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Lawyers representing families of victims in a deadly train crash near Larimore are arguing a $500,000 limit on damages paid out to the victims is unconstitutional and are demanding four times the amount. The crash, in which a train collided with a school bus at a rail crossing in January just outside Larimore, claimed the lives of the bus driver and a 17-year-old student and sent 10 other children aboard the bus to regional hospitals. A state Highway Patrol investigation found the cause of the crash was driver error, saying video from the train showed the driver did not stop at the stop sign
Police are waiting for final autopsy results before releasing more information into the death of a 26-year-old man found in a Grand Forks mall's bathroom Wednesday. Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel said today the department was not going to release any information about the man's cause of death until the final autopsy report is completed, which typically takes several weeks. Autopsies often are completed within hours, though sometimes within a few days, of a death. Police likely have preliminary autopsy results. Officers responding to reports of an unconscious man at about 10 a.m.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Thief River Falls man who would have been in prison until 2023 walked out of the Pennington County Courthouse last week a free man. Pennington County prosecutors dropped charges against Quentin Laurel Rasmussen, 38, on Dec. 7, a week after a Minnesota appellate court ruled the drug evidence found on him during a warrantless search of his apartment was not allowed in court. Without the drug evidence, the prosecution couldn't continue pressing the first-degree drug charges against Rasmussen, and his case was dismissed.
A Grand Forks judge set bond at $50,000 Wednesday for an East Grand Forks man accused of setting a Grand Forks business on fire last week. Matthew William Gust, 25,...
The suspect in last week’s arson attack on a Somali business in Grand Forks is now in custody in Grand Forks County. Matthew William Gust, 25, East Grand Forks, was...
A Ramsey County judge sentenced six felons Tuesday, none of whom were given prison time. Four people pleaded guilty to felony drug delivery charges after they sold prescription pain pills to drug informants on separate occasions this year, according to a news release from the Ramsey County State's Attorney's Office.
A 24-year-old Bottineau Public Schools science teacher has been charged with a sex-related crime involving a minor. Marissa Ashley Deslauriers was charged Tuesday with one count of corruption or solicitation of a minor, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison, in Bottineau County District Court. The Bottineau woman had an initial court hearing Tuesday morning, where District Judge Michael Sturdevant set her bond at $10,000. Additional information, including whether the minor was Deslauriers' student, was not immediately available. The Bottineau Count
A U.S. District judge ordered a 44-year-old man to spend 16 years in federal prison for having more than 12,000 images of child pornography, several years after he was court-martialed for the same crime. Alan Douglas Eslinger, a registered sex offender and former U.S. Army medic who was living in rural Northwood, N.D., pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child porn and three counts of possession of child porn in U.S. District Court in Fargo. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced him Monday to 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release, according to the U.S.
A 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting two young children in Climax, Minn., several years ago. Polk County prosecutors charged Brett Allen Goulet, of Crookston, with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison, after two young children disclosed he had assaulted them, according to court documents. A social worker interviewed both children in August 2014, both of whom told her Goulet sexually assaulted them at night in 2010 or 2011 while they were living in Climax, court records allege. Goulet was charge
Walsh County's top prosecutor expects to be back in the office today or Wednesday after a car accident sent her to the hospital Saturday morning. Barb Whelan, Walsh County's state's attorney, suffered minor injuries Saturday morning after she lost control of her SUV while trying to pass a truck and went into a ditch about 5 miles east of Park River, N.D., according to the Highway Patrol and Whelan's account of the accident. Whelan's car hit a culvert and rolled, landing on the driver's side.