Cass County

Harwood Man Accused Of Kidnapping Nebraska Teen Faces New Charges

Met Girl Through Online Gaming Site

FARGO, N.D. — A Harwood man is now charged in Cass County after luring a teen from Nebraska. Nichollas Johnson, 24,  is charged with gross sexual imposition and for having inappropriate photos of the 14-year-old girl. Police say Johnson met her through on online gaming site and he drove to Beatrice, Nebraska to pick her up. She was found at…

Pickup Rammed West Gate at Tharaldson Ethanol Plant

Cass County Authorities Seek Driver

CASS CO., ND — Cass County Sheriff’s authorities have released an image in hopes that you might be able to identify the pickup and its driver. It was around 3 in the morning on June 20th when the dark colored pickup drove through the West Gate at Tharaldson Ethanol Plant in Casselton. The pickup caused significant damage to the gate….

Woman Arrested for DUI After Driving into a Police Car

The officer inside the car was injured in the crash

WEST FARGO, ND — A woman was arrested for DUI after injuring a West Fargo officer by crashing into his squad car. It happened right outside the main entrance of the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. In the early hours of Sunday morning, police said a traffic stop on County Road 28 was interrupted by a crash. They said 29-year-old Ashley…

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney Receives 2017 NSA President’s Award

Sheriff Laney is adamant that the award is a direct reflection of all of the men and women of the Cass County Sheriff's Office during the lengthy deployment

CASS COUNTY, ND — Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney has just received another prestigious award. During their annual conference in Reno, Nevada, the National Sheriff’s Association presented Laney with the 2017 NSA President’s Award. The recognition was for Laney’s role as incident commander in Morton County during the Dakota Access oil pipeline protests. Laney credited his staff back home with…

Giving People a Chance: Fargo’s F5 Project Helping Former Inmates Strive for Success

The mission of the organization is to keep the past in the past

FARGO, ND — A Cass County organization’s mission is to keep the past, in the past. The F5 Project works to give former inmates a second chance. “I am a five-time felon and had the community around me not given me a chance, we wouldn’t be here today,” said Adam Martin, who is the executive director of the F5 Project….

Cass County Sheriff with President Trump as He Signs Laws Aimed at Supporting Law Enforcement

President Trump said he wants to help those, especially in law enforcement and the military, who have taken it upon themselves to protect us

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Woman Charged After Crashing Vehicle into Tree in Cass County

Her condition is unknown

GARDNER, ND — A woman is charged with DUI after crashing her vehicle into a tree. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash around 2:30 this morning on County Road 81 near Gardner. They say 45-year-old Carlene Smith drove off the road, hit an embankment and went airborne into a tree. Smith was not wearing a seat belt…

Jurors Hear Opening Statements in Ashley Hunter Double Murder Trial

The defense said the state's timeline won't add up

FARGO, ND– A Fargo double–murder trial has begun with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney said there are missing pieces to the puzzle. The state took the jury through the events that lead to Ashley Hunter being charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson. The defense said that the timeline is incomplete and police stopped looking for…

Prosecutors Read Hunter’s Statement to Police on the Death of Clarence Flowers

Ashley Hunter's attorney says the state's timeline of events doesn't make sense

FARGO, ND — A Fargo double-murder trial begins with opening statements. Ashley Hunter’s attorney says the state’s timeline of events doesn’t make sense. Inside a room on the third floor of the Cass County Courthouse, a jury, along with a crowd, goes back in time to June 22nd of 2015. The state takes the courtroom through the events that lead to…

Jury Selected in Fargo Murder Trial; Friends and Family of Victims Prepare

One of the victim's roomates hopes the trial can bring closure to the family

FARGO, ND –After multiple delays, Ashley Hunter’s trial is set to begin. He is accused of killing two men in Fargo in 2015. For friends and family, it hasn’t been easy. “People say it was like it was yesterday,” said Dan Aubol, a close friend of Samuel Traut. “Your brain just takes snapshots of everything.” After nearly two years and…