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WEST FARGO—The West Fargo City Commission does not expect to act on the fate of Police Chief Mike Reitan, who is on paid administrative leave, at its regular meeting Monday night, Jan. 16, but officials say they do not expect Reitan will return as chief. Reitan, however, said in an interview on Monday that he'd consider returning to work and called the leave of absence unexpected.
GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected in two hit-and-runs two minutes apart Saturday morning. Victor Garzamarichalar, of Grand Forks, was arrested and charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, twice leaving the scene, reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and following too closely.
BISMARCK,N.D.–North Dakota Superintendent of Schools Kirsten Baesler announced Thursday that the first draft of North Dakota’s new state plan to improve education is available for public review and comment.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a warning Wednesday that motorists should be careful driving when encountering snow fog or blowing snow. The patrol said two separate injury crashes occurred from because of those conditions.
MINOT, N.D.—A hearing for an accused murderer was rescheduled Wednesday to Feb. 15 to give his new lawyer more time to research the case. Johnny Cleveland Norwood, 26, Minot, is charged with murder in the death of Roger Falana, 30, on Nov. 29, 2015. His lawyer, Misty Nehring of Williston, told North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar that she was only assigned to the case in November.
DEVILS LAKE—Two inmates of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center did not return to the jail's Residential Reentry Center after being allowed to leave Tuesday. According to a news release from the jail, Brendon Scott Belgarde Jr., 22, left the center to go to his job at Marco's Pizza and did not return by 10:30 p.m. By midnight he was still absent and considered by the jail to have absconded.
FARGO—Minnesota and North Dakota have seen a drastic spike in a very short time. Minnesota is reporting a 33 percent increase in flu hospitalizations, while North Dakota flu cases have nearly tripled since the new year. Between late December and now, North Dakota has gone from less than 30 confirmed cases to nearly 75. Minnesota has seen a 33 percent increase in hospitalizations.
MANDAN, N.D. — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of terrorizing a vehicle full of journalists and recklessly driving a pickup in the protest area and then fleeing police turned himself into the Morton County Sheriff's Department. James White of Cannon Ball, N.D., was wanted on felony warrants for reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and felonious restraint.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7. First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 55th Street Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. The deceased woman was identified by Lt. Brett Johnson Monday as 24-year-old Kristen Guillemette. The woman's death was unattended, Johnson said, meaning she died before authorities arrived. An autopsy and investigation into the death are being conducted.
GRAND FORKS—Police don't suspect foul play after a homeless man was found dead in Grand Forks in December. The man's last known address was the Northlands Rescue Mission. Police say supervisors deemed there was no need to notify anyone about the death, primarily because there was no threat to the public. It was in the Grand Forks greenway where police found Richard Bumford, 61, dead on Dec. 22. The cause of death still unknown awaiting final autopsy results.