A man has been charged after police executed a search warrant in connection to the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, who was last seen in 1989 riding bikes with his brother and a friend.
Court documents say 52-year-old Daniel James Heinrich of Annandale has been charged with receipt and possession of child pornography.
Richard Thornton, the FBI Special Agent in Charge, said Heinrich is considered a “person of interest” in the Wetterling abduction, although investigators have emphasized that Heinrich has only been charged with child pornography at this point.
However, if convicted, Heinrich will serve a “significant” prison sentence for the child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a search warrant was executed at Heinrich’s Annandale home on July 28 regarding the Jan. 13, 1989, kidnapping and sexual assault of a Cold Spring boy and the Oct. 22, 1989, abduction of a St. Joseph Township boy, which is Wetterling.
Investigators say they found more than 100 pictures of suspected child pornography at the home. They say they found 19 three-ring binders that were full of images of children, including naked, young boys. Some of them were known child victims, Luger said.
They also found hours of videos, apparently recorded by Heinrich, of neighborhood children delivering newspapers, riding bikes, playing on playgrounds and participating in sports.
Investigators also say recently-tested clothes worn by the boy in the 1989 Cold Spring abduction and sexual assault was found to contain Heinrich’s DNA. Heinrich can’t be charged in the Cold Spring case because of the statute of limitations, Luger said.
Luger said Heinrich was interviewed by investigators about the disappearance of Wetterling, and he denied any involvement in it. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner also said Heinrich was looked at “very closely” in 1989 and 1990, and that he is “not someone new to us.”
Wetterling's parents released a statement about the development, saying, in part, “The Wetterling family would like to thank all involved in the investigation of Danny Heinrich and his crimes against children. The search for Jacob is an ongoing investigation and we will watch and learn with everyone else.”
See the full family statement here.
Luger said Heinrich could have a detention hearing Friday or Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office or the FBI.
“Even if you don’t believe your information is relevant, let the investigators make that decision,” Thornton said.
Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $50,000 to the Red River Regional Council through its Housing Preservation Grant Program. The funds will be used to assist 15 low-income homeowners in making needed repairs to their homes in Pembina County.
“It’s important for us to invest in programs that allow North Dakotans to maintain their homes,” Hoeven said. “Today’s USDA funds will help 15 low-income homeowners make much-needed repairs to their residences, which will help to ensure that they are safe and warm in the coming winter months.”
Participants are being sought for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's industrial hemp pilot program. "Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's pilot program or by institutions of higher education," North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "We are currently seeking applicants wishing to participate in the department's pilot program for the purposes of agricultural or academic research." A provision in the 2014 farm bill gives authority to state departments of agriculture to cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes. Applicants must submit a project proposal, signed memorandum of understanding and request for seed (if applicable). Proposals will be ranked by a committee appointed by the agriculture commissioner. Applicants chosen will be required to submit a notarized application, fingerprints and associated fees. Applications and instructions can be found at http://www.nd.gov/ndda/program/industrial-hemp. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. CST, Friday, January 1, 2016. Goehring said applicants needing more information should contact Rachel Seifert-Spilde at 701-328-4128 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
A Grafton man is behind bars in the Walsh County Jail after photos of young boys were found on his phone. 31-year old Adam Schnellbach may be facing Life in prison if he's found guilty. Schnellbach appeared in court on Friday. From the evidence collected so far, he's facing 7 charges involving at least 2 different child victims he was babysitting. Grafton Police Chief Anthony Dumas says It's a long and detailed investigation that we don't take lightly as a police department nor do we take the victims lightly either. He says they're in a situation where we need to work and do our best to do what's right by them.
Grafton police are looking into the case which is turning into much more than expected. The charges at this point include a case involving a 4-year-old boy, and in another case, Schnellbach is accused of having a 9 year-old boy lie on his lap and pulled down his underwear. There were an unknown number of photos of children's bare bottoms on Schnellbach's phone.
Chief Dumas said, "We are working with the ND bureau of investigations on this case and we are seeking the cooperation of all parties involved." Anyone with information about Adam Schnellbach is asked to step forward and contact the Grafton Police department.Schnellbach's bond was set for $250,000 with conditions like restrictions on the hours he's allowed outside of his home, no contact with any minors, and he cannot leave the state of North Dakota.
A preliminary hearing for this case is set for December 1st.
A tax management program sponsored by the NDSU Extension Service and Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) will be offered Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to noon CST at 10
interactive video sites across North Dakota.
The program provides an opportunity for agricultural producers and tax preparers
to learn and ask questions about tax management alternatives while producers
still have time to implement year-end tax management decisions.
The program will include an overview of when to accelerate or defer income in
conjunction with expense timing to manage tax liabilities now and for the
future. New reporting forms in 2015, due to the Affordable Care Act, will be
* Federal income tax update
* Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting
* ACA and the small employer
* Identity theft and scams of tax information
* Proper handling of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) loans
* Repair regulation update
* Succession and estate planning
* Proper entities for government payments
* Farm income averaging
* Tax planning ideas for 2015 and beyond
Four question-and-answer periods are scheduled during the three hour program.
