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Police are searching for a vehicle that struck a man near downtown Grand Forks late Monday morning and investigating the possibility that the collision was intentional. A middle-aged man was taken to the emergency room by an Altru ambulance after being struck by a vehicle along Third Avenue South near Walnut Street, according to Sgt. Travis Benson. The collision was called in at 11:04 a.m. Police are investigating the possibility it was intentional, Benson said. It has not yet been classified as a hit and run.
A Grand Forks man wanted on suspicion of stealing iPhones for resale purposes was apprehended Sunday. Tyler Quinn Rodriguez, 24, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft of property, a Class A misdemeanor. He will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. Rodriguez is accused of stealing an iPhone from the Wal-Mart on Gateway Drive on Dec. 31, 2016.
Less than a year after opening, the Grand Forks Vet Center is moving on to a larger space where they hope to add employees and serve more area veterans. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs opened its Grand Forks Vet Center in May on Cherry Street, but space has already become tight. "They would like us to hire more people to better service the veterans and have more space to do that," said Tim Teig, director of the Grand Forks Vet Center.
On March 22, paramedics and police were called to a home in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue South in Grand Forks. A man had overdosed. He was unresponsive and not breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the man, who said he snorted a blue powder that may have contained fentanyl, an opioid that can be 100 times more powerful than morphine.
On Aug. 1, North Dakota's "Constitutional Carry" law will go into effect, allowing residents over 18 to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a permit if they are not otherwise restricted. Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is currently a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, but local law enforcement officials say it is not a frequent offense. "That's not very common," said Lt. Gary Grove with the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office.
A Grand Forks woman who pleaded guilty Wednesday to several felony drug charges related to a traffic stop in which officers found a smograsboard of marijuana-infused treats and other drugs will not spend any additional time behind bars after receiving a deferred imposition of sentence. Ariana Rose Bingell, 27, was arrested June 22 after a traffic stop on University Avenue for lack of a front license plate led to the discovery of a wide range of cannabis products, a small amount of methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
Law enforcement are warning Red River Valley residents to be on the lookout for prescription pills they say are laced with fentanyl, a powerful opioid that has been associated with overdoses in Grand Forks and across the country. An operation conducted Wednesday morning by the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force and northwest Minnesota's Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force resulted in the confiscation of about 500 oxycodone pills in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Police believe the pills, blue in color and stamped with an "A 215" label, have also been laced with fentanyl.
A Drayton, N.D., woman has been charged 10 felonies related to drug trafficking in Grand Forks after narcotics agents say she sold methamphetamine, a fentanyl patch and a variety of prescription pills. Tyesha Farrah Hester, 45, has been charged with six counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a Class A felony; two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class C felony; possession of heroin, a Class C felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony. She also has been charged with one misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.
A Grand Forks woman is facing multiple drug-trafficking charges after law enforcement arrested her while she allegedly was attempting to sell heroin in the Italian Moon parking lot Monday. Alexis Marie Delorme, 23, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and possession of heroin with intent to deliver, both Class A felonies. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony, and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She will make her initial court appearance Wednesday.
Two Grand Forks men were arrested on concealed weapons charges in Lincoln Drive Park Monday night. Juan Jose Garcia, 19, and Felix Asuncion Gallardo, 18, were arrested just before 8 p.m. Monday on weapons law violations, according to a case report from the Grand Forks Police Department. The men have yet to be formally charged, but carrying a concealed firearm is a Class A Misdemeanor in North Dakota with a maximum penalty of a year in jail, a $3,000 fine or both.