglary case

BEMIDJI -- A little more than three years after a smash-and-grab burglary to a Bemidji sporting goods store in which about a dozen guns were stolen, one of the perpetrators was sentenced for the crime. Dustin Reginald Barrett, 21, was sentenced Monday to 180 days in jail by Beltrami District Judge Paul Benshoof. Barrett, who was arrested following another alleged burglary in February, has already served 113 days of his sentence. Benshoof also...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 14, 2013

Man sentenced for savage beating

BEMIDJI -- A 48-year-old Red Lake man was sentenced in federal court Monday for beating another man with an axe handle in January, resulting in the victim losing an eye. Joseph William Howard will serve eight years and nine months in prison, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The punishment was handed down by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim. On January 13, Howard assaulted the victim at a Redby home, the release...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 13, 2013

Man sentenced for breaking into home armed with hatchet, threatening police

BEMIDJI -- A Cass Lake man who kicked in the door of a Beltrami County home while wielding a hatchet and issuing threats in late April was sent to prison for his actions that day. David Lee Kingbird, 23, also threatened police officers after being taken into custody on April 28, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney's Office. Kingbird was sentenced on Aug. 2 to...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 9, 2013

Hit and run suspect arraigned

BEMIDJI -- Christopher Lee Strong was lying in the road when he was struck and killed by Martin Erwin Ubert’s Chevy Monte Carlo, according to investigators. Ubert, 58, of Bemidji, was arraigned Thursday on one count of criminal vehicular homicide and is being held in the Beltrami County Jail on $100,000 bail. He turned the car around after running over Strong and drove past his body, as...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 8, 2013

Hit and run suspect violated probation 3 times since February, struck and killed horse in hit and run that month

Editor's note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported Ubert's booking charges. Ubert was booked into the Beltrami County Jail on a charge of felony criminal vehicular homicide, and a warrant for violating terms of probation on a refusing to submit to chemical testing conviction from 2010 in Clearwater County. BEMIDJI -- Martin Erwin Ubert, arrested Tuesday for the July 31...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 7, 2013

Man arrested for July 31 fatal hit and run

BEMIDJI -- A 58-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night as the lone suspect in the fatal hit and run that killed Christopher Lee Strong last week. Martin Erwin Ubert was booked into the Beltrami County Jail at 7:08 p.m. on charges of felony criminal vehicular homicide and a Hubbard County warrant for second-degree DWI, according to the jail's website. Sheriff Phil Hodapp confirmed Ubert was...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 7, 2013

Man arrested after being found in woman's bathroom early Saturday

BEMIDJI -- According to Bemidji police, Lance Francise Day broke into a woman’s home early Saturday, broke a towel rack in the bathroom of the master bedroom and urinated in the toilet. Day, 24, of Bemidji, was arrested not far from the home, in the 1200 block of Minnesota Avenue Northwest, just after 5 a.m. Saturday. He was arraigned Tuesday in Beltrami District Court on one count of...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 2, 2013

Police identify model of vehicle involved in Wednesday's fatal hit and run

BEMIDJI -- Police are looking for a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo they believe is the car involved in the Wednesday morning hit and run death 25-year-old Christopher Lee Strong. Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp said the vehicle, identified by parts found at the scene of the accident, has front-end damage. The color swatch at left represents the color of the vehicle, according to a press release...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 2, 2013

Man arrested during fatal hit and run investigation for fighting with police

BEMIDJI -- While investigating the death of Christopher Lee Strong, killed in an apparent hit and run Wednesday morning, police arrested a man who became combative with officers. Richard Edward Strong, 39, was arraigned Thursday on one count of obstructing the legal process and is being held at the Beltrami County Jail on $4,000 bail. It is unclear what, if any, the relationship between the two...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 1, 2013

Body found after apparent hit-and-run

BEMIDJI -- Police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old Bemidji man after a newspaper carrier found what authorities said was Christopher Lee Strong's dead body on an Eckles Township road early Wednesday. Leona Steele, who has been delivering The Pioneer for more than a year, made the gruesome discovery just before 4:30 a.m. She immediately called police. "He was laying on his right side...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    August 1, 2013

Redby man indicted for tire iron attack

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Redby man was indicted last week on several felony assault charges after prosecutors say he beat two victims in their heads with a tire iron. Ryan Devin Ravensborg, 20, was briefly held in Beltrami County Jail before he was transferred to Minneapolis. He faces two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to a...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 29, 2013

Red Lake women charged with kidnapping

MINNEAPOLIS -- An indictment filed Tuesday charges two Red Lake women with kidnapping for a June 13 incident. Melanie Rose Benais, 27 and Ronalda Myra Smith, 33, were both charged with one count of kidnapping, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In its description of the crime, the release stated “the defendants kidnapped another person while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation and held that person against their...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 19, 2013

