A North Dakota man who admitted to cooking up synthetic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teens has been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Spofford, of Grand Forks, is the 12th person sentenced in the wide-ranging conspiracy. His sentence is the longest by five years. Spofford pleaded guilty in October to five counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in serious bodily injury and death.
A Texas man accused of leading a conspiracy to import and sell chemicals used to make synthetic hallucinogenic drugs that led to the overdose deaths of two teenagers in the Grand Forks area says he will plead guilty.
Forecasters in Grand Forks say the risk for substantial spring flooding is low along the Red River and Devils Lake Basin. But they say winter is far from over and an early thaw is less likely.
Four people are awaiting extradition from Minnesota to North Dakota on charges connected with a burglary and fatal stabbing west of Grand Forks. Grand Forks County Sheriff Robert Rost says 33-year-old Ruben Cisneros, of Grand Forks, was found early Sunday stabbed to death at a farm house.
The University of North Dakota has fired head football coach Chris Mussman after a 3-8 season, including a 2-6 mark in the Big Sky Conference. UND athletic director Brian Faison says the two met Monday and Mussman was relieved of his duties immediately. Mussman coached six seasons with UND and had an overall 31-34 record. He joined the coaching staff as the offensive line coach in 1999, became offensive coordinator in 2001 and took over as the head coach prior to the 2008 season.
A Pine County teenager is now charged in a home invasion that left a man dead. It happened after the intruders entered the house of a 75-year-old man around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Officials said 23-year-old Gypsy Watts had a gun, and the homeowner shot and killed him. Investigators tell us Watts and a 16-year-old boy broke into the man’s house, hoping to steal his prescription medications.
Federal prosecutors say in court documents released Wednesday that a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student nearly 10 years ago knew what he was doing and his final appeal should be dismissed without a hearing.
University of North Dakota graduate Karen Nyberg has returned from her most recent trip to space. A Russian space capsule carrying Nyberg and two other astronauts returned to Earth on Monday from the International Space Station in a flawless landing in Kazakhstan.
The board of directors for the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference has unanimously approved the use of shootouts to break ties in conference games. The NHL-style shootouts involving three players from each team will be used if a game is still tied after the standard five-minute, sudden-death overtime period.
University of North Dakota summer graduates are getting some words of wisdom from the university’s out-of-this-world alumnus. The keynote address during the Friday afternoon summer commencement ceremony will be by astronaut and UND alum Karen Nyberg.
A line of powerful thunderstorms caused significant damage as it moved through the northwestern Minnesota city of Thief River Falls on Friday evening.
University of North Dakota head football coach Chris Mussman has announced the hiring of two assistant coaches.
A Minnesota man is facing a luring charge as the result of a police investigation into a missing North Dakota teen.
President Obama has approved an emergency declaration for flooding in North Dakota.
An Oregon man riding on an Amtrak train to Minnesota has been arrested in North Dakota after authorities found more than 7 pounds of marijuana in his luggage.