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Minnesota Officer Kills Carjacking Suspect, Finds Suspect’s Seven-Year-Old Daughter Inside Car

The carjacking was reported earlier in North Branch

CHISAGO COUNTY CARJACK CHISAGO COUNTY CARJACK CHISAGO COUNTY CARJACK CHISAGO COUNTY, Minn. — A carjacking suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting in east-central Minnesota and his young daughter who was in the car is safe. The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office says law officers fired shots after the suspect was found outside the town of Harris. The man died at…

Former Bemidji Assistant Principal Facing Federal Child Exploitation Charges

He is charged with the production and distribution of child porn and enticement of a minor

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A former Bemidji assistant principal now faces federal child sexual exploitation charges. Brandon Bjerknes, 34, was arrested Tuesday and appeared today in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. He is charged with the production and distribution of child porn and enticement of a minor. Court documents show Bjerknes posed online as a 13 to 15-year-old male…

Moorhead Man Arrested in Child Porn Investigation

The Clay County Attorney's office is considering charges

MOORHEAD, Minn. — An online child porn investigation has led police to a predatory sex offender in Moorhead. Investigators seized two tablets and a cellphone from the home of 33-year-old Justin Worcester-Jordan. The Clay County Attorney’s office is considering charges. Authorities got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Court documents say Jordan was convicted of…

Fargo Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crimes Case

A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal

FARGO, ND — A Fargo man is sentenced on criminal sex charges. Christopher Leiva was given seven years in prison. He’ll be on probation for 10 years and he’ll have to register as a sex offender. A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal. Leiva was accused of committing sexual acts with someone under…

Two Dead After House Fire on Lake Traverse Reservation

Two escaped the fire but after the fire was out, two others were found upstairs

SISSETON, SD — Two people have died in a house fire on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in northeastern South Dakota. The Sisseton Fire Chief says an adult and a child escaped from the burning home Sunday. After the fire was out, two others were found upstairs. They were taken to a hospital in Sisseton where they died. He says…

Former U.S. Marshal Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

He was cleared of 11 charges related to minors in the case

  BISMARCK, ND — A former deputy U.S. marshal has been sentenced for receiving child porn. Michael Rivera, of Bismarck, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Officers found dozens of pictures and videos of child porn on his computer. Rivera was indicted by a grand jury in October and pleaded guilty in January. In February, Rivera was found guilty…

Suspended West Fargo Teacher at Center of Twitter Controversy Speaks Out

Tihista's posts online claim she called parents of her students "monsters"

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo special education teacher says she made a mistake when she wrote offensive social media comments. Sheridan Tihista was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Tihista released the following statement to KVRR Local News: “I attended basketball games, bought my kids lunch when their accounts were negative, attended adoption…

Standing Rock Tribal Leader Makes Plea on Child Sex Assault Charges

He's accused of repeatedly raping and physically assaulting a girl over the course of five years

  BISMARCK, N.D. — A Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader is on trial on child sex abuse charges. Cannon Ball District Chairman Robert Fool Bear, Sr., 54, has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Bismarck. He’s accused of repeatedly raping and physically assaulting a girl over the course of five years. Fool Bear claims the girl made up the…

Minnesota Mom Fighting to Change Law that Set Her Son’s Killer Free

On February 7th, 2003, Sweats left her 3-year-old son, Cameron in the care of a family friend, Samuel Christopher Jones while she went to work

  MINNESOTA — A Minnesota mom is fighting to change the law when it comes to sentencing guidelines when someone kills a child. Cynthia Sweats said when it comes to punishing someone for killing a child, the state is much too lenient. Samuel Christopher Jones On February 7th, 2003, Sweats left her 3-year-old son, Cameron in the care of a family friend,…

Safe Kids: Keeping Children Safe from Accidental Injury in the Home

A group of social workers is set to teach younger parents about keeping their kids safe

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Safe Kids educators say keeping small children from accidental injury involves more than storing cleaning fluids out of reach. It’s why a team of social workers and home visitors are getting the tools they need to educate younger parents across the valley. A child care specialist said more kids are getting accidentally poisoned by prescription medication…