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A Grafton, N.D., man faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted this week of one count of sexually assaulting a preteen girl in 2005. The same jury could not reach a verdict on two other similar counts. The jury in state district court in Grafton, N.D., on Monday found Jose Martinez, 61, guilty of one count of gross sexual imposition of the girl, who was under 10 in the summer of 2005 when she said the assault happened. The girl, who is not related to Martinez, was being baby-s
The autopsy done in Grand Forks turned up no signs of injury to the bodies of the couple found dead Monday morning, said Jim Tadman, chief deputy for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Crookston, on Tuesday. Natalie Ostgaard, 51, and Kent Ostgaard, 49, were found dead in their home just east of the city limits of Crookston about 8 a.m., Monday
A call by a suspicious citizen led to the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into storage units the past two months in Polk County, mostly in Crookston. Juanito Cisneros Sr., 47, Erskine, Minn., was arrested over the weekend, according to Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier on Monday. About 20 storage units at three storage businesses in Crookston were burglarized, the chief said. A total of about $9,500 in goods were stolen.
A Grand Forks woman connected to the stabbing death her ex-boyfriend west of town was sentenced Friday on a previous charge. Jennifer Blue, 23, was convicted of using false identification in trying to obtain prescription drugs. In a deal with prosecutors, she pleaded guilty Friday in state district cour
A couple of pre-teens were nabbed in grade school Friday for allegedly stealing a few items from a local pawn shop, said Grand Forks Police Sgt.
A former Grand Forks police officer charged with holding his handgun to the head of a party guest in his home was sentenced Wednesday to 100 hours of community service. State District Judge Sonja Clapp also deferred imposition of Jace Prelip’s sentence, meaning if he completes a year of probation, the charge will be taken off the books. Prelip, 28, originally faced a felony charge of terrorizing after a booze-soaked party in his home in August 2012 that would have put him in prison
A record low for Feb.
The two meth labs found in separate investigations last week, one in Grand Forks, one in East Grand Forks, are the first seen in a while in the community. “In Grand Forks, it’s probably four or five years ago since we have had a meth lab case,” said Police Lt.
Daniel Wacht, serving a life sentence for the murder three years ago of a Cooperstown, N.D., man, says he deserves a new trial because he has new evidence that a prosecution witness lied. But a state prosecutor said Wacht, who is working as his own attorney from the state prison in Bismarck, hasn’t provided enough information yet to win a hearing. Wacht, now 33, was sentenced in August 2012 to life in prison for shooting Kurt Johnson, a North Dakota State University transportation researcher, in the forehead shortly after they had been drinking together in a Cooperstown bar on
North Dakota District Judge Jay Schmitz of Valley City was named this week by the state Supreme Court to hear the murder conspiracy case against Grand Forks attorney Henry Howe. Howe is slated for a preliminary hearing and/or arraignment March 28 in Grafton, when he can enter a formal plea to the Class AA felony count that carries a top prison sentence of life without parole upon conviction. David Thompson, one of Howe’s defense attorneys, had filed a motion to have state District Judge Richa