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Published August 06, 2013, 10:23 AM

Grand Forks men face shooting charges

Two Grand Forks men remain in jail in Crookston facing felony shooting charges after they were arrested last week in East Grand Forks.

By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald

Two Grand Forks men remain in jail in Crookston facing felony shooting charges after they were arrested last week in East Grand Forks.

Erick Leslie Halverson, 19, and Kelly James Newton, 18, were charged with felony counts of firing a dangerous weapon in a drive-by shooting at an occupied building.

The two men were arrested Thursday in East Grand Forks in a van, along with two juvenile males, after a resident reported seeing someone shoot a “long gun” from the van at a home in a residential neighborhood in the northeast part of the city.

Police said they found drugs and stolen property, as well as two BB rifles and two .22-caliber rifles in the van.

Halverson and Newton are from Grand Forks recently, the officer said.

The two juveniles were released, a police officer said Monday. It was a random shooting by young men “acting stupid,” said the officer, not a shooting aimed at anyone in particular.

No one was injured, but the two men face serious charges, and bond for each was set at $8,000 cash or $80,000 surety.

Police said they learned Thursday the four had stolen things in Pembina, N.D., and St. Vincent, Minn., on Wednesday last week, property that was found in the van when it was stopped, based on the witness’s description.

Newton and Halverson are scheduled to appear in court in September, a court official said Monday.

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