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GRAND FORKS—A bear that attracted crowds of gawkers after it wandered into a park near the University of North Dakota and climbed up a tree Monday, July 16, was euthanized, Grand Forks police said Tuesday. Police tranquilized the bear about 7 p.m. with help from wildlife specialists and a veterinarian from the Red River Zoo in Fargo before the animal was lowered to the ground. "If it had not become the subject of people's curiosity, it might've survived yesterday," said Red River Zoo veterinarian Dr. Tom Colville, who assisted in sedating the bear.
CORSICA, S.D. — A Corsica man has been arrested on three counts of theft by exploitation for spending more than $17,400 of his grandmother's money. David Stetson, 48, was charged with three Class 4 felonies and could spend up to 30 years in prison, if convicted. Stetson was named in a police affidavit as the power of attorney for his grandmother, who was being cared for in the Armour nursing home.
RAY, N.D. -- A Minot truck driver killed when his semi and fuel-filled trailer overturned Monday on Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Ray in western North Dakota has been identified. Richard Catone, 67, was the driver of a westbound 2016 Freightliner that was westbound and entered a median and rolled, ejecting him, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said in a release. Authorities say Catone was not wearing a seat belt.
FARGO -- Despite reports that the new City Hall building is on budget, city leaders found themselves once again approving additional funding — $2.2 million this time around — on Monday, July 16. As described by Mayor Tim Mahoney, it was not exactly a cost overrun but a cost that had been forgotten about. Staff knew they'd need to pay for certain things left out of the original construction bid and, upon revisiting those things, were surprised just how much they cost, he said.
RAY, N.D. -- A 67-year-old Minot man has died when the semi he was driving carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline and 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned in the median of U.S. Highway 2 about 3 miles west of Ray or about 15 miles northeast of Williston about 4 a.m. on Monday, July 16. The name of the driver will be released Tuesday pending notification of family.
GRAND FORKS -- Investigators have released the name of a woman who died after drowning in a pool this week in Grand Forks. Maggie Berlin, 61, was found unresponsive shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, in a pool, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department. Emergency responders called to the scene attempted to revive her, but the attempt was unsuccessful, the release said. As of Friday, there was no indication of foul play, Zimmel said, “but we will not arrive at any final conclusions until the investigation is complete.”
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed Ashley Hunter's convictions on Wednesday, July 11, for murdering two men in Fargo three years ago. Hunter appealed after a jury found him guilty of the two June 2015 murders, one by repeated stabbings and the other via hammer blows to the head. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders and 10 years in prison for arson.
Couples at a crossroads might be able to find their answer—in front a national television audience. The 2001 reality show Temptation Island is getting a reboot, and they're searching for a North Dakota couple to go on an all-expenses-paid tropical vacation with a twist. Couples on Temptation Island will be separated for four weeks, each dating a pool of single people to see if their current partner is really their true blue, according to a news release from the show's casting agency.
DEVILS LAKES, N.D. -- The driver of a motorized bicycle ran a red light, struck another vehicle on the driver’s side and sustained serious injuries Monday, July 9, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. In the 2:30 p.m. crash, a Toyota Avalon driving along U.S.Highway 2 had a green light and, as the car came through the intersection, the bicycle crashed into the driver side, said the Patrol.
FARGO – A commercial airplane destined for Hector International Airport landed with smoke in the cockpit Monday, July 9. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority, said the 50-seat United Express flight from Denver arrived in Fargo at 1:08 p.m. Dobberstein said the cause of the smoke is under investigation and so far undetermined.