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FARGO - Fargo police have received preliminary results of the autopsy on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind . Police reported on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, that the preliminary cause of death was “homicidal violence.” The autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner in St. Paul because the body was recovered in Clay County, Minn. Further details about LaFontaine-Greywind’s death, or the manner in which her baby was born, were not released.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota district judge based in Fargo will retire early next year, the state Supreme Court said Monday, Aug. 28. Norman Anderson, a judge in the East Central Judicial District, notified Gov. Doug Burgum last week that he would retire from his position as of Jan. 31, 2018. The judicial district covers Cass, Steele and Traill counties. "It has been a true honor and privilege to serve the people of North Dakota as a district court judge," Anderson wrote in the brief letter.
FARGO — Law enforcement updated the public Monday, Aug. 28 on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found Sunday in rural Clay County. Suspects William Hoehn and Brooke Lynn Crews will appear Monday afternoon to face formal charges, Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick said. The couple will appear at 2 p.m. today in Cass County District Court. They will face three charges each: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement, Burdick said.
STARK COUNTY, N.D.-- A Dickinson man was killed Friday afternoon when he was ejected from his rolling vehicle southwest of South Heart, N.D., according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. Troopers say the crash occurred at 4:46 p.m. Friday, when a 67-year-old Dickinson man was traveling northbound in his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado on 122nd Avenue Southwest about 11 miles south of South Heart.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- The North Dakota Highway Patrol has planned a sobriety checkpoint in McKenzie County for Friday, Sept. 1. Troopers are partnering with the Watford City police and the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, a news release said. Troopers will saturate the roads after the checkpoint to remove impaired drivers. Approximately half of all fatal crashes each year are alcohol-related, the highway patrol said.
BISMARCK—Gov. Doug Burgum requested a presidential major disaster declaration for storm damaged sustained in western North Dakota in July, his office said Friday, Aug. 25. Burgum declared a severe summer storm disaster for Bowman, Dunn and Slope counties last week. A news release said a series of severe thunderstorms on July 20-21 produced large hail and winds of up to 73 mph, which toppled power lines and damaged buildings. Total costs from the storms are expected to exceed $1.1 million.
BISMARCK—The state's general fund ended the most recent two-year budget cycle with roughly $66 million more than previously expected, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said Friday, Aug. 25. The 2015-17 biennium, which concluded June 30, ended with $97.2 million in the general fund, compared with the $30.8 million that was projected when the Legislature adjourned in late April, according to a news release issued Friday afternoon.
Fargo - A potentially unthinkable story began to reveal itself Thursday, Aug. 24, when the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 22-year-old woman resulted in police finding a healthy infant at a north Fargo apartment building where the woman was last seen. The discovery of the infant, Fargo police said, was followed by the arrest of Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32, who both lived in the same apartment building as the missing woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
BISMARCK—The NCAA on Thursday approved the University of Mary's Year-Round Campus initiative, allowing Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degrees much faster without jeopardizing their athletic eligibility. The decision is the first of its kind for the NCAA, the University of Mary stated in a news release on Aug. 24. Previously, a full-time summer student would have it count against their 10-semester limit.
BISMARCK — The state Department of Health announced the state's first West Nile virus-related death of the year Thursday, Aug. 24. The central North Dakota woman was more than 60 years old and had "underlying medical conditions," according to a news release. She died while hospitalized.