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Charges were filed Wednesday against a Grand Forks man injured when deputies fired at him last month. Travis Michael Lee Holt, 34, is facing felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, terrorizing with a weapon, possession or sale of short-barrelled rifle or shotgun and misdemeanor charges of violation of an order prohibiting contact, violation of a disorderly conduct restraining order and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.
A Larimore, N.D., man allegedly punched a nurse several times, breaking the nurse's jaw and knocking out his tooth. Latron Murphy, 29, could spend up to five years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault. He's also facing a misdemeanor charge of simple assault. On March 9, Murphy was at Altru Hospital on a court-ordered evaluation but tried to leave, an affidavit for his arrest said.
Thief River Falls police are searching for a man who failed to appear in court for sentencing on numerous charges, including burglary, theft, criminal damage and methamphetamine crimes involving children. New charges were filed while he was out on bail. The department took to Facebook on Tuesday to ask for help finding Kristopher Aaron Walter, 34, Thief River Falls. Pennington County Jail Administrator Susan Halverson said Walter did not escape from jail, but missed several court hearings.
A Grand Forks man accused of sexually assaulting a child appeared in court Tuesday morning. Derek James Mortrud, 32, will be held on $25,000 bond. An affidavit for his arrest was issued March 8, but Mortrud was not arrested until Monday. He appeared on the Grand Forks Police Department's most wanted list Friday.
No one was injured when a train hit a tractor Monday afternoon near Minto, N.D., officials said. A blue New Holland tractor was in motion when it was struck by a southbound BNSF train, said Richie Sherlock, chief deputy of the Walsh County Sheriff's Office. A Walsh County man was driving the tractor but was not injured, he said. The train left the scene at about 3:20 p.m., although tractor cleanup is ongoing. Sherlock said the incident could have been much worse and "anytime anyone walks away from an accident, it's a good day."
Two people face charges after police say they found a drug ledger and methamphetamine inside their Devils Lake hotel room. Kevin Louis Grad, 38, and Patricia Jean Asleson, 35, could each spend up to 10 years behind bars if convicted of methamphetamine trafficking. Grad would face a minimum punishment of three years in prison if he's convicted because he previously served time for selling drugs.
A man is facing charges after police said he pointed a gun at customers inside a Grafton, N.D., bar Saturday night. Thomas Will Shropshire, Grafton, is facing charges of terrorizing, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in a liquor establishment. Three of the counts hold a maximum penalty of five years behind bars.
Blizzard Geraldine was one of the most impactful storms of the winter, and meteorologists say it isn't uncommon to have significant storm systems hit in March. National Weather Service Meteorologist Carl Jones said the most common months for blizzards are December-March. Storms that occur later often coincide with warmer temperatures, which can lead to a number of complications tied to higher moisture in the air, Jones said.
Although snow impacts were lower than expected during Blizzard Geraldine, the storm still gripped the region with impressive force, experts said. National Weather Service Meteorologist Nick Carletta said 6 inches of snow fell on the city of Grand Forks, and the airport saw 8 inches. A band of heavy snowfall formed from south central North Dakota, into the northern Red River Valley and into northwestern Minnesota. In Kittson County, there were reports of up to 9 inches of snow, and Carletta said higher amounts were near the Larimore, N.D., area, which saw about 10 inches.
A man was arrested in Marshall County after investigators said they found nearly 50 grams of methamphetamine in his home. Jeremie Berg, 44, could face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted, according to a press release from the Marshall County Sheriff's Office. He is facing two charges of first-degree drug sales and a count of unlawful possession of a weapon.