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FARGO — A Fargo man who was one of 18 men arrested last summer in a Fargo-Moorhead sting operation aimed at people who allegedly went to area hotels looking to hire minors for sex has been found guilty at trial of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity. Miguel A. Rodriguez DeLaCruz, who was 23 when he was arrested as part of the sting, was found guilty on Monday, Jan. 30, after a bench trial in Cass County District Court. He will be sentenced at a later time.
CASSELTON, N.D. — A report is expected to be released next week that will provide the probable cause for a major train derailment near Casselton in December 2013. The derailment triggered a massive fireball and highlighted the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. The final report on the investigation into the derailment is expected to be released when the National Transportation Safety Board meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, according to Eric Weiss, a spokesman for the agency. The crash on Dec. 30, 2013, involved two BNSF trains about a half-mile west of Casselton.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A semi carrying 850 full-grown turkeys tipped over Monday morning on Kandiyohi County Road 5 north of Willmar. The driver, 39-year-old Edgardo Diaz, of Montevideo, was not hurt. But nearly six hours after the 7 a.m. crash, crews were still on the scene removing dead and injured birds. Some turkeys were not injured and were loaded into another truck. According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, the crash happened when Diaz attempted to turn south onto Kandiyohi County Road 25 from Kandiyohi County Road 5.
WAUBUN, MInn.—It's time to moving over when you hear or see the police coming. Doug Krier, Mahnomen County sheriff, says, "It's a simple step. Just slow down." The gesture will protect officers. "That's one of the occasions when you say don't go towards the light," says Krier. For one officer with the White Earth Tribal Police Department, it could have been a lot of worse. On Monday, a driver lost control on icy roads near Waubun, hitting the officer who was wrapping up a traffic stop on Highway 59. "My first reaction is, is he OK?"
MOORHEAD—A rural Georgetown man faces animal mistreatment charges in Clay County District Court after a miniature donkey he owned died earlier this month. According to a court complaint: On Dec. 28, a male individual found two miniature donkeys in rural Clay County that were ice-covered and shivering. The individual, who is not named in the court documents, located the owner of the donkeys, identified in the court documents as Jeffrey A. Loe, 53, of Georgetown, and tried unsuccessfully for three weeks to get Loe to retrieve the animals.
BAUDETTE, Minn. - One person is dead after a fatal car-versus-pedestrian accident in northwest Minnesota. A man was driving in a car 12 miles north of Baudette Sunday night, Jan. 29. The driver saw a person kneeling on the road and tried to swerve out of the way but hit the person, Minnesota State Patrol said in a statement. The victim's name has not been released and the driver was not hurt.
WAUBUN, Minn.—A White Earth, Minn., Police officer was injured Saturday night after a car hit his squad vehicle during a traffic stop. The male 52-year-old's squad car, a 2014 Ford Explorer, was stopped at 9:14 p.m. just north of Minnesota Highway 113 on U.S. Highway 59 in Waubun, according to a Minnesota State Patrol crash report. A 2005 Chevy Malibu, driven by Karen Jean Jones, 63, of White Earth, was southbound on Highway 59.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—Icy roads were to blame for a Saturday night rollover about 7 miles west of Mahnomen, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Police and medical crews responded to a stabbing on the north side of Moorhead on Saturday night, Jan. 28. First responders were dispatched to a location at 15th Avenue and 11th Street North, where a person had knife wounds in the chest and arm, according to police scanner discussions. The condition and name of the victim were not immediately available. (FF)
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The driver of a pickup died when he lost control while traveling westbound on State Highway 23 in western North Dakota, crossed the centerline and was struck head-on by an eastbound semi. The North Dakota Highway Patrol identified the driver who died in the crash on Saturday, Jan. 28, as Isac Armando Zocarro, 30, of Watford City. The accident happened 14 miles east of Watford City in McKenzie County.