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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.
Firefighters responded a blaze at a rural home Tuesday morning that largely destroyed the residence about 4 miles south of Grand Forks. The two-story house was engulfed in flames driven by high winds as fire crews responded to the call about 10:30 a.m. It is unclear if anyone was in the home at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported.
A man arrived at Altru Hospital with an apparent accidental gunshot wound Tuesday afternoon. The Grand Forks Sheriff's Office said a 20-year-old man arrived at Altru Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the leg at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. The man told deputies he accidentally shot himself with a small-caliber pistol in rural Grand Forks, according to a press release. Deputies are investigating the shooting and trying to determine the location and circumstances surrounding the incident.
GILBY, N.D. -- Heavy smoke from a wind-driven fire east of Gilby shut down a stretch of Grand Forks County Road 33 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 800 acres is affected.
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- A preliminary report from a federal agency indicates the passengers killed in a plane crash Saturday 3 miles from the Thief River Falls airport were expecting a bumpy ride. The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states there were overcast skies and low clouds when a Cessna TR182 aircraft with three occupants bound for Rawlins, Wyo., crashed Sept. 23.
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.
BATTLE LAKE, Minn.—A Grand Forks man was reported missing after taking a Jet Ski out on a northwest Minnesota lake Saturday. Peter Akinboro, 39, was reported missing at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, after taking a Jet Ski out on West Battle Lake, about 25 miles east of Fergus Falls, Minn. A family member discovered the Jet Ski drifting in the lake, but no sign of Akinboro was found, according to the Otter County Sheriff's Office. The agency's dive team and water patrol is continuing to search the lake for Akinboro.
One of the two suspects arrested in connection to the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman pleaded guilty to abusing his infant son in Grand Forks in 2011.
A driver crashed an SUV into the 32nd Avenue Wal-Mart in Grand Forks Friday afternoon, damaging the paint section of the store before stopping about 40 feet inside the building. One person was injured, but it is unclear how badly, according to Grand Forks Fire Battalion Chief Mike Sandry. The store has been evacuated, and police and fire crews are on the scene at the store. The vehicle crashed through a door on the west side of the building just before 3 p.m.
FARGO -- A Park River, N.D., man who pleaded guilty to selling fentanyl that led to the overdose of a Grafton, N.D., man last August was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday. Zachary David Chyle, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson to serve 15 years for one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and two counts distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death.