ARREST

North Dakota Authorities Capture Wanted Montana Fugitive

Multiple agencies and K-9's were used in the search for Berger and he was tracked down about 5 hours after the manhunt was launched

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A Montana fugitive was arrested north of Fargo last night after a lengthy search. Aragorn Berger, 41, stole a car in Fargo and ran from authorities after they responded to a report of a suspicious person Wednesday afternoon near Argusville. Multiple agencies and K-9’s were used in the search for Berger and he was tracked…

Twin Cities High School Teacher Arrested for Sexual Communications with Student

The school district said they received a complaint about Akervik last Saturday and immediately began an investigation

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A high school teacher in the Twin Cities has been arrested on suspicion of having explicit electronic communications with a student. Officers arrested Erik Akervik, a music teacher at Burnsville High School, at the school on Monday morning. The school district said they received a complaint about Akervik last Saturday and immediately began an investigation. Police were…

Gaarsland Arrested for Fourth Time in Under a Year

This is the second time this year Gaarsland has been arrested for possession, and the fourth time in under a year

  FARGO, N.D. — The widow of a man beaten to death in a brawl outside a Main Avenue Fargo bar has been arrested again. Laura Gaarsland, the widow of Joey Gaarsland, is charged with felony possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. This is the second time this year Gaarsland has been arrested for possession, and the fourth time in…

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…