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Eddy County Sheriff's Report for July


August 3, 2020

Gunner Syverson of Minot is facing fleeing charges in several jurisdictions after he was clocked going 153 mph on a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 281 in Eddy County July 3. He refused to stop and the pursuit was terminated near the intersection of Hwys. 57 and 281. The same motorcycle fled from McHenry County, Devils Lake police and BIA authorities later in the same day. The motorcycle was later located near a residence in New Rockford. Syverson was arrested at the residence a short time later on an outstanding Ward County warrant. At the time of his arrest, he was wearing the same clothing as the person who fled on the motorcycle and had the key for the motorcycle in his pocket. Syverson was arrested for disorderly conduct at this same residence back in May.

On July 8, the Carrington Police Department was in pursuit of a stolen vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 281. An Eddy County deputy successfully deployed stop sticks on the vehicle, flattening its tires. The vehicle came to a stop south of Sheyenne, and the driver fled on foot into a cornfield. The passenger was arrested on outstanding warrants. The male driver, Curtis Abraham of Fort Totten, was later arrested in Sheyenne.

Michael Grager of Sykeston was arrested in New Rockford on July 10 for possession of a stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was located outside a residence, where Grager was also located and arrested by Eddy County deputies. Authorities allege Grager had the keys for the stolen vehicle in his possession. The vehicle was stolen from Carrington.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Herbert Flyinghorse of New Rockford. He was arrested for simple assault-domestic violence on May 9 and failed to appear for his pre-trial conference on July 9. Authorities allege that Flyinghorse assaulted his live-in girlfriend by kicking, punching and throwing her to the ground, causing bruises and bodily injury. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Flyinghorse should call the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office at (701) 947-5515 or text an anonymous tip to (701) 341-0534.

Two St. Michael men were arrested after a high-speed chase on Eddy County 1 Wednesday, July 1. Deputies attempted to execute a traffic stop on Jeffrey L. Schempp of St. Michael for speeding, but he fled in his car at speeds over 100 mph on Eddy County 1 headed west towards Sheyenne. Just before he got to Sheyenne, he turned into the Warsing Dam drive, abandoned his car and ran into the bushes. Authorities say he had methamphetamine paraphernalia in his possession. As Jeffrey Schempp’s arrest was underway, the sheriff’s office received a report that another vehicle down the road was watching the incident. They determined that the vehicle was owned by Fred Schempp III, also of St. Michael, who had two active warrants for his arrest out of Ramsey County. He also had methamphetamine in his possession and a loaded handgun in the vehicle, authorities allege.

In court on July 9, Jeffrey L. Schempp pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges – fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. His pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 10. Fred C. Schempp III has been charged with Class C Felony possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Zachary T. Lee of New Rockford faces his fifth driving under suspension charge in as many years. He was arrested near downtown New Rockford on June 23. He pleaded not guilty on July 9 and is slated for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 10.

Zachary E. Littlewind of Fort Totten was stopped for speeding on June 22. Littlewind was noted to have an open charge for possession of drug paraphernalia in Devils Lake municipal court. and was driving without a license, authorities allege. He was written a second citation for possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana) after authorities discovered a grinder in his vehicle. His pre-trial conference is set for Sept. 10.

Wade P. Lura of New Rockford faces misdemeanor driving under the influence and driving under suspension charges after a June 23 traffic stop. He was driving on U.S. Hwy. 281 in New Rockford city limits when he was stopped by local authorities, who allege he refused a chemical test at the scene. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on July 9 and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 10.

Morris J. Azure was stopped for driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit on June 10. As they executed the stop, authorities also discovered marijuana in Azure’s vehicle. He was cited for speeding and possession of marijuana, both infractions. He signed a written guilty plea for both charges and was assessed $140 in fines and fees.

Jolleen L. St. Claire of Oberon reached a plea agreement with authorities for driving under the influence. St. Claire was arrested on April 25 near 77th Avenue NE and 30th Street NE after a chemical test revealed she had a blood alcohol content of. 0.164%, or twice the legal limit. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charge on May 14. Per the plea agreement reached on July 9, she will complete 20 hours of community service, submit to a chemical dependency evaluation and pay $1,025 in fines and fees. Her 10-day jail sentence was suspended for 360 days of unsupervised probation.

Roberta Rogness of Kensal also received a suspended sentence as part of her plea agreement with authorities for a March incident. She was convicted of Class C Felony possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges were filed after a traffic stop and subsequent search of Rogness’ vehicle. In court on July 9, Judge Hovey handed down a 13-month prison sentence, all suspended for 18 months of supervised probation. She was also ordered to complete a chemical dependency evaluation and pay $1,060 in fines and fees. This is Rogness’ fourth methamphetamine arrest, as she has a prior offense in Foster County and two in McKenzie County. Rogness was also cited for driving without liability insurance and operating a vehicle without proper stop/turn signals.


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