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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REDBY, Minn.—Recently released search warrants revealed additional details of a shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota that has triggered a multi-county manhunt. In a Dec. 1 post to Twitter, the FBI issued a release asking for help apprehending Derek Jon Paddy, 21, of Red Lake. The tweet said that Paddy was involved in a Thanksgiving Day armed robbery and a Nov. 30 shooting on the reservation in Redby, and is considered armed and dangerous. The FBI would not provide any more information.
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Two Burger King restaurants in Bemidji, Minn. temporarily closed Thursday, Nov. 30 after more than two dozen people contracted salmonella after eating there. Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Health, said the department has confirmed 27 cases, and received reports of four more probable cases. Both Burger King sites in Bemidji voluntarily decided to close Thursday.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- The bodies of two people missing on Upper Red Lake since Sunday were found Monday afternoon. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office the bodies of the two missing people were recovered at about 3 p.m. Authorities have not officially identified the bodies, but law enforcement and emergency personnel have been searching for Melissa Seidenstricker, 29, of Princeton, Minn., and Zeth Knyphausen, 28, of Stacy, Minn.
WALKER — A Cass Lake man was charged with murder Tuesday morning, two days after a Cass Lake woman died from a gunshot wound to the head. Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, was arraigned in Walker shortly after the Cass County Attorney’s Office charged him with one count of second-degree unintentional murder and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. Roy was escorted into the courtroom Tuesday by three bailiffs and communicated mostly with nods throughout his arraignment. He cried occasionally during the hearing.
WALKER, Minn. — A Cass Lake man was charged with murder Tuesday, Nov. 14, two days after a Cass Lake woman died from a gunshot wound to the head. Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, was arraigned in Walker shortly after the Cass County Attorney's Office charged him with one count of second-degree unintentional murder and one count of first-degree aggravated robbery. Roy was escorted into the courtroom Tuesday by three bailiffs and communicated mostly with nods throughout his arraignment. He occasionally began to cry during the hearing.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—An Illinois man was charged with possession of child pornography Thursday, two days after he was found near Bloomington, Minn., with a missing Bemidji girl. Chris Morales, 21, of Oswego, Ill., was booked at the Beltrami County Jail at 2:55 a.m. Wednesday. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Morales and the girl were found thanks to the girl's neighbor, who noticed a man standing in the wood line near the child's home two days before she went missing.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A year after the disappearance of Cass Lake teen Jeremy Jourdain, the Bemidji Police Department has followed up on more than 120 leads. His family has held multiple fundraisers, conducted numerous community searches and created a reward fund, hoping to bring Jourdain home. Jourdain's aunt, Alex Tanner, said the family is still taking things day by day. She raised her nephew, and has spent the past year searching along with other family members when time permits.
ST. PAUL—A Redby man faces a federal drug charge after Red Lake police found thousands of dollars in cash and more than 100 grams of heroin in his trailer home in July 2016. Cody Jorrell Loud was charged in U.S. District Court on Oct. 18 with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. According to a criminal complaint, Red Lake police found drugs and cash stashed in Loud's Redby trailer home on July 8 after executing a search warrant there. The city of Redby falls within the boundaries of the Red Lake reservation.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — Conflicting priorities clashed during two meetings Tuesday, Oct. 17, to gather public input for Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project. More than 400 people attended as community members testified in front of administrative law judge Ann O'Reilly, who will compile the comments and make a recommendation to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the project moving forward.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Six of Minnesota's Chippewa bands will conduct their own regulatory process in response to Enbridge energy company's proposed Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project.