Author: Jim Monk

Second suspect arrested in murder of Moorhead taxi driver

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Police say a 17 year-old girl is being held for charges relating to the murder of Abdullahi Abdullahi, a taxi driver who died after he was shot during a robbery attempt in south Moorhead. The girl is charged with aiding and abetting First Degree Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery, First Degree Attempted Aggravated Robbery, Second Degree…

North Dakota woman who voted twice receives deferred sentence

MINOT, N.D. – A Minot woman who voted twice in last fall’s election has received a deferred sentence. Forty-five-year-old Ashlee Monique Deschamp pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor election offense. North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar deferred her 360-day sentence and ordered her to pay $325 in court costs. The charge will be dismissed if Deschamp complies with…

Former theater teacher accused of abusing boys

MINNEAPOLIS – A former Anoka, Minn. teacher who was an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ students is charged with 10 felony counts of sexually abusing minors. Forty-seven-year-old Jefferson Fietek taught arts theater at Anoka Middle School and created the non-profit group Young Artists Initiative that operated out of a St. Paul church. According to court documents, the five male victims are…

Sparkman charged with second-degree murder, aggravated robbery in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – Clay County prosecutors have filed charges against a man who was arrested following the death of a cab driver in Moorhead. Eighteen-year-old Willie Sparkman is charged with second-degree unintentional murder while committing a robbery, aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. According to court documents, the victim, 24 year-old Abdullahi Mohamed Abdullahi was “slumped over in…

One-year-old boy dies in northern Minnesota house fire

REMER, Minn. (KVRR/KFGO) – A one-year-old boy has died in a house fire near Remer, in northern Minnesota. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrived around 1:45 a.m. Friday to find the duplex in Boy Lake Township engulfed in flames Deputies were able to get a woman out of the home from a bedroom, while another woman and three…

Carl Ben Eielson student with BB gun suspended

FARGO (KVRR) – A student has been suspended from Carl Ben Eielson Middle School in Fargo after a search turned up an unloaded BB pistol. “A student reported to administration that another student had brought a gun school” school officials said.  “Administration and the School Resource Officer conducted a search of the student and found an unloaded BB pistol, which…

Update: Wahpeton teacher placed on leave for inappropriate activity during George Floyd discussion

WAHPETON, N.D. (KVRR) – A fifth grade teacher in the Wahpeton Public School District has been placed on administrative leave after what’s being called “inappropriate and insensitive” classroom activity. Superintendent Rick Jacobson tells KVRR that it happened after a student asked a question about the arrest and death of George Floyd. Jacobson says the incident “was not a full reenactment”…

Severe drought persists in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Severe drought conditions persist in North Dakota, despite widespread rainfall and cooler weather recently. About 85% of North Dakota is experiencing extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday. That’s up from 83% last week. Extreme drought blankets the western and central portions of the state, with most of the Red River Valley in…

Federal grand jury indicts Chauvin, 3 others for civil rights violations

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death. The men are accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. An indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and…

Commendations, minor reprimands for officer in Wright death

Brooklyn Center, MN., Thursday, 5/31/2007. Officer Kim Potter, part of the Brooklyn Center Police negotiation team. (Photo by Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS – The service file of a suburban Minneapolis police officer charged with manslaughter in Daunte Wright’s death includes a commendation for safely resolving an incident involving a suicidal man, as well as a handful of reprimands…