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FARGO — Stephanie J. Knuttila pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Cass County District Court to one count of theft by deception for stealing more than $50,000 from the company she worked for in West Fargo. Based on a recommendation from prosecutors, Judge Susan Bailey imposed no jail time, but placed Knuttila on supervised probation for five years and ordered her to pay restitution of about $82,000.
FARGO — A West Fargo man pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to a felony charge of negligent homicide in connection with the death of an 8-month-old child in a bathtub in March. Spencer Warren Foner, who was 27 when he was charged last spring, was originally charged with manslaughter and child neglect. On Tuesday, the child neglect charge was dropped and the manslaughter charge was amended to negligent homicide.
WOONSOCKET, S.D. — Tuesday marked the five-year anniversary of the disappearance of a central South Dakota woman, and South Dakota law enforcement leaders say they are continuing to work the case. Rachel Cyriacks, age 30 at the time of her disappearance, went missing Nov. 13, 2013. A news release from South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley Tuesday noted the anniversary, and stated that tips and assistance in the case are still being sought.
BISMARCK - New information on annual English and math exam results in North Dakota will help parents evaluate the academic progress of their children, the state superintendent said Tuesday, Nov. 13. The information, called Lexile and Quantile Frameworks, is part of the North Dakota state assessment, Kirsten Baesler said. It will give parents valuable data on their childrens' reading and math skills. It will also aid students in setting advancement goals in both subjects, and help parents and teachers identify students who may need extra instruction.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Police here have released the name of a pedestrian struck and killed by a train last week in downtown Moorhead. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Officer has identified the victim as Becky Lynn Bachmeier, 47, of Moorhead, police said. Based on information gathered, police said the death does not appear to have been an accident and no foul play is suspected. The incident occurred Nov. 5 near the 14th Street and Main Avenue crossing.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A shoplifting suspect who was being chased by police reportedly jumped into the Red River to escape but was arrested a short time later. Moorhead police said Julian Dominic Pickett, 26, was in the Clay County Jail Monday evening, Nov. 12, facing a variety of possible charges ranging from theft to fleeing police. Police said officers chased Pickett near a Moorhead mall after reportedly stealing from a nearby business. However, once in the water, Pickett quickly turned around and went back to shore where officers took him into custody, Krone said.
MINOT, N.D. - Ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist Terry Fator and Irish entertainer Daniel O'Donnell are the first two performers booked for Norsk Høstfest, the Scandinavian festival in Minot, next year. O'Donnell is the only artist in the world to score a hit in the United Kingdom's album charts every year since 1988. His latest album, "Christmas with Daniel O'Donnell," was released a year ago and debuted at No. 19. He will perform Sept. 25. Fator, a Texas native, is a Las Vegas headliner. He will perform Sept. 29.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- A Jamestown woman whose baby was found near a slough in central North Dakota will stand trial in March on charges related to the death of her 4-month-old son in July. Justice Lange is charged with manslaughter, a Class B felony, and child neglect, a Class C felony. The five-day trial is scheduled to begin March 18 before a 12-person jury with Judge Cherie Clark presiding at the Stutsman County Courthouse.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks police shot and killed a dog that attacked an officer who was trying to execute a search warrant Friday, Nov. 9, a news release said. The dog attacked an officer at 12:20 p.m. Friday as the Grand Forks Regional Narcotics Task Force attempted to enter the home at 321 N. Fourth St., according to a news release. Police said the dog was large and vicious, adding it bit the officer, the release said.
FARGO — Authorities have released the identity of a motorist who died after being involved in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday, Nov. 7, on Main Avenue, only blocks from downtown Fargo. Lois Koehler Fritz, 88, was taken to the hospital after police responded the crash at 2:48 p.m. Wednesday, Fargo police said in a news release.