AROUND THE REGION: 5 charged in drive-by shooting ... Man to get life term for murder ... N.D. poker player wins ... more.Four Cass Lake, Minn., residents and one from Bemidji were charged this week in Cass County District Court with aiding and abetting felony drive-by shooting of an occupied dwelling.
By: Forum Communications/Associated Press, Grand Forks Herald
Five charged in drive-by shooting
WALKER, Minn. — Four Cass Lake, Minn., residents and one from Bemidji were charged this week in Cass County District Court with aiding and abetting felony drive-by shooting of an occupied dwelling.
The five are Darryl Jackson Johnson, 26, Shane Alan Dunn, 22, Dustin Anthony Fairbanks, 22, and Jestina Elise Morin, 22, all of Cass Lake, and Jonathon Tyler Cloud of Bemidji.
According to the criminal complaint: At 8:26 a.m. Sunday, law enforcement officers responded to a report of shots fired into a rural Cass Lake home.
A resident of the house reported that he was in his home when a green minivan with several occupants drove past his house, then turned around and came back and fired shots.
Investigators found that 16 rounds had struck the house. Two rounds were recovered from inside the house. Officers also recovered multiple .22 caliber shell casings in the road outside the home.
An officer recognized the green van as the vehicle at the home of Kandace Dunn, who was killed by a gunshot wound to her head about 3 a.m. Sunday. He also recognized Johnson and Shane Dunn as having been present during the Kandace Dunn shooting. Ross Zangigabo Littlewolf has been charged with serious felony second-degree murder in that case.
DES MOINES, Iowa — A Minnesota man convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Iowa convenience store clerk will be sentenced to life in prison next week.
Michael Swanson, 18, will receive Iowa’s mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole Thursday in Webster County.
Swanson was found guilty in the Nov. 15, 2010, death of Shelia Myers at a Kum & Go store in Humboldt.
Swanson told police he shot Myers in the face at point-blank range. Defense attorneys argued that Swanson, who laughed as the jury’s verdict was read, was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Swanson is also accused of killing another convenience store clerk and will stand trial in that case July 27 in Lyon County.
N.D. poker player wins bracelet, cash
BISMARCK — A North Dakota man has won a bracelet at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Mitch Schock of Bismarck won the Pot-Limit Hold’em Omaha event and the $310,225 prize that went with it.
The professional poker player said he’s been trying to win a WSOP bracelet for a long time. He compares poker to farming, saying “some years are better than others.”
8 of 9 nurses quit at nursing home
RICHARDTON, N.D. — Eight of the nine nurses at a nursing home in Richardton have resigned.
Richardton Health Center Board President John Gengler said the resignation letters cited “a number of things as far as how the facility was being operated.” He said the board is looking into the matter.
Former Director of Nursing Denise Beckler cites “problems with administration” that interfered with patient and staff care as her reason for leaving.
Administrator Lynn Blakeman said it’s not uncommon to have turnover and that residents will be well taken care of. Gengler said four jobs have been filled and two of the nurses who resigned have asked to be reconsidered for positions.
Ex-Fargo officer quits Oregon job
LEBANON, Ore. — Lebanon Police Chief Thorvald Dahle is resigning effective Friday after less than 10 months on the job.
Dahle spent 23 years with the Fargo Police Department before taking the job in Lebanon.
Dahle said he is re-examining his professional career and what is best for his family. Dahle and his wife, Colleen, who has worked as a substitute teacher, plan to move to Moorhead. The couple’s twin sons are college students in the Midwest.
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