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GRAND FORKS — After 13 years of litigation, the judicial system is still far from finished with Alfonso Rodriguez. Rodriguez, the Crookston, Minn., man who was convicted in 2006 of kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin, continues to appeal his death sentence. As costs mount, experts say the process could drag on for years -- maybe even another decade.
SPIRIT LAKE RESERVATION — It’s just three weeks shy of a year since 19-year-old JoLyn Bruce last saw her father. Now, she says investigators have confirmed the remains of a body found Sunday, June 9, match those of Joseph Bruce. She said her family was restless these past few days waiting for results. “It’s been really hard and now that the remains were found it’s unbelievable,” she said. “We thought we were prepared for it, but no one can ever really be prepared for something like this.”
GRAND FORKS — Boards blocked off the inside of glass sliding doors of an apartment unit in southwest Grand Forks on Monday, June 10, closing off the spot where a balcony collapsed early Saturday, sending five people plummeting four stories. All five people were in stable condition Saturday, according to Bates, but Lt. Travis Benson of the Grand Forks Police Department said Monday there was no update on their condition.
GRAFTON, N.D. — A Grafton man is accused of shaking a 3-month-old baby who later was flown to Fargo for emergency medical attention. The infant was taken to a medical facility May 11 and airlifted to Sanford Medical Center because of the severity of the injuries, an affidavit for Bruce Lee Umphrey’s arrest said.
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks man likely will face charges related to an April crash that killed a man. Investigators from the Grand Forks Police Department said charges against 40-year-old Tyson Sabazz Sewell were forwarded Tuesday, May 28, to the State’s Attorney’s Office. A press release said Sewell will likely face charges of driving with a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He could spend more than 10 years in prison and face a $21,500 fine if convicted.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Three women are in critical condition following a rollover crash outside of Devils Lake on Tuesday, May 21, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Edith Johnson, 73, was driving east in a 2016 Toyota Rav4 on U.S. Highway 2 about six miles west of Devils Lake around 5:45 p.m. when she had the front-seat passenger, 76-year-old Betty Johnson, grab the wheel while she attempted to make a phone call, the release said.
GRAND FORKS - A Grand Forks man is suing the city for more than $50,000 after a slip at the Alerus Center allegedly caused him significant injuries. Harold Miskavige slipped on an unknown liquid during the Oct. 27 University of North Dakota football game, the lawsuit said. Miskavige fell forward and his legs extended in opposite directions, according to the court document. After the fall Miskavige required medical treatment and continues to suffer severe pain that has prevented him from doing normal activities and also caused him a loss of income, according to the document.
GRAND FORKS - The man who stole a Grand Forks police car and died minutes later in a crash on Interstate 29 Monday was facing three felony charges when officers tried to arrest him outside a Dollar Tree store.
A Warwick, N.D., man will proceed to sentencing on a second-degree murder charge for killing a woman on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation more than three years ago. Investigators linked Billy Joe Herman and his wife, Crystal Marie Herman, to the crime after 36-year-old Amanda Jean Stach Engst's body was found in the Sheyenne River on Feb. 4, 2016 south of Warwick, which is 25 miles south of Devils Lake.
GRAND FORKS -- A former Frandsen Bank employee is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during a 10-month period, according to a court document. Amber Nicole Ostgard, 32, is facing charges of misapplication of entrusted property, theft, forgery and unauthorized use of personal identifying information. Three of the charges each hold maximum penalties of 20 years in prison.