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Judge Refuses Lower Bail for Wahpeton Man Accused in Breckenridge Shooting

Matthew Allard, 27, is jailed on a minimum of $200,000 bail

  A judge has refused to lower bail for a Wahpeton man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a home in Breckenridge last month. The lawyer for 27 year-old Matthew Allard asked that his bail be reduced. He’s jailed on a minimum of $200,000. Allard is accused of shooting another man in the stomach during an argument. Witnesses…

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…

Police: Wisconsin Man Dies Trying to Blow Up Apartment Building

Police say 44-year-old Joseph Zunker called dispatch threatening to blow up his apartment building

  Police say a man in a small northwestern Wisconsin community was killed after he followed through on his threat to bomb his apartment building. Joseph Zunker, 44, called dispatch late last night and said he had a bomb. As officers tried to make contact with Zunker, he threatened to blow everyone up. He eventually set off the bomb and…

McIntosh Man Cited for Snowmobile Accident in Polk County

33-Year-Old Sofrony Kutsev suffered minor injuries after crashing his snowmobile near Erskine

  A rural McIntosh, Minnesota man was cited after a snowmobile crash in Polk County. A passerby reported finding a crashed snowmobile near Erskine around 8 o’clock last night. Deputies responded but couldn’t find anyone in the area. They later located the operator of the snowmobile, 33-year-old Sofrony Kutsev, who had minor injuries. Kutsev was cited for operating a snowmobile…

West Fargo Police Chief Placed on Leave

After a closed door meeting between the mayor and commissioners, Reitan was placed on leave

West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan has been put on administrative leave. At this time, city officials and Reitan have yet to comment on why he is on leave. Mayor Rich Mattern and city commissioners had a closed-door meeting late this afternoon but did not vote on the matter. Reitan joined the department in 1987. He became police chief in…

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…

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…

One Person Dead in Rollover Crash in Grand Forks

POLICE SAY THE MAN DIED AT THE SCENE OF THE CRASH

One person is dead after an early morning rollover in Grand Forks. Police say 24-year-old Jacob Clemetson died at the scene of the accident. They responded to a the call for help around 1:30 this morning to the 2000 block of North Washington Street. When they arrived, police say they found a pickup on the east side of the road was…