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VIRGINIA, Minn. — Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski told police that he left his 11-month old nephew Bentley alone for about two hours last Wednesday morning to go buy drugs, according to charges filed Monday. When Bonacci-Koski returned to the house in Tower, the criminal complaint said, he saw firefighters at the scene and ran off — not yet knowing Bentley Joe Lewis Koski had perished in a house fire.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger has released the names of the people who were found dead in a Jamestown home on Sunday, Aug. 6. Edinger says the man is 33-year-old Casey Gene Jensen and the woman is 26-year-old Cherish Renae Petersen. Edinger also confirmed a weapon was taken from the home in the course of their investigation.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Authorities have identified a Grand Forks man killed in a rollover crash early Sunday, Aug. 6, north of Hillsboro. Harold Weivoda, 73, died after the pickup he was riding in entered the median on Interstate 29 and rolled 10 miles north of Hillsboro, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at 1 a.m. Sunday, where they found a 1995 Ford pickup with a trailer had rolled into the median, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol.
RENO, Nev. - With an ace worth five points, Tom Hoge shot up the leaderboard at the PGA Barracuda Championship on Saturday, Aug. 5. The former Fargo South golfer made his hole-in-one on the par-3, 183-yard seventh hole to pick up his seventh point of the round. After nine holes, Hoge had accumulated 27 points and was in a tie with Sammy Saunders for second place. At that time, Richy Werenski had the lead with 31 points in the modified stableford event.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, injured in Thursday night’s victory against Atlanta, underwent successful surgery on her left hand Friday, Aug. 4, and will be sidelined indefinitely, the team said in a news release. Whalen’s surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester was to repair a fracture of her fifth metacarpal in her left hand. The 14-year veteran has started all 22 games for the Lynx this season, averaging 8 points, 2.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. The Lynx are scheduled to play at Indiana on Sunday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A 7-year-old boy died after he was reported missing in the Mississippi River in a St. Cloud park on Friday afternoon. Authorities were dispatched around noon Aug. 4 to Riverside Park, across the river from St. Cloud State University. Crews in a St. Cloud Fire Department boat found the boy near the shoreline and life-saving efforts began, according to the St. Cloud Police Department’s Twitter account. The boy was then transported to a St. Cloud hospital. The boy was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. His identity has not yet been released.
MEDORA, N.D. -- A family had a scary encounter Thursday morning in Medora after the RV they were driving caught fire. Billings County Fire Chief Kyle Shockley said while the case is still under investigation, it is believed that the vehicle that was in tow behind the camper may have been left in gear as the family left the RV park. This may have caused the transmission to overheat and causing the car to start on fire, which led to the camper fire.
CATAWBA, Wis.—There was no distress call and weather does not appear to have been a factor in a plane crash that killed six people in north-central Wisconsin last month, according to preliminary findings from federal investigators.
BISMARCK—The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will visit North Dakota next week, Gov. Doug Burgum's office announced Wednesday, Aug. 2.
GRAND FORKS — Bond has been set at $35,000 for Jody Christopher Bergland Jr., who is accused of shooting and wounding a man Monday at a Grand Forks convenience store. Bergland, 24, is charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, after police say he shot Glenn Robert Hansen at the Valley Dairy at 2401 S. Columbia Road.