Herald Staff Report
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.
Four people were arrested early Thursday morning in Grand Forks after police said they found drugs in the vehicle they were in. Kevin Roger Anderson, 24, of Fosston, Minn., along with Amelia Flores Trevino, 31, Rebecca Lynn Gatica, 52, and Zachary Glenn Lynch, 39, all of Grand Forks, had initial appearance hearings Friday in Grand Forks District Court to face multiple drug charges stemming from a Thursday morning traffic stop. Each person faces four charges of possession with intent to deliver or manufacture.
MANVEL, N.D.—A Hunter, N.D., man was taken to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a two semis collided Wednesday near Manvel. Michael Nelson, 62, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his 2017 Volvo and a 2007 Kenworth sideswiped each other as they met at 6:10 p.m. on U.S. Highway 81 about 4 ½ miles north of Manvel, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The semis came to rest in opposite ditches but remained upright. Sugar beets from Nelson's load were spilled in the east ditch, where his vehicle jackknifed, according to the release.
FOSSTON, Minn. — A teenager was arrested for armed robbery Saturday in Fosston after allegedly using a knife to rob a group of four victims at the Fosston High School. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office received the initial report of a robbery at about 5 p.m., according to an office press release, and arrested a 16-year-old male at the scene. The release stated there were no physical injuries reported from the incident.