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Federal carjacking charges filed against Fargo man

John Poitra was charged in Clay County on March 17th

FARGO, N.D. — On March 17th, John Poitra, 30, was arrested after allegedly threatening to stab a man in Fargo, stealing their car and fleeing into Minnesota were he was taken into custody. “The deputy had just started a shift, he was right in the area when the call came out,” said Clay County Sheriff, Mark Empting. “He immediately saw…

Clay County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes New Patrol K9

Goose will be partnered with Deputy Sam Grandbois.

1/2 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn.–K9 Goose is the newest member of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Goose was picked up on Monday and will be partnered with Deputy Sam Grandbois. Their patrol certification training will begin in March. Deputy Grandbois and Goose are expected to be working the streets by this summer. Clay…

Morning Grain Dryer Fire Involves Several Departments

The Salvation Army used one of its trailers to help frozen firefighters warm up.

CLAY COUNTY, MINN. (KFGO) – Firefighters from Dilworth, Glyndon, and Moorhead battled a grain dryer fire in bitterly cold conditions at a farm 10 miles north of Dilworth early Monday. Those types of fires have been happening often lately as farmers are using the dryers for long periods, drying out their crops as a result of recent wet weather. Clay…

Scam Involves Person Acting As Special Agent On Behalf of IRS

The caller is told a federal warrant is out for his or her arrest unless a fine is paid

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A new scam alert from Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting. He says the scam involves a person claiming to be a Special Agent Josh Penn. The scammer claims he is working on behalf of the IRS and that your bank account was used to set up illegal bank accounts for drug cartels in Texas. The caller is…

Hear The Hawley 911 Swatting Call

HAWLEY, Minn. — Law enforcement calls it “swatting.” Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says that’s what happened this afternoon when deputies and other officers rushed to Hawley. Dispatch received a call from someone claiming that someone had been taken hostage at a home. Red River Valley Swat was headed to the scene but deputies arrived and spoke with the homeowner….

Clay County Deputy Injured, Squad Cars Rammed In Pursuit With Burglary Suspect

Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says the suspect fled in a stolen vehicle after he was located in Fargo.

1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, MINN. (KFGO) – A burglary suspect is in custody following an early Monday morning high speed chase after ramming squad cars and injuring an officer. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says the suspect fled in a stolen vehicle after he was located in Fargo, sped into Moorhead and continued into Dilworth on Highway 10…