Author: Jim Monk

Fargo attorney says jury selection has ‘paramount importance’ for Chauvin trial

FARGO (KVRR) – The Minnesota Court of Appeals Friday ordered a third-degree murder charge against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to be reconsidered. The order sets up a potential delay in the trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday. The selection process could take up to three weeks. Vogel Law Firm criminal defense attorney Mark Friese…

3rd-degree murder count could delay start of Chauvin trial

MINNEAPOLIS  – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ordered a judge to reconsider adding a third-degree murder charge against a former Minneapolis police officer accused in George Floyd’s death. A three-judge panel said Friday that the trial judge erred when he rejected a motion to reinstate the third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin. The panel says the judge should have…

Police: Suspects made false robbery report to divert police from drug investigation

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KVRR/KWAT) – Three people from Detroit Lakes, Minn. were arrested after police received a false report of an armed robbery in Watertown, S.D. Watertown Police say officers responded to a report of possible drug activity in a parking lot and made contact with several people in the parking lot. While police were investigating the incident, the people involved…

BREAKING NEWS: North Dakota House expels Simons

BISMARCK (KVRR) – The North Dakota House has voted to expel Republican Rep. Luke Simons. The final vote was 69-25.  A two-thirds majority of 63 votes was needed for passage. Simons was accused of threatening and sexually harassing women. Lawmakers say Simons engaged in a “pattern of inappropriate behavior” that has lasted four years. Republican House Majority Leader Chet Pollert…

DAPL protester who refused to testify is back in federal custody

BISMARCK, N.D. – A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who has refused to provide testimony to a federal grand jury is back in custody. Steve Martinez was held in contempt of court for the second time in a month.  The 46-year-old Martinez is being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center. Martinez was released on a technicality Feb. 22 following 19…

Late night test alert mistakenly sent to 7,655 subscribers

FARGO (KVRR) – Cass Fargo Emergency Management has apologized for mistakenly sending a mass notification at around midnight Wednesday. Officials say the message was sent to 55,766 contacts and was delivered to 7,655 contacts before employees realized the error. “At 11:54 p.m., an employee inadvertently sent the monthly test to residents rather than in the test environment.  Cass Fargo Emergency…

Minnesota high school tournament spectators limited to 250

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota State High School League says crowds at most tournament games and events this month and next will be limited to 250 people. League Executive Director Erich Martens says it’s hoped that one, maybe two, family members of each athlete can attend. Each team will receive a limited number of tickets. The general public will not have…