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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A man charged in connection with the death of a former Lake Park police chief made a court appearance on Monday, Dec. 10. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of Ogema, is charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter and one felony count of a felon illegally possessing a firearm, according to documents filed in Becker County District Court. Becker County officials previously identified the victim as Jay Clayton Nelson. Dodd appeared in court for Monday's hearing and an omnibus hearing was set for Jan. 7.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A 29-year-old man was sentenced here on Wednesday, Nov. 7, to about six years in prison on charges stemming from his involvement in an armed standoff with police in 2017. Theodore James Tiede, of Fergus Falls, was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction on three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.
FARGO — The man sentenced Monday to life in prison with a possibility of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's baby, cut from her mother's womb in 2017, plans to appeal his sentence. William Hoehn will be appealing the life sentence he was given in Cass County District Court, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Hoehn's attorney, Daniel Borgen.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 72-year-old man, of Twin Valley, Minn., driving an ATV died after a fatal two vehicle crash in Norman County. About 11:05 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, a pickup truck driven by a 52-year-old Danny George Guenther, of Mahnomen, Minn., was going east on Highway 113 and the ATV was going south on 450th Street South, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.
FARGO — A little over a year has passed since William Hoehn was arrested in connection with the death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Hoehn will stand trial on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, one of several crimes Hoehn was charged with in August of 2017 along with his former girlfriend, Brooke Crews. Hoehn and Crews lived in the same north Fargo apartment building where LaFontaine-Greywind lived at the time she disappeared on Aug. 19, 2017.
FRAZEE, Minn — A 26-year-old man was pronounced dead after his tractor rolled over in Frazee, Minn., a town southeast of Detroit Lakes, Minn. According to a Becker County Sheriff's Office news release, police received a report of a man, later identified as Kyle Kevin Quittschreiber, stuck under a tractor at 31195 County Highway 54 in Frazee. Police found Quittschreiber lying near skid steer tractor rolled over on a hill next to his residence. Quittschreiber was pronounced dead despite lifesaving efforts, police said.
FARGO—The case of an elderly Fargo couple, who authorities say entered into a suicide pact that ended with the husband shooting the wife, took a turn Tuesday, June 5, as new details emerged from court documents and, in an uncommon fashion, the husband was arraigned from his hospital room. The husband, 85-year-old Louis Averson, told police he and his wife, Ila Averson, also 85, agreed to take their own lives. Due to his wife's poor health, they chose to run their car in a closed garage to attempt suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, according to court documents.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, made a stop in Moorhead to talk about the issues they will be running on in Minnesota this year. In front of a room of reporters Monday morning, June 4, Pawlenty and Fischbach outlined their platform and ideas, including reducing health care costs, cutting back on health care costs, eliminating taxes on Social Security and improving the educational system.
FARGO—U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday, April 27, the unsealing of indictments in the prosecution of a major international opioid ring with a web that reached into North Dakota. Speaking to a crowd that included law enforcement officials and news reporters at Fargo's federal courthouse, Sessions said the ring was dealing fentanyl, a potent opioid that investigators traced back to China, Canada and other places.