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FARGO — The trial of William Hoehn on conspiracy to commit murder was hit with two bombshells Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first landed Tuesday morning, when his alleged co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, testified that Hoehn strangled Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, as she lay bleeding on the floor of the couple’s bathroom.
FARGO — A man who did time in the Cass County Jail with William Hoehn testified Monday, Sept. 24, that Hoehn told him he was guilty of some things but not of conspiring to murder a pregnant Fargo woman. Bryan Grob told the jury in Hoehn's trial that he encountered Hoehn in jail after Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared Aug. 19, 2017, but before her body was found in the Red River on Aug. 27, 2017. "You get to know people pretty quickly," Grob said, adding that he and Hoehn would sometimes talk about what they would read in the newspaper.
FARGO — "What did you see, Will?" The question was asked many times during interviews Fargo police conducted with William Hoehn in August of 2017, just days after a pregnant Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind disappeared from a north Fargo apartment building. Cass County District Court jurors watched videos of those interviews during the third day of Hoehn's trial on a charge of conspiring to murder LaFontaine-Greywind, who disappeared from her north Fargo apartment building the afternoon of Aug. 19, 2017.
FARGO — The attorney for a man accused of conspiring to kill a pregnant Fargo woman said his client is not guilty of that crime, but he is guilty of something else — loving his co-defendant too much. Defense attorney Daniel Borgen presented an opening argument Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of William Hoehn during which he described a scene from Aug. 19, 2017, when Hoehn, according to Borgen, came home from work early and unexpected to find the woman he loved next to a dead body and in possession of a newborn baby.
FARGO — Opening statements and testimony are to start Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the trial of a man accused of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, whose body was discovered in the Red River in August 2017 barren of the infant girl she was pregnant with when she disappeared about two weeks before her remains were found. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the trial for William Hoehn began in Cass County District Court with the selection of 12 jurors and two alternates, a group comprised of roughly an equal number of men and women.
FARGO — Expanded daytime passenger train service from Fargo to Chicago with stops in between could become a reality if Minnesota lawmakers can be sold on the idea. That's the goal of a nonprofit group called All Aboard Minnesota, which is hosting a public forum on the subject Wednesday, Sept. 26, in St. Cloud, Minn. Currently, Amtrak's Empire Builder route accommodates long-distance travel between cities like Fargo, St. Cloud, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago, with trains reaching Fargo at about 2 or 3 a.m.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — In April 2017, Moorhead police received a report of an elderly man who had sent more than $230,000 in response to calls saying he had won a lottery. A detective learned the victim actually sent about $825,000 to different addresses over the course of about six months, thinking he would get part of a $5 million lottery prize in return, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court.
FARGO — Prosecutors are looking to drop a murder charge that an elderly man has been facing since the shooting death of his wife in June. Louis Donald Averson and his wife, Ila Mae Lou Averson, both 85 at the time, were both in poor health when they entered into a suicide pact in early June, according to Cass County District Court documents. On June 1, the couple left a will on the dining room table of their Fargo apartment before trying and failing to poison themselves using carbon monoxide from a vehicle idling in their garage, court documents stated.
FARGO — City Commissioner Dave Piepkorn's idea that Fargo's fines for bicycle infractions are too low may be picking up speed. Piepkorn said Thursday, Aug. 30, that public reaction to comments he aired this week has been strongly supportive of his belief that current fines of $5 for bike violations aren't tough enough and that raising them would encourage better adherence to rules of the road. "Overwhelmingly, even bicyclists were supportive," Piepkorn said.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — A newly released video and police report shed more light onto how authorities handled 72-year-old Warren Lindvold during the early hours of July 15, after Lindvold was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Lindvold died in a Fargo hospital six days after the arrest, and a preliminary autopsy report said his death was caused by a broken neck.