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FARGO — A West Fargo man who pleaded guilty to allegations he tried to kill himself by driving into a parked car at more than 100 mph has received a deferred sentence in Cass County District Court. John P. Milligan, who was 62 when he was charged in August with reckless endangerment and reckless driving , pleaded guilty to both charges on Monday, Dec. 3.
FARGO — A federal judge has denied prosecution requests to bar expert witnesses from testifying on behalf of the defense at an upcoming hearing in the case of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., who is seeking to have his conviction and death sentence set aside in the kidnapping and murder of Dru Sjodin. Rodriguez, who is in his mid-60s, was sentenced to death for the 2003 death of Sjodin, a 22-year-old University of North Dakota student.
FARGO — No one was hurt when a plane veered off a runway at Hector International Airport and crashed at the north end of the airfield just before 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, an airport official said. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo's Municipal Airport Authority, said it appeared the plane, a Cessna Citation II, had been in the process of landing on the airport's primary runway when the small jet veered off the runway before coming to a stop.
FARGO — Fifteen years ago, The Fargo Forum featured a story about eight couples who were marking their fifth wedding anniversary and whose wedding announcements all appeared in the same edition of The Forum on Nov. 29, 1998. The 2003 story featured comments from an expert on marriage dynamics who noted it was statistically unusual for all of the couples to still be married after five years. Now 20 years later, they decided to revisit those couples and found that at least two of the unions ended in divorce.
AUDUBON, Minn. — The Becker County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, confirmed that one person died in a shooting here Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, and one person was taken into custody. The name of the deceased, a male, was not released. The person arrested was identified by the sheriff's office as Michaelray Ericthomas Mason, 29, of Audubon. Mason was being held in the Becker County Jail Wednesday morning. The incident was reported about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Audubon, and law enforcement officers were on the scene late into the night.
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.