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A Grand Forks man was arrested after he allegedly held a steak knife to a woman's neck Friday morning. Alex Brandon Griffith, 26, allegedly used a steak knife to pry his way into a locked bathroom in a home on the 400 block of South Ninth Street around 8:40 a.m. Friday, court documents said. He then punched the woman inside the bathroom on the left side of her face and held the steak knife to her neck, an affidavit for his arrest said. The woman told police she was terrified Griffith was going to kill her, according to court records.
Mayor Mike Brown is heading to Poland with Keith Lund, president of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp., and City Administrator Todd Feland to build partnerships and talk about biofuels. The Red River Biorefinery, which broke ground last month, is being celebrated during a bioeconomy conference in Lodz, Poland, Lund said. The Grand Forks refinery is the first plant created in America from a partnership with the company Biotecknika's Polish research.
A downpour may have dampened plans for this year's annual Potato Bowl French Fry Feed, but it's not going to rain on our parade—at least not literally. Despite a gloomy Thursday and drizzly Friday morning, National Weather Service Meteorologist Daniel Robinson said Saturday should be dry. The combined Homecoming and Potato Bowl parade is scheduled to march through downtown beginning at 10 a.m.
Two Grand Forks women who sold drugs to confidential informants pleaded guilty to charges Thursday afternoon. Kayla Rose Bailey, 27, was sentenced to six months behind bars and two years of probation on a felony charge for delivering heroin and a misdemeanor count for owning drug paraphernalia. Kaylee Sue Lembke, 30, will spend about four months in jail and two years on probation for selling heroin.
A Grand Forks man charged for firing shots in the Sam's Club parking lot during a "drug deal gone bad" and owning homemade bombs and marijuana plants pleaded guilty Thursday. Devon Michael Atticus Hricak, 21, will spend five years on probation after pleading guilty to four felony charges and a misdemeanor. District Judge Donald Hager said the situation "could've been a lot worse" and he's "surprised you weren't charged with attempted murder in this case."
Simplot employees were evacuated from the building late Wednesday night when a fire started, a press release from the Grand Forks Fire Department said. Firefighters found smoke and fire inside 3630 Gateway Drive just before 11 p.m., the release said. The blaze was quickly extinguished, but the release estimates $150,000 in damage to the building and contents. The Grand Forks Police Department and Altru Ambulance were also on scene, the release said. The investigation is ongoing.
East Grand Forks Senior High was dismissed early Wednesday because of a water main break near the south side of the building. Assistant Principal Bruce Nelson said the break happened around 10:40 a.m. and students were dismissed at 12:45 p.m. because water in the building was turned off. Nelson said all practices and after-school activities will continue as planned. He said crews are unsure what caused the break, but are hoping to have repairs finished quickly.
A West Fargo, N.D., man is charged with child abuse after he allegedly hit a 3-year-old in the face. Preston Charles Zornes, 25, could face up to 10 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine if convicted. Court documents allege he hit a 3-year-old boy on both sides of his face causing bruises and abrasions on April 10 in Ramsey County. Zornes is expected to appear in court Oct. 1.
An East Grand Forks man has been charged for forging almost $17,000 in checks. Alex John Lind, 28, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. Court documents said police were notified July 17 about 10 checks missing from Prototype Production Inc. and cashed for $16,639. The business owner told police he had not signed or authorized anyone to sign the checks, an affidavit said. Lind told police he forged the checks and used his mom, girlfriend and her brother to help cash the checks, an affidavit said.
FARGO—A Spirit Lake man will spend 60 years behind bars related to a gun assault and for shooting his ex-girlfriend in the face. Dakota James Charboneau, 24, is also accused in a separate case of murdering a woman in 2016. Court documents said Charboneau allegedly beat two men with the butt of his gun on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation on Oct. 22, 2017. An affidavit also said he allegedly fired off several rounds and held the men against their will at a house after beating them.