Herald Staff Report
LAKOTA, N.D.—A former Lakota Ambulance Service employee will change her plea to charges accusing her of embezzling more than $31,000 in agency funds. The trial for Tamra Dee Bulik, 52, was set to begin Tuesday, but North Dakota court records indicate she will have a plea agreement hearing at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Bulik faced one Class B felony of misapplying entrusted property, 23 Class C felony charges of forgery or counterfeiting and one misdemeanor deceptive writings charge. At least one forgery or counterfeiting charge has been dismissed.
WINGER, Minn.—A Fertile, Minn., man has been arrested on drunk driving charges after investigators said he drove a car through a bank wall early Friday and caused "heavy damage" to the building. The Polk County Sheriff's Department responded at 12:42 a.m. to Ultima Bank at 9 Minnesota Ave. in Winger, where a 2006 Chevy Impala was driven into the east side of the building. Deputies determined Trent Kenneth Vesledahl, 20, was driving the vehicle when it hit the building, causing "heavy damage to the wall," according to a news release.
A travel alert has been issued for portions of northeast North Dakota due to blowing snow and icy roads. The state Department of Transportation issued the alert for areas north of U.S. Highway 2 and south of Grafton. That includes Rolla, Cando, Langdon, Cavalier, Grafton, Pembina and the surrounding areas. Blowing snow was creating reduced visibility and compacted ice on roads.
The Grand Forks Police Department is investigating a burglary that occurred at a local business this weekend. Officers were dispatched to Stevens Mattress on South 48th Street early Monday morning after store employees returned from the weekend to find a burglary had taken place, according to a press release. Employees discovered an unknown amount of people had forced open a door and removed a small amount of cash from the register. Police are continuing to investigate the burglary and are encouraging anyone with information to call (701) 787-8000.
An East Grand Forks man was hospitalized after a Sunday evening crash in Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Police Department responded about 6:45 p.m. Sunday to a crash at the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and South 20th Street, according to a news release. Police say a 2008 Ford Escape driven by 23-year-old Ryan Honken was eastbound on 32nd Avenue South when he attempted to make a left turn to head north on South 20th Street when his vehicle struck a 2011 Toyota Camry traveling westbound on 32nd Avenue.
EAST GRAND FORKS—A two-car crash on U.S. Highway 2 sent a Grafton, N.D., woman to the hospital Friday night. A Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Sanjuana Martinez, 52, of Grafton, was eastbound on Highway 2, attempting to turn left onto Minnesota Highway 220 in East Grand Forks when it was struck by a 2008 Ford Focus traveling west on Highway 2 about 10:40 p.m. Friday. Martinez was taken to Altru Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford, 36-year-old Kevin Fuglseth, of Grand Forks, was not injured in the crash, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
• UND has announced the fall Dean's List: Adams, N.D.: Diana Bata, Alexandra Rose. Buxton, N.D.: Arianna Bray. Cavalier, N.D.: Deane Bjornson, Bethany Brumbaugh, Ryan Chrest, Amanda Menzies. Cummings, N.D.: Ryan Mooney. Devils Lake: Quinn Dalziel, Alexa Gathman, Jesse Kerlin, Rachel Lysne, Blair Roemmich, Jessie Zimmer. Edinburg, N.D.: Abbie Sondeland. Finley, N.D.: Rachel Jacobson. Fordville, N.D.: Mariah Dalbey. Grafton, N.D.: Enrique Balderas IV, Miranda Dusek, Megan Janikowski, Stephanie Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Sami Swartz.
An evening crash sent one Grand Forks resident to the hospital and landed another a citation Thursday. The Grand Forks Police Department responded at approximately 9:05 Thursday night to the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and South 34th Street to a crash involving a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle and a 2012 Toyota Corolla, according to a press release. Police say the Beetle, driven by 22-year-old Beret Ramstad-Skoyles was westbound on 32nd Ave and turned south onto 34th Street when it struck the eastbound Corolla driven by 19-year-old Sulekha Nur.
A two-vehicle collision sent one person to Altru Hospital with unknown conditions Thursday night, according to Grand Forks Police. The incident happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of 32nd Avenue South and South 34th Street. A Toyota Corolla and a Volkswagen Beetle both sustained front-end damage, and the Beetle's airbags were deployed. Eastbound lanes of 32nd Avenue South were closed as the scene was assessed and the vehicles were towed away. No further information was available.
CHENEY, Wash.—The UND women's basketball team has now won 12 consecutive road games in Big Sky Conference play. Makailah Dyer and Samantha Roscoe each scored 19 points to lead the Fighting Hawks to a 75-71 win over Eastern Washington at Reese Court on Thursday night. Jill Morton added 11 points and three assists, while Leah Szabla had nine points and three assists. UND improved to 16-7 overall and 11-1 in Big Sky play, while EWU dropped to 13-10 and 8-3. The Eagles were led by 19 points from Delaney Hodgins.