Herald Staff Report
A Grand Forks man faces a terrorizing charge after police say he brandished a knife to two others Thursday near the Greenway downtown. According to Grand Forks Police, officers were called to Riverboat Road around 4:15 p.m. for a report of a disturbance involving multiple people. Officers learned that a man had threatened two people with a knife. Officers located the suspect, Charles Murphy Gibbons, 38, and took him into custody. Gibbons was booked in the Grand Forks County jail on potential terrorizing charges, police said.
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Northland's Miller named All-American THIEF RIVER FALLS—Northland Community & Technical College sophomore ShaRon Miller was named a first team NJCAA DIII Women's Basketball All-American for the second year in a row. Miller, a 6-foot sophomore center from Blaine, Minn., finished her career ranked second in NCTC all-time scoring with 1,048 points. She's also third all-time in rebounds with 564.
GOODRIDGE, Minn.—Officers believe the death of a Goodridge man who died from a gunshot wound was accidental. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Gerald Johnsrud, 60, after he was found by his family Wednesday at a rural home, according to a report for KTRF Radio. Sheriff Ray Kuznia confirmed the death, telling the Herald that Johnsrud died of an "accidental gunshot wound to the head." An autopsy is being performed. The final report could take several weeks to be released.
Grand Forks Central High students chose their prom royalty this week. Andrew King and Rachael Meyer, seniors, have been elected king and queen. Juniors Nick Dohman and Brianna Myrold were elected prince and princess. Central High celebrates its prom Saturday.
A 48-year-old Crookston woman died of asphyxia by strangulation in a homicide, according to preliminary results of an autopsy released by the Crookston Police Department Friday. Tawnja Rene Wallace was found dead in her apartment at 104 S. Broadway Wednesday morning. Eddie Markeith Frazier, 49, was arrested in Bloomington, Minn., early Thursday and has been charged in Polk County with second-degree murder.
The Grand Forks Herald has extended invitations to both sides of a downtown park issue to come together for a debate June 1 at the Empire Arts Center. Publisher Korrie Wenzel presented the invitations Friday afternoon. He did not ask that the recipients immediately accept or decline, but said he will await their decision and then announce whether the debate will proceed.
NECHE, N.D.—A Neche man faces charges of possessing child porn depicting teenage girls. Brandon Lee Bjornstad, 33, was arrested Tuesday after investigators said they found on his phone a video and 14 images depicting girls that appear to be between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Officers obtained a warrant to search his Neche home at 323 Third St.
Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota will increase its patrols this weekend for Cinco de Mayo. The Mexican holiday marks the country's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety warned the holiday prompts some who drink to celebrate to then drive.
Knudson awarded The winners of the 2017 North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) Communications Contest, held April 20-21 in Fargo, have been announced. Herald reporter Pamela Knudson was the overall NDPC sweepstakes winner, claiming 11 first place, one second place and two third place awards in various categories. Knudson was also named as the conference's Communicator of Achievement. Peace Garden hires two