Forum staff reports
EPPING, N.D. – A man who was trying to get a motorcycle off railroad tracks near here was struck and killed by a train Saturday night, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The name of the victim, a 66-year-old from Epping, has not yet been released. The crash happened about 11:30 p.m. on Williams County Road 8, 1.5 miles east of Epping.
FARGO — Two people were killed in separate motorcycle accidents in the Bismarck area Saturday, June 30, according to the state Highway Patrol. The first of the two crashes happened around 1 p.m. on state Highway 200 a mile east of Mercer. An eastbound Harley Davidson motorcycle with a passenger on board was struck by a deer, causing the driver to lose control.
GRAND FORKS — The body of a 23-year-old Grand Forks man was recovered in a pond in rural Grand Forks County on Sunday morning, July 1, after kayakers found the man's belongings in the water, according to the sheriff's office. The name of the man has not been released pending notification of his family. The death remains under investigation.
MAPLETON, N.D. – Authorities have identified 13 people involved in a serious crash involving a van full of girls basketball players and another car Thursday night, June 28, south of Mapleton. The crash happened at 8:41 p.m. on Cass County Road 15 and 42nd Street SE, approximately four miles west of West Fargo, according to a news release.
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VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Leo Hecker was presented with the community service award on Saturday, June 2, from the Dacotah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Hecker was presented the award at Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, which is where he lives. He has made over 1 million red crepe paper poppies for the American Legion Auxiliary to commemorate Memorial Day. Hecker is one of only two people throughout the state that makes the poppies.
WEST FARGO—A routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 turned into a sizable drug bust, with more than 100 pounds of marijuana found in a vehicle on Wednesday, May 30, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer. Steven Shipe, 33, of Eureka, California, was driving a vehicle that was stopped near West Fargo for an equipment violation, Hischer said. A West Fargo police dog was brought to the scene, and the dog signalled the presence of drugs in the vehicle. A search then found the marijuana, the patrol said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A 29-year-old Tioga, N.D., woman was killed Friday morning, May 18, when her vehicle ran into a disabled semi along U.S. Highway 2. The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the crash happened just after 5 a.m. Friday on Highway 2 about 10 miles northeast of Williston.
FARGO — A former Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Thursday, May 17, to two felony counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from accusations that he sexually abused two boys in the 1990s while assigned to churches in Fargo and West Fargo. Fernando Sayasaya changed his plea on the two counts during a Thursday afternoon dispositional conference, according to court documents. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges, both Class B felonies, at a Feb. 14 hearing.
BISMARCK — The state-owned Bank of North Dakota recorded its 14th consecutive year of record profits in 2017, with $145.3 million in net earnings, the bank reported this week in its annual report to the state Industrial Commission. Total assets decreased slightly from $7.3 billion in 2016 to $7 billion. BND ended the year with capital of $825 million. The state's return on its investment at the bank was a healthy 17 percent.