A Grand Forks man is accused crashing into cars and the wall of a parking ramp while driving drunk in downtown Grand Forks early Sunday. According to a police news release, Isaac Olverio Tafelmeyer, 23, was trying to leave the parking structure at 413 First Ave. N. in a 2007 Ford Explorer about 2 a.m. when he struck two parked vehicles and then a concrete wall on the Fifth Street Side of the ramp, causing "substantial damage" to the wall. Grand Forks Fire Department members assessed the structural integrity of the wall and secured it until permanent repairs can be made.
A Grand Forks man was arrested Saturday night after police say he led them on a low-speed chase in north Grand Forks. According to a Grand Forks Police news releases, officers were notified at 8:07 p.m. of a suspected drunk driver near North Washington Street and Gateway Drive and given a vehicle description. They located the suspect vehicle traveling west in the eastbound lanes in the 3500 block of Gateway.
A Chevy Cruze sedan crashed into the front of the Treat, Play and Love pet supply shop at 1905 S. Washington St. Saturday afternoon. Police responded to the accident about 5:10 p.m., which occurred while a driver was attempting to park at the business. A different driver was able to back the car out of the hole in the building. The vehicle appeared to have front-end damage and the structure had a broken front window and damaged brickwork. The driver had two dogs in the car. No one was injured in the crash.
Traffic on a portion of South Columbia Road was disrupted Friday afternoon as police and fire crews responded to a crash near Columbia Mall. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash, which involved a vehicle driving the wrong direction on Columbia, according to police. The driver of one vehicle attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended. Some traffic from Columbia Road was diverted into the mall parking lot as authorities responded to the scene of the crash, between 24th Avenue South and 26th Avenue South.
A woman was thrown from her car Thursday after an early-morning crash with a semi on Gateway Drive in Grand Forks. A police news release said the woman was driving north on North 55th Street in a small passenger vehicle about 4:45 a.m. when her car collided with a tractor trailer in the eastbound lane of Gateway Drive. The crash ejected the woman from her vehicle and onto the roadway. She was transported to Altru Hospital for medical treatment, though the release did not state her medical condition. The crash is still being investigated.
Grand Forks Police have released surveillance camera images of a suspect in an armed robbery of a KFC fast food restaurant Sunday. According to police, a man entered the restaurant at 706 S. Washington St. at 9:47 p.m. Sunday, displayed a handgun and demanded money. On Wednesday, police provided video stills of a man they describe as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and wearing a ski mask and a black hooded sweatshirt with a camouflage "Mossy Oak" logo on the front.
OBERON, N.D.—A truck hauling 67 head of cattle overturned Tuesday morning on the Spirit Lake Reservation. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Chad Tichota of Norfolk, Neb., was driving a 2003 Peterbilt tractor trailer south on U.S. Highway 281 from Rugby, N.D., when he entered the ditch at a curve and rolled the truck about 3 miles north of Oberon. No cattle were killed in the accident. Tichota was not injured. Local ranchers helped transport the cattle to Devils Lake to be inspected for injuries. Oberon is about 25 miles southwest of Devils Lake.
A fire in a UND residence hall caused by an unattended candle resulted in $35,000 in damages, says the Grand Forks Fire Department. The March 2 blaze started in Walsh Hall, a large residence building off Princeton Street. A newly released investigation from the Fire Department found that a candle had ignited a hanging towel that eventually spread the fire to some cardboard. Residents tried unsuccessfully to put out the fire, which had grown to flames as high as 6 feet, before sprinklers in the room went off and extinguished the blaze.
A Belcourt, N.D., resident was injured after crashing his car early Sunday while fleeing police in East Grand Forks.
A Grand Forks man was arrested Sunday after a pursuit in the Near North Neighborhood. According to a Police news release, officers responded to a report of an assault at the Budget Inn motel at 3400 Gateway Drive about 11:45 a.m. and received the name of a suspect and a description of his vehicle.