FARGO – Police here got help from an unlikely source in catching a suspected drug dealer at a local motel: a group of children playing nearby. Two officers from the Fargo Police Department’s Narcotics Unit and the Metro Street Crimes Unit arrived at the motel with a search warrant for a specific room, Fargo police said in a Facebook post.
FARGO – Police arrested a suspected burglar early Friday, July 13, at the Luther Family Ford dealership, according to a Facebook post by the Fargo Police Department. Police were dispatched to Luther Ford at 3302 36th St. S. about 4:05 a.m. after an employee responded to an alarm and found a man, later identified as 22-year-old William Cole, running out of the building, police said.
FARGO – Two men accused of stealing about $8,700 worth of grain have been cleared of charges after a jury acquitted one of them and the case against the other was dropped. Keith Strand was charged with one count of theft, and Chad Swanson was charged with a count of conspiracy to commit theft. A jury acquitted Strand, and the case against Swanson was dropped soon after, prosecutor Tracy Hines said Thursday, July 12.
FARGO – Friends and family members of Cass County Jail inmates will see their loved ones in a whole new way starting this week. On Wednesday, July 11, Cass County Jail implemented a video visitation system whereby visitors talk with inmates via a video call .
FARGO – An 85-year-old man charged with murdering his wife as part of a suicide pact did not appear at his hearing in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, July 11. Louis Donald Averson, who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound last month, is hospitalized outside of Fargo, and his preliminary hearing Wednesday was delayed until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9.
FARGO – This spring, three toddlers got free from a child care center here and wandered off, reaching a sidewalk next to a four-lane street before a stranger corralled the kids and brought them back. Now the center faces losing its license and closing – something many of the parents are vehemently against.
MOORHEAD – A prosecutor read the statements of loved ones impacted by Melissa Willcoxon’s murder out loud Monday, July 9, in an otherwise silent courtroom filled with lawyers, reporters, court staff and law enforcement officials.
FARGO – A woman accused of drowning her newborn child in a bathtub at a south Fargo home was arraigned Monday, July 2, in Cass County District Court. Ginny Lubitz, 36, of West Fargo, is charged with a count of murder and a count of attempted murder in connection with the baby’s death on May 5. She was arraigned from Cass County Jail through interactive TV, answering each of Judge John Irby’s questions with a blunt “yes.”
FARGO – A judge in Cass County District court denied a motion for a new trial filed by Barry Garcia, who received a lifetime sentence for murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old. Garcia was convicted in 1996 for killing Cherryl Tendeland in November 1995 as she sat in a parked car. He received life in prison without parole.
MOORHEAD – A man and woman arrested in connection with a missing person case out of Wahpeton, N.D., after human remains were found at a farmstead near Hitterdal, Minn., made their first court appearance Monday, June 25, on charges of aiding and abetting murder. Kayla Louise Westcott, 34, and Jason Charles Jensen, 39, are each charged with a felony count of second-degree aiding and abetting murder with intent, but without premeditation, according to Clay County District Court documents.