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FARGO — William Hoehn's attorney has filed papers in Cass County District Court indicating Hoehn plans to appeal the life sentence he received for helping kidnap the child of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind by challenging a judge's finding that he's a dangerous offender. In October, a jury found Hoehn, 33, not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in the death of LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Otter Tail County sheriff's deputy has been cleared of criminal charges in an August shooting that took place during the capture of a suspect on various charges, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping. According to the Otter Tail County Attorney's Office, Deputy Zachary Eifert's firing of a gun on Aug. 22 was justified and no criminal charges are warranted. The charging decision was based on a review of the case done by the Clay County Attorney's Office, the statement said.
FARGO — A Moorhead police officer faces a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly fracturing a nasal bone and bruising the right eye of a woman who was handcuffed. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court: Fargo police were called to Sanford Medical Center on Sept. 9 for a report of contact by bodily fluids. When officers arrived at the hospital, they were met by Moorhead Officer Matthew Lambert, who had brought an arrested woman, 47-year-old Jennifer Joan Thomas, to the hospital to be medically checked out.
MOORHEAD — A 20-year veteran of the Moorhead Police Department has submitted his resignation after pleading guilty to a DWI charge stemming from an arrest in early August. Sgt. Thad Stafford, 44, said Thursday, Oct. 18, that his resignation will become effective Dec. 31.
FARGO — The driver of a car that crashed near Mapleton, N.D., in June killing a 22-year-old Fargo man faces a charge of aggravated reckless driving. Levi Allmaras, of West Fargo, has pleaded not guilty to the Class A misdemeanor charge in Cass County District Court. Allmaras was 23 when the crash happened about 8:40 p.m. June 28 near Mapleton, west of West Fargo. The car he was driving entered a controlled intersection and struck a van carrying a basketball team from Lisbon, N.D., authorities said. Both vehicles went into the ditch.
FARGO — An intriguing aspect of the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is the fact Fargo police made three consensual searches of the apartment where she was murdered and her baby was cut from her womb, but nothing suspicious was found during any of them.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A 25-year-old Valley City man died Friday, Oct. 5, in the Barnes County Jail, according to Barnes County State's Attorney Carl Martineck. Martineck said the inmate, Lonny Levi Bradley, is believed to have died from suicide. He added that it's standard procedure for such incidents to be investigated by the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman suspected of kidnapping two of her own children was arrested at her home about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, police said. Izetta Cooley, 39, was taken into custody without incident on a warrant out of Mower County in far southeast Minnesota, where she faces two counts of kidnapping and two counts of violating a custody order, all felonies. Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson said four of Cooley's children were also found in the house at 1213 Main Ave. in Moorhead, and they were placed in the care of Clay County Social Services.
FARGO — Day eight of William Hoehn's murder conspiracy trial in Cass County District Court saw fireworks early on in the form of Jennifer Robinson, an inmate at the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England, N.D.
FARGO — Judge Thomas Olson said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that a jury — not he — will decide the fate of William Hoehn, who's accused of conspiring to kill Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017. Olson said after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon in Cass County District Court that a jury will be the finder of facts in the case, and he said jurors could reasonably conclude that Hoehn conspired to kill LaFontaine-Greywind based on testimony from his ex-girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, Brooke Crews.