Herald Staff Report
DEVILS LAKE—A Webster, N.D., man was seriously injured Monday near Devils Lake during a rollover crash on icy roads. Darren Gray, 35, was in serious yet stable condition after he lost control of his 2006 Dodge Dakota at 10:25 a.m. about 7 miles north of Devils Lake on N.D. Highway 20, according to a news release. He was southbound on the highway when the pickup crossed the road, went into the east ditch and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its wheels, the release said.
A former manager for a Grand Forks off-road bicycle club has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $27,000 from the nonprofit. Ronald J. Martin, 49, was sentenced Feb. 15 in Grand Forks District Court to 360 days in jail, but 330 days will be suspended for three years if he doesn't violate probation and pays $26,000 in restitution. He also was ordered to pay $775 in fees.
HALLOCK, Minn.—A Lake Bronson, Minn., man has been accused of inappropriately touching a young child seven years ago. James Lee Martin, 60, was scheduled to appear Monday in Kittson County District Court, where he has been charged with two second-degree felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. Each charge carries a maximum punishment of up to 25 years in prison.
Police in East Grand Forks are warning residents to be leery of scammers threatening to shut off water and light service if they don't make a payment to an out-of-state party. Some customers have told East Grand Forks Police they received letters saying their utility services would be disconnected if they didn't make the payments, according to a news release. The letters tell customers to call an 800 number to make payment arrangements with an out-of-state agency, said Bonnie Abel, customer and energy services manager for East Grand Forks.
A church that houses a food pantry north of Grand Forks is for sale. The First Church of God has been listed by Oxford Realty for $447,900. The church at 2856 N. Washington St. also is home to the Store House Food Pantry, which is open Wednesdays. Pictures on the listing appear to show the food pantry portion of the building. Representatives of the church and pantry declined to comment for this story, so the Herald was unable to confirm the future of the congregation and the pantry.
Jacobson hired as NDFB Director of Member Relations John Jacobson, Hatton, N.D., has been hired as the North Dakota Farm Bureau Director of Member Relations. He has 11 years of experience with the Farm Bureau and, according to NDFB Executive Vice President and CEO Jeffrey Missling, "John's networking abilities and work ethic are unmatched. His supportive attitude and integrity will benefit our organization tremendously." Jacobson will be working for NDFB on a three-quarter time basis from his farm.
A man sought in a Grand Forks domestic violence investigation has been found. Police have located Dana Poitra and have interviewed him about the call to service that happened Monday night in the 1200 block of North 39th Street. The caller claimed a man assaulted a female subject before fleeing in a pickup, according to a news release. The Grand Forks Police Department has not made any arrests in the case, though it remains under investigation, according to the release.
FERTILE, Minn.—A resident of Fertile has been arrested after a multi-county high-speed chase in northwest Minnesota. Arron Dean Jagol, 27, is expected to be charged in Polk County District Court with fleeing a peace officer with a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, domestic assault, interfering with emergency communications, having an open alcohol bottle and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
FISHER, Minn.—A Larimore, N.D., woman was injured Monday night in Polk County. Shelbie Brittany Greene, 25, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the 2005 Dodge Durango she was in went off of U.S. Highway 2 east of Fisher, according to a news release. The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Andrew James Greene of Crookston, was eastbound on the highway when the Durango left the road at a curve near the city and rolled.
Grand Forks police are looking for a person of interest possibly involved in a Monday night domestic violence incident. Officers were dispatched at 7:12 p.m. to the 1200 block of North 39th Street, where a caller said he saw a man assault a woman before fleeing in a pickup, according to a news release. The woman in the case was treated on location for non-life-threatening injuries.