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A westbound Amtrak Empire Builder passenger train was stopped shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday in Larimore, N.D., and a Grand Forks County sheriff's deputy was there to greet it. The train had left Grand Forks about a half-hour earlier but had trouble when an intoxicated passenger assaulted two conductors, according to Sheriff Bob Rost. Conductors and the deputy removed Preston Freeman from the train during the short stop in Larimore before continuing west to Seattle. Freeman also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction, Rost said in a news release.
Kyle Lucas Mazzucco, 23, Oklee, Minn., made his first court appearance Tuesday on felony charge of having sexual contact with someone under 16 in Oklee in December. Mazzucco appeared in state district court in Crookston on the count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and slated to appear again in court later this month.
Bradley Boulduc pleaded guilty Thursday in Judge Sonja Clapp's courtroom to stealing a $448 surveillance camera from Menard's in Grand Forks and hitting a store employee with his vehicle as he fled the parking lot. In a deal with prosecutors, Boulduc, 45, entered an Alford-style guilty plea, admitting there was enough evidence to convict him of felony reckless endangerment and misdemeanor theft in the incident last March.
Raymond Nicholas pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting another man last summer in Grand Forks, biting off part of his nose. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors said they would recommend a sentence of three years in prison with all but four months suspended during two years of probation. The class C felony carries a top prison sentence of five years. Prosecutor Meredith Larson said police recovered part of the victim's nose. In court, Nicholas said of the July 14 event that "it was self defense. It's just that I took it too far. ...
A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually abusing a girl for six years, beginning when she was 6. Matthew Lyons is facing up to life in prison on the Class AA felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Lyons, 36 at the time of his arrest, rejected an offer from prosecutors of life in prison and instead entered an "open plea," of guilty, leaving his sentence up to state District Judge Sonja Clapp. The judge set his sentencing for March 27 and ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Meredith Larson, an assistant state's attorney for Grand Forks County, said the only offer
An Emerado, N.D., man pleaded guilty Thursday to felony abuse or neglect of his teenage disabled son, admitting the boy was found by police unfed in a bed wearing only a urine-soaked diaper and t-shirt in a home filled with animal urine and feces. Richard Elskoe, 48, reached a deal with prosecutors who will recommend he serve a year in jail with two additional years suspended during supervised probation. Meredith Larson, the assistant state's attorney for Grand Forks County prosecuting the case, said social workers asked sheriff's deputies to assist them in October in checking on the boy, wh
Grand Forks police have identified two suspects in the expensive cognac theft Dec. 29 from the south end Happy Harry's Bottle Shop. Lt. Jim Remer said Thursday he anticipates charges will be filed soon in the theft of a $2,600 bottle of Louis XIII cognac and three other bottles of liquor totaling about $200 in retail value. But he can't release the men's names yet, he said. Last week, police released a photo from the store's surveillance video showing two men perusing shelves at the store on 32nd Avenue South from about 1 p.m., Dec.
Two men charged with stealing $75,000 or more of copper wire from a Grand Forks business last spring have reached plea deals with prosecutors that include one of them ordered to pay about $75,000 in restitution. The two also have copped deals in two similar copper capers in the Fargo area last year and officials from Grand Forks and Cass counties are designing the plea deals to include concurrent jail time including all three burglaries. Prosecutors say Elvis Hasimovic, 29, and Sabastijan Tahirovic, 21, rented a U-Haul truck in Fargo, drove to Grand Forks, broke into the Dakota Supply Group
Rodney Brossart's three sons have agreed to plead guilty to terrorizing law enforcement officers by brandishing weapons at deputies the day Brossart was arrested in June 2011 in a dispute over a neighbor's three cows and three calves wandering on to his farm near Lakota, N.D. Brossart was convicted Nov. 7 by a Grand Forks jury of a similar felony terrorizing charge and is set to be sentenced Tuesday by retired state District Judge Joel Medd.
Justin Kiefer, a former fifth-grade teacher in Park River, N.D., has pleaded not guilty to felony charges alleging he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in November in the Walsh County town. State District Judge Richard Geiger on Friday set Kiefer's pretrial hearing for March 18 with his jury trial slated to start April 2. Kiefer, released last fall on $25,000 bond, is living back in his home state of South Dakota in Aberdeen, according to court officials.