Herald Staff Report
CROOKSTON—A St. Paul man was injured in a crash Wednesday night near Crookston. Matthew Allen Heath, 36, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after his 1994 Buick LaSabre went into a ditch at 8:46 p.m. Wednesday about 4 miles east of Crookston. He was driving east on U.S. Highway 2 when another vehicle in front of him braked, forcing Heath to swerve, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. He drove into the ditch and rolled his vehicle. Heath was wearing his seat belt. Roads were icy, and troopers said alcohol was involved.
An attempt to dry a massive load of laundry at a UND dorm went up in smoke Wednesday. The Grand Forks Fire Department was called just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to West Hall on UND's campus after flames were reported in the laundry room, according to a news release. Firefighters quickly snuffed out the flames at 3530 University Ave. and said the fire was confined to a row of dryer units. Smoke damage was reported on the first floor of the dorm.
A Grand Forks man is facing multiple felony charges after authorities say he threatened, assaulted and spit on police officers after being upset about having to take a urine test at a homeless shelter Tuesday. Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 52, has been charged with four Class C felony charges: terrorizing, simple assault on an officer, preventing arrest and contacting law enforcement with bodily fluids. He also faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
CRARY, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a 90-year-old Fordville, N.D., man who was killed in a single-car wreck in Ramsey County Monday. Troopers say Edgar Behm died at the scene after his 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 spun out of control on an icy surface on Ramsey County Road 2 Monday at about 8:30 a.m. Behm was westbound, about 3 miles east of Crary when his car spun, went into a ditch and overturned, the Highway Patrol said. He was wearing a seat belt at the time. The crash remains under investigation.
A Northwood, N.D., man has been ordered to spend almost a year and a half in jail for having child porn, but he could get out early. James Gilbert Smith, 37, pleaded guilty Monday in Grand Forks District Court to three Class C felony counts of possessing certain materials prohibited. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office arrested him in mid-May after officers said they found "several images of child porn" on his cellphone, according to court documents. Investigators said Smith admitted to downloading the images.
A comedian from the movie "Beer for My Horses" will perform at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Rodney Carrington will bring his show to the event center Feb. 18, according to a news release. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Alerus Center Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000. The actor, singer and comedian has recorded eight comedy albums, including "Laughter's Good." He's also been in several movies, including "Beer for My Horses," which was made famous by a Toby Keith song with the same name.
CRARY, N.D.—A Fordville, N.D., man has died after a Monday morning crash near Devils Lake. The 90-year-old driver of a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup was westbound at 8:30 a.m. on Ramsey County Road 2 when the vehicle spun out of control on icy roads about 3 miles east of Crary, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The vehicle went off the road and overturned in the ditch. The unnamed driver was wearing his seat belt but died at the scene. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
A Grand Forks woman found dead Sunday morning on the south side of town has been identified. The body of Bisnu Kami, 75, was discovered shortly before 5 a.m. next to the sidewalk in the 700 block of South 25th Street, according to a news release. No foul play is suspected in the case but the investigation is ongoing, police said in the release. "There is no danger to the general public and no subjects are being sought in connection to this incident," the release stated.
GOODRIDGE, Minn.—Two Minnesota residents were injured Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash about 2 miles south of Goodridge. Taylor Jade Collins, 19, of Warroad and Steven Trevor Sistad, 65, of Grygla were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after their vehicles crashed into each other at 8:54 p.m. at Minnesota Highways 219 and 1, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
The Grand Forks Police Department is offering a reward to anyone who can help the agency solve a string of burglaries. Officers are investigating a series of burglaries that occurred last month in northeast Grand Forks. There were nine in which unknown suspects forced open the door of homes and stole property, according to a news release issued by the department Nov. 30.