Bemidji man faces drug possession charges

BEMIDJI -- A traffic stop that began when police spotted a Bemidji man not wearing his seat belt turned into a foot chase through the Paul Bunyan Mall on Tuesday evening, ending with an arrest and seizure of a small amount of drugs. DeVaughan Laditris Rainey, 18, was arraigned Thursday on one count of fifth-degree drug possession and one count of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 18, 2013

Bemidji man charged with assaulting police officer, domestic assault

BEMIDJI -- A man who police say struck the mother of his child early Wednesday also allegedly took the infant and fled following the attack, eventually fighting with officers before being arrested. Toca Allen Nelson, 24, remained in the Beltrami County Jail on Wednesday on $25,000 bail, an official there said. In the criminal complaint filed by the Beltrami County Attorney’s Office, Nelson was...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 17, 2013

Man arrested after foot chase at Paul Bunyan Mall

BEMIDJI -- An 18-year-old man was tackled and taken into custody after he allegedly fled from police Tuesday evening. Devauhn Laditirs Rainey was arrested outside J.C. Penney’s, 1401 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW, just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and booked on a charge of fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, and a warrant for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The exact reason the foot ch...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 16, 2013

Red Lake woman charged with murder

RED LAKE -- Nearly two weeks after the stabbing death of Byron Lussier, the 50-year-old Red Lake man’s family is still dealing with the consequences of his passing. Christopher Lussier, 30, said his father died as a result of a brutal attack at the hands of Allison Ann Brown, 25, of Red Lake, the woman charged in federal court last week with one count of murder in the stabbing. “The family’s still hurt, you know, confused,” Christopher...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 16, 2013

Man suspected of burglarizing at least one Bemidji business, possibly two

BEMIDJI -- A man with an extensive criminal history that includes an escape from a federal correctional facility is in custody for one burglary and has been questioned in another. Darnell Dee Whitefeather, 31, is being held without bail at the Beltrami County Jail, an official there said Monday. He was charged with one count of third-degree burglary, a felony, which carries a maximum penalty of...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 5, 2013

Police looking for suspects in armed home invasion

WALKER — The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating two men who allegedly carried out an armed home invasion Monday night. According to a press release, the men are both more than 6 feet tall, of thin build and in their mid- to late-thirties . Sheriff Tom Burch believes a woman may be with the men, the release stated. Just before 7 a.m. Tuesday police received a report of a robbery at a home in the Sugar...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 5, 2013

One arrested on multiple felony charges following alleged fight

BEMIDJI — A man is in custody and police are still sorting out the details of a fight early Wednesday during which gunshots were reported. Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said no weapons or shell casings were found at the scene of the incident — Ridgeway Apartments, 2910 Ridgeway Ave. NW — where police were called at 1:22 a.m. Wednesday. “At this point I still have a lot of unanswered...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    July 5, 2013

Four arrested after allegedly chasing couple

BEMIDJI — Four men were arrested Monday night after they allegedly chased a woman and her boyfriend from an undisclosed location in Beltrami County to Palace Casino in Cass Lake, according to police. Emerejirdo Duane Carmona, of Longville; Alfred James Masten, of Cass Lake; James Lee Roper, of Staples; and Seth Alan Raisch, of Bemidji, were arrested by Leech Lake Tribal Police following the...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    June 27, 2013

Standoff ends after 4 hours

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — A man was taken into custody and LifeFlighted to an area hospital after more than a four-hour, armed standoff with police here Wednesday evening. Police have not released the name of the man, but Jeff Deppa said the suspect is his son, 34-year-old Miquell Deppa, who remained in the home at 9203 Spencer Road NW for nearly four hours after police arrived. Miquell Deppa’s...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    June 25, 2013

Homeless man found dead at Nymore Beach Friday

BEMIDJI — Police have released the name of a man who was found dead at Nymore Beach Friday. Adelbert James Ryan, 63, was a homeless man known on the streets of Bemidji as “Butch,” according to police. His body was found by two children Friday afternoon, half-submerged in Lake Bemidji on the shore of Nymore Beach. An autopsy was performed Monday, according to Lori Thompson with the Beltrami County Coroner’s Office, but a cause of death...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    June 24, 2013

Foul play not suspected in discovery of body at Nymore Beach

BEMIDJI — The death of a 63-year-old man whose body was found on the shore of Nymore Beach on Friday afternoon is not being investigated as a homicide, Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin said. Two boys were riding bicycles near the shoreline when they made the discovery. They walked to the construction site of the Doubletree Hotel and told Jeremy Hagman, an employee of Knife River Materials, of...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    June 3, 2013

A place of honor: Sheriff's deputies hope to create a memorial for fellow deputy killed in 1923

KELLIHER — The stories, nearing 100-years-old and printed in this newspaper and a now-defunct rival, are confusing to say the least. They describe a "long-standing dispute" that cost four lives — including that of James Art Wilson, a Beltrami County Sheriff’s Deputy — and the killings came at the "hands of Leonard Portano, the ‘Wolf Man’ of Kelliher." Why Portano, also referred to as...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 17, 2013

