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FARGO -- Attorneys involved in Alfonso Rodriguez's final appeal of his death sentence were asked by U.S.
A Grand Forks man who said "love took over," when he sexually assaulted a sleeping friend in May was sentenced Wednesday to serve four years in prison, plus 10 years supervised probation afterward and to register as a sex offender. Joseph Tilbury, 27, put his head down as a prosecutor read aloud text messages he sent and received from his victim just after the assault.
A Grand Forks man, who with his siblings is facing extensive drug charges, was sentenced to 10½ years in federal prison this week after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to move methamphetamine and other drugs from Texas into Minnesota and North Dakota. Devin Keplin, 35, is one of several siblings from Grand Forks facing federal drug charges after their arrests this year in drug deals involving a handful of other people, too. Keplin and Matthew Garcia, 22, pleaded guilty in July to the drug conspiracy charge, reaching deals with federal prosecutors in Fargo. U.S.
Shawn Houle faced 11 felony charges Wednesday in court alleging he burglarized or otherwise trespassed at six homes in south Grand Forks early Tuesday morning, mostly rifling through vehicles in the garages or driveways. Police were aided by freshly fallen snow that led them, they said, step-by-step along several paths Houle allegedly took to take things. Houle, 23, of Ashland, Wis., made his first appearance Wednesday in state district court via interactive TV from the county jail. Last year, Houle lived in Grafton, N.D., according to court records. Magistrate John Thelen set bond on five
A suicidal man displayed a knife inside Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Cities Mall Tuesday morning, frightening a church employee but not actually posing any threat, said police and the pastor. The call came in about 10:30 a.m., Tuesday from the church, just off 17th Avenue South and Washington Street in Grand Forks. A man who knew a family member of a church staff member and was troubled came in, showing a knife, said the Rev. Paul Knight. Police Sgt.
Students at Century Elementary School on 17th Avenue South in Grand Forks were put into a quick and short lockdown Tuesday after police thought a man had run, shirtless, into the school. It turned out to be a false alarm of sorts. Just before 1 p.m., a police officer reported he saw a shirtless man running toward the school, apparently entering it, said Sgt.
A Grand Forks man was arrested early Tuesday morning, suspected of breaking into a vehicle in a garage, according to police Investigators also suspect he broke into other vehicles in the neighborhood, east and north of Altru Hospital. Shawn Frankin Houle, 23, was found soon after a call came in at 2:08 a.m. from a homeowner who said he saw a man in his garage going through a vehicle.
A Minnesota appeals court has reversed a controversial sentence handed down in March by a Crookston judge that allowed an East Grand Forks man sentenced to 12 years in prison for a violent sexual assault last year on a Grand Forks woman to walk out of jail on probation. In an opinion filed Monday, a three-judge panel in St.
The U.S. House broke for Christmas this week, a new five-year farm bill still in the hopper despite a year and more of wrangling over it. But lawmakers from North Dakota and Minnesota say a final agreement is near. "I've been pushing hard to get people to agree so we could get a floor vote in December," said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who is on the conference committee trying to hammer together a bill from House and Senate versions.
Just a week before they were scheduled to go to trial, the parents of two children killed in a 2010 Christmastime traffic accident west of Grand Forks settled a lawsuit with the truck driver, his employer and United Parcel Services. The settlement of the suit brought by Kevin Boyer Jr. and Catana Boyer against driver Steven Nelson and Simplex Leasing, both of Jamestown, N.D., and UPS was filed Tuesday in state district court in Grand Forks. The suit, filed two years ago, was set for trial next week before a jury. On Dec. 22, 2010, Kevin Boyer Jr.