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Judge Exceeds Recommended Sentence in Gaarsland Beating Death

Scott Moen is given a 20-year prison sentence in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland

Scott Moen, the last of four men accused in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland, is given a 20-year prison sentence. This exceeds the 15-year sentence recommended by prosecutors who say Moen has been cooperative since his arrest. Moen was the first suspect to plead guilty in this case: one count of murder, and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault….

U.S. Senator Heitkamp Speaks Out About Alleged Death Threats

U.S. Senator Heitkamp won't let threats keep her from public appearances

WEST FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke with KVRR for the first time about the threat against her life which put Kevin Olson in federal custody. Olson is accused of sending emails to Heitkamp in which he threatens to shoot her in the head. Heitkamp said this isn’t the first threat like this she’s received, although most past…

21 Years Later, a West Fargo Family is Still Dealing with the Murder of Cherryl Tendeland

Appearing in court for the first time in three years the family shares their feelings about Friday's court ruling

Convicted murderer Barry Garcia appeared in court appealing his life sentence. The family of his victim was in the courtroom and spoke with us after the decision. “The defendant’s summary for disposition is denied,” said District Judge Wade L. Webb. After almost a year of delays, the Tendeland family finally hears the answer they’ve been hoping for. The man convicted…

Barry Garcia Appeal Denied

After appealing for a resentencing Garcia will not be granted resentencing

Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman in 1995 argued his case in Cass County Court for an appeal hearing. Garcia was trying to be re–sentenced with consideration for recent Supreme Court rulings on sentencing a minor to life in prison without parole. Garcia’s lawyer argued because of rulings such as Miller vs Alabama, which removed…

Fargo Woman Charged in Early Morning Stabbing Investigation

Fargo police did not specify what kind of weapon was used in the alleged assault

A Fargo man is hurt and one woman is arrested after reports of a stabbing early Friday morning. Kaylee Falowo, 29,  is charged with felony aggravated domestic assault. Fargo Police say officers responded to the 3700 block of 42nd Street South just after 7:00 am. They say one man was injured and was taken to the hospital, but did not specify…

Fargo Man Charged with Making Death Threats Against Senator Heitkamp

Kevin Olson threated to shoot Heidi Heitkamp in the head and was arrested Tuesday morning

A Fargo man is behind bars and charged with making a death threat against Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The Red River Valley SWAT team worked with U.S. Capitol Police and tracked down 55-year-old Kevin Olson. Olson was arrested at his house on the 1600 block of 51st Street South in Fargo. He’s been charged with mailing threatening communications and is in…

Third Person Sentenced in the Joey Gaarsland Case

Jason Oien was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter of Joey Gaarsland.

FARGO, N.D. A Fargo man will spend at least 15 years behind bars in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland. In May of 2015, 34-year-old Jason Oien was involved in a fight outside of Rick’s Bar. He and three other men allegedly beat Joey Gaarsland, causing his death. Oien plead guilty to manslaughter. Joey Gaarsland’s daughter, Ali Gaarsland, said she…

Judge Declines Gag Order in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A judge will not issue a gag order in the wrongful death lawsuit of Andrew Sadek

A judge has declined to issue a gag order in the wrongful death lawsuit of NDCSC college student Andrew Sadek. John and Tammy Sadek are suing Richland County and the director of a drug task force that their son had agreed to work with. Their attorney argued that a jury pool could be tainted by news reports about the case….

Man Pleads Guilty to Sending Inappropriate Snapchats to Minors

A Grand Forks man is pleading guilty to sending pictures of his private parts to minors.

A Grand Forks man has changed his plea to guilty in Cass County District Court for promoting obscenity to minors. Nine other charges against James Burden were dropped as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced after a presentence investigation is finished. Burden was accused of sending pictures of his private parts to a number of minors on…

Sentencing Hearing Moved Up for Last Defendant in Gaarsland Case

The man who pleaded guilty in the beating death of Joey Gaarsland is to be sentenced on Friday

Another change in the sentencing date for a man who pleaded guilty in a bar beating death. Jason Oien’s attorney was unable to make it from Grand Forks to court in Fargo earlier this week and his sentencing date was rescheduled to February 6. But the attorneys and the judge have now agreed to sentence Oien on Friday. He changed…