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FARGO — Authorities here are charging a man for allegedly forcing minors to engage in sex acts. Sampson Zehyee Tarr, 46, of Fargo is charged with two Class AA felony counts of gross sexual imposition and one Class C felony count of child neglect, according to documents filed Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Cass County District Court. Between January 2016 and February 2018, Tarr caused three children, all under 12 years of age, to engage in sex acts, court documents said.
FARGO — Beginning at noon Thursday, Dec. 27, 19th Avenue North was closed from Dakota Drive North to 18th Street North due to high winds and a lack of visibility, according to a news release from the city. Traffic will be detoured to 12th Avenue North via Dakota Drive North and 18th Street North. The road will re-open when road conditions improve, city officials said. Severe weather Thursday caused several other closures and shutdowns across the metro area, including the Fargo landfill at 4501 17th Ave. N. and MATBUS Paratransit.
FARGO — MATBUS Paratransit services will be suspended beginning at noon Thursday, Dec. 27, due to winter weather conditions, MATUBS said in press release. Trips will be completed by noon and individual riders will be contacted to arranged pick-up schedules. According to the release, MATBUS fixed route service will still operate. MATBUS riders should be aware of weather conditions and be prepared for service changes throughout the day, the release said.
FARGO — A former Fargo School District employee who worked with elementary students is accused of sharing child pornography online. Jason Ellsworth Morris, 40, was charged with a Class C felony count of possession of certain materials prohibited and a Class B felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents filed Monday, Dec. 10, in Cass County District Court. The school district fired Morris on Monday as a result of the charges, said AnnMarie Campbell, a district spokeswoman.
FARGO — Crews have started demolishing four dilapidated houses in the Roosevelt neighborhood for the construction of apartments near North Dakota State University . The demolition began Tuesday, Nov. 27, and crews hope to finish razing all four houses before winter fully descends on Fargo, said Jim Gilmour, the city's director of strategic planning and research. The houses are at 1133 18th St. N., 1013 17th St. N., 1037 17th St. N. and 1119 17th St. N.
FARGO — Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday, Nov. 20, against 24-year-old Shawn Bear in connection with a fatal stabbing here in September. Bear, of Cooperstown, N.D., is charged with a felony count of theft for allegedly stealing about $10,000 from Jakob Dirks on or about Sept. 6, according to Cass County District Court documents. On Sept. 8, police responded to a disturbance at the AmericInn Hotel at 4325 23rd Ave. S. in Fargo, and found Dirks in the hallway with a stab wound, court documents stated .
FARGO — Kennedy Elementary School was placed in lockdown twice Friday morning , Nov. 15, to address two separate student issues in the school. "We consider student and staff safety a priority, therefore decided to have a lockdown to address these student issues in a safe manner," Principal Karri Rage said in a letter to parents. Students remained in their classrooms during the lockdown, the letter said.
FARGO — Daniel Habiger was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, to serve more than a decade in prison in connection with the death of an acquaintance during a fight in March. Habiger, originally charged with murder, was sentenced to 17 years on charges of felony manslaughter and terrorizing stemming from a fatal fight at Habiger's north Fargo apartment in March. He will serve 14 years in prison and spend the remaining three years on supervised probation. He was given credit for 259 days in jail.
UPDATE: The missing 12-year-old boy was found safe by Fargo police officers, police said in a news release.
MOORHEAD — One of two women charged with stealing mail in Moorhead was sentenced Monday, Oct. 15 in Clay County District Court. Amanda Joy Liebert, 31, Moorhead, was sentenced to five years of probation for one felony count of mail theft. Other charges were dropped as part of a plea deal. A co-defendant in the case, Cheryl Ann Gorden, 36, Moorhead, was earlier sentenced to serve 70 days in jail, with 295 additional days stayed for two years. She pleaded guilty to one gross misdemeanor count of theft and four felony counts of mail theft were dismissed.