A Bemidji woman who allegedly allowed her 6-year-old cousin to freeze to death has been found incompetent to stand trial. Twenty-two-year-old Rachel Stacey Downer was charged with manslaughter in the death of Mercedes Mayfield.
The Bemidji Police Department is seeking help from the public in identifying two persons and a vehicle involved in an incident in the area. According to Bemidji Police, the two persons are involved in an ongoing investigation.
Two men were arrested early Friday morning in Cass County after they allegedly kidnapped and stabbed another man they knew from Facebook. Twenty-two-year-old Sheldon James Armstrong, III, of Cass Lake, Minn., and 18-year-old Travis Richard Paquette, of Bemidji, Minn., both face one count each of first degree attempted murder, kidnapping, second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and theft of a motor vehicle.
The Minnesota Department of Health says two more cases of E. coli infection have been confirmed in the state. The department said Thursday it has been able to interview 14 of the 15 cases. Through the interviews, investigators confirmed that 12 of the ill people ate at an Applebee’s restaurant in Minnesota between June 23 and June 29.
Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office and Headwaters SWAT team responded to a call of shots being fired at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. According to Beltrami County Sherriff’s Office, officers responded to a call for mutual aid assistance from the Red Lake Police department at 6:30 a.m. Friday.
Three elderly people have died in two separate traffic crashes in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says an 89-year-old man and 87-year-old woman died in a head-on crash on Highway 71 near Bemidji Tuesday afternoon. The patrol says the couple’s southbound car was struck by a northbound vehicle. No information was available on the driver of the northbound vehicle.
Bemidji saw black and blue on Friday morning, but the wild incident ended with a peaceful nap. Police were called to the Paul Bunyan Park near the area of 12th Street Northeast and Lake Blvd. at about 6 a.m. A number of people reported seeing a black bear in the area.
Authorities in northern Minnesota are investigating after a child died Thursday morning in Bemidji. Police, Bemidji Ambulance and the Bemidji Fire Department responded to a medical call at about 9:57 a.m. Wednesday on the 2700 block of Birchmont Drive NE.
A Cass County teen has been charged with felony wildlife arson after intentionally setting a blaze Wednesday that damaged over 70 acres and endangered several homes. Anthony James Wittner, 17, told investigators he started a forest fire because mosquitoes were bothering him, according to the Cass County Attorney’s Office.
A northern Minnesota man died Tuesday morning, officials say, after his jacket got caught in a large door at his work.
A suspect is in custody in Hubbard County after a 10-mile pursuit ended in a two police officers firing their guns. Ty Justin Andree, 23, of Bemidji was taken into custody Friday night after fleeing Becker County deputies who attempted to stop him when they identified Andree’s car as one suspected in the theft from a Detroit Lakes liquor store.
A 32-year-old French national was convicted in a French court for sexually assaulting two Minnesota boys during a field trip at a language immersion camp in Bemidji, Minn. in 2010.
Rachel Downer was charged with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the Feb. 27 incident, where 6-year-old Mercedes Mayfield was left out in the bitter cold outside a Bemidji apartment and later found dead.
Charges are expected Monday against a 22-year-old woman in Bemidji, who was arrested in connection with the death of her 6-year-old cousin. Rachel Downer is facing charges of manslaughter and felony neglect of a child in the death of Mercedes Mayfield. Downer was watching her cousin last month when the little girl was found frozen to death at the entrance of her apartment. The temperature at the time was minus 27.
Police in Bemidji have arrested the cousin of the 6-year-old girl who died after being exposed to subzero cold late last month. Officers arrested 22-year-old Rachel Downer in connection to the exposure death of Mercedes Mayfield on Feb. 27, the Bemidji Police Department says.