Forum staff reports
MOORHEAD — A water tower in Moorhead is a contender in a national contest.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A 25-year-old Valley City man died Friday, Oct. 5, in the Barnes County Jail, according to Barnes County State’s Attorney Carl Martineck. Martineck said the inmate, Lonny Levi Bradley, is believed to have died from suicide.
WADENA, Minn. — The bicyclist who died after hitting a car while crossing Highway 10 against a red light on Thursday night, Oct. 4, has been identified as Daniel John Cermack, 39, of Detroit Lakes, Minn. According to the Minnesota State Patrol release, the biker was travelling northbound on Second Street when he crossed Highway 10 and hit the 2009 Chevy Silverado broadside, which was heading west, at 11:15 p.m. The driver, Lyle William Bethel, 67, of Dent and passenger, Elaine Marie Tuma, 68, of Perham were not injured, the release said.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead police announced Thursday evening, Oct. 4, that Morgan Cooley, 16, whose mother faces charges of kidnapping two of her younger children, had turned himself in to police. The teenager, who had been missing for several days, was placed in the protective custody of Clay County Social Services.
CHRISTINE, N.D. — A fire that destroyed an abandoned farmhouse Wednesday night, Oct. 3, just north of here was likely the result of arson. That’s according to Randy Monson, chief of the Christine Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was reported about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday about 4 miles north and a mile east of U.S. Highway 81, said Monson, who added that the building was abandoned long ago and had no electrical service that could have caused a fire.
MOORHEAD — Police here are asking the public’s assistance in finding 16-year-old Morgan Cooley, the missing son of a Moorhead woman accused of kidnapping two of her own children. Morgan Cooley was not located in the house at 1213 Main Avenue in Moorhead when police executed a search warrant there on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and found Izetta Cooley, 39, with four of her children.
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FARGO — Fargo police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who broke a vehicle window to steal a purse in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, 4325 13th Ave. S., about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. The man used a credit card from the purse shortly afterward in Fargo and near Christine, N.D., Fargo police said in a Facebook post. He left in a red/maroon SUV/van with tan rocker panels along the side of the vehicle.
FARGO — A crackdown on violent crime and gang activity resulted in 41 arrests last month in the Fargo-Moorhead area, according to federal officials. It’s the third year such a crackdown has taken place, with the aim of disrupting gang networks and curbing violent crime. During the crackdown, officers seized one gun, two stolen vehicles, 149 grams of illegal drugs and $8,872 in illicit funds, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.
FARGO — A Fargo man is charged with beating a woman he encountered on the street into unconsciousness in an attack that was reported on Thursday, Sept. 27. According to Cass County District Court documents: Kurtis D. Harrington is charged with a Class C felony count of aggravated assault.