Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa
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BEMIDJI—A Bemidji woman has been charged with first-degree sale of heroin following a controlled buy from law enforcement. In addition to the drug charge, Marissa Graves, 28, also has been charged with child endangerment by letting them be present during the possession or sale of drugs. The sale charge is listed as a felony. The endangerment charge is listed as a gross misdemeanor.
BEMIDJI—So far this year, the truck has been stuffed so full of donations that it must be riding pretty low to the ground. The 27th annual Stuff A Truck fundraiser already has brought in about 15,000 pounds of food and personal care items that will be donated to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. The food shelf set a goal this year of reaching 20,000 pounds worth of donations. "We're definitely (going to) exceed last year's total in pounds," said Mary Mitchell, executive director of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf.
BLACKDUCK -- A Blackduck man was arrested Wednesday after his 10-year-old son accidently shot himself with a 22-caliber gun two days before. David Bjerkness, 50, has been charged with the endangerment of a child by firearm access, a felony-level offense.
REDBY—Silence isn't going to help anyone. That was one of the core messages brought forward Wednesday evening during an informational meeting in Redby on human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Combined with a documentary about the issue, both advocacy workers and law enforcement representatives spoke about bringing the issue of human trafficking to light during the event, titled "Not In Our Town."
BEMIDJI—It's already been a long winter for those who have to sleep under the stars. With the cold weather creeping in and local advocacy organizations straining to keep up with demand, a group of community leaders has come together to try to supplement and coordinate their independent efforts. That group, Community Response to Homelessness, met Tuesday at the Northwest Minnesota Foundation during the most recent of several meetings to figure out ways to combat homelessness. And they're attacking the issue from several different angles.
BEMIDJI— Throughout his house, Les Plasschaert can find a personal connection to nearly every American war in recent history. He can show you a photograph of his grandfather who served in World War I more than 100 years ago. He can show you a display case of his father's service medals, who served during both World War II and the Korean War. He can show you his own medals from serving in Vietnam. He can show you the portrait of his nephew who died in Iraq. And the list goes on.
BEMIDJI—There's mixed opinions about how Aaron Krabbenhoft died. Authorities say the 23-year-old Bemidji man committed suicide. His family thinks there was foul play. What is known, however, is that Krabbenhoft died in the early morning hours of Sept. 3 in his apartment with a belt around his neck. A report from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said he died of asphyxia due to hanging. The question essentially boils down to whether Krabbenhoft put the belt there himself.
BEMIDJI -- After running unopposed for their respective positions, two incumbents and a new candidate will assume the roles of Beltrami County sheriff, county attorney and county auditor/treasurer following Tuesday’s election.
BEMIDJI—Much has changed throughout the years patrolling the streets of Bemidji. After nearly three decades in law enforcement, officer Scott Herr recently put in his last day with the Bemidji Police Department. And as one of the department's longtime members, he saw the position change quite a bit. "I started with a revolver," Herr said about his first days on the job.
WALKER—A Cass Lake man was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison for the shooting of a woman during a drug deal gone bad nearly a year before. During the emotionally charged court hearing, Brandon Roy, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree aggravated robbery and felon in possession of a firearm. However, Roy was only sentenced on the manslaughter charge.