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WEST FARGO — A West Fargo man has been sentenced in Cass County District Court Court to 120 days in jail for his conviction on charges of reckless endangerment and preventing arrest stemming from an incident in February when gunshots were reported at a Fargo apartment building. Chad Andrew Ralph was given credit for having served 18 days and after serving the remaining time, he is to be on probation for two years.
MOORHEAD — Bruce Ringstrom Sr. and Bruce Ringstrom Jr. share more than a name. Father and son are both defense attorneys, and both bring to their work a zealousness well known around the Clay County Courthouse in Moorhead, where it's not unusual to find one, or sometimes both of them, taking a case to trial. “Trying cases is the scariest thing that we do, because you don’t know what the outcome is going to be,” Bruce Jr. said.
FARGO — The Cass County Commission on Monday, Nov. 19, set the 2019 salary for Sheriff-elect Jesse Jahner at $117,430. Jahner was elected sheriff in the Nov. 6 election, defeating Mike Kjera. Jahner, a captain with the sheriff's office, has 19 years of experience with the agency. As a captain, his salary would have been $85,477 in 2019.
FARGO — Fifteen years ago, The Forum featured a story about eight couples who were marking their fifth wedding anniversary and whose wedding announcements all appeared in the same edition of The Forum on Nov. 29, 1998. The 2003 story featured comments from an expert on marriage dynamics who noted it was statistically unusual for all of the couples to still be married after five years. Now 20 years later, The Forum decided to revisit those couples and found that at least two of the unions ended in divorce.
FARGO — A new study warns that available numbers for indigenous women and girls in the United States who go missing or are victims of murder seriously understate the reality of the issue. Meanwhile, Savanna's Act, a federal bill aimed at addressing the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, recently received approval from the U.S. Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs. The bill, which was introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was murdered in a north Fargo apartment in 2017.
FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead area received a quick hit of snow Thursday afternoon and evening that was expected to taper off by late Thursday night, Nov. 15. The strong winds that accompanied the snow Thursday afternoon were expected to calm Thursday night into Friday morning, Nov. 16, according to Dan Riddle of t he National Weather Service in Grand Forks. Riddle said about an inch of snow was expected from Thursday's snowfall in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
FARGO — Forum Communications Co., which owns The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, has agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit it brought against a book author and the book's publisher for using copyrighted photographs of NFL quarterback Carson Wentz. The suit claimed the book, "Carson Wentz: a Beacon Biography," written by Peter DiPrimio and published by Purple Toad Publishing Inc., used two original photos of Wentz, a quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles and a former North Dakota State University football standout, that are owned by Forum Communications.
FARGO — A West Fargo man pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 13, to a felony charge of negligent homicide in connection with the death in March of an 8-month-old child in a bathtub. Spencer Warren Foner, who was 27 when he was charged last spring, was originally charged with manslaughter and child neglect. On Tuesday, the child neglect charge was dropped and the manslaughter charge was amended to negligent homicide.
FARGO — William Hoehn's attorney has filed papers in Cass County District Court indicating Hoehn plans to appeal the life sentence he received for helping kidnap the child of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind by challenging a judge's finding that he's a dangerous special offender. In October, a jury found Hoehn, 33, not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017.
FARGO — A Fargo man is accused in Cass County District Court of driving more than 100 mph on Interstate 94 during a chase that occurred on Aug. 30. According to court documents: The incident began about 2 p.m. on Aug. 20 when a West Fargo police officer heard over his radio that a vehicle that was a suspect in a chase in Clay County the night before was being chased again and heading toward West Fargo on I-94.