"Did you take your pill?" That's the question Greg Murphy hears multiple times a day from his wife, Barb, two sons and any other friend or relative who stops by his Grand Forks home. The pill in question is a chemotherapy pill. Greg Murphy has been taking one every day for the past year since undergoing surgery to remove a large, cancerous tumor from his gastrointestinal tract. He'll be on the pills for the next three to five years as a precautionary measure to keep his rare form of cancer at bay. The prescription costs $19,000 per month.
GRAND FORKS—One of the two suspects arrested in connection to the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman pleaded guilty to abusing his infant son in Grand Forks in 2011. William Henry Hoehn, 32, was arrested by Fargo Police Thursday along with 38-year-old Brooke Lynn Crews in the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was last seen Aug. 19 at her apartment in north Fargo. Hoehn and Crews were arrested after Fargo Police said they found a healthy 2-day-old baby inside the same apartment building where Hoehn, Crews and LaFontaine-Greywind all live.
As communities struggle to address the rising popularity of heroin and other opioid narcotics, attention has shifted away from another drug with a nationwide grip. But the popularity of methamphetamine does not seem to be waning. Figures from law enforcement and addiction treatment specialists in North Dakota and Minnesota show that meth remains the most commonly used hard drug in the region, with popularity levels surpassing those seen in the early 2000s.
FARGO—A Canadian man who pleaded guilty to smuggling people across the U.S.-Canadian border in western North Dakota was sentenced to serve six months in prison Wednesday. Victor Omoruyi, 41, of Regina, Sask., was arrested April 14, and charged with partnering with his wife, Michelle Omoruyi, to smuggle nine Nigerian citizens seeking asylum in Canada across the border near the Northgate port of entry in far northwest North Dakota and bringing two others back into the U.S.
GRAND FORKS — For Grand Forks' single immigration law firm, business is growing and changing under President Donald Trump. New executive orders made by the president led to a 38 percent increase in the number of people detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in the first quarter of 2017, which local attorneys say has changed the status of immigration law in the region and across the country, and crowded the dockets of the nearest federal immigration court in the Twin Cities.