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BRECKENRIDGE Minn.—A mother will do the unthinkable this weekend, bury her 3-year old son. Winter Barker was killed last week, and his father, Tracy Brant, has been charged with his death. This weekend a heartbroken mom will say her final goodbyes on a reservation in South Dakota. Friends and family demanded a judge to release Korey Finley, the Mother of 3-year-old Winter Barker. Winter was found dead in his father's apartment building in Breckenridge.
The grandmother of a Breckenridge, Minnesota toddler, whose death is being investigated as a homicide, said she called child protective services one week before the boy was killed. Now, she and the community are looking for answers on 3-year-old Winter Barker's death. Toys have been piling up over the past week or so in honor and in the memory of Barker, but family, friends, and community members don't just want to leave toys. They want answers and justice for this child, along with his family.
WOODWORTH, N.D.—Moms across the country are blaming a North Dakota woman for destroying their sense of safety and their hope to grow their family. The Stutsman County Sheriff's Office is investigating Woodworth native Betty Jo Krenz. She was once a social worker in Spirit Lake, now accused in what these mothers call an adoption scam. Accusations stretch across the country, starting in North Dakota, then to Rapid City, South Dakota.
METRO—Counterfeit bills are once again making a comeback in the Fargo-Moorhead area. This weekend alone there were two reports of counterfeit money a $100 dollar bill in a buy-and-sell transaction, organized through Facebook. There was also another fake $50 bill discovered at a local bank. Police say it's 'obvious' that these bills are not legitimate, some is even game board or movie money. If you'll be doing any transactions, police say check all your cash over before you accept it.
JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Shocking allegations were leveled on Thursday, Sept. 28, against a Stutsman County woman accused in an "adoption scam." The Grand Forks Police Department and the Stutsman County Sheriff's Office have both launched investigations. The woman being investigated lives in Woodworth, North Dakota. Her name, Betty Jo Krenz, started making the rounds with the allegations on social media earlier this week.
FARGO—Former students who went to Sheyenne High School say they're shocked and saddened by the allegations against their former English Teacher. Ms. Doster started working at Sheyenne in 2014. She taught junior and senior English and students say she found creative ways to teach them them in the classroom besides the usual note-taking. One student says she'll always remember this teacher. Emily Asleson just started her freshman year at NDSU after graduating from Sheyenne High School and Ms. Doster's English class.
FARGO—West Acres has new signs, asking you not to bring any guns into the mall. There are 26 stickers on any door underneath the West Acres sign. They were put up by just a day after the constitutional carry law went into effect in North Dakota in early August. Like any other shopping day, most come to the mall for some good finds. "We just figured this was a good way to avoid any confusion or any questions that might come up," said Chris Heaton, West Acres Property Management.
FARGO—There's marijuana growing right outside the doors of the Downtown Fargo Fire Station. One plant is mixed-in with the tomatoes at Ole Tangen Triangle Park. Experts say you wouldn't be able to get high off of the plant alone. While it's possible someone intentionally planted the weed there as a prank the seed may have been dormant in soil that was transported to the park, but even horticulturists say it's a strange spot for a wild plant.
FARGO—During the five-hour standoff, Fargo Police were trying to coax Nerlien out of his home and throughout it all, taking to social media to give the public information and answers. Fargo Police took to Twitter for the first time during an active situation with 12 tweets throughout the stand-off. The department says they saw other police departments across the country doing this and wanted to try this type of outreach here at home. As police huddled around the home for hours, people in the neighborhood were confused and scared.
WEST FARGO - A home in West Fargo was destroyed after it went up in flames late Monday night, June 5, and authorities say the fire is suspicious. Crews responded to the scene next to the Fed Ex freight building near 26th St. and Charyl Ave. NW just after 10 p.m. No one was living in the home and it was supposed to be torn down next week. The house didn't have any electricity or gas running to it. Neighbors said they've seen people go in and out recently who may be squatting at the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.