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WASHINGTON — Federal officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, that one Chinese national and eight others have been indicted in North Dakota as part of an international investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other potentially lethal drugs. The announcement was made during a Department of Justice news conference in Washington attended by Christopher Myers, North Dakota's U.S. attorney.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 17, that one Chinese national and eight others have been indicted in North Dakota as part of an international investigation into the trafficking of fentanyl and other potentially lethal drugs. The announcement was made during a Department of Justice news conference in Washington attended by Christopher Myers, North Dakota’s U.S. attorney.
FARGO — A devastating bomb explosion over the weekend in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has left members of Fargo-Moorhead's Somali community saddened and disheartened, according to the head of a local organization that focuses on African issues. "It shocked everyone," said Hukun Abdullahi, executive director of the Afro American Development Association. Abdullahi said Monday afternoon, Oct. 16, that he planned to hold a meeting Monday night at which area organizers would work on ways they can send help to the stricken capital city.
FARGO — A sentencing hearing that was set for Monday, Oct. 16, for a man found guilty of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., convenience store clerk was canceled after a translator failed to show up in court. Court officials waited in vain for the arrival of a translator for defendant Abdulrahman Ali before canceling the hearing after about an hour. Another sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.
FARGO — Call it the new generation gap, the unhappy distance that sometimes develops between grandparents and grandchildren. Another term for such situations that is gaining traction is "grandparent alienation." The founder and head of an organization called Alienated Grandparents Anonymous, which is based in Florida, says many families are grappling with the phenomenon. "We realized we had discovered a silent epidemic in our country," said Amanda, who founded AGA in 2011 and established the group as a nonprofit in 2012.
WISHEK, N.D. – The president of the Wishek School Board said during a special meeting held Thursday night, Oct. 12, that the district mishandled how it informed parents about an incident this week in which an elementary student apparently brought a non-functioning starter pistol to school. “People should have been notified, because nobody knew what was going on,” board president Curt Meidinger told a packed room of people at the meeting. Meidinger said officials were precluded by law from saying much about the incident, or the discipline the student faced as a result.
FARGO — A former Fargo police officer who had his firing from the Police Department upheld by the Fargo Civil Service Commission is appealing that decision to the City Commission. David Boelke was fired by Fargo Police Chief David Todd in September. Todd cited an internal review of service calls involving Boelke, including three calls the city maintained Boelke did not respond to, though he claimed to have done so.
FARGO — Search warrant documents filed in Cass County District Court reveal a number of details about the death of 17-year-old Devin Delaney, who died in September while staying in a residence hall at North Dakota State University. An exhibit filed with a search warrant application states that no signs of physical trauma or drug use were evident when authorities initially examined Delaney's body, the discovery of which was reported to NDSU police shortly after noon on Sept. 17.
FARGO—A Moorhead man is accused in Cass County District Court of being involved in a vehicle title-washing scam. Mustafa O. Abdi faces one count of conspiracy to commit deceptive writing. According to court documents: Earlier this year the North Dakota Department of Transportation learned of a potential scam involving individuals with Ohio salvage vehicle titles seeking North Dakota nonsalvage vehicle titles, a process known as title "washing."
FARGO—The Florence County (Wis.) Sheriff's Office released details Sunday, Oct. 1, about the death of Ellie Helm, a 21-year-old North Dakota State University student who was killed in an ATV crash Friday evening, Sept. 29. According to the sheriff's office report, Helm, of Fish Creek, Wis., was driving an ATV when she hit a tree, which also knocked her passenger off the ATV. The passenger, Justin Krause, also of Fish Creek, was not seriously injured. Neither was wearing a helmet, according to the sheriff's office.