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FARGO — A former Fargo School District employee who worked with elementary students is accused of sharing child pornography online. Jason Ellsworth Morris, 40, was charged with a Class C felony count of possession of certain materials prohibited and a Class B felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents filed Monday, Dec. 10, in Cass County District Court. The school district fired Morris on Monday as a result of the charges, said AnnMarie Campbell, a district spokeswoman.
FARGO — A Fargo man was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, to serve more than a decade in prison in connection with the death of an acquaintance during a fight in March. Daniel Habiger, originally charged with murder, was sentenced to 17 years on charges of felony manslaughter and terrorizing stemming from a fatal fight at Habiger's north Fargo apartment in March. He will serve 14 years in prison and spend the remaining three years on supervised probation. He was given credit for 259 days in jail.
FARGO — Defense attorneys here are aiming to push back hearings and sentences in marijuana-related cases until after Election Day, Nov. 6, to see whether voters approve an initiated measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. In this year's mid-term election, voters will vote yes or no on North Dakota Measure 3, which would remove marijuana from the list of schedule I substances.
FARGO — The man sentenced Monday to life in prison with a possibility of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's baby, cut from her mother's womb in 2017, plans to appeal his sentence. William Hoehn will be appealing the life sentence he was given in Cass County District Court, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Hoehn's attorney, Daniel Borgen.
FARGO — William Hoehn was ordered Monday, Oct. 29, to spend life in prison with a chance of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, which was violently cut from her womb in August 2017. Hoehn, 33, and his ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, were charged with conspiring to murder 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her baby.
FARGO — Bail was set at $1 million cash only for a man charged with what prosecutors say may have been a premeditated murder outside a McDonald's restaurant in Fargo. Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., 44, of Moorhead, was arraigned Friday, Oct. 26, in Cass County District Court on a Class AA felony charge of murder for allegedly killing 20-year-old Gabriel Perez.
FARGO — A Fargo family is thanking firefighters who went beyond their usual duties to help out in a simple way: mowing their lawn. On Oct. 2, 76-year-old Allan Melander was mowing his yard at his residence in the Osgood neighborhood in south Fargo when he suffered a heart attack. Firefighters responded quickly and Melander was taken by an ambulance to the hospital, where he was treated for his heart attack and later released back home. Meanwhile, however, his lawn was left partly-mowed.
FARGO — North Dakota, along with the rest of the U.S., saw a significant drop in the number of refugees resettled in the state in 2018, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota reported. According to an LSS report, 174 refugees settled in North Dakota between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 31, 2018 — a major drop compared to about 421 refugees who came to the state the year prior. Between 2007 and 2017, North Dakota has consistently taken in more than 400 refugees every year, with the majority of them settling in Fargo, the report showed.
FARGO — A not guilty verdict in the high-profile murder conspiracy trial of William Hoehn might lead some to wonder whether the charge he faced was the appropriate one. But such second-guessing does not extend to the Cass County State's Attorney's Office, which stands by its original decision. "We believe we properly charged him," said Leah Viste, one of the attorneys who prosecuted the case.
FARGO — A 20-year-old Fargo man is being charged with sexual assault against two minors, according to documents filed in Cass County District Court. Muya Osman Muya, 20, a student at West Fargo High School, is charged with two felony counts of gross sexual imposition against minors. Both of the alleged victims are under the age of 15. According to court documents: In mid-March, both victims, who were friends with each other at the time of the incident, met with a man they knew as "Sam" at the West Acres Shopping Mall.