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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…

Fargo Man Makes Plea in Criminal Sex Case

The plea deal lead to the cancellation of a jury trial in the case

CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A Fargo man has agreed to a plea deal on criminal sex charges. Christopher Leiva pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to one count of sexual imposition. A felony charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped. The plea deal lead to the cancellation of a jury trial in the case. Leiva was accused of…

Jamestown Man Sentenced for December Standoff

Troy Elhard pleaded guilty to charges after a seven hour standoff the day after Christmas

33-year-old Elhard was arrested after a standoff in Jamestown ended peacefully.  JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A Jamestown man has been sentenced for a seven hour standoff in December. Troy Elhard, 33, pleaded guilty to terrorizing and was sentenced to 51 days in jail, which he has already served and two years of probation. He is also required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation…

Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing His Fergus Falls Father

Jurors listened to a 911 call made on the day of the killing who told authorities her son had shot his father

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The trial is underway for a man accused of killing his father in Fergus Falls. Dustin Defiel’s attorney says there’s not enough evidence to prove that he killed his father. The body of Rick Defiel was found in his house east of Fergus Falls last June. Jurors listened to a 911 call on that day from…

Fargo Man Sentenced in Wife’s Huffing Death

Brent Glarum pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless endangerment

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A Fargo man is going to jail for six months for his role in his wife’s huffing death. In a plea deal, Brent Glarum pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. Charges of negligent homicide and violating an order for protection were dropped. Glarum was accused of providing the cans of compressed air that the couple huffed…

Three Fugitives Wanted for Alleged DAPL Crimes

Two other fugitives related to the same set of charges have already been arrested or appeared in court

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. –Three men are wanted on federal charges from an incident at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. An indictment has been handed down for 36-year-old Brennon Nastacio, 22-year-old Brandon Miller-Castillo and 20-year-old Dion Ortiz. The fugitives are accused of civil disorder and use of fire to commit a federal crime. A third suspect, James White, was just arrested…

Tuttle Man Sentenced in Sex Exploitation Case with Teen from the Philippines

Calvin Bernhardt has been sentenced to 50 years for his crimes against a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Tuttle, North Dakota man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for enticing a 14 year-old girl from the Philippines to send him sexually explicit pictures over the internet. Calvin Bernhardt, 54, was found guilty after a four-day trial last October in Bismarck. He was convicted of numerous charges including attempted sexual exploitation of a…

Lisbon Man Guilty of Squeezing His Baby to Death

Byron Whetsel is convicted of killing his own son after squeezing him and breaking his ribs and neck

RANSOM COUNTY, N.D. — A Lisbon, North Dakota father has been convicted of killing his infant son. A jury found Byron Whetsel guilty of child neglect and murder following a 5-day trial in Ransom County. Court documents say Whetsel squeezed his 2-month-old son, broke the child’s ribs and neck and severely injured his brain. A medical examiner concluded all of…

UND Police Officer Sentenced in Child Porn Case

Paul Meagher will serve 10 years in prison and 10 years supervised release

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A former UND police officer has been sentenced for possessing child porn. Paul Meagher, 43, will serve 10 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release. During a search of Meagher’s residence in November, 2015, officers found multiple media devices containing more than fifty-thousand images and videos. Meagher was charged with 10 counts of possession…

Adults Wearing Masks May Soon Be Against the Law in North Dakota

The House endorses a bill and three other measures due to the protests in North Dakota

  BISMARCK, N.D. — It could soon be a crime for adults to wear masks in most cases in North Dakota. The House has endorsed that bill and three other measures spurred by the bitter dispute between Dakota Access protesters and law enforcement. The House also approved bills that increase penalties for rioting, trespassing, and causing damage to personal property….