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FARGO — A Cass County judge has declined to throw out the lifetime prison sentence Barry Garcia received two decades ago for murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old. Barry Garcia shot and killed Cherryl Tendeland in November 1995 as she sat in a parked car. When Garcia was sentenced for Tendeland's murder in 1996, Judge Ralph Erickson, a federal judge in Fargo who was then a Cass County District Court Court judge, gave him life in prison without parole.
FARGO — When it comes to unusual crimes in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the theft of baseball treasures from the Roger Maris museum in the West Acres shopping mall in July must rank somewhere near the top for its brazenness and mystery. Surveillance cameras captured some of the story: A thief dressed in a security guard-like uniform smashed through an exterior mall door, ran to a glass display, smashed a window of that display and grabbed two items before swiftly leaving the mall. It took just about a minute.
FARGO — A $1 million cash bail was set Wednesday, Dec. 28, at a hearing for Timothy Lynn Porter, 31, of Fargo, who was charged with murder in the death of another Fargo man who died from a stab wound Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24. Cass County District Court Judge Steven McCullough also appointed a public defender for Porter, who appeared in court via closed-circuit television. According to court documents, police responded to a report of a stabbing about 4:19 a.m. on Saturday at Porter's home at 1321 17th Ave. S.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Just weeks after approving the resignation of the city's police chief, the Valley City Commission has approved a settlement and release agreement with City Attorney Russ Myhre that will give Myhre a payout of $150,000. Under the agreement, which was approved by the commission Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, but as of Tuesday afternoon had yet to be signed by the parties, Myhre may continue to provide legal services to the city until June 30 and be paid according to the terms of his legal services agreement with the city.
FARGO—Ashley Hunter will stand trial May 22 on charges that he killed two men and set fire to the home of one of the victims to cover his tracks. At least, the case is supposed go to trial that day. Earlier trial dates, one in June and one in October of this year, were canceled due to issues involving lawyers representing Hunter, who is accused of killing Clarence Flowers and Sam Traut in June of 2015.
FARGO — A Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., store clerk in December 2015 pleaded not guilty on Thursday, Dec. 22, to gross sexual assault and other charges he is facing in Cass County District Court. During a hearing for Abdulrahman I. Ali, a detective with the Cass County Sheriff's Office recounted for the court the allegations behind the charges. Det. Steve Gabrielson said Ali entered Gordy's Travel Plaza in Mapleton shortly after it opened on Dec. 2, 2015.
FARGO — During the past seven weeks, a joint effort by the Metro Street Crimes Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service High Plains Fugitive Task Force netted 26 arrests involving people wanted for gun offenses, or people known to be associated with gangs who also had active felony warrants. Dubbed, “Operation Winter Harvest,” the campaign began around Halloween and ended on Friday, Dec. 16.
FARGO — A judge on Wednesday, Dec. 14, set bail at $1 million—cash or bond—for a St. Paul man charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a Minnesota woman. Timothy Barr, 51, appeared in Cass County District Court Wednesday afternoon via closed circuit TV from the Cass County Jail. Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick told Judge John Irby that Barr's criminal record includes convictions for theft, DUI, controlled substances and fleeing. At the close of the hearing, Irby set conditions for release at $1 million, cash or bond.
FARGO—The pilot who died in a plane crash south of Fargo Thursday afternoon, Dec. 1, reported an onboard fire shortly before the crash, according to a preliminary investigative report released by the National Transportation Safety Board. Hans Ahlness, 55, was the lone occupant of the Cessna 340 that crashed near the Wild Rice River about 10 miles south of Fargo's Hector International Airport.
FARGO — Mildred Rea Frankson lived a long life. She was 102 when she died Wednesday, Nov. 9, but her obituary, which appeared the next day in The Forum, was striking for its brevity: "Mildred Rea Frankson, 1914-2016. She lived an extraordinary life." Above the words was a photo and like Frankson's obit, it was intriguing. The stylish hairdo. The oversized sunglasses. Was this a reclusive movie star from the golden age of cinema?