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Grand Forks Herald, Published May 17 2010

Fugitive arrested at ND farm returned to Alaska

GRAND FORKS — A man arrested on an eastern North Dakota farm about two months ago has been returned to Alaska to face prosecution in a 2009 shooting.

James Mead earlier this month waived his right to an extradition hearing. Federal officials from Alaska picked him up Friday to take him back to Alaska to face charges of assault and attempted murder.

The 44-year-old Mead is accused of shooting a man in the leg in February 2009 in Delta Junction, southeast of Fairbanks. Alaska authorities tracked him to a farm near McVille and alerted the U.S. Marshals Service, which arrested him March 18 with help from local authorities.

Mead's late father, Joe Mead, lived in North Dakota in the mid-1990s. James Mead also lived in the Tolna area at the time, before moving back to Alaska several years ago.