Crime

Inmate Who Attacked Hospital Staffer Found Not Guilty

The inmate was ordered to be committed to the North Dakota State Hospital for evaluation.

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–North Dakota State Hospital inmate who assaulted and attempted to murder a staff member in 2019 has been found not guilty. Thirty-two-year-old Jason Benefiel was accused of choking, striking and kicking an employee at the hospital where he was a patient. Southeast District Court, Judge Cherie Clark Wednesday found that Benefiel had, in fact, committed the crimes as charged,…

West Fargo Police Department Warns Community of Phone Scam

The department says it would never request gift cards as a form of payment.

WEST FARGO, N.D.–The West Fargo Police Department is warning the community to not be fooled by a phone scam going around. They say scammers have been using the West Fargo Police Department’s name and possibly using software to mimic the department’s phone number. Police say one person was told their was a warrant for their arrest and was instructed to…

Six People Arrested During Saturation Patrols in Cass and Barnes Counties

Two additional arrests occurred during the patrols.

CASS COUNTY, N.D.–The North Dakota Highway Patrol conducted saturation patrols on Saturday and Sunday in Cass and Barnes counties resulting in six arrests. The six people taken into custody were arrested on suspicious of driving under the influence including one minor found to be in possession of alcohol at the time of arrest. A total of six citations were written…

Report: Man Shot by Police Didn’t Fire Gun at Officers

An investigation found he did point a handgun at police.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A man shot and killed by Bismarck police last month did not fire at officers as authorities initially reported. But an investigation found he did point a handgun at them, justifying the use of deadly force. An investigation found Cody Carnes also had a handful of encounters with police in the two weeks leading up to his death that…

Fargo Woman Arrested after Early Morning Police Pursuit

Two passengers in the vehicle were released at the scene.

FARGO, N.D.–A woman was arrested Thursday after fleeing from police during an early morning pursuit. A Clay County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration violation on 8th Street in Moorhead at approximately 1:30 a.m. when the driver fled southbound to I-94. The driver entered I-94 westbound where another deputy was able to successfully deploy stop sticks…

Fargo Police K9 Leads Detective to Major Drug Bust

Approximately 34 pounds of marijuana was found in garage in south Fargo

FARGO, N.D. — The hard work of a Fargo Police K9 leads to a major drug bust in south Fargo. Police arrested 24-year-old Kaylee Helgeson after Detective Bret Witte and K9 Kilo conducted a search on a row of garages in the 1800 Block of 39 Street South. After getting a search warrant, officers found approximately 34 pounds of marijuana….

Jamestown Police Informing Public of Fake Abduction Scam

JAMESTOWN, N.D.–The Jamestown Police Department is informing the public about an extortion scam involving a fake abduction. The Stutsman County Dispatch received a call at approximately 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday regarding a possible kidnapping at the Jamestown Walmart. The man, who was calling from Bismarck, reported his daughter had been kidnapped. The man said he was on the phone with…

Moorhead Man Arrested After Fleeing and Causing Multiple Crashes

No injuries were reported during the incident.

MOORHEAD, Minn.–A Moorhead man was arrested after fleeing police and crashing into multiple vehicles. A North Dakota State Trooper was attempting a traffic stop on I-94 at approximately 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday when the driver fled eastbound. The driver reached speeds of 95 miles per hour near 25th Street and struck another vehicle. The driver continued to flee into Minnesota…

Bismarck Man Given 4 Years in Prison for Assaulting Infant

Andrew Glasser entered an Alford plea.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A Bismarck man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting an infant. Thirty-four-year-old Andrew Glasser entered an Alford plea this week to sexual assault. The plea means Glasser does not admit guilt, but agrees there’s enough evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors say the baby had injuries related to sexual assault, rib fractures and leg injuries….

Roofing Company Banned from Doing Business in North Dakota

McKenna lists addresses in Brampton, North Dakota, and Long Prairie, Minnesota

BISMARCK, N.D.–State officials say a roofing company has been banned from doing business in North Dakota. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he has issued a cease and desist order against McKenna’s Roofing and its owner Joshua McKenna. McKenna lists addresses in Brampton, North Dakota, and Long Prairie, Minnesota. A state investigation started in August showed that McKenna had taken an…