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FARGO — A 21-year-old Fargo woman is accused of breaking into a West Fargo Taco Bell and stealing about $1,500. Maisen Faye Crone is charged with one felony count of burglary and one felony count of conspiracy to commit theft of property, according to documents filed Wednesday, April 17, in Cass County District Court. Early morning April 15, police responded to a report of a burglary at a West Fargo Taco Bell, 815 23rd Ave. E., according to court records.
FARGO — The case of a 36-year-old West Fargo woman accused of drowning her newborn child is likely headed for a jury trial in about two months. Ginny Rose Lubitz, charged with one felony count of murder and one felony count of attempted murder in connection with the baby’s death in May 2018, appeared Wednesday, April 17, in Cass County District Court where the case was slated for a trial but wasn't immediately set for a specific date. Lubitz pleaded not guilty to both her charges in August.
FARGO — A 31-year-old Mapleton, N.D., man was sentenced Tuesday, April 16, to five years behind bars on charges stemming from several break-ins at a storage unit facility. Cass County District Judge Cheri Clark sentenced Nicholas Dodge Bruesch after he entered an Alford plea on five counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of theft. By entering an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a judge or jury to reach a guilty verdict.
FARGO — A series of criminal cases moving through Cass County District Court brings into sharp focus the extreme vulnerability of runaway youth. Since January, prosecutors in Fargo have filed five separate sexual assault cases, with all five cases mentioning the same 14-year-old girl as the victim. The victim ran away from her Moorhead home last year and was found three months later. The girl told authorities she had sex with multiple men during that time, according to court documents.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Supreme filed an opinion Thursday, April 11, affirming a lower court’s decision to deny a new trial for Barry Garcia, who had sought to reduce his life sentence in the 1995 killing of a West Fargo woman. Garcia was sentenced in 1996 in Cass County District Court after a jury found him guilty of walking up to Cherryl Tendeland, who was sitting in a parked car, and fatally shooting her. The higher court’s opinion also confirmed the district court’s decision that a new statute passed in 2017 is inapplicable to Garcia’s case.
FARGO — A 35-year-old Fargo man accused of killing his father will receive an evaluation to determine his mental condition and any possible mental defect at the time of the alleged crime. Christopher Blaine Riley is charged with a Class AA felony of intentional murder. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in November. A trial slated to begin April 16 has been delayed until July so Riley can be sent to the North Dakota State Hospital for a mental health evaluation, court documents stated.
FARGO —A 28-year-old Moorhead woman must spend six months under house arrest as part of her sentence in connection with a fatal car crash in 2017. Chelsey Rose Lacroix pleaded guilty to felony counts of manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of stolen property at a hearing in Cass County District Court on Monday, April 8. Judge Steven Marquart sentenced Lacroix, who became a paraplegic from injuries suffered in the crash, to spend six months under electronic home monitoring followed by five years of supervised probation.
FARGO — Bail was set at $500,000 cash only for a man whose blood-alcohol level was allegedly over three times more than the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that fatally injured his 7-year-old son and critically injured his 5-year-old son. Christopher Lee Devine, 31, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and two felony counts of criminal vehicular injury.
FARGO — The blood-alcohol level of a father behind the wheel during a car crash that fatally injured his 7-year-old son and critically injured his 5-year-old son was allegedly more than three times the legal limit, according to documents filed Thursday, March 28, in Cass County District Court. Christopher Lee Devine, 31, of Fargo faces one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and two felony counts of criminal vehicular injury.
FARGO — The case of a 44-year-old man accused of killing 20-year-old Gabriel Perez outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Fargo is headed toward a two-week trial. Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., of Moorhead, is charged with one felony count of murder with intent . Cooley pleaded not guilty to the charge in February. His trial is slated for September.