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FARGO — A Dunseith, N.D., man, who walked away from a halfway house here while awaiting sentencing in a fatal beating, has been ordered to serve 10 years and two months in prison. Sean Schroeder, 29, pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge in February, and he pleaded guilty to an escape charge on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The same day, he was sentenced on both charges in Fargo's federal court.
FARGO — The call came in as my Saturday shift was winding down. It was almost 11 p.m., and I was the only Forum reporter on duty. The police scanner on my desk started squawking, and I heard a 911 dispatcher alert officers to a fight at the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge. Knowing the upscale bar was just a block from the newspaper's downtown building, I hustled out of the newsroom and down a couple flights of stairs.
FARGO — Doug Burgum kicked off his run for governor last year with a speech peppered with jokes, like the one about how he started a chimney sweep business in college. "I was looking for a job where I could stay in the black and move up fast," he quipped. Along with punchlines, there were also more than half a dozen moments in the 45-minute speech when the tech mogul touched on matters close to his heart, and his voice became strained with emotion or he had to pause because he was choked up.
FARGO — A 43-year-old man suspected of aggravated assault was arrested after being involved in a Saturday night fight that left two other men unconscious outside the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge, Fargo police said. Darren Scott Patterson, of St. Paul, was being held at the Cass County Jail without bail, jail staff said. Patterson has not yet been charged. About 11 p.m., the fight between Patterson and the two men started inside the HoDo at Broadway and First Avenue North, Fargo police Sgt. Mike Sanden said.
FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has placed a priest on paid administrative leave after he told church officials about "concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth," Bishop John Folda said in a statement Saturday, May 27. Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere, N.D., and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor, N.D., won't be performing any priestly duties and won't be living on diocesan property while the complaint is investigated, diocesan spokesman Paul Braun said.
FESSENDEN, N.D. — The former Wells County sheriff was jailed Saturday, May 27, on suspicion of committing two felonies: bribery and conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. Johnny Zip Lawson, 41, was also booked on three misdemeanors: neglect of duty by a public official, ingestion of meth and providing false information to a law enforcement officer, according to staff at the Stutsman County Jail in Jamestown.
FARGO — Mary Locken was aiming to fire a warning shot. This single working mom wanted to put fear in the hearts of her teenage sons who'd both been caught using pot and pills. So she called the Fargo police and made a request, one they had never heard before. She wanted a police dog to sniff the rooms of her house for drugs. Officers obliged, but no stash was detected, only residue.
NAPOLEON, N.D. — A funeral was held Tuesday, May 2, for a former Napoleon police officer who killed himself about two months after he was fired under controversial circumstances. The officer, 31-year-old Nathan Weber, was a husband and father of three who lived in Napoleon, a Logan County town of roughly 800 people in south-central North Dakota. Weber and James Waldo, Napoleon's police chief at the time, were both fired in February after receiving negative job performance reviews from Mayor Todd Moos.
FARGO — North Dakota, Minnesota and other states could be without Amtrak service if a proposal in President Donald Trump's budget becomes reality. The president's budget calls for eliminating federal funding for Amtrak's "long distance train services, which have long been inefficient and incur the vast majority of Amtrak's operating losses."
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn was a no-show at a Thursday, April 13, meeting where the Fargo Human Relations Commission released a controversial report, requested by Piepkorn in October, on the costs and benefits of refugee resettlement. Piepkorn was the only city commissioner not at the City Hall meeting attended by over 100 people. Barry Nelson, a member of the Human Relations Commission, told The Forum he believed Piepkorn was on vacation.