One dead, one injured after 2-vehicle crash in West Fargo

WEST FARGO — One man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after their vehicles collided in West Fargo on Wednesday, July 10.

The crash was reported at 7:45 am at the intersection of 32nd Avenue West and 35th Street West, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

They say a U-Haul box truck was heading west on 32nd Avenue when it was hit on the driver’s side by a Jeep Cherokee heading north on 35th Street.

The crash happened in the middle of the intersection and caused both vehicles to enter the northwest ditch. The U-Haul truck stopped and turned over onto its passenger side and the Jeep was upright, the patrol says.

The 34-year-old male driver of the U-Haul was pronounced dead on scene and the 29-year-old female driver of the Jeep was taken to Sanford with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The Highway Patrol says charges against her are pending, both drivers were wearing seat belts.

Names have not yet been released.

Officials search for inmate who walked away from Bismarck correctional center

BISMARCK — North Dakota officials are searching for an inmate who walked away from the Missouri River Correctional Center Monday evening, July 8, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

David Joseph Gray left the minimum security facility in Bismarck between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Officials contacted Highway Patrol as soon as they realized he was gone.

Gray is serving a sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and was scheduled for release in April 2021, authorities said.

He may be in the Wahpeton area and is considered dangerous. He may be driving a silver 2007 Pontiac G6 with North Dakota license plate 784BYK, or a silver 2004 Suzuki Forenza.

Anyone who sees Gray is advised to call 911. People with information on Gray’s whereabouts should contact local authorities or the Highway Patrol.

Accused fentanyl ringleader to plead guilty in connection with overdose death

FARGO — A Colombian national plans to admit to leading an international fentanyl ring connected to the 2015 overdose death of a Grand Forks man, according to federal court documents.

Daniel Vivas Ceron, 38, has signed a plea agreement that was unsealed Monday, July 8. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after investigators said he operated a drug ring from inside Drummond Institution, a medium-security prison near Montreal, court documents say.

Bailey Henke, an 18-year-old man from Grand Forks, was one of several people who fatally overdosed from drugs linked to the drug ring, court documents said.

In exchange for a guilty plea to three of the six federal charges, Vivas could see a downward departure from the possible life sentence, but the minimum sentence is 20 years in prison, court documents said.

The other charges would be dismissed.

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