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FARGO — A 27-year-old Fargo woman was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 12, for child neglect after initially being accused of sexual molestation. Cass County District Judge Susan Bailey sentenced the woman, Habonimana Trifonia, to 193 days in jail followed by two years of supervised probation on a felony count of child neglect. Trifonia was given credit for having already spent 193 days in jail. Trifonia was charged in July with gross sexual imposition, but the charge was amended at Tuesday's hearing to child neglect.
FARGO — A Fargo man is charged with a Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl and impregnating her. The man, MacKenzy Bazile, was 21 at the time of the alleged crime, according to court documents filed Monday, Feb. 11, in Cass County District Court. According to court documents, the assault happened June 27 when the victim was staying in Fargo. The victim discovered she was pregnant when she returned to New York.
FARGO — Spencer Foner dabbed away tears during his sentencing hearing as his attorney spoke of how the death of Foner’s baby has affected his family and how remorseful Foner is for what happened. Foner, 28, of West Fargo, was sentenced Monday, Feb. 11, by Cass County District Judge Susan Bailey on a felony count of negligent homicide. The judge ordered him to spend the first year of a five-year sentence behind bars, with the remaining four years suspended as he serves two years of supervised probation.
FARGO — After a series of recent snowstorms in the Red River Valley, the National Weather Service offered a brief update Friday, Feb. 8, on the risk of spring flooding. The risk of significant snow-melt flooding remains fairly low, and minor to low-end moderate flooding is the predominant risk, the weather service said in a statement. The snowpack is slightly above normal after the recent storms, but the water content in the snow is about normal.
FARGO — A 52-year-old Fargo man has been sentenced to four years in prison on charges stemming from a violent encounter with two other people in December 2017. Cass County District Judge Steven Marquart sentenced Kenneth Lee Demarce Monday, Feb. 4, on one felony count of aggravated assault, two felony counts of terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and one misdemeanor count of simple assault. Demarce must serve two years of supervised probation after his prison sentence. He received credit for having already spent 231 days in jail.
FARGO — A 24-year-old man has been sentenced in connection with a fatal crash that killed a passenger in his car. Levi Allmaras, of West Fargo, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of aggravated reckless driving. Cass County District Judge John Irby sentenced him Jan. 22 to a month in jail, according to court records. On June 28, Allmaras was driving a car that collided with a van at an intersection, about 4 miles west of West Fargo, near Mapleton, N.D. The van passengers were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
FARGO — With Congress back in session and the government shutdown ended, delegates from North Dakota and Minnesota have announced their guests for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Senators and representatives from both states are taking individuals that engage in public work and tackle issues ranging from health care to education. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has announced that his guest at the president's speech will be Bethlehem Gronneberg, founder and CEO of uCodeGirl.
FARGO — The case of a 35-year-old man accused of murdering his father is headed for trial. Christopher Blaine Riley is charged with a Class AA felony count of intentional murder, and at a Thursday, Jan. 31, hearing, the case was slated for a one-week trial in April. Riley pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in November. On Sept. 21, police responded to a possible suicide at an apartment in south Fargo and found the victim, 60-year-old Kevin Riley Sr., deceased and covered with a white sheet, according to Cass County District Court documents.
FARGO — Police have identified a man and woman found dead Saturday, Jan. 26, in a suspected murder-suicide. John T. Ham, 78, and Lois Ann Ham, 80, were found dead with apparent gunshot wounds after officers responded to 1814 16th St. S. for a medical assist Saturday morning, according to Fargo police. Lois and John Ham married in 1961 and raised four children in Fargo, according to an obituary submitted to The Forum.
FARGO — A 42-year-old man was sentenced Monday, Jan. 28, to spend about two months in jail on charges stemming from his arrest in an underage sex sting. Wade Clifton Pfarr, of Fargo, pleaded guilty at Monday’s hearing to a felony count of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity, and Cass County District Judge Tom Olson sentenced him to 60 days in jail followed by 18 months of supervised probation. Pfarr was given credit for nine days spent in jail, and he must pay about $1,000 in fines.