Headlines from inforum.com on this date:
2006: A blood stain the size of a dot from a ball point pen came under fire by the defense for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. during a special hearing. A judge’s ruling on the evidence, considered critical by prosecutors and the defense, could prove to be a turning point in a trial still mired down with jury selection. Rodriguez is the accused kidnapper and murderer of Dru Sjodin.
2007: MINOT, N.D. – Members of the North Dakota congressional delegation say a new law should help victims of the 2002 train derailment that killed one man and injured hundreds here.
A homeland security bill with provisions related to rail safety passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday night and the U.S. House on Friday. The bill says that the Federal Railroad Safety Act doesn’t prevent people from collecting in personal-injury lawsuits brought against railroads.
Sen. Kent Conrad and Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., said President Bush is expected to sign the bill.
2008: The driver of a truck that struck the Eighth Street South bridge over Interstate 94 on July 25 in Moorhead faces pending citations for careless driving and not having the proper driver’s license, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
2009: Luis Gonzalez has won a World Series and now the former major leaguer gets a chance to call one in Fargo.
Gonzalez, who helped the Arizona Diamondbacks win a World Series crown in 2001, will offer color commentary for some of the Web casts at the American Legion World Series, which starts Aug. 14 at Newman Outdoor Field.
Former major leaguer Jeff Kent will also help in the coverage. Kent is slated to work the tournament on Aug. 15-16, while Gonzalez will cover Aug. 17-18.
2010: A reportedly stolen car crashed into a gas pump and started on fire early today in south Fargo, forcing authorities to close a major thoroughfare as firefighters battled the blaze.
An officer noticed the car traveling at a high rate of speed on 13th Avenue South at about 1:55 a.m. and tried to make a traffic stop, but the car fled south, according to Fargo Police Sgt. Joe Anderson.
The driver tried to turn left onto 20th Avenue South but was going too fast and crashed into the gas pumps at the Stop-N-Go at 2002 25th St. S.
The vehicle and some gas that spilled onto the ground started on fire, WDAY-TV reported. The car was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and 25th Street was blocked off because of the danger.