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REILE'S ACRES — A 52-year-old Fargo man was killed in a two-car crash at an intersection north of Reile's Acre in northern Cass County Tuesday, Sept. 6. A 17-year-old driver was also injured in the crash. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 1998 Honda, driven by the 17-year-old of Reile's Acres, was traveling west on Cass County Road 20 about 3:20 p.m. A 2004 Chevrolet Astro Van, driven by the 52-year-old, was traveling north on 45th Street North when it failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by the Honda in the intersection.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Zachary Ryan Womelsdorf, 33, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, has been charged with aggravated assault related to a bar fight in Watford City late last month. Watford City Police responded at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27 to a report of a fight at a Main Street bar. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying unconscious on the floor and bleeding from the nose. The victim, Robert Villalobos, 47, of Watford City, was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital and treated for his injuries.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A person was killed and several juveniles were injured in a one-vehicle crash early Monday in Cass County. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of the crash at 4:48 a.m. Monday on County Road 8 in Gould Township, south of Federal Dam.
DICKINSON, N.D.—A South Dakota man has been arrested in Morton County after allegedly assaulting a man and then stealing his vehicle on a rural road northwest of Dickinson. Beau Smith, 30, of Rapid City, S.D., was arrested Friday about 3:15 a.m. in rural Morton County and has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing officers in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, driving under the influence and violating terms of his parole set by the South Dakota Department of Corrections.
MINNEWAUKAN, N.D.—A man accused of walking away from a Devils Lake, N.D., detention more than a month ago has been charged with escape. Todd William Solberg, born in 1982 and from Minot, N.D., appeared Tuesday in Benson County District Court on the Class C felony charge stating he failed to return to the Lake Region Residential Re-entry Center. He faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the charge.
FARGO—Fargo police said Tuesday, Sept. 6., that charges are pending against two men who were arrested in connection with a shooting that happened Monday evening in a north Fargo neighborhood. According to a report released by Fargo police: About 6:10 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to 806 Oak St. in Fargo on a report of multiple gunshots. After investigating the incident, Fargo police identified two suspects they believe fired a handgun at each other in the 800 block of Oak Street north.
FARGO — A man who set fire to a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks will spend 15 years in prison. Matthew Gust, 26, of East Grand Forks, Minn., broke the front window of the Juba Cafe and through a Molotov cocktail into the building Dec. 8, 2015. A federal judge imposed a 15-year sentence during a hearing Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2016, for Gust, who previously pleaded guilty to arson and a hate-crime charge.
FARGO — A Welshman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after sharing pornographic images of a 13-year-old Fargo girl that were accessed online more than 20,000 times. Simon William Riley, 21, of Swansea, Wales, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a minor, receipt of child pornography and two counts of advertising material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced Riley on Tuesday, Sept. 6, ordering him to serve 10 years of supervised release after completing his prison time.
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