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, Minn. — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirmed Friday, Nov. 30, that Vernon May, 34, of Red Lake, was the man local law enforcement officials shot and killed Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Bemidji.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Beltrami County Attorney’s Office has charged five people in connection to the death of a minor who fell from the seventh floor of Bemidji State University’s Tamarack Hall in late September.
BEMIDJI -- Although most drivers are careful to watch for deer on rural roads, several have encountered another large beast to avoid. On Sunday, Nov. 25, the Minnesota State Patrol removed a deceased black bear from Highway 71, about 12 miles north of Bemidji, after it apparently had been hit by a vehicle.
BLACKDUCK, Minn. — A Blackduck man was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 14, 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.
BAGLEY, Minn—Was the crime necessary? The charges may have been dismissed; the jury may have gone home; but that central question remained unanswered—at least on paper. The question originated in 2016 when a group of environmental activists staged an act of civil disobedience near Leonard, Minn. They used bolt cutters to make their way into an Enbridge Energy Co. valve site and turned off the flow of oil. Describing themselves as "valve turners," they claimed they did it to combat climate change; they claimed it was necessary.
BAGLEY, Minn.—The jury trial for three defendants charged with property damage to an oil pipeline in 2016 started Monday in the Clearwater County Courthouse. The trial stems from a mid-October 2016 incident when the defendants used bolt cutters to gain access to an Enbridge pipeline facility near Leonard.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—The Bemidji DoubleTree hotel received an unexpected guest late Wednesday night, Oct.3. The night auditor at the hotel found a beaver waddling around in the entryway between the two sets of doors. The vertically challenged hotel guest wasn't able to activate the second set of doors leading from the entryway into the lobby. It wasn't for lack of trying that he couldn't get past the second set of doors. A photo taken by hotel staff shows the animal standing on its back paws and leaning against the lobby doors with his front paws.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Police Department has identified the man who died Sunday at BSU as 19-year-old Isaac Jon Morris of Cokato, a small town about 50 miles west of Minneapolis. According to a statement released Tuesday by the police department, Morris died after falling from the seventh floor of BSU’s Tamarack Hall, which is 12 floors high. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office said Morris subsequently died from “significant internal head trauma.” Police have ruled the fall as an accident.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Little new information was released Monday following the death of an 18-year-old man who apparently fell from a high elevation on a 12-story dormitory on the Bemidji State University campus in northwest Minnesota early Sunday, Sept. 30. The Bemidji Police Department has not released the name of the victim or any of the circumstances surrounding his death. The man's family has been notified. University officials also didn't release any new information Monday.
BEMIDJI—A 27-year-old man died Sunday in the Beltrami County Jail from an "unknown medical condition," officials said Tuesday, Sept. 4. Hardel H. Sherrell, of Apple Valley, Minn., "collapsed and became unresponsive" at approximately 4:58 p.m., according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office. The jail staff undertook CPR and used an automated external defibrillator in an attempt to revive Sherrell. He died at the facility.