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Morning storms are expected to hit the upper Red River Valley Saturday in the wake of a severe weather pattern that sprinkled tornadoes and funnel clouds observed across the state Friday evening. Thunderstorms are moving northeast out of Grand Forks this morning, where hail fell around 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to blow west northwest between 11 and 18 mph with gusts near 26 mph possible. The evening is expected to be clear and windy in Grand Forks.
CROOKSTON—A man charged in a murder at a downtown Crookston apartment this month has been returned to Polk County to face trial after being arrested in the Twin Cities following a manhunt and officer-involved shooting. Eddie Markeith Frazier, 49, was transported to Polk County Wednesday, Chief Deputy James Tadman told the Herald. He made his initial appearance in Polk County District Court Thursday morning.
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.
A Grand Forks woman will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to selling methamphetamine and other drug charges Monday. Kayley Roxana Tinkler, 24, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, and possession of heroin paraphernalia, a Class C felony, Monday afternoon. She also pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, a Class C felony, in an unrelated case.
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.
An Ada, Minn., man is facing a felony charge after prosecutors say he brandished a knife at a Grand Forks sheriff's deputy who was making an arrest Monday. Timothy Myron Binstock, 32, has been charged with terrorizing, a Class C felony. He made his initial court appearance Wednesday.
CROOKSTON—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. According to court records, prosecutors have filed notices intending to seek aggravated sentencing against Benjamin David Gottberg, 19, Robert John Benson Powell, 20, and Cody Allen Stengl, 19.
ST. 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 and attorney Jeff Anderson, announced his lawsuit at a press conference Tuesday where he made an emotional plea for victims to come forward and the truth to be revealed. "He brought this suit because the truth of what has been done in the past and in the present needed to be revealed," Anderson said.
A Grand Forks man will serve at least six months in jail after pleading guilty to drug dealing charges Monday. Matthew Moronez-Ramey, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class A felony; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class B felony.
A victim has been hospitalized and police are searching for a suspect after an apparent stabbing Monday in the south end of Grand Forks. Grand Forks Police were dispatched to the area of 30th Avenue South and South 25th Street at approximately 4:20 p.m., according to Lt. Bill Macki of the uniform patrol bureau. The exact nature of the victim's wounds were unclear, but Macki said the victim was able to communicate with detectives. "We are still working with the victim to establish where in the vicinity it occurred," Macki said.