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Published March 02, 2010, 01:53 PM

Police: Herald Shotgun Case In Hands Of Prosecutors

Grand Forks police say they have identified a person of interest who is tied to the loaded .12 gauge shotgun found at the Grand Forks Herald newspaper February 22.

Grand Forks police say they have identified a person of interest who is tied to the loaded .12 gauge shotgun found at the Grand Forks Herald newspaper February 22.

Grand Forks police Lieutenant Rahn Farder tells WDAZ a person of interest with ties to the found gun has been identified.

He says the case has been turned over to Grand Forks County State's Attorney Peter Welte for possible charges.

Welte had no comment on whether or not charges will be filed.

Police were called to the Herald by newspaper editor Mike Jacobs at 10:00 February 22 after an employee cleaning a break room area found a loaded shotgun in a pillowcase in a cupboard.

When police got there, they took the shotgun and put it into evidence. The gun is a .12 gauge short-barreled pistol-grip shotgun.

Police say the gun had shells in the tube but there was not a round in the chamber. It was found in a beige pillowcase in a cupboard in a break room. Employees were cleaning the break room area when the gun was found. Editor Mike Jacobs says the break room is not cleaned on a schedule, and could have gone unnoticed for some time.

Since then, the newspaper has taken precautions, including hiring security that is still standing at the front door and checking id's as people enter the building.

Farder says even though the case is now in the hands of prosecutors the investigation is still ongoing.

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