Herald Staff Report
TOWNER, N.D.—Charges are pending after a 77-year-old pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup Monday night in Towner, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol. Thomas Miller of Towner suffered fatal injuries when he was hit by a 2016 Dodge Ram, driven by 60-year-old William St. Clair of Parshall, N.D., at 6:44 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Highway Patrol.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Lamoureux sisters got a nod by a North Dakota congressman at Capitol Hill. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., took to the House floor to recognize Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, two Grand Forks natives who helped the U.S. women's hockey team win a gold medal during this year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Cramer noted that March is Women's History Month and spoke on the sisters' hockey career.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Moorhead man faces jail time after Pennington County investigators said he used a social media account to convince someone he thought was a teenage boy to engage in sexual conduct. Wyatt Jerome Nelson, 22, was set to appear Monday in Pennington County District Court on a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct, which carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison.
DEVILS LAKE—A Devils Lake man has been accused of forcing a child to perform oral sex on him. Gary Vernon Redetzke, 19, was scheduled to appear on a bench warrant Monday in Ramsey County District Court on a Class A felony count of gross sexual imposition. Court documents gave few details on the case, but prosecutors said the alleged assault occurred in the summer of 2016 in Ramsey County. The accuser was less than 15 years old at the time of the alleged act, according to court records.
Each week, the Grand Forks Police Department releases its Most Wanted list in an attempt to bring in suspects. The law enforcement agency started posting its top five most wanted on its Facebook page in early December as a way to enlist the public's help, and some tips have helped officers make several arrests. The Herald posts the list every Monday. Those with information on a suspect shown on the posters should either call 911 or the Grand Forks Police Department at (701) 787-8000.
Grand Forks police are looking for two women who reportedly fled from a single-vehicle crash. Officers responded at 9:29 p.m. Thursday to the 800 block of South Columbia Road for a rollover report, according to a news release. A 2007 Kia Sorento was southbound on the street at a high rate of speed before crossing the northbound lanes and rolling onto its roof, according to the release.
Law enforcement in Grand Forks will be on the lookout for drunk drivers as residents celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The Grand Forks Police Department warned in a news release it will assign more officers to patrols with "the sole purpose of looking for impaired drivers, and removing them from the streets." St. Patrick's Day is Saturday and is typically celebrated with drinking and events. "In the United States on St. Patrick's Day from 2012 to 2016, a total of 269 lives have
A caller trying to collect donations on the Grand Forks Police Department's behalf is likely a phone scammer, police say. The Police Department was notified a group called the "Grand Forks Police Alliance" is making calls to residents in an effort to solicit donations, but the department said it has no affiliation with the group. The agency warned residents to do research on groups before they donate.
WARREN, Minn.—Law enforcement in Marshall County are asking residents for their help in finding an Oslo, Minn., woman. Amanda Hoff, 19, was last seen in the Grand Rapids, Minn., area when she went missing, according to a Facebook post by the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds and having blonde hair with blue eyes. Those with information leading to her whereabouts are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (218) 745-5411.
DEVILS LAKE—A Lankin, N.D., man has been found guilty of assaulting and partially paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict for Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Ramsey County District Court on a Class A felony charge of child neglect. The jury was out for six hours after a nearly three-day trial that began Tuesday.