Preregistration is required because seating is limited. The cost for the program
and materials is $15.
The program will feature presentations by Ann Makres, IRS; Judy Gilbertson,
AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Jamestown; Rhonda Mahlum, Mahlum Goodhart PC,
Mandan; Jess Nehl, Eide Bailly LLP, Bismarck; and Steve Troyer, Eide Bailly LLP,
Program locations are:
* University of Mary, Butler Center, Bismarck
* North Dakota School for the Deaf, Devils Lake
* Stark County Courthouse, Dickinson
* NDSU, Quentin Burdick Building, Fargo
* Grand Forks County Office Building, Grand Forks
* James Valley Career and Technical Center, Jamestown
* North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton
* Broadway Commons, Williston
* Langdon Research Extension Center, Langdon
* North Central Research Extension Center, Minot
The program is an approved IRS continuing education provider for 3 credits.
For additional information or to register, call the NDSU Department of
Agribusiness and Applied Economics at (701) 231-8642.
One person was killed and another injured in car tractor trailer collision Thursday morning on Highway 18 four miles South of Hoople. The accident occurred around 6:30 AM when a tractor trailer driven by 29 year old Hassan Stevens of Chicago Illinois began backing the trailer across the southbound lane onto a field approach on the west side of the roadway. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says while the trailer was across the southbound lane, a Chevrolet driven by 68 year old Russel Crowder of Hoople struck the trailer. Russel Crowder was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger, 64 year old Betty Crowder of Hoople was transported to First Care Hospital in Park River by the Park River ambulance. Stevens was uninjured. The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) has been awarded a multi-year grant from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop outreach and educational programs focused on preventing drug residues in animal-derived foods and addressing antimicrobial-resistance issues through the prudent use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture. The program is being put into place, in part to prepare for a change to the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996, which directs how medically important antibiotics can be used in feed or water for food-producing animals. The change, effective January 1, 2017, implements revisions to the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), changing the status of antibiotics currently distributed Over the Counter (OTC) to use requiring the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Additionally, the program will focus on outreach and education related to the prudent use of animal medicines to help address antimicrobial-resistance issues. "This grant will help our livestock producers, veterinarians and feed distributors understand and get prepared to comply with the coming FDA requirements," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "It will also help them continue and improve antibiotic stewardship practices in doing our part to address antimicrobial-resistance issues." Goehring added that industry asked for assistance in developing outreach and education materials and training programs that can be presented to stakeholders across the state. NDDA will act as the facilitator, working with a coalition of public and private partners over three years to coordinate and deliver the programs. The North Dakota State University Extension Service will serve as a lead partner," Goehring said. "Their knowledge will be instrumental in creating operational efficiencies and delivering these non-regulatory programs." Dr. Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Veterinarian/Livestock Stewardship Specialist, said, "We see the education of our producers and veterinarians as part of the mission of the NDSU Extension Service and are delighted to collaborate with NDDA. The receipt of this grant will support our continued commitment to livestock stewardship. Through collaborative and cooperative efforts we can work toward a smooth transition to new regulations that govern the use of feed additive medications and the stewardship of antimicrobial products." Statewide public meetings will be conducted beginning in early 2016.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is participating in Operation Safe Driver, a national campaign with heightened traffic safety enforcement to reduce unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger car drivers. Troopers will be on patrol and overtime patrol to strictly enforce all driving laws. This week is the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week. The goal is to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance. The HP aks that drivers make responsible driving choices. Buckle up, obey posted speed limits and drive defensively.
Fire destroyed a potato warehouse near Grafton this weekend. Firefigthers from Grafton, Park River and Minto responded to the fire call at the Campbell Farms potato warehouse about 2 miles East of town at just after 12:30 Saturday morning. Crews remained on hand into the daylight hours making sure the fire didn't rekindle. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Walsh County Sheriff Ron Jurgens couldn't comment on the investigation at this time but expects the fire marshal to complete his report later this week. Jurgens is asking anyone with information on the blaze to contact law enforcement.
Fifty law enforcement agencies across the state are adding extra patrols for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over traffic safety enforcement this month. Last year in North Dakota, the month of October ranked the highest for alcohol-related crashes with a total of 100-a rate of 3.23 per day. Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson says a crash by an impaired driver is 100 percent preventable and with the extra enforcement, they hope to deter drivers from driving impaired and prevent senseless
tragedies. Along with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the University of North Dakota and Sheriffs' Departments in Grand Forks, Pembina and Walsh counties, and the Grand Forks Police Department are participating in this extra enforcement this month. Nelson says the public can help by planning ahead for alternative transportation or find a sober driver if you will be drinking. Adding that if you see an impaired driver, call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so. The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) grants funds for extra DUI enforcement as part of an overall effort to reduce deaths and injuries on North Dakota roads.