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ROSEAU, Minn.—Trooper Sylvia Maurstad is well known in northwestern Minnesota. A sergeant in the Minnesota State Patrol, Maurstad has built a reputation in Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties for aggressiveness and having court cases dismissed. This year a northern Minnesota prosecutor labeled her as an unreliable witness. In February, Roseau County Attorney Karen Foss classified Maurstad as "Giglio impaired," meaning any testimony she gives in Roseau County can be taken into question.
GRAND FORKS—The husband of a Canadian woman being charged with human smuggling is being held in the Grand Forks County Correctional Center, jail records show. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced human trafficking charges against 43-year-old Michelle Omoruyi of Regina, Saskatchewan, on Wednesday. The charges came after a four-month investigation by the Integrated Border Enforcement Team, a joint U.S.-Canadian operation, according to a press release by the RCMP.
GRAND FORKS - A man found dead Wednesday evening near the Red River in Lincoln Park has been identified as a Grand Forks resident. Grand Forks Police identified the man as Erik D. Shulind Thursday morning. He was 40.
ST. VINCENT, Minn. — A former private school principal charged with possessing nearly 3,000 items of child pornography in northern Minnesota has led a varied life with positions across the globe where he had close contact with children. Warren Nelson Anderson, 55, has been charged in Kittson County District Court with 10 counts of possession of pornographic works involving minors. Anderson told law enforcement executing a search warrant at his St. Vincent home he had been fired from his job as a private Christian school principal and teacher in St. Vincent on Feb. 21.
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating the death of a Grand Forks man at an area construction site last week. Scott Overson, assistant area director for the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, confirmed to the Herald that OSHA is looking into the March 29 death of 30-year-old Jared Jay Castoreno .
Law enforcement are warning Red River Valley residents to be on the lookout for prescription pills they say are laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that has been associated with overdoses in Grand Forks and across the country. An operation conducted Wednesday morning by the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and northwest Minnesota's Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force resulted in the confiscation of about 500 oxycodone pills in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Police believe the pills, blue in color and stamped with an "A 215" label, have also been laced with fentanyl.
The process of identifying a man found encased in ice underneath a pier of the railroad bridge along the Red River in downtown Grand Forks could be lengthy, investigators say. The body was found by a pedestrian walking along the river about 3:15 Wednesday afternoon inside of the wooden bridge pier. After police investigators and the Grand Forks County Medical Examiner photographed and documented the scene, Grand Forks Firefighters worked to free the body from the ice. The process took hours, but the body was recovered by 9 p.m.
GRAND FORKS - A Minneapolis man is in custody after authorities say he robbed a payday loan business at gunpoint Thursday morning in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police say Salam Abdulkadir Hussein, 27, will be charged with armed robbery, a Class B felony. A man entered the Payday Express at 1017 S. Washington St. about 8:20 a.m., brandished a gun, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled south on foot. The suspect was described as a black male of medium build, wearing a dark mask and black clothing.
GRAND FORKS -- Police say a male was found dead and partially encased in ice Wednesday afternoon at the base of the railroad bridge over the Red River in Grand Forks. Police Lt. Bill Macki said a passerby spotted the body inside the wooden structure at the base of a pier next to a walking path. Officers were dispatched to the scene at 3:17 p.m. and had the area taped off by 3:40 p.m.
A gentle easing into spring temperatures has reduced the threat of a major snowmelt flood in the Red River Valley, according to the latest projections from the National Weather Service. On Wednesday, meteorologist Greg Gust released an updated flood outlook indicating good news for the region overall, however significant snowmelt flooding remains highly possible for the Devils Lake Basin.