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WARWICK, N.D.—A Benson County man has been arrested on six felony charges that accuse him of setting fire to his home and vehicle last month in an attempt to collect insurance. Breten Wayne Fredrickson, 58, has been charged with arson, endangerment by fire, two counts of terrorizing and two counts of criminal mischief. He was arrested on a warrant Tuesday, Dec. 12.
GRAND FORKS — An indictment unsealed late Monday, Dec. 4, against a man who led Grand Forks deputies and federal agents on an hourlong vehicle pursuit last weekend charges him with brutally assaulting two men on the Spirit Lake Reservation. Dakota James Charboneau, 23, has been indicted in U.S. District Court on two counts of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for allegedly using firearms to beat two men Oct. 22.
FARGO -- The man found guilty of ordering the shooting death of a 24-year-old at a Grand Forks truck stop in March 2016 was sentenced to serve consecutive life sentences in federal prison Friday. Modesto Torrez, 35, was found guilty in October of ordering the shooting of Austin Forsman at the Flying J truck stop in what U.S District Judge Ralph Erickson called the most “nonsensical murder” he has seen in 25 years as a judge. A jury found Torrez was the leader of a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy that brought at least 11 pounds of meth to the Red River Valley.
GRAND FORKS -- Two University of North Dakota students have been arrested and made their first appearances in court on Monday, Nov. 27, after police seized about 60 pounds of marijuana, large amounts of cash and a rifle when executing a search warrant last week.
OKLEE, Minn. — A landowner's tip led to the discovery of several pipe bombs at an apparent explosives stash near a northwest Minnesota hunting cabin Sunday, Oct. 22. The Red Lake County Sheriff's Office received a report of potential bomb-making materials found near a cabin in Equality Township, just northeast of Oklee, Minn., at 11 a.m. Sunday after a landowner made an unusual discovery, according to a press release.
ENDERLIN, N.D.-- A Fargo man was seriously injured after crashing his SUV into a combine in southeast North Dakota Saturday night, Oct. 21.
WALHALLA, N.D.-- Authorities have identified the Walhalla man killed in a one-vehicle crash in northern North Dakota Friday night, Oct. 20. Matthew Webster was pronounced dead at scene in eastern Cavalier County after being ejected from a pickup that failed to negotiate a right-hand curve at about 11:45 p.m. Friday, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. He was 33.
GILBY, N.D. -- Heavy smoke from a wind-driven fire east of Gilby shut down a stretch of Grand Forks County Road 33 but caused little damage Tuesday afternoon. Just before 6 p.m., firefighters had the fire contained to fields south of County Road 33 and between County Road 3 and Gilby. About 900 acres were on fire. The blaze started around 3:30 p.m. Landowner Mike McEnroe said the burning fields contained hay and conservation reserve land. He said the land had been hayed during the drought in western North Dakota and said there would be no property damaged.
A four-hour standoff involving a potentially suicidal juvenile in a Grand Forks mobile home park ended peacefully Friday afternoon. Deputy Police Chief Jim Remer said a crisis negotiation team was in contact with the juvenile, described as a 15-year-old girl who had access to guns in the mobile home unit, for several hours Friday before she exited the trailer unarmed and unharmed at about 5:15 p.m.
A Grand Forks man who was arrested Tuesday after reportedly breaking into the apartment where two people were stabbed Monday will be charged with two counts of attempted murder, police say. Grand Forks Police believe Jordan Michael Parisien, 29, is responsible for stabbing a man and a woman in an apartment at 4265 Fifth Ave. N., part of a cluster of apartments west of the UND campus, at about 10 a.m. Monday.