Herald Staff Report
A Grand Forks woman has been ordered to spend about six years in prison for her part in selling drugs in East Grand Forks. Ellen Yvonne Bergeron, 27, was sentenced Thursday in Polk County District Court to 75 months behind bars for a first-degree felony for selling meth. She had faced 30 years in prison, but she pleaded guilty for a lesser sentence. She was given 62 days' credit for time served.
Investigators have released the name of a woman who died after drowning in a pool this week in Grand Forks. Maggie Berlin, 61, was found unresponsive shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday in a pool in the 2000 block of 11th Avenue North, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Emergency responders called to the scene attempted to revive her, but the attempt was unsuccessful, the release said. "There was no apparent danger to the general public, and this incident remains under active investigation," Lt. Derik Zimmel said in a statement.
Bank Forward new hire East Grand Forks native Marina Glastad has joined the Bank Forward office in Fargo as an audit/loan operations specialist. She graduated from UND with a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree. Altru new hires
WARREN, Minn.—An Alvarado, Minn., man has been accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him last month. Justen James Lawrence Ekholm, 27, appeared Tuesday in Marshall County District Court on a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct, a crime that carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison. The accuser told officers Ekholm harassed her June 5 to have sex with him, but she said "no" multiple times while she was at his home, according to court documents. He tried to bribe her to have sex, but she refused, court documents state.
Felonies * Denotes felony that became a misdemeanor by disposition ** Denotes deferred imposition The following are felony convictions in Grand Forks County District Court from June 1-30. 6/4 Jose Eusebio Gonzalez, 39, Brownsville, Texas, theft possession of $1,000 to $10,000, 18 months, first serve 35 days, 18 months probation, credit for time served, $848.71 restitution, $525 fees.
Grand Forks police have arrested 36-year-old Samuel Nelson after a several-hour standoff Monday. Early afternoon, officers responded to the 1100 block of 14th Avenue South "regarding a suspect armed with a firearm," according to their Facebook page.
CHRISTINE, N.D.—No one was injured Wednesday morning when a semi tipped over on an interstate exit ramp south of Fargo, law enforcement said.
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn.—Two people were sent to the hospital Tuesday after a sports utility vehicle rear-ended a pickup in Red Lake County. Alexander Thomas Brown, 23, of Thief River Falls was northbound in a 2016 Chevy Silverado on U.S. Highway 59 when he was rear-ended at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday by Galen Lyle Horswill, 88, of Red Lake Falls, who was driving a 2018 Chevy Traverse, according to a news release. Brown was waiting to make a left turn and had his brake lights and turn signal on, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
ROSEAU, Minn.—A Strathcona, Minn., man has been seriously injured in a three-wheeled motorcycle crash near Roseau. Daniel Theodore Curfman, 48, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after his 1975 tri-sport three-wheeled motorcycle crashed at 4:39 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. He was westbound on Roseau County Road 8 about 20 miles southwest of Roseau when his axle broke and his vehicle flipped, the release said. Curfman was not wearing a helmet, the Minnesota State Patrol said, and it's unknown if alcohol was involved.
The Grand Forks Police Department wants residents to tell them how they are doing. The law enforcement agency announced this week that it has created a five-question survey on its website. The survey includes questions about employee competency, behavior and overall performance. To take the survey, go to bit.ly/2Kwvyxy.