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FARGO—In a hearing filled with dramatic pauses and unspoken emotions, Jason Oien pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 27, to a manslaughter charge in the fatal beating of Joey Gaarsland last year outside a Fargo bar. The plea came just as Oien was to stand trial on one count of murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in the beating death of Gaarsland outside of Rick's Bar in the early morning hours of May 17, 2015.
FARGO—A man accused of raping and murdering a Fargo woman entered not guilty pleas during a hearing in Cass County District Court on Thursday, Sept. 22. Landon Lauwagie, 23, is accused in court documents of asphyxiating Cory Terlecky, 40, while he sexually assaulted her on May 14 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—A Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., store clerk in December briefly appeared in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Abdulrahman I. Ali, 36, appeared before Judge Tom Olson, who scheduled a preliminary hearing for Ali on Oct. 20. As the hearing was wrapping up, Ali spoke to the judge through an interpreter, stating he was having problems at the jail, particularly getting some prescription medicine. Olson told Ali to confer with his attorney, Stormy Vickers, regarding any problems he was having at the jail.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—Valley City is conducting a special election Sept. 15 to decide who will fill the position of president of the City Commission, also known as the mayor's job. The spot has been vacant since Bob Werkoven retired in May at the age of 85. What won't be on the ballot is a measure that would dissolve the Valley City Police Department and hand over those duties to the Barnes County Sheriff's Office.
FARGO—A Cass County District Court jury is deliberating the case of a Fargo youth accused of attempting to kidnap a woman in the West Acres mall parking lot. The trial of Abdirahman P. Sahel, 17, wrapped up Thursday, Sept. 1, with jurors getting the case about 2:30 p.m. Deliberations halted for the day about two hours later. Jurors are to resume deliberations Friday morning, Sept. 2.
NEW ROCKFORD, N.D.—A New Rockford man is scheduled to change his pleas in a case in which he is accused of shooting two people, one fatally, at a wedding reception in New Rockford last year. David Troske, 52, is scheduled to appear at a change of plea hearing in Stutsman County District Court in Jamestown on Sept. 28. Troske is being held in the Stutsman County Jail.
FARGO—If a trophy was handed out for stealth, smarts and speed when it comes to swiping sports memorabilia, authorities believe there's one man out there who could probably steal that trophy and get away with it. No name has been mentioned so far, but it's clear law enforcement officials suspect a single perpetrator may be responsible for a growing string of high-profile heists in the sports memorabilia world, including the recent theft of baseball treasures from the Roger Maris museum in West Acres mall here.
FARGO—Police here are exploring a possible connection between the high-profile theft of Roger Maris baseball memorabilia from a museum in July and similar heists in states like New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to information contained in a search warrant. The warrant, which was filed this week in Cass County District Court, seeks data transmitted over area cellphone towers around the time the theft took place early in the morning on July 26. According to information contained in the warrant:
WEST FARGO —At least one person died in an incident Sunday night, at a mobile home on the 400 block of C Street in West Fargo, police confirmed. Authorities responded to the incident just after 9 p.m. to 444 C St., which is directly across the street north of the West Fargo police station. In a statement released Monday morning, Aug. 22, police stated that when officers arrived they found two victims, including a 45-year female who was pronounced dead at the scene Sunday night. The woman suffered severe injuries, including a gunshot wound, the statement said.
FARGO—There was trouble at Fargo's detox center June 18. Police officers called to the facility were met by two female workers. They said a man being held in one of the cells had been uttering death threats for hours and pounding on the heavy metal door of his cell so hard they feared it would break open. One employee who hid in the bathroom until police arrived told officers she was convinced the man planned to hunt her down and kill her. She also called her supervisor to say she was done and was leaving her post for safety reasons.