Hour-long standoff in Grand Forks ends peacefully

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks police arrested a man without incident after a standoff that prompted the evacuation of nearby residents.

The incident began about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when the man called 911, saying he was armed and planned to kill himself.

The man surrendered after about an hour of negotiations with a SWAT team and was taken to a hospital for treatment. Authorities did not immediately file any charges.

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Man surrenders after police standoff in Grand Forks










GRAND FORKS – Emergency personnel responded to a Grand Forks residence Wednesday night after a man called 911 telling dispatchers he was armed and planned to kill himself.

Police cars, ambulance, fire trucks and SWAT vehicles gathered as officers negotiated with the man to surrender.

The man gave up and was taken to Altru Hospital to receive medical attention, said Grand Forks police Lt. Mike Ferguson.

The call came in about 7:10 p.m., and at first, the man told 911 dispatchers he was armed and going to kill himself, but then said he was going to kill himself if he saw a cop, Ferguson said.

It took about an hour of negotiation, but the man was eventually cooperative and was taken for medical attention without incident, Ferguson said.

No charges were filed Wednesday night.

Officers evacuated as many nearby residents as they could contact, Ferguson said, despite the man only threatening to take his own life and not others.

Ferguson wouldn’t elaborate on how many firearms or what types of weapons the man had.

A family member arrived at the scene while officers negotiated with the man, Ferguson said. Ferguson didn’t know if the man lived alone.




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Grand Forks Air Force Base to close school

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Grand Forks Air Force Base School Board has voted to close an elementary school to deal with declining enrollment on the northeastern North Dakota base.

Starting next year, students from Carl Ben Eielson Elementary School will go to Twining Elementary and Middle School.

The move ends years of debate and will save the base and Grand Forks school districts more than half a million dollars.

There are currently about 350 students on base. The student population there peaked at about 1,500 in 1995, when the base still had its air refueling mission. The base has since switched to a smaller drone mission.

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Clarence L. Thompson













Clarence L. Thompson

Oct. 19, 1927 – April 12, 2014

HALSTAD, Minn. – Clarence L. Thompson, 86, Grand Forks, N.D., died Saturday in Halstad Living Center.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Buxton, N.D.

Arrangements by Amundson Funeral Home.




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Audrey M. Leiberg













Audrey M. Leiberg

Nov. 22, 1937 – April 10, 2014

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Audrey M. Leiberg, 76, East Grand Forks, Minn., died Thursday in Stadter Center.

The family will greet friends from 10-11 a.m., followed by the memorial liturgy at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Norman Funeral Home in Grand Forks. Interment will be in the spring in Calvary Cemetery North in Grand Forks.

Arrangements by Norman Funeral Home.




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‘When will people get the message you can’t drive through floods?’ Woman rescued from U.S. 81 near Minto












MINTO, N.D. – There was more than 3 feet of water flowing over a section of U.S. Highway 81 on Thursday morning, but the driver of the car was intent on crossing to the other side.

By the time she was forced to stop, the water had reached the car’s hood. Lucky for her, volunteers were on hand to pull her free.

The state Department of Transportation said earlier in the day that it had closed parts of the highway, putting up barricades and detour signs.

The driver was the second in Walsh County to have a car stuck in high water that morning. The other driver, a man, was stuck on a township road south of Warsaw shortly after sunrise, according to Sheriff Lauren Wild.

“This is just stupid,” he said. “The first day of flooding and we already had two go in. When will people get the message that you can’t drive through floods?”

The incidents happened less than a year after a Minto-area farmer, Guy Miller, drowned when his pickup was washed off a county road west of this community of 600 located about 30 miles northwest of Grand Forks.

The flash flooding is believed to have been the result of an ice jam at a BNSF Railway bridge over the Forest River near the southeast edge of Minto, according to Walsh County Emergency Manager Brent Nelson.

The whole county remains under a flood warning issued earlier in the week by the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. Other parts of the region with flood warnings include the Red River in East Grand Forks and Oslo, Minn.; the Red Lake River in Crookston, Minn.; the Snake River in Alvarado, Minn., and near Warren, Minn.; and the Two Rivers in Hallock, Minn. All are expected to crest in the next five days.

Sandbagging

In Minto, the Forest River rose more than 4 feet to 9.12 feet – unofficially, the fourth-highest level on record, just surpassing the 1997 mark of 9.11 feet – between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The record crest is 11.8 feet, set in 1948 and equaled in 1950. The river reached 9.27 feet in 2004, according to the weather service.

Highway 81 was closed around 3 a.m., some 90 minutes after floodwaters started threatening the road, which goes through Minto.

Volunteers worked all morning to sandbag around homes near the river on the south side of town, using hundreds of filled, unused sandbags that had been stored since the 2013 flood fight.

The river, which started to recede by noon, was at 8.64 feet at 3:15 p.m.

