REGIONAL BRIEFS: Probe of Duluth officer done but still secretDULUTH, Minn. – Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department has done everything in its power to keep Richard Jouppi from ever again working as a police officer here.
Fargo police arrest two men for robbery
FARGO, N.D. – Police arrested two robbery suspects late Sunday night
outside an apartment complex in north Fargo.
A 21-year-old male victim noticed he was being followed when he drove
home at about 11:40 p.m. Two suspects got out of their vehicle and
confronted the man, said Lt. Joel Vettel of the Fargo Police
One of the men threw what appeared to be pea rock at the victim and
demanded money. The victim also was punched in the face, Vettel said.
“It doesn’t appear money was given to them,” Vettel said. The suspects
then drove off.
The victim was able to give a detailed description of the vehicle and
the men, and police arrested two Moorhead men for strong-armed robbery: Jonathan Richard Corbin, 22, who also was arrested for drunken driving, and William James Kuta, 21.
Both men were intoxicated, Vettel said.
Ardoch man arrested on various charges
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – An Ardoch man was arrested Sunday on various
charges after a report of a suspicious person in Grand Forks County.
The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department responded to a rural
Fordville address early Sunday on a report of an unwanted and
suspicious person in the area, the sheriff’s department said in a
press release Monday. Deputies talked to Scott Lamont, 49, of Ardoch,
who said someone had been chasing him, and he ran out of gas.
Deputies determined Lamont was under the influence of a controlled
substance and arrested him. Deputies seized a large amount of cash,
methamphetamines, marijuana, numerous drug paraphernalia items and a
concealed weapon, the release said.
Lamont was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to
deliver, several possession charges, carrying a concealed weapon,
ingesting a controlled substance and no liability insurance.
Three injured in accident near Cando
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Three people were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle
accident east of Cando.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the accident occurred at 6:08
p.m. along N.D. Highway 17, two miles east of Cando.
According to the report, a 1984 International farm truck operated by
Sigurd Bjornstad, 81, Cando, was northbound on a Towner County gravel
road when it failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 17.
Bjornstad’s vehicle was struck broadside by a westbound vehicle
operated by Leroy Anderson, 73, of Mandan, police said. Anderson’s
vehicle, a 2011 Buick, rotated clockwise and came to rest facing north
on the county road. Bjornstad’s truck ended up in a field.
Bjornstad, Anderson and Janice Anderson, 69, of Mandan, a passenger in
Anderson’s vehicle, were transported to Towner County Medical Center
in Cando. The Andersons later were transferred to Bismarck with
non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.
A condition report on Bjornstad was not immediately available.
Bjornstad was cited with failure to yield at a stop intersection,
according to police.
Berg, Heitkamp both raise $1.6 million in last three months
BISMARCK – Rep. Rick Berg and former attorney general Heidi Heitkamp
both took in about $1.6 million over the past three months, the two
U.S. Senate campaigns said Monday.
Berg, a Republican, continues to lead all North Dakota candidates for
federal office with about $5.6 million raised in the campaign.
Heitkamp, a Democrat, has raised about $3.7 million.
Monday was the deadline for federal candidates to file their latest
quarterly finance reports with the Federal Election Commission,
covering fundraising from July, August and September.
U.S. House candidate Kevin Cramer raised $476,000 in that period,
pushing his total haul above $1 million.
Cramer’s opponent, Pam Gulleson, has not yet released her totals for
the quarter. At the end of the last filing period, she reported
$630,000 in fundraising.
Mayville sets recall election for council
GRAND FORKS, N.D. –Mayville will conduct a recall election in January
of two current City Council members.
The election will be Jan. 16 for the council seats currently held by
Mike Carr and Larry O’Brien.
City Auditor Gail Olstad certified that separate petitions to recall
Carr and O’Brien contained the necessary 104 valid signatures.
Carr and O’Brien are two of four council members who voted in June to
eliminate the position of city public works director, which resulted
in longtime director Byron Kleven losing his job. The vote was 4-2.
Kleven rejected an offer to stay on the job in a limited capacity
until Sept. 30, according to the auditor.
Lawsuit seeks to halt Minnesota wolf hunt
DULUTH, Minn. – On the same day Wisconsin’s wolf season opened, two
wolf advocacy groups on Monday asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to
stop this autumn’s first ever state wolf hunting and trapping seasons.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves asked the
state’s high court for an injunction halting the season set to begin
in less than three weeks. The Minnesota Court of Appeals last week
refused to issue an injunction, and any actual trial is likely months
away, after the planned season.
“I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will recognize what the Court of
Appeals did not — that the shooting and trapping of 400 wolves is an
irreversible harm caused by the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources,” said Collette Adkins Giese, a Minneapolis-based attorney
with the Center for Biological Diversity.
The groups, which want a fast answer from the Supreme Court, have
claimed the DNR did not follow state regulations in establishing the
seasons. The DNR has argued that it followed all necessary steps.
