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WAHPETON, N.D. — A judge here has approved moving the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Andrew Sadek, a former undercover drug informant who was found dead in the Red River with a gunshot wound to his head and a backpack of rocks tied around his waist. Lawyers for both sides determined that the high-profile nature of the case would make it difficult to find impartial jurors in Richland County. Judge Jay Schmitz agreed and recently signed an order moving the trial to the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.
FARGO — "He knew how to make regular life fun. Making others happy gave him great joy." With those words, MaryAnn Traut told a Cass County courtroom on Tuesday, Sept. 5, about her son, Samuel, as Ashley Hunter, the man convicted of killing her son with hammer blows to the head, looked on. Minutes later, District Judge Norman Anderson sentenced Hunter to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing Samuel Traut and another man, Clarence Flowers, in June 2015.
FARGO — Convicted of two murders and arson, Ashley Hunter was sentenced here Tuesday, Sept. 5, to life in prison without the possiblity of parole. Hunter's convictions came in June after a two-week trial in Cass County District Court. Hunter's attorney, Samuel Gereszek, insisted during the trial that prosecutors had a weak case and suggested two other people may have been responsible for the deaths of Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015.
Saturday, Aug. 19 1:24 p.m. Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind texts her mother, Norberta LaFontaine-Greywind, to say she is going to an upstairs apartment to model a dress. 2:30 p.m.
FARGO — The nephew of a self-described white nationalist who wants to hold a pro-white rally in Fargo said Wednesday, Aug. 16, that he hopes no such event is held. But if it is, he wants large numbers of people to stand together in peaceful opposition. "If there's a Nazi rally in Fargo, there will be counter demonstrations. There are too many good progressive people in Fargo for there not to be," said Jacob Scott Wieber, 26, of Fargo.
FARGO — A Fargo police officer who was recently dismissed from the force is in the process of appealing his termination. David Boelke will seek a hearing before the Fargo Civil Service Commission, Boelke's attorney, Mark Friese, said Thursday, Aug. 10. Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd said earlier this week that he was firing Boelke, a 15-year veteran of the police force and a four-time life-saving award recipient. Boelke's termination followed a lengthy investigation of his job performance after he missed a court appearance for a stop-sign violation on his day off.
FARGO — Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, attended a closed-door roundtable discussion in Fargo on Wednesday, Aug. 9, on the federal government's proposed revision of the Waters of the U.S. rule, known as WOTUS. Attendees of the roundtable held at North Dakota State University included North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, as well as representatives of a number of farm groups.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the driver who died in a crash Friday evening, Aug. 8, in Stark County. According to the Highway Patrol: Norman Erhardt, 81, of Dickinson, was driving an SUV westbound on Interstate 94 near Dickinson when the SUV was rear-ended by a car driven by David Draves, 62, of Cottage Grove, Minn. The crash happened about 10 p.m. Friday on Interstate 94 near Dickinson. Erhardt died at the scene. Draves was not injured. The crash remains under investigation.
FARGO — Drought is causing serious trouble for many North Dakota ranchers who are looking for hay to feed their animals, but officials say help will soon be on the way. The North Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station and the state Department of Agriculture are working to create a lottery that will provide hay to livestock producers. In the coming weeks, a convoy of semis will transport hay to North Dakota from donating states like Michigan, where a group called Ag Community Relief is coordinating the effort and offsetting the costs involved.
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: