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Drive to stiffen animal cruelty laws cites beating death of Grand Forks dog

May 4, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

People working to increase North Dakota penalties against animal cruelty are citing the recent killing of a pet dog during a Grand Forks home invasion and robbery as an example of why the cruelty laws should be toughened. Continue Reading

Former East Grand Forks man accused in Brewster, Minn., bank robbery pleads not guilty

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Alleged bank robber Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, Minneapolis, formerly of East Grand Forks, is accused of robbing the Rolling Hills Bank of Brewster on Jan. 3, brandishing a handgun to threaten a bank teller. The robbery took place shortly before noon. Wetsch was picked up in St. Peter, Minn., as he drove through the city. Continue Reading

Former East Grand Forks man accused in Brewster, Minn., bank robbery pleads not guilty

January 31, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Alleged bank robber Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, Minneapolis, formerly of East Grand Forks, is accused of robbing the Rolling Hills Bank of Brewster on Jan. 3, brandishing a handgun to threaten a bank teller. The robbery took place shortly before noon. Wetsch was picked up in St. Peter, Minn., as he drove through the city. Continue Reading

Robberies at record high in Sioux Falls

October 21, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Robberies have hit a record high in South Dakota’s largest city with more than two months still to go in the year.

There have been 89 robberies in Sioux Falls, eclipsing the record of 74 set in both 2007 and 2009.
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N.D. Supreme Court upholds Pederson guilty pleas in Grand Forks robberies

August 19, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The court’s ruling on Thursday says police illegally arrested Kyle Pederson in a Grand Forks motel before they took him away for questioning. But the opinion says problems with the arrest shouldn’t prevent prosecutors from using Pederson’s statements as evidence against him. Continue Reading