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FARGO — A woman wanted in Cass County on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing a dead body was arrested Monday, July 3, in Devils Lake, N.D. Carmen Hager, 51, of Devils Lake was charged in Cass County District Court in January with willful disturbance of a dead body and ingesting a controlled substance in connection with the death of Joel Wee, a 53-year-old Fargo man who was friends with Hager and who died in his home Nov. 29. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court:
MOORHEAD -- Sons of a Breckenridge area man who died Sunday evening, July 2, in a plane crash near Moorhead remembered their father on Monday, July 3, as a proud backer of his family’s athletic efforts and as a maker of things when he became restless. “He was always building stuff,” said Trevor Yaggie, 16, remembering his father, Mark, 41, who died when the plane he was piloting crashed in a field just west of the Moorhead airport.
BERTHOLD, N.D. — A traffic stop conducted Tuesday night, June 27, near Berthold led to the seizure of 122 pounds of high-grade marijuana, believed to be one of the largest marijuana seizures in North Dakota history. The value of the seized marijuana is estimated to be $600,000, the Berthold Police Department said. According to a police report: Berthold Police Chief Al Schmidt stopped a vehicle for speeding on U.S. Highway 2, resulting in the arrest of the driver on suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to deliver.
FARGO — A judge ruled Wednesday, June 21, that Abdulrahman I. Ali is guilty of sexually assaulting a Mapleton convenience store clerk in December 2015. Cass County District Court Judge Tom Olson issued written findings Wednesday stating that Ali was criminally responsible for the crime, findings that follow a June 14 bench trial. Before the trial, the defense and prosecution agreed that Ali sexually assaulted the clerk, a woman, in the store bathroom. At issue was whether he was criminally responsible at the time.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead police believe the body of a man found in the Red River about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, June 15, may be that of David Tikayne, who went missing while swimming in the river on Monday, June 5. Moorhead Police Sgt. Clint Stephenson said crews searching for Tikayne's body Thursday morning came upon remains south of the former toll bridge at 12th Avenue North in Fargo. The body was caught on debris in the river, and it was removed on the Fargo banks, Stephenson said.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Rescue workers used boats to scour the Red River into the evening Monday, June 5, after learning that a man fell into the water and may not have resurfaced. About 1:35 p.m., emergency dispatchers took a report of someone in the river near the footbridge that connects Fargo's Oak Grove Park to Moorhead. Assistant Moorhead Fire Chief Jeff Wallin said authorities received conflicting reports from witnesses, some who said the man made it to shore and some who said he did not.
FARGO — Shortly after a jury found Ashley Hunter guilty of murdering Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015, Traut's mother, MaryAnn, remembered her son Samuel this way: "He was about God and others." Traut was joined by her husband, Lloyd, in thanking law enforcement, court workers and others who helped convict Hunter of two counts of murder and one count of arson Friday afternoon, June 2, in Cass County District Court. "It means justice was served, it was a long two years for us," Lloyd Traut said.
FARGO — Both the prosecution and defense rested Thursday, June 1, in the double murder trial of Ashley Hunter. As prosecutors wrapped up their case Thursday in Cass County District Court, Judge Norman Anderson ruled that a witness said to be an expert on false confessions would not be allowed to testify on behalf of the defense. A statement Hunter made to police shortly after his arrest is a key part of the state's case against Hunter, who is charged with killing Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut within hours of each other in June 2015.
FARGO — The prosecution in the double murder trial of Ashley Hunter in Cass County District Court is expected to wrap up its case sometime on Thursday, June 1. Witnesses who testified Wednesday, May 31, talked about DNA analysis of various items collected during the investigation into the deaths of Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut, who died within hours of each other in June 2015.
FARGO — A nurse told jurors in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, May 30, that Ashley Hunter confessed a murder to her two years ago. Andrea Wallace, a former Fargo nurse who now lives in Alaska, testified that Hunter told her on June 23, 2015, during an emergency room evaluation, "I killed a man last night, and it never should have happened." Hunter is charged with killing two men, Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut, over the span of several hours on June 22 and 23, 2015.