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Warrant issued after East Grand Forks man misses sentencing for third time

Steven Harold Anderson

Steven Harold Anderson, a police informant convicted of theft in Grand Forks, failed to show up for the third time for his sentencing Thursday, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

State district Judge Lawrence Jahnke ordered that Anderson, 59, East Grand Forks, be jailed without bond until another sentencing hearing can be scheduled.

Anderson’s attorney, David Ogren, told the court that he received an email from Anderson late Wednesday night that Anderson had a medical procedure earlier in the day and had to return to the hospital. “He’s been having medical issues for the past two weeks.”

Jahnke said the court had information that he had a common outpatient procedure and was discharged, adding that there was no reason for him not to appear in court.

Anderson also failed to appear for sentencing hearings on May 9 and May 16 on the theft conviction.

Information given to law enforcement by Anderson led to Grand Forks defense attorney Henry Howe and two other men being charged with conspiracy to commit murder in Walsh County. Charges since have been dismissed against Howe.

Also on Thursday, the state Supreme Court lifted its suspension of Howe’s license to practice law. The suspension happened because of the charges he had faced.

His license is still suspended, however, for a violation of professional conduct in an unrelated case, the court said.

Kevin Bonham

Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  

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