Willmar police investigate gas station robbery
WILLMAR, Minn. – The Willmar Police Department is investigating an
early morning robbery of a local gas station.
According to a news release from Sgt. Michael Anderson, two suspects
armed with knives entered the Holiday station along the 800 block of
Litchfield Avenue Southwest around 1 a.m. today, demanded cash from
the cash register and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the
department at (320) 235-2244 or Crime Stoppers at (320) 235-3640.
Probe of Duluth officer done but still secret
DULUTH, Minn. – Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department has
done everything in its power to keep Richard Jouppi from ever again
working as a police officer here.
Jouppi, 34, was videotaped swinging and hitting a presumably
intoxicated man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detoxification Center on
Sept. 21. He was charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly
conduct in connection with the incident.
Ramsay said at a news conference Monday that the internal
investigation of Jouppi’s actions is complete, but state law and the
police union contract prohibit him from talking about any specific
conclusions and discipline until final disposition of discipline.
Ramsay said he watched the video of the incident at least 40 times and
had read and re-read all of the interviews and reports associated with
“I, along with the department leaders as well as many of our officers,
have expressed how deeply troubled they are by his actions,” Ramsay
Jouppi is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal
Sam’s Club is looking to open Moorhead store
MOORHEAD, Minn. – After weeks of speculation, the city manager here
confirmed Monday that Sam’s Club is the big-box store considering
building just west of Menards on 27th Avenue South.
The city has been working with representatives of Sam’s Club since
early August, but the Twin Cities development firm, Kimley-Horn and
Associates, had asked the city to keep the name of the big-box store
confidential, according to emails between city staff members obtained
by The Forum via the Minnesota Data Practices Act.
In an email sent from Community Services Manager Scott Hutchins to
City Manager Michael Redlinger on Aug. 30, Hutchins said Sam’s Club is
considering building on a 20 acre piece of land west of Menards.
“Sams Club it is!” Hutchins wrote in the email. “Not public but word
will get out.”
Redlinger confirmed this on Monday afternoon.
“They’re still doing their due diligence,” Redlinger said of the
store’s representatives. “But obviously the development of a second
big-box is an exciting opportunity for that part of Moorhead.”
Duluth 17-year-old charged in stabbing
DULUTH, Minn. – A Duluth juvenile is accused of committing three
felonies in connection with an incident in which a 17-year-old girl
was stabbed in the heart and hit in the head with a baseball bat early
Norman Wayne Cutbank III, 17, was charged in a juvenile delinquency
petition filed Monday in State District Court with first-degree
assault, second-degree assault and third-degree assault.
According to the petition, Cutbank, while aiding and abetting and
being aided and abetted by another, inflicted great bodily harm on the
girl by hitting her in the left eye with a baseball bat and stabbing
her with a knife in the heart.
Police said the girl was hospitalized in serious condition.
Cutbank is also charged with assaulting an 18-year-old man with a baseball bat.
House fire destroys home near Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. – More than a half-dozen fire departments responded to a
fire that destroyed a house in Normanna Township on Monday morning.
The owner of the 1 1/2-story house at 2633 Lismore Road was not home
at the time of the fire, and there were no immediate reports of
injuries. It appeared that the home was a total loss.
The fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. Flames erupted through the
roof and second-floor windows of the home shortly after 9:30 a.m., and
by 10 a.m. much of the roof had been burned or collapsed.
The house is on the north side of Lismore Road, just east of Lakewood
Road and several miles northeast of Duluth. Heavy smoke from the fire
was visible from several miles away.
Huron teens die in crash near Alpena
ALPENA, S.D. — Two Huron teenagers died Sunday in a one-vehicle
rollover accident on 92nd Avenue approximately one-quarter mile south
of 220th Street near Alpena, according to the state Department of
Emmanuel Martinez, 16, was driving a 2003 Cadillac CTS on 392nd Avenue
when he lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve around
3:55 p.m. The vehicle entered the east ditch, then slid across the
highway, rolled several times and came to rest in the west ditch.
Martinez died at the scene.
Passenger Marisol Corona, 16, also of Huron, was transported to the
Huron Regional Medical Center by ambulance and later transferred to
Sanford Health, in Sioux Falls, where she died of her injuries.
Neither teen was wearing a seat belt and both were ejected from the vehicle.
George McGovern enters hospice care
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sen. George McGovern has entered hospice care.
The longtime former Mitchell resident is now at Dougherty Hospice
House in Sioux Falls, an Avera staffer confirmed Monday. She was not
sure when he was admitted or what his condition is.
He served in the U.S. House from 1957 to 1961 and was a U.S. senator
from 1963 to 1981. In 1972, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for
president. He was born in Avon, grew up in Mitchell and earned a
degree from Mitchell’s Dakota Wesleyan University.
The hospice is named for William “Bill” Dougherty, a Democrat who
served two terms as South Dakota’s lieutenant governor. Dougherty, who
died in 2010, was a friend and political ally of McGovern.