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Window breaker arrested

On the 900 block of Second Street West a juvenile was taken into custody Thursday night after somebody saw him break a window in a car and then reported it to the West Fargo Police Department. The 14-year-old male was taken into custody without incident, Reitan said.


Man arrested, held for Border Patrol

Officers took a man into custody shortly after 11:30 p.m., pending further investigation into his immigration status.

Edward Gomez, 22, West Fargo, was detained for the U.S. Border Patrol after the officers were called to a disturbance in an apartment on the 1100 block of 14th Avenue East.

Ashley Garcia, West Fargo, his girlfriend, was also arrested because she allegedly attempted to block the path of the officers when they were trying to arrest Gomez, Police Captain Reitan said.

Upon receiving identification from Gomez, the officers determined he needed to be detained.


Birrenkott graduates additional training

Patrol Sgt. Joe Birrenkott graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University after successfully completing a 10-week Staff and Command program in Bismarck, which lasted from May 22 to August 4.

The program, which was implemented by the Center for Public Safety in 1983 and has since graduated more than 7,500 students, provides upper-level college instruction in a total of 22 core or mandatory blocks of instruction and utilizes nine additional optional blocks of instruction during each session.

Major topics were management and management theory, organizational behavior, human resources for law enforcement, budgeting, staffing allocation and personnel deployment. Upon successful completion, students may be awarded a total of eight units of undergraduate credit from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

"The West Fargo Police Department anticipates a variety of benefits from Patrol Sgt. Joseph Birrenkott's attendance at this program," Chief of Police Arland Rasmussen wrote in correspondence with The Pioneer. "Currently, over 750 graduates hold the title of Chief of Police, and 39 of the 50 Directors of State Police Agencies are also graduates of this program."

Tobacco compliance checks made in Metro

The West Fargo and Fargo Police Departments with the assistance of Fargo Cass Public Health conducted tobacco compliance checks in Fargo and West Fargo on Monday and Tuesday.

All businesses with tobacco licenses, 65 total, as well as 77 businesses, were checked. Of the 77 businesses, 69 passed. Of the 65 establishments, 60 passed. In West Fargo, nine of the 12 establishments which were checked passed.

The Cenex convenience store on Main Ave. W. failed, as did Tobacco City and Dan's Oil.

West Fargo Truck Stop, Kum & Go #814 on Ninth Street East, RJ's Conoco on County Road 17, Sunmart Foods on 13th Avenue, Sooper Stop, Stop-N-Go on Sheyenne Street and Main Avenue, Sunwest Amoco on 13th Avenue and Cenex Petro Serve on 13th Avenue passed.


Minors arrested during traffic stop

Three minors on Main Avenue and Second Street East were taken into custody during a traffic stop Monday night.

At 11:59 p.m., Jared Bueling, 19, Barton Bartling, 19, Curtis Krapp, 19, and Brock Fredrickson, 20, were arrested for minor in consumption of alcohol.

An officer on a different traffic stop heard them yelling and watched their vehicle leave a location nearby. He stopped the vehicle to investigate and found they had been drinking.

Traffic stop yields meth bust

Expired tabs gave an officer cause to stop a car on First Avenue and Ninth Street, and possession of methamphetamine gave him cause to arrest the three vehicle occupants.

At 3:50 p.m. Rachel Rogers Barbosa, 33, West Fargo, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of meth paraphernalia. Two males were also arrested and charged with the same thing. They were Dustin Cotton, 18, and a juvenile male, 16.