Herald Staff Report
DEVILS LAKE — A Devils Lake woman received an 18-month deferred sentence Friday for her role in a psychedelic drug-growing bust. Ashley Nicholson, 22, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of possessing a controlled substance and a misdemeanor for possessing drug paraphernalia. During a May 4 probation search at an apartment shared by Nicholson and Devin Eugene Johnson, 25, officers discovered Johnson growing illegal mushrooms. In addition, officers also found two bags of "spice," or synthetic marijuana, and a pipe with residue, according to a complaint.
A Grand Forks man facing two serious drug-related felonies after a traffic stop is scheduled to plead guilty. Jason Lawrence Burgess, 29, was charged in early May in Grand Forks District Court with two Class A felonies of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and Class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license. Early on May 4, Grand Forks police stopped Burgess for a non-functioning brake light while he was driving west in the 2400 block of DeMers Avenue.
Police were at the scene of a crash at the intersection of North Fourth Street and First Avenue downtown following a high-speed chase through north Grand Forks Thursday evening.
The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area and the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals will host Speed Volunteering events. Speed volunteering is a way for busy individuals to take 20-30 minutes to volunteer and give back to the community. The first event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Rhombus Guys Brewing Company. Register online at https://goo.gl/YuLf2b .
Two people have been charged with public fornication after being arrested in a park in downtown Grand Forks early Tuesday morning. About 4:15 a.m,. a Grand Forks Police officer noticed Garrett Kelly Nordstrom, 42, and Scotty Patrick Blotti, 31, both of Grand Forks, engaging in a sexual act in Arbor Park on the first block of South Fourth Street, a court affidavit stated. Both were charged with misdemeanor public fornication.
DEVILS LAKE—A Ramsey County auditor of 21 years is retiring. Elizabeth Fischer recently announced in a letter to the Ramsey County Commission she plans to leave the elected office next month. The commission voted Tuesday to appoint Deputy Auditor Kandy Christopherson to fill the position in the interim until the 2018 general election. Fischer's last day is Sept. 30. "It was the right time for me to retire," she said Thursday, adding she wants to "enjoy life."
The East Grand Forks swimming pool will close for the season this week, a news release announced Thursday. The pool will close at 7 p.m. Sunday after more than two months of operations following a yearlong closure to complete $2 million in renovations. The facility has seen more than double the attendance this summer as it did in 2014, the last time it was open before repairs began. — Herald staff report
A high-risk sex offender has been released from the Grand Forks County jail to live in the community. Hilary Anton Edwards, 47, moved on Thursday to 515 N. Eighth St., Apartment No. 7, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. He is a white, 5-foot-7-inch man who weighs about 180 pounds. He has hazel eyes, gray hair and is partially bald. Edwards has been convicted of multiple sex crimes in North Dakota and Minnesota, including criminal sexual conduct and possessing child pornography.
DEVILS LAKE—A Devils Lake inmate who was released Thursday morning to look for a job has not returned, law enforcement officials said. Jeremy Jeff Enno, 31, was released at 10 a.m. from the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center and was to return by noon, but he had not checked in by 1:30 p.m. and was considered absconding, LEC Director Rob Johnson said in a news release reporting the "walk away."
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