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FARGO—Peter Fehily was driving by the Red River Saturday afternoon, Feb. 18, when the water called to him. With the temperature around 45 degrees and barely a breeze to speak of, Fehily was happy to oblige. "I just happened to have the fishing pole in the car," said Fehily, who was in shirtsleeves and casting a line just below the Midtown Dam near Fargo's Dike East park. The fish weren't biting, but that wasn't really the point. "It's beautiful out," Fehily observed.
WEST FARGO—West Fargo High School went into lockdown about 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in response to a social media threat claiming there was a pipe bomb in a locker. The lockdown was lifted about 30 minutes later after an investigation determined the threat was unfounded, said Heather Konschak, a spokeswoman for West Fargo Public Schools. Konschak said the person responsible for the threat has been identified and will be dealt with according to school policy.
FARGO—A West Fargo woman pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court on Monday, Feb. 13, to a theft charge in connection with the theft of more than $10,000 from a charity bingo operation in West Fargo that benefited a youth hockey organization. After entering the guilty plea, Amy Grieger was sentenced to 30 days in jail followed by three years of supervised probation. She was also ordered to pay $750 in fees. The court also set a 60-day window during which a restitution request may be filed. According to court documents:
FARGO — As part of an ongoing drug investigation, the Fargo Police Department on Thursday, Jan. 26, seized nearly 13 pounds methamphetamine and more than $17,000 in cash. According to information provided by the Fargo Police Department: The Police Department's narcotics unit was conducting surveillance on a local hotel when an individual involved in the investigation left the area in a vehicle. A traffic stop was done in Glyndon, Minn., by the Glyndon Police Department, during which about a half ounce of methamphetamine was seized along with with $750 in cash.
FARGO—A Fargo man arrested earlier this month on suspicion of sending a death threat to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp via email is out of jail pending a trial scheduled for March 14. During a federal court hearing Friday, Jan. 20, Kevin Lee Olson, 55, pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging him with one count of threatening interstate communications.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — American Crystal Sugar Co. has reached a settlement that resolves union accusations the company had direct and improper communications with employees regarding contract negotiations.
FARGO — A Cass County judge has declined to throw out the lifetime prison sentence Barry Garcia received two decades ago for murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old. Barry Garcia shot and killed Cherryl Tendeland in November 1995 as she sat in a parked car. When Garcia was sentenced for Tendeland's murder in 1996, Judge Ralph Erickson, a federal judge in Fargo who was then a Cass County District Court Court judge, gave him life in prison without parole.
MOORHEAD—Two men were sentenced in Clay County District Court Monday, Jan. 9., in connection with a sting operation last summer that targeted people accused of seeking to hire minors for sex. Steven A. Breker, 62, of West Fargo was sentenced to 150 days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to one count of solicitation. Benjamin P. Armstrong-Allason, 20, Fargo, who earlier admitted in court that he tried to hire someone who was 16 or 17 for the purpose of prostitution, was sentenced to 90 days in jail.
FARGO — When it comes to unusual crimes in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the theft of baseball treasures from the Roger Maris museum in the West Acres shopping mall in July must rank somewhere near the top for its brazenness and mystery. Surveillance cameras captured some of the story: A thief dressed in a security guard-like uniform smashed through an exterior mall door, ran to a glass display, smashed a window of that display and grabbed two items before swiftly leaving the mall. It took just about a minute.
FARGO -- A $1 million cash bail was set Wednesday, Dec. 28, at a hearing for Timothy Lynn Porter, 31, of Fargo, who was charged in Cass County District Court with murder in the death of another Fargo man who died from a stab wound Christmas Eve morning, Dec. 24. District Court Judge Steven McCullough also appointed a public defender for Porter. According to court documents, police responded to a report of a stabbing about 4:19 a.m. on Saturday at Porter’s home at 1321 17th Ave. S.