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FARGO — Prosecutors here have filed papers in U.S. District Court here saying a Chicago man convicted of sex trafficking five women, including one minor, deserves life in prison. However, Kerry Rosenquist, an attorney for Anthony Collier, 30, has filed court papers stating that a presentence investigation calculation of what the guideline sentence in the case should be is unfair. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, Rosenquist said a sentence at the low end of the guidelines — about 22 years — is appropriate.
FARGO — Shelly Elkington shed tears of anger and sadness on Wednesday, Nov. 29, as she asked a judge for justice for her 26-year-old daughter Casey Jo Schulte, who died under mysterious circumstances in August 2015. Minutes after asking Cass County District Judge Frank Racek for a tough sentence for Joseph Griemann, Elkington was crying tears of happiness. "We got more than we asked for," Elkington said, referring to the sentence the judge handed to Griemann, 26, of St. Cloud, Minn.
FARGO — A jury trial started Tuesday, Nov. 28, for a man charged with attempted murder in connection with an armed standoff at a West Fargo motel in March 2016. Jan-Michel Wangstad, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this year in Cass County District Court to related charges in the case and was sentenced to five years in prison. However, the case was only partially resolved with the guilty pleas, and the attempted murder charge remained in place.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Court documents have revealed more details about a shooting at a downtown Fergus Falls apartment on Nov. 21 that left two people wounded. Three people — Derek Joel Koch, 35, and Shaylee Bree McCulloch, 20, both of Dalton, and Hailey Rose Johnson, 20, of Erhard — have been arrested in the case. They are each charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. According to court documents:
FARGO — The CEO and president of Fargo-based Don's Car Washes has been sentenced to one day in jail, which he's already served, for his conviction on a misdemeanor charge of hiring an individual to engage in sexual activity. Daniel Durr was also ordered to pay $450, and he will be required to attend a program aimed at reducing the demand for prostitution services. Durr was found guilty of the Class B misdemeanor charge by a Cass County District Court jury that found him not guilty of a more serious felony charge of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity.
FARGO—The Fargo City Commission has scheduled a special meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, to hear an appeal from former police officer David Boelke, who is appealing a Fargo Civil Service Commission decision upholding his firing from the Police Department. The meeting will be in the city commission room of Fargo City Hall. Boelke was fired by Fargo Police Chief David Todd in September.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former Moorhead man who was charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats was sentenced Monday, Nov. 20, to 60 days in jail. In September, Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, of Rapid City, S.D., entered what's known as an Alford plea to one count of mistreating or torturing an animal. Under such a plea, a defendant does not take responsibility but agrees a jury might reach a guilty verdict based on the evidence.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Nov. 20, 2017. MOORHEAD — A former Moorhead man who was charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats was sentenced Monday, Nov. 20, to 60 days in jail.
MOORHEAD — If you listen to public radio in the Fargo-Moorhead area, you may be familiar with attorney Zenas Baer's ubiquitous ads touting a small but curious aspect of his firm's legal expertise — "circumcision litigation." The ads, according to Baer, do what he wants them to do: raise the consciousness of listeners about the issue of infant circumcision and "get them wondering about it."
FARGO — The FBI last week released its annual statistical report on hate crimes and, for the first time in several years, North Dakota was not among the top 10 states based on hate crimes per capita. It's possible, however, the FBI report didn't contain pertinent data from the city of Fargo, which logged seven hate crimes in 2016 that may not be reflected in the FBI report. In the latest FBI report, North Dakota ranked 38th among the states and the District of Columbia for hate crimes per capita, with 1.05 crimes per 100,000 population. Since 2012, North Dakota ranked second in the na