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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- One person died in a head-on collision on Highway 34 near Becker County 29 on Wednesday afternoon, May 24. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: A car was travelling westbound on Highway 34 when it crossed over the centerline, sideswiped a pickup and crashed head-on into another car.
FARGO — In the first day of a murder trial for two Fargo killings two years ago, jurors heard vivid descriptions of how the victims died in separate, violent incidents allegedly at the hand of a defendant whose own words to police a prosecutor often invoked. In her opening statement in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, May 23, Assistant Cass County State's Attorney Leah Viste said Clarence Flowers was stabbed more than 77 times in his north Fargo home, where his body was found on the afternoon of June 22, 2015.
FARGO — A former instructor for a Minnesota State University Moorhead youth swimming lesson program has been charged in Cass County District Court with luring minors by computer and possessing child pornography. According to documents filed with the court: In early March, North Dakota law enforcement officers received a tip from Minnesota authorities regarding Nicholas Wayne Asmann, 23, of Fargo. The tip indicated Asmann had communicated with a child under the age of 15 over Skype and that he had exposed his private parts to the child over the internet.
FARGO — The mother of a 24-year-old killed in a motorcycle crash in Fargo earlier this week said Wednesday, May 3, that her son was an easygoing soul who would have taken the storm of media attention his story has attracted in stride. "He would have been laughing at all these news stories. He was never a malicious person," Marilyn Beighley said in a phone interview Wednesday, May 3.
FARGO—A Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., store clerk in December 2015 agreed on Monday, April 24, to waive his right to a jury trial. In addition, prosecutors and Stormy Vickers, the attorney for Abdulrahman I. Ali, have discussed the possibility Ali will stipulate to the alleged facts in the case. If that happens, the main decision Judge Tom Olson would have to make is whether Ali was mentally competent enough to be criminally responsible for his actions.
FARGO — A 19-year-old Fargo man will spend two years in prison for helping rob a woman of $6 during a November holdup in a south Fargo apartment building. Derrell L. Lee was sentenced Monday, April 10, in Cass County District Court after pleading guilty to one count of robbery. After serving his time, Lee will be on supervised probation for 18 months. Lee admitted to being one of two individuals who accosted a woman at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Oak Manor Avenue on Nov. 9.
MOORHEAD—The Bakken is on its way back. That was upshot from two experts on North Dakota's Oil Patch who spoke at an "Eggs & Issues" breakfast Tuesday morning, April 4, hosted by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. "There is growing optimism, the recovery is definitely here," said Rob Lindberg, director and founder of Bakken Backers, a coalition of businesses, leaders, workers, and citizens who support the Bakken oil production region in North Dakota.
FARGO — The North Dakota Insurance Department's fraud unit is investigating a suspected case of fraudulent medical insurance billing amounting to about $602,000, according to details contained in search warrant documents filed in Cass County District Court. According to an affidavit accompanying the search warrant: An investigator with the fraud unit received information in December 2015 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota about suspected overbilling by a chiropractor who was working in the Williston area.
FARGO—A defense motion seeking testimony from former prosecutors in the trial of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. has been resolved. According to U.S. District Court records, a motion hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, was canceled after resolution was reached regarding a defense motion that sought to compel former prosecutors to testify under oath about whether they knowingly presented or failed to correct false testimony of a key trial witness.
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.