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FARGO — Richelle Condon, a teacher in Standing Rock, was on her way back from the Twin Cities to Bismarck with her daughter when they made a last-second decision to stop at the West Acres mall for some lunch. They parked in a remote part of the parking lot, and on their way back to the car something caught Condon's attention. "I heard a little baby crying, and I thought that was weird," she recalled. Condon peeked through the windows, which were rolled down a few inches, and said what she saw was heart-wrenching — a baby alone in the car, sweating.
MILNOR, N.D. — An investigation into the shooting death of a Ransom County man was shielded from public knowledge for months while a potential killer was on the run and the family of the man found shot to death in his home had to keep silent. Now that the man who was the focus of the investigation, 42-year-old Barry Wedge, died in a Missouri police shootout Saturday, May 4, it has emerged that investigators believe he may have been linked to the February death of 34-year-old William Galusha at the home they shared in Milnor.
GRAFTON, N.D. — A 65-year-old Walsh County man could spend the rest of his life in prison after prosecutors say he shot and killed his daughter during an argument at his home in Adams, although the man said in an interview that it was only an accident. Steven Donald Aune made his first appearance in Walsh County Court in Grafton Thursday, May 2, where he was formally charged with murder for the shooting death of his daughter, 36-year-old Stephanie Aune, who is referred to as Jane Doe in court documents.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill into law that aims to improve victim and treatment services in juvenile sexual assault cases after a Fargo family pushed for the changes in the North Dakota Legislature. Rosa and Ryan Strubbe have been advocating to change the state's juvenile justice laws after their 4-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by a juvenile in September 2018.
GRAND FORKS — The head of the Engelstad Family Foundation, one of the University of North Dakota's biggest donors, spoke Tuesday, April 16, about ongoing issues related to the possible departure of President Mark Kennedy. The foundation has given away more than $300 million in scholarships and grants. But UND won't see any donations until Kennedy resigns, Kris Engelstad McGarry told the Grand Forks Herald in March .
FARGO — Some Fargo residents were greeted by an unwelcome surprise on their windshields Thursday morning, March 7: pamphlets that appeared to be from local members of a national group of white supremacists. Captioned "all hate crimes are hoaxes," the black-and-white pamphlets show a group of prominent black and liberal media figures. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a presidential candidate, is among those shown on the pamphlet, as well as Oprah Winfrey and Joy Behar, co-host on the View.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A Devils Lake police officer who shot and killed an unarmed suspect in July has been fired, according to the Devils Lake city administrator. Devils Lake Police Detective Brandon Potts had been on paid administrative leave since shooting 26-year-old Daniel Fuller in July 2018, who was unarmed during a reported struggle following a foot chase. The city of Devils Lake had at one point considered allowing Potts to resume police work. The Devils Lake chief of police has not yet responded to requests for comment on the officer's firing.
FARGO — A Fargo family wants to change North Dakota juvenile justice law after a minor recently sentenced for sexually assaulting their daughter faced what they say was inadequate punishment for the offense. Legislation has been introduced to overhaul the state's laws regarding sexual assault and juvenile justice, and Rosa and Ryan Strubbe of Fargo are its most prominent backers.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown woman has been charged in a series of dog attacks. Mariah Bermel, 22, is charged with keeping a dangerous dog and not vaccinating it for rabies. She also faces charges for conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, according to court documents. It's the fifth time her pit bull has bitten a person since September 2018. Bermel told police the pit bull was a service dog, and that she wanted to shoot the dog so it would stop biting people, according to documents.
FRISCO, Texas — A teen from northern North Dakota is back home with championship tales to tell after the trip of a lifetime. LJ Wells witnessed the Bison make history in Texas thanks to his community. He stands at just 5-foot-4-inches, 140 pounds. but h is football coach says he hits much bigger than his size on the gridiron. But now LJ is trying to tackle the biggest challenge yet, the one to save his life.