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Court charges provide more information on White Earth stabbings

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

Nakoya Lee VanWert, 18, of 39687 Church Lane, Waubun, has been charged in Becker County District Court with three felony assault counts after a stabbing early Sunday morning in White Earth.

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He is charged with first-degree assault -- great bodily harm, and two counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Sunday at about 5:45 a.m. law enforcement officers were called to the Victoria Wichern residence on Martin Drive on reports of a stabbing.

There had been a party there and VanWert allegedly got into an argument with Daniel Dakota as they were laving the party. He pulled a knife and allegedly cut Dakota in the head.

Dan's brother, Edward Dakota, then intervened and VanWert allegedly stabbed him in the neck. Witnesses said Raymond Dakota arrived sometime after the stabbings and VanWert chased him with the knife. He was able to get to his car and drive to the White Earth Police Department dispatch office to report the assault.

When officers arrived, they found Edward on the street, bleeding profusely from the neck and being attended to by Victoria Wichern.

She told them VanWert had approached her with the knife and said he was sorry, before running into the woods.

He was found in the woods shortly thereafter and a knife with a bloody handle was allegedly found in his right sweatshirt pocket.

He was extremely intoxicated and witnesses said he had "pounded" E&J brandy straight from the bottle earlier that evening.

Edward Dakota lost consciousness at the scene and was transported to Meritcare Hospital in Fargo, where he underwent emergency surgery to remove part of one lung.

VanWert appeared Tuesday before District Judge Peter Irvine, who set bail at $100,000 and set his next court appearance for May 5.

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