GRAND FORKS, N.D. --The man accused in the Flying "J" murder in Grand Forks is headed to prison. Thursday, 35-year-old Modesto Torrez was found guilty of ordering the murder of 24-year-old Austin Forsman. Forsman was killed as he sat in his car at the truck stop in March 2016. Krystal Feist, 32, is accused of pulling the trigger. Torrez was also found guilty of drug charges. He'll be sentenced Dec. 1. Thirteen other people involved in the case have either pleaded guilty or have been convicted.
OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn.—An Otter Tail County man may be headed back to prison after being arrested for what is believed to be his 28th DWI. 64-year-old Danny Bettcher is well known to law enforcement. He was noticed drinking alcohol at a bar by an off-duty officer. Bettcher left the bar and was pulled over when an officer saw him swerving over the road going just 10-15 miles an hour. Bettcher had the strong smell of alcohol and bloodshot, watery eyes. Bettcher initially refused to roll down the window and get out of the car.
METRO—Students from Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead public schools broadened their horizons from the usual reading, writing and 'arithmetic, into a Ukrainian-themed musical performance Monday morning. The program, dubbed the Ukrainian Kaleidoscope, hopes to help students better understand the cultural traditions of Ukraine through music, dance and teaching. Some students were invited on stage and play with authentic Ukrainian instruments. Nearly 900 metro-students will see the performance over its two-day run at South High School. It's last day is Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. --A former University of North Dakota athlete and Minot man was injured in what's being called the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States. At least 58 people died and more than 500 were injured when a gunman opened fire at a concert from his hotel window in Las Vegas. UND Athletic Director Brian Faison says Andrew Gudmunson was one of the people injured. Gudmunson played for the UND baseball team from 2007 until 2009 after he transferred from Nebraska. He is in stable condition, but he will need more surgery.
GRAND FORKS—Dozens of people from our area were in Las Vegas at the time of the attack. Many we spoke to who flew home Monday say they are happy to be back home. Passengers aboard the Allegiant Flight say the Las Vegas Airport, and even the plane ride to Grand Forks, was much quieter than usual. Shawn Rud, who had traveled for work, says the massacre puts things into perspective.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. --A video posted on Instagram featuring University of North Dakota students taking alcohol shots off what appears to be a dead goose has raised some concerns. This video was posted on the Barstool North Dakota Instagram page. UND Police say it appears the video was shot from the front porch of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Police say while some have called the video disturbing it isn't against university policy. We also asked if the odd video broke any laws.
LONG LAKE, WISC.-- New details in a fatal ATV accident we first told you Saturday night that killed an NDSU student. According to the Florence County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin, on September 29th, Ellie Helm, from Fish Creek, was driving a four-wheeler when she hit a tree. The crash report said speed, inexperience in operating an ATV and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. Authorities say neither one was wearing a helmet. Justin Krause was riding with her at the time, but was not seriously injured.
UPDATE: Kevin Michel, the Mandan man who was reported as missing, has been located. ********* MANDAN, N.D.—The Mandan Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing person. Kevin John Michel, 51, was last seen the morning of Friday, September 29, 2017. Michel is described as 5'9", 190lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing blue jeans, an orange or yellow shirt and possibly black tennis shoes. Michel is driving a red, 2012 Nissan Murano with ND license #392BNP.
NORTH DAKOTA—An environmental activist is due to stand trial Monday for allegedly targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota as a broader effort to draw attention to climate change. Michael Foster faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges in North Dakota, including criminal mischief, conspiracy, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they tried to shut down pipelines in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Washington state last October.
MINOT, N.D.—A 52-year-old man is hurt Saturday after a burglar broke in and hit him repeatedly with a gun. According to the Minot Police Department, a 35-year-old Kyle Edward Coffman broke into an apartment Saturday morning at 1 a.m. The victim said the man kicked open the door and showed a handgun. That's when the two started fighting. The victim was hit in the head several times with a pistol and after that, the handgun was fired, causing damage to the apartment. Then Coffman fled and the victim was transported to the hospital.