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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Lankin, N.D., man has been found guilty of assaulting and partially paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict for Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Ramsey County District Court in Devils Lake on a Class A felony charge of child neglect. The jury was out for six hours after a nearly three-day trial that began Tuesday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An Andover, Minn. woman is dead and 14 others were injured after a van full of Twins fans leaving a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., was hit from behind by a man whose blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, the Sun Sentinel of Broward County reported.
BRAINERD, Minn.—A student, who reportedly was making verbal threats to commit a shooting at Brainerd High School, was taken into custody Wednesday night. Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated police officers reacted immediately and quickly identified the 16-year-old boy. The student was found about 11 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, and arrested without incident.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- Two Larimore residents face child neglect charges after one allegedly used a Taser to scare his children and shot at them with a BB gun. Casey Jerome Lunski, 34, and Angela Kay Lunski, 45, had initial appearances Thursday in Grand Forks District Court, where they have been charged with child neglect-parental care, a Class C felony. Casey Lunski also was charged with a Class C felony charge of child abuse.
ST. PAUL – A federal indictment charges a former bookkeeper of the Farm Mercantile hardware store in Fairfax in south-central Minnesota with embezzling approximately $535,000. A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday charging Theresa Ernestine Linsmeier, 58, with wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
REYNOLDS, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the Fargo man killed in a crash with a snowplow Tuesday, March 6, on Interstate 29 near here. Steven Newark Jr., 35, of Fargo, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup north in the left passing lane of I-29 at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the patrol said in a news release. At the same time, a trooper was stopped on that stretch of road to investigate a different crash in the median, less than 2 miles north of Reynolds, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man has been arrested after he stepped in front of a moving bus and injured an officer in a scuffle, according to police.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The Valley City State University women's basketball team was bound for the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Championship when a slick interstate caused some trouble en route to the competition. The team took off on Interstate 29 in a charter bus Monday morning, March 5, for Sioux City, Iowa. The charter bus slid off the interstate near Watertown, S.D. "It could've been worse," said Vanessa Keeler-Johnson, first-time head coach for the Vikings. "They were shaken up, but we were able to talk our way through it."
DEVILS LAKE—Three defendants face multiple charges in northeast North Dakota after officers said they found more than a pound of meth, a stolen weapon and a short-barreled shotgun in the suspects' vehicle. Jose Alberto Perez, 36, of Beaumont, Texas; Jason Charles Alberts, 32, of St. Michael, N.D.; and Aurie Irene Mora, 33, of Lusk, Wyo., were scheduled to have initial appearance hearings Monday in Ramsey County District Court.
CROOKSTON, Minn.—Crookston police have identified the person who was found dead this weekend after a house fire. The early Sunday morning fire that started at 214 Fourth Ave. N. likely caused the death of 40-year-old Immanuel LaRochelle, according to a news release. Initial reports indicate the blaze at the victim's home was accidental, the release said.