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FARGO—A North Dakota State University student, Ellie Helm, died Friday evening, Sept. 29, in an ATV crash in Wisconsin, according to Kappa Delta, an NDSU sorority Helm belonged to. Details about the crash that killed Helm, a sophomore who was majoring in psychology, were not available late Saturday, Sept. 30. Kappa Delta told WDAY TV the sorority learned about her death on Saturday and they plan a vigil this coming week. NDSU President Dean Bresciani issued a written statement Saturday that read:
FARGO – The family of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind has retained high-profile California attorney Gloria Allred as its legal counsel and to deal with media requests. The announcement that Allred had been retained was made on the Facebook page of LaFontaine-Greywind’s family. Allred later confirmed that she had been retained but declined to comment. The Facebook post stated: “Any requests for appearances, interviews, statements, etc., should now be coordinated through Ms. Allred’s office. Please continue to respect the family’s privacy.”
MOORHEAD—Two men charged in connection with a December home invasion in Moorhead have been sentenced in Clay County District Court to 24 months in prison. Marcus Hernandez, Dilworth, and Miguel Flores, Moorhead, both pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. With good behavior, both could be released after serving 16 months.
MOORHEAD—A Moorhead man pleaded guilty on Monday, Sept. 25, in Clay County District Court to a charge of interfering with the privacy of someone under 18 by hiding a camera in the women's bathroom of a Moorhead restaurant. Sam Thomas Hagen, 18, admitted that he placed the camera under the sink of Pancheros Mexican Grill in order to record videos for his own sexual pleasure. As part of a plea agreement, he is to serve 120 days in jail and pay fines and fees totalling at least $1,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30. According to court records:
FARGO—At a time when police departments around the country are wrestling with the question of whether and how to use police body cameras, only one city in the Fargo-Moorhead area—Dilworth—is employing them. "We've had them almost two years now. I have seen nothing but positive reaction," said Dilworth Police Chief Ty Sharpe. He said when he receives complaints about officers, or calls regarding a case, looking at the video has made it easier to determine what happened.
FARGO—A Valley City, N.D., couple delivered a special thank-you Thursday, Sept. 21, to a pair of West Fargo police officers who helped deliver their baby daughter, Lakken, the night before. "Hopefully, it will never happen again," joked Stephani Krueger as she held little Lakken with her husband, Dustin, standing nearby in a room of the new Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where they were taken following the birth. Officers Austin Bagley and Jacob Danielson, who brought the baby a stuffed bear, a balloon and a card, laughed along with the Kruegers.
MOORHEAD—A Minneapolis man who was charged a year ago this past summer along with 17 other men in connection with a Fargo-Moorhead area sex sting called Guardian Angel has been acquitted of charges he faced. A Clay County District Court jury this week found Michael D. Douville, 50, not guilty of one count of solicitation and two counts of prostitution, which accused him of agreeing to pay someone under 18 for sex.
FARGO — A former instructor for a Minnesota State University Moorhead youth swimming lesson program pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to child porn charges and was sentenced to one year in jail. Nicholas Asmann, of Watertown, Wis., was sentenced in Cass County District Court on one count of luring minors by computer and one count of possessing child pornography. In addition to the jail sentence, Asmann was ordered to pay $560 in fees. According to court documents:
FARGO — Two giants of the region's business world shared some stories and some laughs Wednesday, Sept. 20, during a 1 Million Cups event in Fargo. Ron Offutt, founder and chairman emeritus of RDO Equipment Co., and Bill Marcil Sr., chairman of Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum newspaper, chatted on the Stage at Island Park while answering questions posed by their children, Christi Offutt, CEO and Chairwoman of RDO Equipment, and Bill Marcil Jr., publisher of The Forum and president and CEO of Forum Communications Co., respectively.
WAHPETON, N.D. — A judge here has approved moving the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Andrew Sadek, a former undercover drug informant who was found dead in the Red River with a gunshot wound to his head and a backpack of rocks tied around his waist. Lawyers for both sides determined that the high-profile nature of the case would make it difficult to find impartial jurors in Richland County. Judge Jay Schmitz agreed and recently signed an order moving the trial to the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.