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The number of people who have died in motor vehicle crashes in Minnesota has topped 100 this year. At this rate, the Department of Public Safety projects that there will be around 400 killed by the end of year. That’s why safety officials are urging drivers to buckle up as part of a statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign this week, which leads into the historically deadly summer driving season. Statistics are helpful in getting the message across about driving more safely. But a blunt, more chilling approach can also be effective.
By Stephen J. Lee Forum News Service FARGO – Ten years ago this month, a Minnesota prison released Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. to his Crookston, Minn., home, where he lived prior to kidnapping and killing University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin six months later. Her parents continue driving hours each time there’s a court hearing for Rodriguez, who is appealing a federal death sentence for murdering Sjodin. “Ten years,” said Dru’s mother, Linda Walker, after a brief Tuesday hearing in Fargo. “We think of Dru every single day.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed that the body recovered from Lake Irving on May 16th was that of Matthew Charles Pulis, age 31. The cause of death has been determined as drowning. Mr. Pulis was last seen during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 20th, 2012 in the downtown area of Bemidji. At that time, the Bemidji Police Department conducted a 200 block, door to door search of the area between the last point Matt Pulis was seen and his residence.
By Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune The Montevideo man who was apprehended as federal authorities seized explosive devices from his parent’s home appeared in federal court Tuesday.
Tom Cherveny / West Central Tribune MURDOCK — Four people were treated at the Swift County-Benson Hospital for inhalation of anhydrous ammonia, and two were subsequently transported by air ambulance following a semi-truck and train accident Tuesday morning west of Murdock, the Swift County Sheriff’s Office reported. The driver of the semi and trailer rig was transported to the hospital in Benson and airlifted.
They’ve already been searching for guns, explosives, bodies, suspects, illegal fruit and even toxic mercury.
By Emily Welker / The Forum FARGO – Giving Point’s mission for the past five years has been to help area nonprofits raise cash for worthy causes, but court documents show that one of its employees has been raising cash primarily for herself by allegedly stealing more than $140,000 of Giving Point’s money. Sheila Horner, 47, of Fargo, was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with one count of forgery and one of theft, both Class B felonies, for forging $110,350 in checks from Giving Point, and for unauthorized charges on the company’s credit cards for another $33,424.
By Mike Nowatzki / The Forum BOTTINEAU, N.D. – The mother of two boys killed by a drunken driver last summer was cited for DUI after rolling her car last weekend, just days after she and her husband stood behind Gov. Jack Dalrymple as he signed a bill strengthening the state’s impaired driving penalties. Sandra P. Hernandez, 30, of Souris, wasn’t hurt in the rollover crash that happened at 9 a.m. Saturday about five miles north and two miles east of Newburg, said Capt.
The following cases were heard April 30 by Beltrami District Judge Shari Schlucter: Douglas Charles Howard, 25, of Cass Lake was sentenced for driving after cancellation. He must serve one year in jail, 355 days of which are stayed for two years. He was placed on two years probation. Joseph Ervin Bush, 53, of Naytahwash was sentenced for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. He was sentenced to one year in jail, 355 days of which are stayed for two years.
By Justin Glawe / Bemidji Pioneer BEMIDJI — Police are looking for a Cass Lake man accused of poisoning his neighbor’s pets with antifreeze in January. A warrant was issued in late March for William Lee Croaker Jr., 39, 17158 Mission Road SE, in Ten Lakes Township.