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With the responsibility of treating the mentally ill often falling on an already strained criminal justice system, North Dakota officials are looking for ways to keep people with mental illnesses out from behind bars and in treatment. While Cass County is the only county in the state with a jail-diversion program for people with severe mental illness, legislators are hoping to kick-start similar programs in Burleigh and Ward counties in the upcoming legislative session, according to Lynette Tastad, clinical mental health coordinator at Cass County jail. The program in Cass County was launche
The defendant in a Thief River Falls sexual assault case took the stand Friday, saying everything between him and the victim was consensual. Senen Guerrero, Sr., 45, was charged with two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct by coercion and one count of gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota 9th District Court in Thief River Falls. The charges were filed against Guerrero after an 18-year-old woman told police the former family friend had kissed her and touched her inappropriately during car rides with him this spring.
The victim of an alleged sexual assault by a Thief River Falls soccer coach gave testimony for more than eight hours in all, taking the stand for most of the day Thursday, the second day of trial. The 19-year-old woman told jurors Thursday that Senen Guerrero, Sr., 45, formerly a close family friend, had sexually assaulted her in her car for more than an hour in June when she was 18. She said Guerrero performed oral sex on her without her consent near the Petro Pumper convenience store on U.S.
Consent is emerging as the point of contention in the sexual assault trial of a Thief River Falls soccer coach. Senen Guerrero, 45, appeared in Minnesota 9th District Court in Thief River Falls on charges of criminal sexual conduct for the first day of trial Wednesday.
The trial of a former Thief River Falls soccer coach, who is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman on multiple occasions, is set to begin Wednesday morning. Senen Guerrero, 45, is charged with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in Minnesota 9th District Court in Thief River Falls. The charges were leveled against Guerrero in September after the woman told police he had touched her inappropriately and sexually assaulted her earlier in the year, according to court documents.
The state stands to lose billions in revenue if oil prices continue to slip, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley said Tuesday at a meeting of the Highway 2 West Manufacturers' Association in Grand Forks. Under state law, if oil prices fall below a certain threshold for five consecutive months, the oil extraction tax disappears entirely for up to two years. Wrigley said that would cause a "dramatic change in state revenue" and could potentially cause an exodus of oil rigs from the state and thus jobs.
A high school was placed on lockdown and a Red Lake Falls, Minn., man arrested Friday after police received reports of a man with a loaded gun assaulting a woman...
A 34-year-old man accused of engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl appeared for the first time in district court Friday afternoon. Howard Daniel Fredrickson, a Drayton, N.D., native,...
A 38-year-old man will spend about a week in the Grand Forks County jail for having sex with a 17-year-old girl after pleading guilty to the felony charge Wednesday. James Paul Garceau pleaded guilty to corrupting a minor, a class C felony, in state district court in Grand Forks.
Salvation Army is racing to meet its fundraising goal this holiday season, with the late Thanksgiving shrinking the window of time in which to raise money. The nonprofit was just shy of raising a quarter of its $400,000 goal as of Dec.