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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.
GRAFTON, N.D.—A man injured in a two-vehicle crash near Grafton last week has died, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Michael Kubal, 56, of Langdon, N.D., died Tuesday, according to the Patrol. His 1999 Dodge Ram pickup went off the road July 19 after it was rear-ended by another vehicle on U.S. Highway 81. His passenger, Franna Kubal, 54, also of Langdon, was injured in the crash. Brian Bjerkness, 43, of Cavalier, N.D., has been charged with DUI, terrorizing and aggravated reckless driving in Walsh County District Court.
Authorities have filed charges against a Grand Forks man accusing him of assaulting a woman on the Greenway in East Grand Forks last month. Robert John Burr, 48, is the man East Grand Forks Police and Polk County prosecutors say barreled into a woman on the Greenway and physically assaulted her on June 26.
A loud banging noise that some thought was a gunshot at the Grand Forks County Courthouse turned out to be a false alarm. Officers responded around 11:40 a.m. to the downtown courthouse after reports of a gunshot, but law enforcement told the Herald the sound came from a child who banged his head.