crime

Businessman Facing Trial on Labor Trafficking Charges

State prosecutors have filed nine labor trafficking charges over the past decade.

MINNEAPOLIS–A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers is going on trial in Minneapolis for rare labor trafficking charges. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres denied the employees health coverage and workers’ compensation and forced them to live in overcrowded housing with no hot water. A criminal complaint says the construction workers did not have authorization to be in the…

Man Accused Of Armed Robbery After Victims Meet To Buy Game Console

Moorhead Police Say Robbery Happened Wednesday Afternoon

MOORHEAD, Minn. —Moorhead police arrest a man they say robbed people trying to buy a game system from them. They responded to the 1800 block of 9th Avenue South around 4:45 Wednesday afternoon. The victims told them they met up with 34-year-old John Sargent to buy a video game console. They say he took their money then pulled out a…

Scammers Use Local Numbers to Reach Victims

Gift cards and reload cards are now the number one reported method of payment for imposter scams

FARGO, N.D. — A woman receives a call from the Fargo Police Department’s phone number asking her to pay for fines with gift cards. But police say it’s a scam. Scammers using spoof devices to call victims from a local phone number demanding payment is becoming more common. According to the FTC, gift cards and reload cards are now the…

Fargo-Moorhead Police Chiefs Address Crime and Safety Concerns Directly

All three cities say property crimes and drug-related issues are prevalent

MOORHEAD, MN– Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo police chiefs are speaking directly to people about the community’s crime and safety situation. The three chiefs spoke at Tuesday morning’s Eggs and Issues event hosted by The Chamber. All three cities see property crimes and drug-related issues as prevalent. Addiction-driven behavior and mental health are also major areas of concern. “When there…

Fargo Police Chief David Todd: Addiction Driving Increase In Crime

Todd Presented 2018 Crime States to Fargo City Commission

FARGO, ND — Addiction is driving an increase in crime in Fargo. Police Chief David Todd presented the crime report for 2018 to the Fargo City Commission. The report was done in February but was just made public due to scheduling issues and flood fighting efforts. Fargo saw a 3% increase in crime last year, most of it related to burglaries…

Grand Forks County Emergency Calls, DUIs & Drug Offenses Increased in 2018

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office releases its crime statistics for 2018 showing an increase in DUIs and drug offenses. There were 19,241 calls for service which are 1,683 more than 2017. There were also 221 more incident reports over the same timeframe. The county also served 215 more warrants over 2017. 117 DUI citations were…

NDSU Police Warns Campus of Burglary in South Weible Residence Hall

One person's wallet was stolen

FARGO, N.D. — The NDSU Police Department is warning the campus after a burglary happened in South Weible Residence Hall Thursday evening. Around 6:30, police say someone went into a room with no one inside. When the student living there returned to their room, they noticed their wallet was missing. “I was scared just because it was at 6:30, it wasn’t…

Savanna Greywind One Year Later: Looking Back on the Tragedy that Changed the Community

One year later, we look back on the ups and downs and shed light on missing and murdered indigenous women.

FARGO, N.D. — One year ago, the Fargo Police department asked for your help in finding missing 22 year old Savanna Greywind. One year later, we look back on the tragedy that many say changed the community and shed light on missing and murdered indigenous women. KVRR’s Jessie Cohen takes us through the ups and downs, the searches and the…

String of Break-ins Hits Fargo Businesses

It is unclear if the cases are related

FARGO, N.D. — A string of break–ins across Fargo in the early morning leaves several places with damaged property. Fargo Police say the first case was a broken window at Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop. Around 4:30 a.m., police responded to Used–A–Bit Sales and Pawn on Main Avenue for a glass break alarm. “They chucked a few rocks through our front door,…