WDAY First News anchor Drew Trafton gets you caught up on everything you need to know for Wednesday, October 6th.
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Headline story: FARGO — A shelter-in-place alert for residents in a four-block area of north Fargo was lifted shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 6, after police said they detained the suspected shooter in Moorhead. Police said he was not formally arrested as of 1 a.m.
Fargo police asked residents living near the 700 block of 14th Street North to stay in their homes after a man reportedly fired at least one shot during an apparent domestic dispute with a woman and child in the residence the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 5. The woman and child were later able to leave the residence, police said.
The neighborhood involved in the shelter-in-place alert was just northwest of the Family Fare grocery store on North University Drive.
Prosecutor declines charges against Highway Patrol trooper who fatally shot man near Mandan
MANDAN, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who shot and killed a man last month will not be criminally charged, according to documents released by the Patrol on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
Highway Patrol trooper Steven Mayer shot and killed 45-year-old Craig Knutson on the evening of Sept. 7 after a vehicle pursuit about 13 miles west of Mandan on Interstate 94. After reviewing the results of an investigation conducted by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Gabrielle Goter said the shooting was justified and no charges would be filed.
"... I understand the gravity of the circumstances for all involved parties," Goter said in a letter outlining the reasons for not criminally charging Mayer. "However, after a careful review of the reports, comments and statutes implicated, at this time there will not be criminal charges forthcoming, as there is not a chargeable offense in this case."
Goter said in her letter that Mayer was justified in shooting Knutson "in defense of self and others."
Judge declines to block Sanford Health's use of clinic name at Grand Forks facility
Grand Forks Clinic suffered a setback in its case against Sanford Health when a state judge declined to block the health care giant from using a highly similar name.
The clinic has been waging a lawsuit against Sanford for two months, with its lawyers arguing that Sanford’s new Grand Forks location is going by “Sanford Health Grand Forks Clinic” or “Grand Forks Clinic” — sowing confusion and infringing on a trade name that Grand Forks Clinic used for years. Sanford has responded that any similarity is in generic words that can’t be claimed exclusively.
That lawsuit is still unfolding in state district court, with a trial scheduled for June 2022. But in the meantime, District Court Judge Jason McCarthy has denied Grand Forks Clinic’s request for a preliminary injunction that would have barred Sanford from using the similar name.
Spirit Lake Tribe to install new watercraft cleaning station on Devils Lake
ST. MICHAEL, N.D. – Spirit Lake Tribe has a new tool in its fight against aquatic invasive species such as zebra mussels with the acquisition of a CD3 Cleaning System. The waterless cleaning station, which is free to use and available 24/7, allows boaters to clean, drain and dry their watercraft and trailers and then dispose of water, weeds and debris, including leftover bait.
The tribe's CD3 station will be installed Monday, Oct. 11, at Spirit Lake Casino Marina on Devils Lake, 7889 state Highway 57, St. Michael.
CD3 stands for “Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose.”