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More than a year after a Grand Forks man was shot in the shoulder during a botched drug robbery, his wife has been charged with conspiring in the crime.
DEVILS LAKE— A man who was found guilty of burglarizing a Devils Lake Hardee's, but not of setting the fire that destroyed it in 2015, will spend no more time behind bars, a judge ruled Monday. Michael Ott sat 600 days in jail while his case was decided, a jury ultimately ruling he did steal $1,500 from his fast food employer, but not believing the state had proved he set the fire that destroyed the building and caused an estimated $1.25 million in damage.
FARGO—Three men in a criminal conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Red River Valley linked to the 2016 murder of a man at the Flying J truck stop in Grand Forks were sentenced Wednesday in federal court. Christopher Ryan Ringsrud-Knowles, 34, of Arvilla, N.D.; Daniel Rodriguez Jr., 26, of Crookston; and Aaron Lee Morado, 27, of Grand Forks, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson for their roles in the conspiracy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Sixty-two names were called out Monday afternoon. Each one an officer killed in the line of duty among agencies serving the Upper Red River Valley going back to 1890. After each agency's list was completed, a rose was added to a wreath and a bell was rung. The ceremony wrapped up the seventh annual Northern Valley Police Week Memorial Service, which drew officers from agencies across North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota's new budget has deepened cuts for the state's judicial branch, which will see fewer resources spread across the state and reductions to the juvenile court system. The Legislature approved a $102.74 million judicial branch budget for the 2017-2019 biennium, a $10.94 million decrease from the original 2015-2017 budget, according to state court administrator Sally Holewa. With the reduction come more cuts for the judicial system, including staff reductions on all levels of the judiciary and the elimination of 56 positions.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—The Polk County Attorney's Office is seeking to impose harsh penalties beyond the scope of Minnesota sentencing guidelines for three men charged with trafficking fentanyl-containing pills in the Red River Valley. Prosecutors have filed notices intending to seek aggravated sentencing against Benjamin David Gottberg, 19, Robert John Benson Powell, 20, and Cody Allen Stengl, 19, according to court records.
PAUL — A northwest Minnesota man has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of Crookston and Bishop Michael Hoeppner, alleging a cover-up of abuse and coercion. Ron Vasek, alongside his wife, Patty, attorney Jeff Anderson and Diocese of Crookston priest the Rev. Bob Schreiner, announced his lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday, May 9, where he made an emotional plea for victims to come forward and the truth to come out.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.-- A man wanted for the murder of a Crookston woman found dead was arrested early Thursday, May 4, after a six-hour manhunt that began with an officer involved shooting in Bloomington, a Twin Cities suburb. Eddie Markeith Frazier, 49, was arrested at about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office.
CROOKSTON, Minn. -- A woman is dead and police say they are searching for man she lived with after her body was found in an apartment in downtown Crookston Wednesday morning, May 3. The Crookston Police Department said Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her home in the 100 block of South Broadway at about 9 a.m.. She was 48.