Herald Staff Report
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Air Force Base is investigating the death of an airman. The body of Airman 1st Class Christian Clark, 24, was found Sept. 6 in his dorm room at the base, according to a news release. A member of the 319 Communications Squadron, Clark was an operations technician for the high-frequency global communications system. The Monroe, Ga., native had been at the base since June 2016, about six months after he joined the Air Force. The news release did not state how he died or whether foul play was suspected. The cause of death is under investigation.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A Thief River Falls man faces attempted murder charges in relation to a Sunday, July 29, standoff in the city. Shane Kirby Williams, 32, was charged Tuesday in Pennington County District Court with the second-degree felony, along with felony charges of assault, strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of endangerment of a child.
Grand Forks police have arrested 36-year-old Samuel Nelson after a several-hour standoff Monday. Early afternoon, officers responded to the 1100 block of 14th Avenue South "regarding a suspect armed with a firearm," according to the police department's Facebook page.
A Bloomington, Minn., man will have to complete 300 hours of community service for dealing heroin in Grand Forks. Rahmi Ramieh, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Grand Forks District Court to the Class A felony of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to manufacture or deliver. He faced up to 20 years in prison, but in exchange for a guilty plea, he was sentenced to community service and a three-year deferred sentence. That means he will not have to spend time behind bars if he doesn't have any violations during his three-year period of supervised probation.
BEMIDJI -- Five people, including an 8-year-old child, were injured Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash near Bemidji.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.—A Shakopee, Minn., woman will spend nearly 20 years in prison for her role in the death of a woman whose body was found two years ago in the Sheyenne River. Crystal Marie Herman, 38, was sentenced Thursday, May 10, in Eddy County District Court after pleading guilty to a Class AA felony of accomplice to murder for the death of 36-year-old Amanda Engst. The crime carries a life sentence without parole, but a plea deal lowered the sentence.
FOSSTON, Minn. — A teenager was arrested for armed robbery Saturday in Fosston after allegedly using a knife to rob a group of four victims at the Fosston High School. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office received the initial report of a robbery at about 5 p.m., according to an office press release, and arrested a 16-year-old male at the scene. The release stated there were no physical injuries reported from the incident.
Grand Forks Police are asking for help locating a Grand Forks man who they say has been missing since Friday. The Police Department Facebook page said Larry Stammen was last seen Feb. 3 and his family is concerned about his welfare. He may be driving a tan 2002 Volkswagen Golf with license plate 557BUB, according to the post, which also includes photos of Stammen and the car. Police ask anyone who has seen Stammen or his vehicle or know where he is to call (701) 787-8000 to report information.
GRAND FORKS — A bomb threat prompted officials to evacuate the Grand Forks International Airport early Saturday morning, Jan. 28. Grand Forks officers responded at 5:14 a.m. to the airport after a traveler told a ticket agent there was a bomb in his bag, according to a news release. The suspect, who was taken into custody there without incident, was identified as Paraman Radhakishan, 53.
CROOKSTON—A University of North Dakota instructor and student flying a small aircraft were forced to an emergency landing Friday evening, Jan. 27, in Polk County. Rescue workers and law enforcement responded at 6:41 p.m. about 10 miles southwest of Crookston, where UND instructor pilot Joseph Gromek, 22, and student pilot Collin Bates, 21, landed a 2008 Cessna 172S after their engine failed, according to a news release. The two were able to land the plane in a plowed field and the aircraft sustained light damage, the release stated.