Meanwhile in Grafton, 10 miles to the north, Grafton High School students volunteered to help sandbag at two entrances to Leistikow Park, which could be threatened by the rising Park River.

The river is expected to crest at 14 feet early Saturday, the weather service said.

Frustrated sheriff

The woman who was rescued from her car in Minto was later taken to an area medical facility to be treated for exposure to the icy waters, Wild said. The driver of the other vehicle stuck in high water managed to get out and was resting at home.

The sheriff didn’t identify them.

Wild said he is frustrated by people who choose to drive through floodwaters.

“It’s maddening,” he said. “My sympathy is waning. We’ve been through this too many years.”




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Mary E. Honea













Mary E. Honea

Sept. 11, 1942 – April 8, 2014

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mary E. Honea, 71, Grand Forks, N.D., died Tuesday in Methodist Hospital.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks. Visitation will continue from 1-2 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Grand Forks. A private interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks.

Arrangements by Amundson Funeral Home.




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Grand Forks schools on lockdown as police look for suspect in car theft










GRAND FORKS – Grand Forks’ Viking and Kelley elementary schools and Schroeder Middle School appears to have been put on lockdown as police search for the suspect in a theft of a vehicle in the area.

Parents are expected to pick up students by around 3 p.m.

The information is preliminary because it’s based on police radio traffic. School officials could not be reached despite repeated efforts by the Grand Forks Herald.

Earlier in the day, police had received a report of the theft of a vehicle with a 5-year-old child inside, according to a 911 dispatcher. Police were able to find the child safe along with the missing vehicle.

The vehicle was taken from the Hugo’s grocery store on South Washington Street.




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Agents say Grand Forks pharmacist stole, peddled pain pills










GRAND FORKS – A former pharmacist is accused of stealing more than 2,000 painkiller pills from the Grand Forks drugstore he managed and peddling them to others.

Investigators say Aaron Anderson, who turns 35 later this month, was manager of Thrifty White Drug from June to October last year.

Details of the case against him and his clients just became available Friday.

Agents of the Grand Forks Narcotics Task Force made up of federal, state and local officers say they used a confidential informant to discover and document drug deals that started with Anderson pilfering pills from the pharmacy.

Anderson is charged with three felonies, two alleging delivery of hydrocodone, one alleging possession with intent to deliver the popular prescription drug. Each felony carries a top prison sentence of 20 years. He also faces a lesser felony of stealing a prescription.

His attorney, Alex Reichert, said Anderson no longer is a pharmacist, having surrendered his license recently to state officials because of the felony charges. “He’s working out in the oil fields,” Reichert said.

Anderson is slated to make an initial appearance April 28 on the charges.

That’s the same day one of his co-defendants, an insurance agent for Nodak Mutual in Grafton, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in the case.

Joshua Peterka, 31, made an initial appearance Friday in state district court, charged with a felony of possessing hydrocodone with the intent to deliver it. He said he now lives in Grand Forks.

Another co-defendant, Chansy Wolff, 33, of Grand Forks, faces the same charge but it appears he has not yet been arrested.

According to the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Anderson admitted during an Oct. 31 interview that he stole hydrocodone several times from the drugstore and sold 200 to 800 tablets or pills at a time to at least three people on at least five occasions.

He told investigators he sold the painkiller to Peterka three times, in one case charging $1,450 for 800 tablets. Different versions of the painkiller had tablets or pills containing different amounts of hydrocodone.

On Nov. 4, the confidential informant informed agents that Peterka wanted to meet at the Ground Round restaurant in Grand Forks “to pick up 200 tablets of hydrocodone.”

Instead, agents met Peterka, who denied he was there to buy the painkillers.

An agent said he asked Peterka how much cash he was carrying, got a “false” reply and then discovered $800 in cash on Peterka, the amount he had agreed to pay the confidential informant for the 200 pills.

Agents said Wolff also bought the painkillers from Anderson. In conversations recorded by investigators, Wolff said the pills would be “worth more down South.”

Investigators said Wolff told them he had a prescription for hydrocodone “for a surgery.”

Another man, a stockbroker in Alaska who grew up in Valley City, is also a client of Anderson, investigators said. They allege Anderson mailed 500 tablets of hydrocodone to the stockbroker, which prompted an investigation by postal inspectors.

The stockbroker, who has not been charged, told a reporter Friday he knew Anderson, who was also from Valley City. But he said he knew nothing about the investigation, had never heard of Peterka and denied receiving any painkillers from Anderson.




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Road Closure 27th Ave. N.


City of Grand Forks News Release - 04/04/2014

Contact: John Bernstrom – Public Information Center – 746-4636

Grand Forks, ND – The City of Grand Forks will close 27th Ave. N. between N. Washington St. and N. 42nd St. today, April 4, 2014. The closure will be in place until further notice. The road will be open to local traffic only.

The closure is to minimize damage done to the road during the spring melting season. 27th Ave. N. is a gravel road.

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