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Minnesota Attorney: Prostitution Ring the “Uber of Sex Trafficking”

The women were often robbed, beaten, raped and worked up to 14 hours a day

  WASHINGTON COUNTY, Minn. — A Washington County, Minnesota attorney calls it “the Uber of sex trafficking”. Four Chinese nationals have been charged with a prostitution ring that stretched from the Twin Cities into Fargo-Moorhead, the oil patch and included a total of 29 states. Ads were placed allowing men to text and set up sex with women trafficked from…

South Dakota Man Calls for Help, Steals Deputy’s Patrol Car

The responding deputy tried to detain James because he was acting strange and was armed

TULARE, S.D. — A South Dakota man was arrested after running out of gas, not once but twice, the second time in a deputy’s squad car. Troy James is charged in Spink County with felony grand theft. James called for help after running out of gas around 4 a.m. on Highway 281 near Tulare. The responding deputy tried to detain…

One Arrested in High Speed Chase Through Four Counties

ZACHARY ROCHERS, 25, IS facing multiple charges including fleeing, assault, reckless driving and possession of a stolen vehicle

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A man led authorities on a high speed chase through four counties Monday morning. The chase stretched from Moorhead to Detroit Lakes. At about one o’clock Monday morning, police responded to a burglary-in-progress at a home in the Tessa Terrance development in South Moorhead. Police followed tire marks to Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead where they spotted 25-year-old Zachary Rogers….

High Risk Sex Offender Moving to Detroit Lakes Neighborhood

A community meeting will be held Thursday night at 6 in the City Council Chambers

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A community notification meeting is planned in Detroit Lakes about a high risk sex offender who is moving back into the community. Robert Baca will be back in DL on April 5th after completing his sentence. A community meeting will be held Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Officers will be on…

Woodley Takes Plea Deal in DAPL Case

If a judge approves the deal, Woodley will not serve any jail time but will serve one year of unsupervised probation and forfeit $500 bond

  MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — One of the most famous Dakota Access pipeline protesters has reached a plea deal. Actress Shailene Woodley has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She was scheduled to stand trial this Friday. If a judge approves the deal, Woodley will not serve any jail time but will serve one year of unsupervised probation…

Asst. Principal of Bemidji Middle School Allegedly Used Snapchat, Facebook to Lure Teens

Brandon Bjerknes, 34, is charged with two counts of solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The assistant principal of Bemidji Middle School has been arrested after authorities say he was contacting children on social media accounts posing as a 13-year-old male. Brandon Bjerknes, 34, is charged with two counts of solicitation of children to engage in sexual conduct. Bjerknes is accused of creating a fake Facebook profile named “Brett Larson” and was engaging…

Poland Seeking Extradition of 98-Year-Old Minnesota Man

Polish prosecutors have decided to seek an arrest warrant for the now 98-year-old man

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Poland will seek extradition of a Minnesota man accused of being a Nazi unit commander. Michael Karkoc of Minneapolis was put under investigation after the AP published evidence in 2013 establishing he commanded a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children. Polish prosecutors have decided to seek an arrest warrant for…

Fargo Woman Arrested After Abandoning Children at Car Crash Scene

Police say Thompson crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of University Drive and 35th Avenue South Thursday night

  FARGO, N.D. — A Fargo woman is behind bars after police say she left her children behind after crashing into another car. Rachel Thompson, 35, is facing charges of DUI, fleeing the scene of an accident and burglary. Police say Thompson crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of University Drive and 35th Avenue South Thursday night. They say she…

Two Sentenced in 2016 Sex with Minors Sting

18 men were accused of going to local hotels to hire minors for sex

Brandon Murch (L) and Christopher Highness (R)  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — Two more men have appeared in court on charges connected to a sex sting last summer in the metro. Eighteen men were accused of going to local hotels to hire minors for sex. Brandon Murch, 31, of Hunter, North Dakota was sentenced to 1½ years behind bars. A charge…

UMD Student Identified in Fatal Shooting

Police say they have identified a possible motive but have not made an arrest

FacebookDULUTH, Minn. — A man who was fatally shot in Duluth has been identified as a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Police say the victim is 22-year-old William Grahek of Duluth. He was the son of a St. Paul police officer. Authorities were called to a house in the East Hillside neighborhood Tuesday afternoon. Grahek was taken to a…