Herald Staff Report
A mechanical problem caused a car to catch fire Saturday afternoon 2 miles north of Grand Forks on Interstate 29, investigators said. Multiple emergency agencies, including the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Manvel Fire Department, responded at 2:50 p.m. Saturday to the blaze. Jillian Skjordal, 23, of Cavalier, N.D., was driving south on I-29 in a 2005 Nissan Maxima when the vehicle caught fire, according to a news release. Jace Brown, 26, of Cavalier, also was in the car, but no one was injured during the incident.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.—A Shakopee, Minn., woman will spend nearly 20 years in prison for her role in the death of a woman whose body was found two years ago in the Sheyenne River. Crystal Marie Herman, 38, was sentenced Thursday, May 10, in Eddy County District Court after pleading guilty to a Class AA felony of accomplice to murder for the death of 36-year-old Amanda Engst. The crime carries a life sentence without parole, but a plea deal lowered the sentence.
BISMARCK—More than 49,000 deer hunters went afield during last fall's North Dakota deer gun season, shooting an estimated 30,100 deer for an overall hunter success rate of 61 percent, the N.D. Game and Fish Department said Monday, March 26. Game and Fish offered 54,500 deer gun licenses for the 2017 season, and 49,407 hunters went afield, according to results from a post-season survey Game and Fish conducts every year. Hunters spent an average of 4.4 days in the field. Other survey highlights:
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Moorhead man faces jail time after Pennington County investigators said he used a social media account to convince someone he thought was a teenage boy to engage in sexual conduct. Wyatt Jerome Nelson, 22, was set to appear Monday in Pennington County District Court on a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct, which carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison.
The body of a woman found along a snowmobile trail near East Grand Forks has been identified. Grand Forks resident Britani Rose Senti, 26, was found March 2 about a half mile south of East Grand Forks, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No foul play is suspected in relation to her death, the release said. Senti's body was sent to the UND Forensic Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The release didn't specify the cause of death.
A Tuesday morning crash between a plow and a passenger vehicle caused the death of a Fargo man on Interstate 29 near Reynolds, N.D. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol release, the 35-year-old male driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup was driving north at about 7:30 a.m. in the left passing lane of I-29. At the same time, a Highway Patrol trooper had stopped “partially in the left lane” to investigate a different crash in the median of that section of road, less than 2 miles north of Reynolds.
ROCKLAKE, N.D.—Three people were injured Monday morning, Feb. 26, in Towner County in a two-vehicle crash. Connie Odegaard, 56, of Perth, N.D., Brexton Bjornstead, 2, of Langdon, N.D., and Gerald Berg, 76, of Hansboro, N.D., were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the 8:25 a.m. crash on U.S. Highway 281 about 5 miles south of Rocklake, according to a news release.
GRAND FORKS—A pedestrian was sent to the hospital here Thursday morning, Feb. 22, after he was hit by a pickup. Wilbur Gillespie, 54, was taken to Altru Hospital for unknown injuries after the crash, which occurred at 8:44 a.m. Thursday at 13th Avenue South and South Washington Street. Gillespie was crossing Washington as a 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Francis Leiran, 79, Grand Forks, was turning off of Washington onto 13th, according to a news release. The pickup then hit Gillespie, who was cited for jaywalking, police said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- An infant escaped injury in a Thursday evening crash in northwest North Dakota, but three others were sent to the hospital. Michael Amundson, 49, of Clifford, N.D., was driving east in a 2001 Kenworth semi on McKenzie County Road 12 at 8:11 p.m. Thursday about 25 miles northeast of Watford City when he ran a stop sign at state Highway 23, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
EDGELEY, N.D. -- A LaMoure, N.D., woman was sent to the hospital after a sneeze led to a crash with a semi in southeast North Dakota. The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that happened at 3:37 p.m. on U.S. Highway 281 about 13 miles north of Edgeley, or about 20 miles south of Jamestown.