Stephen J. Lee
There’s a line at the start of George Bibel’s 2012 book about train wrecks in which the UND engineering professor apologizes for what he is about to write. “I should start with an apology to the entire industry and first explain how trains mostly do not crash,” he wrote in “Train Wreck: The Forensics of Rail Disasters.” In a recent Herald interview, he reiterated the same point noting how much safer trains are than other modes of transportation.
A Grand Forks man avoided what could have been years more in prison Monday at his sentencing over new crimes and violating probation for old ones, arguing his life is changed, but a prosecutor said Brandon Allen Burket still is blaming his victim.
After a string of 11 criminal charges in the past year in Grand Forks County, including a robbery in which she admits driving into a store employee, Angela Kay Fladeland is going to prison for two years. State District Judge Sonja Clapp on Monday sentenced Fladeland, 41, to a series of concurrent sentences of five years, with three years suspended in a Grand Forks courtroom that resolved at least eight cases over the past year or more. Fladeland has a criminal
A northwest Minnesota man convicted in recent months of stealing a plane in Roseau County, a horse trailer in Clearwater County and a horse in Marshall County is wanted again. Now his mother wants him in jail, too.
A Norman County woman accused of trying to burn down the home of an Ada, Minn., man in March has pleaded not guilty. Virginia Adams, 28, is charged with first-degree arson, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, said Norman County Attorney James Brue.
A former pharmacist is accused of stealing more than 2,000 painkiller pills from the Grand Forks drug store he managed and peddling them to others.
A soldier’s shooting rampage Wednesday at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas has raised questions about the role post-traumatic stress disorder, but a retired Air Force psychologist now working at UND, said he doesn’t believe combat really has anything to do with it. “The combat stress or PTSD doesn’t cause a massacre like this,” said Lt. Col.
The military has revealed more about the fatal shooting of an airman by Grand Forks Air Force Base security in July. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Hullman, 36, was drunk and confronting military police with a handgun when he was killed, according to Linda Card, a spokeswoman with the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigation.
Michael Ross Larson died before emergency responders or fellow employees could rescue him from a work-place accident Tuesday in Bagley, Minn., said Police Chief Larry Peterson. Law enforcement officials released the name of the 41-year-old Fosston, Minn., man Wednesday after contacting his relatives.
Joyce Austreng pleaded not guilty Tuesday in state district court in Grand Forks to conspiring with her husband and another man to make methamphetamine. The felony count carries a top prison sentence of 20 years if she were to be convicted; she also faces lesser felony counts of possessing meth and paraphernalia to smoke it. Austreng, 20, was arrested