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WEST FARGO—A woman who was shot while begging for her life during a disturbance in a West Fargo apartment early Sunday, March 19, was caught by bystanders when she fell from a two-story window after being wounded. Those details and others are contained in court documents filed Monday, March 20, in Cass County District Court charging David White Jr., 26, of Illinois, with attempted murder and reckless endangerment. Officers were called to an apartment complex about 12:30 a.m. Sunday on a report of a disturbance, court documents state.
FARGO—A Fargo man who was charged last summer as part of an underage sex sting operation known as "Guardian Angel" is facing a new charge following a revival of the sting operation last week. In the most recent case, Leroy Martin Lafrance Jr., 36, is charged in Cass County District Court with patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity.
FARGO—A deputy with the Cass County Sheriff's Office stopped a Fargo man on Wednesday, March 15, for speeding and ended up arresting the driver for a number of alleged violations, including possessing an illegal explosive device. According to a report released by the sheriff's office: The traffic stop happened about 3:17 p.m. Wednesday outside of Harwood. A subsequent investigation yielded drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as what was described in the report as an improvised explosive device.
FARGO — North Dakota has landed near the top of yet another national rankings list, but this time there's no cause to raise a toast. The state ranks No. 2 among the 10 worst states for DUI problems, according to BackgroundCheck.org, an organization that describes itself as being devoted to public safety, online privacy, home security and open government. To come up with its list, BackgroundCheck.org used data from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Transportation, and local and state data.
FARGO — A man accused of raping and murdering a Fargo woman pleaded guilty Wednesday, March 1, in Clay County District Court to Class AA felony murder. Landon Lauwagie, 23, was accused in court documents of asphyxiating Cory Terlecky, 40, while he sexually assaulted her on May 14, 2016. Police discovered Terlecky's body at her apartment on May 15. Blood and other evidence suggested she was killed in her home, court documents state.
FARGO—Naomi Danielson was with a male acquaintance in Fargo on May 9, 2016, when the man overdosed on fentanyl. Danielson called another friend, Steven Hoffman, for help and Hoffman gave the victim an overdose treatment called Narcan in an attempt to revive him. When that didn't work, Danielson called 911. Emergency workers arrived, and the victim survived the ordeal. But despite a state law designed to give criminal immunity when drug users seek medical attention for an overdose victim, Danielson and Hoffman ended up facing charges in U.S. District Court.
FARGO—A Fargo man arrested earlier this month on suspicion of sending a death threat to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp via email is out of jail pending a trial scheduled for March 14. During a federal court hearing Friday, Jan. 20, Kevin Lee Olson, 55, pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging him with one count of threatening interstate communications.
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.