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New West Fargo police chief plans policy review, engaging with community

Chief Denis Otterness has been in his role for nearly three days

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo’s new police chief Denis Otterness says he’s always known police work is his calling. “I was one of those young kids that always dreamt about being a police officer and never really had aspirations to do anything else,” he recalled. After nearly 29 years of experience in law enforcement, Otterness was sworn in as…

Fargo City Commission gives David Zibolski conditional offer to become next police chief

FARGO, N.D. – Beloit, Wisconsin Police Chief David Zibolski is one step closer to being in charge of the police department in North Dakota’s largest city. The city commission unanimously approved the decision to extend a conditional offer for police chief to Zibolski. He is the candidate recommended for the job by the The Fargo police chief selection committee. The…

Committee recommends David Zibolski become next Fargo Police Chief

Zibolski has served as Beloit, Wisconsin's Chief of Police since 2016

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo Police Chief Selection Committee recommends Beloit, Wisconsin Police Chief David Zibolski succeed David Todd. “I have the great honor to introduce you to David Zibolski. He is our conditional candidate for police chief,” said Mayor Tim Mahoney, welcoming Zibolski as the preferred candidate. As the nation grapples with what policing should look like, local advocacy…

Finalists For West Fargo Police Chief Talk Police Reform & Diversity

Police reform and diversity have become a priority in many conversations.

WEST FARGO, N.D. – Interim Chief Jerry Boyer and Montana State University-Billings Police Chief Denis Otterness got the chance to hear the community voice their concerns. Some of the questions included Having more diversity in law enforcement, police reform and even their talking about their favorite hobbies. Police reform and diversity have become a priority in many conversations between city…

Arrest Made in Shooting Death of Former Lake Park Police Chief

Morris Dodd Jr. faces 2nd degree manslaughter and felon in possession of a firearm charges

BECKER COUNTY, Minn. – A rural Ogema man has been arrested in the death of former Lake Park Police Chief and Becker County Deputy Jay Nelson. The 53-year-old was out hunting on November 10th when he was shot while driving on the Yellowhead Trail in West Sugarbush Township. 54-year-old Morris Dodd Jr. faces 2nd degree manslaughter and felon in possession…

Suspect Killed By Police In Devils Lake Identified

The name of the officer has not been released

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed last week by a Devils Lake police officer. 26-year-old Daniel Fuller was killed on July 5 after officers responded to a call about a suspicious person. Police say Fuller died after a struggle ended with an officer’s gun being fired. The officer has been placed on…

Former Police Chief Enters Alford Plea To Child Sexual Abuse Charges

James Watson Has Been Charged In At Least Three Counties

A former LaMoure police chief has entered an Alford plea to multiple child sexual abuse charges in Hettinger and Stark counties. 52-year-old James Watson’s plea is not an admission of guilt but he acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction. A jury in Golden Valley County last month convicted him of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The charges…

Former LaMoure Police Chief Found Guilty Of Sexual Abuse of a Child

James Watson Was Tried In Far Western North Dakota County, Faces Charges In Two Other Counties

GOLDEN VALLEY CO., ND — A jury has convicted the former police chief of LaMoure of sexually abusing a child. A Golden Valley County jury returned its verdict Monday against James Watson. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. He’s also facing separate trials on felony sexual misconduct…

West Fargo to Announce Police Chief Decision Friday

It'll be held Friday morning at 8 a.m.

  WEST FARGO, ND — A special meeting of the West Fargo City Commission has been called to announce the city’s new police chief. It’ll be held Friday morning at 8 a.m. The final two candidates, Heith Janke, an FBI Supervisory Special Agent and North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer, had final interviews earlier this month. The man picked…

New Police Chief Finalists Awaiting A Decision

It is now a waiting game for the finalists for West Fargo Police Chief

WEST FARGO, ND — The candidates for West Fargo Police Chief met with city officials on a more personal basis and are now waiting on a decision. It is now a waiting game for the finalists for West Fargo Police Chief. Each candidate had the opportunity to meet with city officials, interview panelists and officers in the department. “We thought…