Your Thursday News Brief: November 9

BEMIDJI– A 21-year-old male is being held in the Beltrami County jail on suspicion of third degree criminal sexual conduct and deprivation of parental rights for his suspected involvement in the disappearance of a 13-year-old Bemidji girl. According to a release from Chief Deputy Ernie Bietel, the girl and Chris Morales, of Oswego, Illinois, met through social media websites. The girl was reported missing Tuesday morning, and found with Morales in Minneapolis later that day. A watchful neighbor witnessed someone standing at the wood line at the child’s home two days prior to the disappearance, and provided investigators with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number. Morales is being held pending formal charges from the Beltrami County Attorney’s office. The Bloomington and Minneapolis Police Departments and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted with the investigation.

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Morales, 21. Courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail. 

RED LAKE– The fourth day of searching for two Red Lake fishermen will be underway later this morning. Volunteers may report to the Law Enforcement Command Center at the third bridge road just southwest of the “Cut off” for continued ground and shoreline searches starting at 8 am. Twenty-nine-year-old Deland Beaulieu and a 17-year-old juvenile male were in a boat that capsized on Lower Red Lake near the Cut off Monday. Searches over the week conducted via air, boat, SCUBA and on foot have revealed no clues, according to a social media post from the Red Lake Police Department.

BEMIDJI– A Bemidji man was convicted of a first degree drug sale Monday. Thirty-nine-year-old Brandon Ken Castonguay was initially charged in January 2016. Castonguay was sentenced to 150 months, or 12 and a half years, in the state correctional facility in St. Cloud, with credit for 312 days served. Castonguay initially pleaded not guilty in August 2016, but changed his plea in late September of this year. Castonguay was also convicted of a check forgery felony, and will spend an additional year in prison for that crime.

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Castonguay, 39. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail. 

BEMIDJI– A new charge has been filed stemming from a violent incident in early October just west of Bemidji. Twenty-four-year-old Deavion Ladell Beasley was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon Wednesday with an amended criminal complaint. Court documents state that Beasley was involved in an altercation at Pete’s Place West on October 5, in which a man, 35-year-old Andy Tillotson, began to swing a pry bar at him and Beasley responded by reaching into a car for a pistol and firing. Tillotson entered a not-guilty plea last Friday, but changed it to guilty Tuesday. Tillotson has been held in the Beltrami County jail since the incident, and Beasley has been out on bail. Beasley was initially charged with possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction.

NASHWAUK– A 28-year-old Nashwauk woman has been reported missing. Candace Lundstrom was last seen at a residence north of Nashwauk Monday. The Itasca County Sheriff’s office says there has been no communication from her since and despite searches, she has not been located. Lundstrom is believed to have left on foot and improperly dressed for the weather conditions. Lundstrom is 4’11” tall, 130 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and black dress. If anyone sees Lundstrom or know her whereabouts, contact the Itasca County Sheriff’s office or call 9-1-1. Lundstrom may have ties to the Ely and St. Louis County areas.

ST. PAUL– Anglers fishing Upper Red Lake in northwestern Minnesota this winter will be able to keep four walleye of which only one may be longer than 17 inches, the Department of Natural Resources said. This same regulation has been in effect since the walleye fishing opener in May, but this will be the first winter season with the combination of a four fish bag limit and one over 17 inches allowed. Red Lake walleye harvest is managed under a joint harvest plan, revised in 2015 by the Red Lakes Fisheries Technical Committee.

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