Herald Staff Report
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.
A fire that destroyed an abandoned farmhouse Thursday morning in northwest Minnesota was arson, investigators said. The Polk County Sheriff's Office and Warren, Minn., Fire Department responded around 8 a.m. Thursday in Section 16 of Tabor Township in Polk County, near Sherack, Minn. The house was a complete loss, according to a news release. Anyone with information on the fire should call (800) 723-2020.
The body of a woman found along a snowmobile trail near East Grand Forks has been identified. Grand Forks resident Britani Rose Senti, 26, was found March 2 about a half mile south of East Grand Forks, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No foul play is suspected in relation to her death, the release said. Senti's body was sent to the UND Forensic Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The release didn't specify the cause of death.
A Grand Forks man has been arrested after police said he stepped in front of a bus and almost was hit before injuring an officer.
UND President Mark Kennedy is in Florida today for his last shot at winning the presidency of a different university. Kennedy has been in the running since mid-February for the top office at the University of Central Florida, an institution that serves about 66,000 students. He was named a finalist in the search and is back in Orlando, Fl., today for an open forum scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CST. Note to viewers: This stream will disappear after the event.
A Tuesday morning crash between a snowplow and a vehicle temporarily closed a section of Interstate 29 between Thompson and Reynolds, N.D., according to motorist reports. A representative of the Department of Transportation confirmed the snowplow is a department vehicle. The representative said the collision happened somewhere near Reynolds. The Grand Forks Sheriff's Department said the state Highway Patrol is handling the incident. More information on the crash will be coming from the patrol.
CROOKSTON—Crookston police have identified the person who was found dead this weekend after a house fire. The early Sunday morning fire that started at 214 Fourth Ave. N. likely caused the death of 40-year-old Immanuel LaRochelle, according to a news release. Initial reports indicate the blaze at the victim's home was accidental, the release said.
DEVILS LAKE—Three defendants face multiple charges in northeast North Dakota after officers said they found more than a pound of meth, a stolen weapon and a short-barreled shotgun in the suspects' vehicle. Jose Alberto Perez, 36, of Beaumont, Texas; Jason Charles Alberts, 32, of St. Michael, N.D.; and Aurie Irene Mora, 33, of Lusk, Wyo., were scheduled to have initial appearance hearings Monday in Ramsey County District Court.