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FARGO — North Dakota's roads, bridges and highways are in dire need of improvements, but the state still needs additional investments to fix the conditions, according to a report released Tuesday, Oct. 9. The report conducted by TRIP, a national transportation research group, said North Dakota is short $2.5 billion for infrastructure needs for projects dealing with aging highway and bridge conditions, road improvements and safety.
FARGO — A Fargo man is charged in Cass County District Court with possessing suspected child pornography, according court documents filed on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Edward Alexander Sture, who is either 29 or 30, is charged with seven Class C felony counts of possessing certain materials prohibited. A 2016 investigation by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations found that several files suspected child pornography were downloaded through Sture's IP address at an address in Fargo, court records show.
WEST FARGO — A man is accused in Cass County District Court of stealing a cigar from another man at the point of a gun. According to court documents: Daniel Christopher Lugo, 23, of Fargo, is charged with three Class C felony counts, including: burglary, terrorizing an adult and theft of property. On Saturday, Oct. 6, West Fargo police received a report of stolen firearms, including two handguns, one pistol and a rifle.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman was sentenced Monday, Oct. 8, on an arson charge for setting her own house on fire in March. Constance Gail Thompson, 65, was sentenced in Clay County District Court to two years in prison, which was stayed on the condition she serve 20 years of supervised probation, the maximum amount of probation for a felony first-degree arson charge.
FARGO — Richard Howard Pallay III was reflective and apologetic as he was sentenced on Monday, Oct. 8, in Cass County District Court on charges of theft. “I’m utterly and truly sorry,” Pallay told the court.
FARGO — A not guilty verdict in the high-profile murder conspiracy trial of William Hoehn might lead some to wonder whether the charge he faced was the appropriate one. But such second-guessing does not extend to the Cass County State's Attorney's Office, which stands by its original decision. "We believe we properly charged him," said Leah Viste, one of the attorneys who prosecuted the case.
WEST FARGO — A 52-year-old West Fargo man is charged with sexually abusing a minor for nearly six years. Documents filed in Cass County District Court on Friday, Oct. 5, charge Valentin Jose Valenzuela with a Class AA felony. A Class AA felony carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. The court documents accuse him of sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 15. Court records show Valenzuela and the victim know each other. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, West Fargo police were dispatched to a report of sexual assault, the court records state.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Law enforcement here responded to two separate crashes involving the same vehicle in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 3. According to a Richland County Sheriff's Office report, both crashes occurred about 5:43 a.m. on Highway 13, about two miles east of Interstate 94. In the first crash, a car driven by Cooper Illies, 21, of Lidgerwood, N.D., was travelling east on Highway 13, the report said. The car encountered mud on the road, lost control and collided with a semi-truck loaded with sugar beets, the report said.
FARGO — The Cass County State's Attorney's Office has charged four individuals with possessing child pornography in separate cases. Documents filed Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Cass County District Court show the four men face Class C felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited. In one case, the charges against Nathan Roberts, Fargo, stem from an investigation of materials of suspected child pornography that were downloaded onto his computer. Roberts is charged with four counts of possession of certain materials prohibited.
FARGO — Cass County's emergency radio and 911 dispatch system is in dire need of an upgrade, according to county officials, and voters are being asked to pass a half-cent increase in sales tax to help cover the cost of a new system. The proposed solution, announced by County Commissioner Chad Peterson on Tuesday, Oct. 2, will be on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6. If approved, Peterson said the sales tax would go into effect April 1, 2019, remaining in place for one year and generating about $15 million.