crime

Police: Rapid City Gas Station Clerk Stabbed to Death Over Beer

Rapid City Police say the female clerk was in her 20s and left to die in front of the store

  A gas station clerk was stabbed to death during a robbery in Rapid City. “Unfortunately we had a robbery,” said Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris. “Actually, it appears to be more of a beer theft in progress and when our officers arrived, they found a young female clerk that was brutally stabbed and left to die right in…

Sen. Hoeven Accuses Obama Administration of DAPL Delays

Senator John Hoeven says the Trump Administration should approve the final easement on DAPL immediately

  Senator Hoeven claims the Obama administration is again trying to delay the Dakota Access Pipeline project by changing the rules. He says a new environmental impact study will impose months and perhaps years of additional delay and difficulty on the people who live and work in the pipeline area. He says the company has complied with all federal and…

Lakeville Man Makes Plea in Cass County Homicide Investigation

Timothy Barr says he "accidentally" ran over the victim with his car

  The Lakeville man accused of killing a woman in Cass County in August has pleaded not guilty. Timothy Barr was in Cass County District Court and entered not guilty pleas to manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. The body of Michele Newell of Vadnais Heights was found in rural Cass County in December. She had…

Man Gets Plea Deal in 2016 West Fargo Motel Standoff

Jan Michel Wangstad, 38, plead guilty to multiple charges and was given five years in prison

  A plea deal and sentence for the man involved in an armed standoff at a West Fargo motel last March. Jan-Michel Wangstad, 38, pleaded guilty to terrorizing, reckless endangerment, illegal possession of a firearm, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance. An attempted murder charge was dropped. Wangstand was given five years in prison. He was arrested last…

One Arrested After Standoff with Jamestown Police

Brandon Haugen was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

  A nearly five hour standoff with police in Jamestown ended with a man in custody for domestic assault. Police blocked off a section of 3rd Street Northwest around nine this morning while trying to communicate with Brandon Haugen during a welfare check. After three hours and no response from Haugen, officers entered the house and found no one inside….

Reitan Won’t Return as Police Chief of West Fargo

Chief Reitan was placed on administrative leave on January 13 and Mayor Rich Mattern says privacy policies prohibit him from saying why

  West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan will not be returning to his job according to the mayor. Reitan was placed on administrative leave on Friday after a special meeting between the mayor, commissioners and city officials. Mayor Mattern says a separation agreement between the city and Reitan is being drawn up. He could not tell us the reason behind…

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…

Fargo Man Accused of Threatening ND Senator Gets Court Delay

The man accused of sending threatening E-mails to Senator Heitkamp is asking for more time before his detention hearing

  A federal courtroom delay for Kevin Olson has been granted. He is the Fargo man accused of threatening to shoot Senator Heidi Heitkamp in the head. Olson’s lawyer moved to have the detention hearing delayed saying he needed more time. The hearing would have determined whether or not Olson would be offered bond or kept in custody throughout his…

Are Police Losing a Tool with Backpage.com?

Police have used the site as a tool to catch traffickers just as traffickers have used to site to do business

The site Backpage.com has removed its adult section after a Senate Homeland Security Investigation found it had knowingly facilitated online sex trafficking. Law Enforcement has used the site to help catch traffickers. “The audacity of a group of American citizens wishing to hide behind the first amendment when they exploit children is beyond me,” said North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp…