Emily Welker, Forum News Service
FARGO—A West Fargo woman faces felony charges after being accused of breaking into her ex-boyfriend's home, stealing his dog, then kicking him in the testicles when he tried to stop her. Kelly Michelle Murek, 35, was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with one count of Class C felony burglary. Fargo police officers responded to a call July 6 about a burglary at 2013 7th Ave.
FARGO -- The sister-in-law of a Kindred, N.D., man who pleaded guilty to letting his mentally ill brother freeze to death in a farmhouse is "disgusted" by the light sentence Ronald Simmons received. Simmons, 62, was sentenced Tuesday in Cass County District Court to a year of supervised probation after pleading guilty to one count of endangering his vulnerable younger brother, Bruce Simmons. Authorities discovered Bruce Simmons' frozen body in the family's farmhouse in January 2014.
FARGO -- When a robber walked into the Howard Johnson Inn on Thursday afternoon and showed the clerk a handgun, court records say she blurted out, "Are you serious?" Apparently, he was -- because the man opened fire, hitting a nearby wall.
FARGO -- The mother of one of the four men accused of murder in a fatal bar beating here last month--who is also the sister of another defendant—said she believes both men are innocent. Roxanne Olson sat in Cass County District Court on Thursday in support of her son, Jessy Duane Olson, the 34-year-old Fargo man accused in the death of 35-year-old Joey Gaarsland. Gaarsland died May 22 from injuries sustained in a brawl that started inside Rick's Bar about an hour before bar close on the previous Saturday night. Prosecutors say Olson and three other men were seen punching and kic
FARGO — Four men face murder charges in connection with a fatal beating outside a bar here early Sunday, charges amended Friday after the victim died following days spent on life support. All four men — Nicholas Charles Morris, Jason Wayne Oien, both 33, Jessy Duane Olson, 34, and Scott Allen Moen, 35 — appeared Friday in Cass County District Court on the new murder charges, less than 12 hours after 35-year-old Joey Gaarsland died of injuries sustained in what prosecutors called a severe beating. Gaarsland was taken to the hospital Sunday morning and spent the week on life support before his
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Organizers for the Red River Valley Fair say concerns over the spread of avian flu forced them to cancel this year's poultry exhibit. The ongoing outbreak of bird flu has led to the destruction of nearly 26 million turkeys and chickens nationwide, with the majority of the 133 detections reported in Minnesota, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FARGO – Prosecutors here are considering criminal charges against the father of a 2-month-old baby girl who died in her father’s arms last summer after he fell asleep holding her after a night of drinking. According to a search warrant filed recently in Cass County District Court, police were dispatched just before 3 a.m. Aug. 20 to a home in Fargo on a report of a baby who was not breathing.
BISMARCK -- Law enforcement officers say a bill making its way through the Legislature that is designed to do away with sobriety checkpoints would curtail their ability to chase down kidnappers and check on commercial vehicles. The bill, House Bill 1084, has language that's meant to eliminate sobriety checkpoints, according to state Sen.
FARGO – A West Fargo grandmother recently turned her grandson in for assault after he allegedly kicked and threw her around her home when she and his infant’s mother tried to stop him from stuffing a sock in the baby’s mouth. Court documents filed Wednesday in Cass County District Court state that West Fargo police were dispatched to the Sanford Clinic in West Fargo about 5 p.m. Dec.