Police pull body from Lake Irving

BEMIDJI — Police would not confirm the body of a man pulled from Lake Irving Thursday afternoon was that of Matt Pulis, missing since Oct. 20. But several law enforcement officials said they believed Pulis’ body was recovered behind a cabin at 710 Woodland Ave., and that members of the missing man’s family were talking with police at the Law Enforcement Center on Thursday afternoon. Rumors...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 17, 2013

Local deputies named 'Top Cops' for saving child

BEMIDJI — George Brook, Jamie Scherf and Anthony Petrie did everything in their power to save the lives of three children on April 6, 2012. But at the end of a chaotic period of about 30 minutes, as the Risland boys — Zach, 6, Jacob, 2, and Isaiah, 8 — were pulled from Clearwater Lake and loaded into an ambulance and a police car, Petrie feared for the worst. "They were ice cold to the...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 16, 2013

Red Lake wildfires under control, but much work remains at Green Valley fire

BEMIDJI — While wildfires raged out of control in the Menahga and Park Rapids areas Wednesday, firefighters on the ground northwest of Red Lake made significant progress. So much so that an incident command team there was moved to the Green Valley fire near Menahga Tuesday night, according to a release from the Minnesota Incident Command System. Eleven firefighters and four vehicles from the Bem...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 15, 2013

Two wildfires burning in northern Beltrami County

RED LAKE — Dale Zeidlik and his wife, Arnetta, didn’t know they would be on the frontline of two wildfires that would consume almost 7,000 acres by Tuesday afternoon. But standing outside his home, near where the River Road fire began Monday morning, Red Lake Fire Chief Mark Sigana confirmed the Zeidlik’s were the first to call in one of two fires that nearly 50 firefighters continued to...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 9, 2013

Red Lake man indicted on child porn and distribution charges

ST. PAUL — A recently unsealed federal indictment details the possession of more than 1,300 images and 100 videos of child porn possessed by a Red Lake man. Joseph Patrick Needham, 52, was charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Needham is accused of distributing images of child porn in August 2010. A 2011 execution of a search warrant...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 9, 2013

Red Lake man pleads not guilty to two separate burglaries

BEMIDJI — A man accused of participating in two burglaries, including one that netted over a dozen weapons, pleaded not guilty to both crimes Monday. Dustin Reginald Barrett, 21, of Red Lake, entered the pleas in Beltrami District Judge John Melbye’s court. Police say Barrett was with Lee Sean Fier, 22, and two other men in July 2010 when the group broke into Bluewater Bait, 136 Peaceful...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 7, 2013

Registered sex offender faces new sexual assault charge

BEMIDJI — The day after he bailed out of jail, where he was being held for failing to register as a predatory offender, authorities say Jeremy Bruce Cournoyer raped an 11-year-old in a Bemidji home. The 32-year-old appeared in Beltrami District Judge John Melbye’s court Monday, where he was sentenced to one year and two months in prison for the failure to register charge. But Cournoyer could...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    May 6, 2013

Cass Lake man wanted for poisoning neighbor's pets with antifreeze

BEMIDJI — Police are looking for a Cass Lake man accused of poisoning his neighbor’s pets with antifreeze in January. A warrant was issued in late March for William Lee Croaker Jr., 39, 17158 Mission Road SE, in Ten Lakes Township. Croaker failed to appear in court on March 20, where he was to have his first appearance on one count of cruelty to animals. In the warrant filed by the Beltrami County Attorney’s, Croaker is cited as admitting...

 
 By Justin Glaw    News    April 29, 2013

Red Lake man charged for running woman off the road

MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was indicted Thursday for running a woman off a road with his vehicle in May of last year. Tony Lee Lussier, 30, is accused of using his van to force a vehicle driven by a woman off a road on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Lussier has been charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon. If convicted, Lussier will face a maximum sentence of ten...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    April 15, 2013

Powwow held at Bemidji State

From left, Tyrone Fairbanks, 18, Melvin Goodearth, 65 and George Earth, 78, participate in the 40th Annual Pow-Wow, presented by Bemidji State’s Council of Indian Students on Saturday. The three men are veterans of the armed forces. Fairbanks is a United States Marine. For more photos, visit www.pioneerparticulars.areavoices.com Justin Glawe | Bemidji Pioneer...

 
 By Justin Glawe    News    April 11, 2013

Woman arrested after hours-long protest of Enbridge oil pipeline

BEMIDJI – An act of civil disobedience over an oil pipeline on the Red Lake Indian Reservation ended with a moment of civility Wednesday. Angie Palacio, after being handcuffed to the front door of Enbridge Energy, 1129 Industrial Drive SE, removed the cuffs just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She then walked, with wrists free, to a waiting Bemidji police car. “They had a point to make, and they...

 

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