Herald Staff Report
ADA, Minn—An Ada man could spend 25 years in prison if found guilty of sexually abusing a young child. Miguel Jose Macias, 27, appeared Tuesday for a bail hearing in Norman County District Court on a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual conduct. The charge was brought against Macias after the Ada Police Department was told on Sunday the defendant "had sexual conduct with" a child less than 10 years old, according to court documents.
A longtime leader for the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center is leaving her post to join Altru Health System. CVIC President and CEO Kristi Hall-Jiran announced Thursday she has accepted Altru's offer to become the hospital's executive vice president and chief philanthropy officer. "I have such mixed emotions leaving CVIC," Hall-Jiran said in a statement. "My work here was never a job, but rather a calling, and it is something that I felt privileged to be a part of every single day."
CROOKSTON—A woman will avoid further jail time for forcing her way into the Crookston home of a man who previously took her in. Amy Sue Clausen, 43, was sentenced Thursday in Polk County District Court to 180 days at the Tri-County Community Corrections Center for a first-degree felony count of burglary, but she received 696 days credit for time served. She will be on probation for four years, according to the judgement. Four other charges filed against Clausen on Nov. 17, 2016, including an additional count of first-degree burglary and felony theft, were dismissed.
Ross Dress for Less will open this weekend in Grand Forks. The soft opening is set for 9 a.m. Friday, and the public is welcome, said store manager Peggy Murphy. The official opening of the store will be 9 a.m. Saturday. The owner of the building previously had told the Herald an earlier opening date.
A Grand Forks man was severely injured when he was run over by a train near downtown Grand Forks early Sunday, Oct. 7, according to police. Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Dyke Avenue around 1:30 a.m. for a report of an injured man requesting help outside a residence. They determined the 21-year-old man had climbed onto a moving train downtown and attempted to jump off near Dyke Avenue but was run over by the train, according to a news release.
The body of a woman was found Saturday at a riverside park in Grand Forks. Police responded at 11:47 a.m. to the boat ramp area in Lincoln Park, which borders the Red River south of downtown Grand Forks, according to a news release. The body was found in a group of trees to the east of the boat ramp by an individual attending a high school cross country meet at the park, the release said. "At this time, there is no evidence of foul play and the next of kin has been notified," police said in the release, adding there is no danger to the public.
FISHER, Minn.—The Polk County Sheriff's Office determined Fisher High School was not threatened by a parent, reported to be headed to the school with a gun Wednesday. High school staff locked down the school about 3 p.m. after a caller said an armed woman would be picking up her children at the school. Investigating officers with the Sheriff's Office spoke to the caller and the woman, who denied having a weapon or making threats.
Multiple officers responded late Monday afternoon to Central High School in downtown Grand Forks after a 27-year-old man with a gun allegedly fled from police in East Grand Forks. The East Grand Forks Police Department got a disturbance call stating a man in the Red River State Recreation Campground had put a firearm in his waistband before taking off on a bicycle, East Grand Forks Sgt. Greg Gahlon told the Herald. When officers found the man, he allegedly fled across Sorlie Bridge, Gahlon said.
A Fargo man faces federal drug charges after investigators said he was part of a drug ring to deal heroin in North Dakota. Clifton Terrell Cannon, 30, was booked Friday, Sept. 29, into the Grand Forks County Correctional Center after appearing Thursday in North Dakota’s U.S. District Court on three federal charges related to distribution of a controlled substance
Two young children and a man were injured Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash near Grand Forks.