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FARGO — Authorities have identified a couple found dead in their south Fargo house Saturday, Jan. 26, in what police say is a suspected murder-suicide. John T. Ham, 78, and Lois Ann Ham, 80, had apparent gunshot wounds when officers responded for a medical assist Saturday morning, Jan. 26, according to Fargo police. Police declined to release additional information on Monday.
FARGO — A winter storm is expected to hit the Upper Midwest in the days following Christmas, potentially bringing colder temperatures and new snow here along the way. The storm is expected to develop in the region on Wednesday, Dec. 26, and continue into Thursday, Dec. 27. John Wheeler, WDAY's chief meteorologist, said it will likely hit all of Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and western and central North Dakota .
FARGO — A former Fargo School District employee who worked with elementary students is accused of sharing child pornography online. Jason Ellsworth Morris, 40, was charged with a Class C felony count of possession of certain materials prohibited and a Class B felony count of promoting a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents filed Monday, Dec. 10, in Cass County District Court. The school district fired Morris on Monday as a result of the charges, said AnnMarie Campbell, a district spokeswoman.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A man charged in connection with the death of a former Lake Park police chief made a court appearance on Monday, Dec. 10. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of Ogema, is charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter and one felony count of a felon illegally possessing a firearm, according to documents filed in Becker County District Court. Becker County officials previously identified the victim as Jay Clayton Nelson. Dodd appeared in court for Monday's hearing and an omnibus hearing was set for Jan. 7.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A shell casing, footprints and a cigarette butt found several hundred yards from the body of a former Lake Park, Minn., police chief on Nov. 10 in rural Becker County led officials to the man now charged with manslaughter. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of Ogema, Minn., is charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter and one felony count of a felon illegally possessing a firearm, according to documents filed in Becker County District Court. Becker County officials previously identified the victim as Jay Clayton Nelson.
AUDUBON, Minn. — Becker County authorities are charging a Fergus Falls man in connection with a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Audubon. Michaelray Ericthomas Mason, 29, is charged with one felony count of second-degree murder without intent and one felony count of possession of a firearm, according to court documents. About 4:41 p.m. on Nov. 13, police were sent to a residence in Audubon after Mason called 911 stating that he shot a man. After arriving, officers found the victim deceased, court records show.
FARGO — A Fargo man was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 15, to serve more than a decade in prison in connection with the death of an acquaintance during a fight in March. Daniel Habiger, originally charged with murder, was sentenced to 17 years on charges of felony manslaughter and terrorizing stemming from a fatal fight at Habiger's north Fargo apartment in March. He will serve 14 years in prison and spend the remaining three years on supervised probation. He was given credit for 259 days in jail.
FARGO — Defense attorneys here are aiming to push back hearings and sentences in marijuana-related cases until after Election Day, Nov. 6, to see whether voters approve an initiated measure that would legalize recreational marijuana. In this year's mid-term election, voters will vote yes or no on North Dakota Measure 3, which would remove marijuana from the list of schedule I substances.
FARGO — The man sentenced Monday to life in prison with a possibility of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind's baby, cut from her mother's womb in 2017, plans to appeal his sentence. William Hoehn will be appealing the life sentence he was given in Cass County District Court, according to a statement released on Tuesday, Oct. 30, by Hoehn's attorney, Daniel Borgen.
FARGO — William Hoehn was ordered Monday, Oct. 29, to spend life in prison with a chance of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, which was violently cut from her womb in August 2017. Hoehn, 33, and his ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, were charged with conspiring to murder 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her baby.