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23rd July 2014

More information this morning on the shooting in Eckles Township north of Bemidji on Monday Night. According to a press release from Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, police received a 911 call around 10 p.m. from a 17-year-old girl who said she had been shot several times while she was standing on the deck of her home.

Deputies arrived and administered first aid until ambulances took her to the hospital in Bemidji where she was stabalized. She was then flown to a hospital in Duluth.

With help from the Minnesota State Patrol, deputies canvassed the area searching for a suspect and soon arrested 40-year-old Chad Eric Pickering for 1st degree attempted murder. Pickering lived just blocks away from the victim and gave a statement to police subsequent to his arrest.

The identity of the victim is being witheld because of her age.

11th July 2014

The intersection of Highway 197 and 1st St. on the south side of Bemidji was closed for over an hour after 15 gallons of yellow and white latex paint spilled there on Friday morning. Three five-gallon buckets fell off a vehicle prompting a detour of northbound traffic for over an hour. The spill was reported around 8:30 a.m., The road was reopened to traffic just after 10 a.m.

8th July 2014

The Bemidji City Council voted Tuesday night to move forward with incentives for developers of a new housing project near the university campus.

The council unanimously approved a development agreement that reimburses Peterson Development LLC for work to be done for replacing the water main and sanitary sewer on the site of the old high school at 15th Street and Bemidji Avenue. The project, to be called "University Heights," will eventually provide new student housing and commercial space.

The city also agreed to move forward with the purchase of a parcel of land north of Walgreen's. It plans to extend 24th Street to the intersection of Irvine Avenue.

20th June 2014

UPDATED: An armed standoff on the Red Lake Reservation near the town of Redby came to an end this afternoon. Shots were fired as SWAT officers stormed a residence using tear gas, according to a source, and suspects were taken into custody with no loss of life.

The situation began around 6:30 this morning when Red Lake Police for assistance from surrounding agencies after shots were fired.

Intial reports that an officer had been wounded or killed were false, although according to sources, the officers were fired upon. Agents responded from the Sheriff's Department, the headwaters SWAT team, and the State Patrol. Federal agents from the FBI, Border Patrol, and other agencies were also on the scene.

Five people were arrested over the course of the day.

20th June 2014

Flooding continutes to be a concern around the region. In International Falls, officials closed two spillways on a dam in an attempt to keep the floodwaters down, and a section of highway 11 remains closed because of high water west of town.

In Cass County, Sheriff Tom Burch says several areas are dealing with high water, and some homeowners are using sandbags there.

Itasca County has imposed no-wake zones on the Mississippi rivier, including Pokegama. And yesterday the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office issued a request for all boaters to consider the area 300 feet from any shoreline on all area waterways as no wake zones, in order to minimize shoreline erosion.

Several roads in the Waskish area have also been closed because of flooding from the Tamarack River.

2nd June 2014

Police are asking for the public's help in their investigation into a shooting that happened last Wednesday night south of Bemidji.

Someone fired a gun at a house on North Plantagenet Road near the intersection with Monroe Avenue around 11:30 p.m. According to a press release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, at least one neighbor heard the gunshot and then a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed. 

Anyone with information about this shooting should contact the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

2nd June 2014

Two men in Cass County were arrested in connection with a large marijuana growing operation near Leader last Wednesday.

Police executed a search warrant at a rural home and discovered more than a hundred marijuana plants in various stages of growth. They also found a small amount of methamphetamine, a gun, and marijuana growing equipment.

According to the Sheriff, 57-year-old George Morcomb was arrested at the scene and 42-year-old Larry Berg was also arrested and taken into custody. The two have not yet been formally charged and the investigation is ongoing.

2nd June 2014

A 17-year-old Cass Lake resident has been charged with arson after the fire he allegedly started burned more than 70 acres and endangered several homes in Pike Bay Township last week.

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie announced that Anthony James Wittner has been charged with felony Wildfire Arson for intentionally setting the fire that burned out of control for several hours last Wednesday. The fire was eventually brought under control with the use of water-dropping planes and helicopters and more than 70 firefighters on the ground. Strandlie has requested that the court try Wittner as an adult.

29th May 2014

A wildfire caused the evacuation of several homes in Pike Bay Township about one mile south of Cass Lake Wednesday aftertnoon, according to Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch.

Water-scooping airplanes and helicopters were called in to support ground crews battling the fire with heavy equipment. The blaze was fueled by trees that were downed in the July 2 wind storm two years ago. About 60 people were on the ground working to contain the wildfire which was brought under control last evening after burning about 76 acres of forest and several unoccupied outbuildings.

A juvenile male was taken into custody near the fire, and the Sheriff said that arson was the suspected cause.

21st May 2014

A Turtle River business was damaged by fire Tuesday morning. According to Bemidji Fire Chief Dave Hoeffer, the blaze caused an estimated $154,000 in damage to Wildnerness Waves Spa and Resort.

Crews arrived at the scene around 9 a.m. to find flames exiting the roof of the spa. No injuries were reported, and the cause is still under investigation.

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