A pre-sentence investigation's ordered for a Drayton man charged with
possession, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance.
Antonio Olivarez Cuevas's charge is a Class A felony, punishable to a
maximum of 20-years in prison and a ten-thousand-dollar fine. He's accused of
delivering cocaine to another person over a year ago now.
Walsh County Assistant State's Attorney Kelly Cole told Judge Richard
Geiger negotiations are ongoing towards a plea agreement. She requested, and got,
the pre-sentence investigation ordered. She also asked for another change of plea
or pretrial conference date. Geiger set that for October 16th at one-pm. Cuevas's
jury trial's set for October 23rd through the 26th.
Also, no more random drug testing for Cuevas. Cole says he's tested
clean since last April.
A survivor of the Rwandan genocide will be in Grafton September eighth.
Imaculee Illibagiza will give a presentation about Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness,
according to St. John's Catholic Church Pastor, Father Tim Schroeder.
Schroeder says she'll tell the story of surviving the genocide while hiding
a bathroom, surrounded by killers, and eventually coming to forgive the murderer
of her family. He says if you have problems with forgiveness, this is a story to
listen to and take to heart. Illibagiza took forgiveness to a huge level.
Schroeder says over one-million Rwandans were slaughtered in 91 days.
Illibagiza's story applies to all of us. Schroeder says Illibagiza for awhile
couldn't pray the "Our Father" because she understood the gravity of its words.
He says she eventually forgave to the point that she forgave the killers of her
own parents and brothers.
Schroeder says tickets are 25-dollars now, 35-dollars at the door Saturday
evening, September eighth. The interdenominational presentation will begin at seven-pm
and doors will be open at six.
A Lawton, North Dakota man has been sentenced for failing to register as
a sex offender.
Nathan Paul McNelus pleaded guilty to the felony charge Monday afternoon in Northeast
District Court in Grafton.
McNelus is sentenced to one-year in prison. He must serve 90-days in the Walsh
County Jail in Grafton. The balance of that sentence is suspended for one-year of
supervised probation. McNelus's guilty plea is to the charge of failing to register as a
convicted sex offender, a felony punishable to a maximum of five-years in prison and a
five-thousand-dollar fine. If he violates probation, he could be sentenced to five-years
maximum. If McNelus successfully completes his probation, the charge will be categorized
as a misdemeanor.
McNelus must report to jail November first. He pleaded guilty under terms of a plea
McNelus lived near Lawton since January of 2012 and didn't register. He was convicted
of rape in Brown County, South Dakota in two thousand.
Change Of Plea Hearing Rescheduled For Minto Man Charged With Leaving Scene Of Accident Involving Personal Injury
A change of plea hearing is continued for a Minto man charged with
DUI and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.
Derek Peter Kilichowski appeared in Northeast District Court in
Grafton Friday morning.
Walsh County State's Attorney Barbara Whelan said she was not
ready to proceed because she's still waiting for a victim impact statement.
Whelan says the family of the accident victim moved to Montana and she
is still waiting for a victim impact statement and doesn't want to rush that.
Whelan requested more time. She thinks a change of plea hearing could
be set sometime in late September or early October.
Kilichowski drove a pickup May 28th at an outdoor party. He
backed it up, over Samantha Britt, who was sleeping behind the pickup.
Britt suffered serious injuries.
Kilichowski's bond has been modified to allow him to work at a
bar-restaurant in West Fargo while he goes to school. His random alcohol
tests have all been clear and random testing has been removed. He cannot
A Park River man's submitted a petition seeking equal custody of
children in a divorce in Walsh County.
Mitch Sanderson filed the petition Tuesday afternoon to the Walsh
County Auditor's office in Grafton. Sanderson says he's trying to add a
law in Walsh County establishing equal parenting rights if the couple is
divorced or separated and neither parent is found unfit to be a parent.
Sanderson says that standard is already in place and what the courts should
Sanderson says well over 800 Walsh County residents signed his
petition. Sanderson he got the signatures from residents all over the county.
Sanderson says the signers were supportive and said this should've
been done a long time ago.
742 valid signatures are needed to get the measure on the November
Walsh County Auditor Sharon Kinsala(KIHN-suh-lah) says she'll verify
the signatures by September seventh.
Members of the Grafton City Council who are on the Joint Powers Ad
Hoc Committee met with members of the Grafton Park Board to discuss management
and ownership of buildings the city owns now.
Both bodies agreed to consider a proposal to solve a standoff. Grafton's
Ways and Means Committee recommended the city rescind the 35-thousand-dollars
the city provides Parks and Rec for general use. The Grafton Park Board responded
by terminating the Joint Powers Agreement, which essentially meant the City of Grafton
would have to hire someone to manage the Centennial Center, Winter Sports Arena, and
The proposal hashed out Thursday evening has five main points: 1) approve a
five-year Joint Powers Agreement, not an annual one. 2)the City of Grafton provides Grafton
Parks and Recreation 35-thousand-dollars each year of the five-year agreement. 3)the City
of Grafton offers 140-thousand-dollars towards a roofing project at the Centennial Center.
That project might total 250-thousand-dollars if total roof replacement's needed. The
difference would have to be paid by Parks and Rec and the Grafton Blue Line Club.
4)Grafton Parks and Recreation would assume ownership of the Centennial Center and
the Winter Sports Arena as soon as the agreement's approved. And 5) the electricity
the City of Grafton donates for operation of the Centennial Center would be capped at
the 2012 amount.
Grafton Park Board Chairman Kerry DeMars said a Park Board special meeting
could be held early next week to consider and possibly act on this. The members of the
Joint Powers Ad Hoc Committee will wait on the Park Board's decision and then bring
the proposal to the Grafton Ways and Means Committee for its review. Depending on
what happens, the Grafton City Council would have final approval.
As far as the Armory goes, DeMars said it's desireable that Parks and Rec continue
to manage that building, not own it.
The Northeast Regional DUI Taskforce will increase the number of
law enforcement officers on the road to arrest drunken drivers.
The increased enforcement begins Friday. The purpose is to deter
impaired drivers from the road by assigning additional patrol officers to monitor
city, rural, and state highways.
Last year 45-percent of all traffic fatalities on North Dakota roads were
The Regional DUI Taskforce made over 62-hundred DUI arrests in
North Dakota in two-thousand-eleven.
The regional DUI Taskforce's increased patrols effort to remove drunken
drivers from northeastern North Dakota roads will start Friday, August 17th and will
end September third.
The Northeast Grand Forks Regional DUI Task Force includes the North
Dakota Highway Patrol, the sheriff's departments of Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina,
and Walsh Counties, the cities of Cavalier and Grand Forks, and the University of
North Dakota Police Department.
No injuries but some tense moments in Crystal over the weekend. The North Dakota Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic stop and in ended up in a high speed chase with speeds over 100 miles per hour.
Pembina County Chief Deputy Jeff Osvold tells KXPO/KNDK/MAV105 that during the stop, the driver sped off. The man had a passenger with him.
When the dust cleared, the driver of the vehicle ran and ended up being tased. His passenger ran too and was later arrested in Crystal.
Osvold says authorities determined that the two men are illegal immigrants. They're both in Pembina County Jail in Cavalier on local charges and after that, immigration violations too.
Osvold says Pembina County deputy acted as a backup during the H-P traffic stop. The US Border Patrol assisted as well.