Herald Staff Report
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission this month released boarding data for each airport in the state. North Dakota has seen a cumulative growth of 4 percent In North Dakota, comparing January to August of 2017 to that same time period this year. Kyle Wanner, director of the commission, described this growth as a sign of a good economy. “Airline boardings can be a key indicator of economic growth,” he said.
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.
Nearly six hours after a passing motorist reported a woman trying to escape a car leaving the Buxton area Friday night, the Traill County Sheriff’s office arrested Glenn Troy Stegmann, 43, without incident. Shortly after 6 p.m., the Sheriff’s office heard of a female passenger in a White Dodge Caravan trying to open her door and “possibly yelling for help.” After spotting a Caravan driving southbound I-29, the sheriff and a deputy made the driver, later identified as Stegman, pull over north of the Hillsboro exit.
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.
BEMIDJI -- Five people, including an 8-year-old child, were injured Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash near Bemidji.
BISMARCK—More than 49,000 deer hunters went afield during last fall's North Dakota deer gun season, shooting an estimated 30,100 deer for an overall hunter success rate of 61 percent, the N.D. Game and Fish Department said Monday, March 26. Game and Fish offered 54,500 deer gun licenses for the 2017 season, and 49,407 hunters went afield, according to results from a post-season survey Game and Fish conducts every year. Hunters spent an average of 4.4 days in the field. Other survey highlights:
THIEF RIVER FALLS—A Moorhead man faces jail time after Pennington County investigators said he used a social media account to convince someone he thought was a teenage boy to engage in sexual conduct. Wyatt Jerome Nelson, 22, was set to appear Monday in Pennington County District Court on a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child to engage in sexual conduct, which carries a maximum punishment of three years in prison.
The body of a woman found along a snowmobile trail near East Grand Forks has been identified. Grand Forks resident Britani Rose Senti, 26, was found March 2 about a half mile south of East Grand Forks, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. No foul play is suspected in relation to her death, the release said. Senti's body was sent to the UND Forensic Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The release didn't specify the cause of death.
A Tuesday morning crash between a plow and a passenger vehicle caused the death of a Fargo man on Interstate 29 near Reynolds, N.D. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol release, the 35-year-old male driver of a 2007 Chevrolet pickup was driving north at about 7:30 a.m. in the left passing lane of I-29. At the same time, a Highway Patrol trooper had stopped “partially in the left lane” to investigate a different crash in the median of that section of road, less than 2 miles north of Reynolds.