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VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into whether a criminal act was to blame for the death of 72-year-old Warren Lindvold, who died after he was arrested July 15 by Valley City police on suspicion of DUI. Barnes County State's Attorney Carl Martineck issued a statement Friday, Aug. 17, saying the Barnes County sheriff has asked the BCI to investigate the circumstances of Lindvold's death, which occurred in a Fargo hospital on July 21, six days after his arrest and detention in the Barnes County Jail.
FARGO — Darren Patterson was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 16, to 18 months in the state prison system for fatally punching Jamie Grant outside a Fargo bar in May 2017, despite a tearful plea from the victim's widow who asked that Patterson get the maximum punishment of five years behind bars. Grant's widow, Jenny Grant, told Judge Tom Olson that 18 months was not enough for what happened to her husband. "I just lost my soulmate of 22 years," she said. "I have been crying every day for 14 months straight."
FARGO—Two people were arrested following a road rage encounter this week that led to a chase on Fargo-Moorhead roads that court documents say was punctuated by two drivers ramming each other's vehicles. According to Cass County District Court documents: The trouble started about 5:45 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 7, when dispatchers began receiving reports of two vehicles driving on grass and ramming one another. One caller told dispatchers both vehicles ran a stop sign in Fargo, and they were going about 70 mph when they nearly hit the caller.
FARGO – Wildfires in the western United States and Canada are the source of a haze that’s adversely affected air quality in North Dakota this week. By mid-morning Thursday, Aug. 9, the North Dakota Department of Health website showed air quality was unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems over a large area, ranging from roughly the Fargo area to the Grand Forks area. Air quality in Bismarck was deemed to be unhealthy in general. Smokey air began affecting the region on Wednesday, Aug.
FARGO — U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in free fall due to overdose deaths involving opioids. But he said multiple agencies are working together to battle the threat and he presented commendation awards to four law enforcement officers in North Dakota credited with saving the lives of people who overdosed on opioids.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced a 7th Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals with the forthcoming retirement of Judge Michael Kirk. The Commission on Judicial Selection is now searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench. Only individuals who have resided in the 7th Congressional District, which includes nearly all of western Minnesota, for at least a year are eligible to apply.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Pelican Rapids man was charged Tuesday, July 24, with numerous felony counts stemming from the abduction of a rural Fergus Falls mother who told authorities her attacker sexually assaulted her after telling her they had to have sex so he could keep his bloodline going. Anthony Randklev, 39, is charged in Otter Tail County District Court with kidnapping, first-degree possession of a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, false imprisonment, fleeing and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
FARGO — A federal judge has set a hearing date for Jan. 28 to consider claims by attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. that his conviction and death sentence should be set aside because jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Judge Ralph Erickson allotted 10 days for the hearing. He set the hearing date during a status conference held Tuesday, July 10, in Erickson's chambers. The prosecution said it is still deposing expert witnesses expected to be called by the defense.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—As of Saturday night, July 7, authorities in Fergus Falls were continuing to search for the driver of a vehicle involved in a high-speed chase through the city earlier in the day that resulted in a call for people in some parts of town to shelter in place. According to a report released by the Fergus Falls Police Department: Around 1:40 p.m. Saturday dispatchers received a driving complaint call regarding a vehicle whose occupants were suspected of drug use.
FARGO — Attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. have filed papers in U.S. District Court here asking that his conviction and death sentence be set aside, claiming jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Rodriguez, 65, was sentenced to death for the 2003 kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student. Prosecutors at his 2006 trial told jurors that Sjodin was raped and her throat was slashed at least twice.