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Record Use of Solitary Confinement in Minnesota Last Year

The number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year. The Minnesota Department of Corrections placed inmates in solitary more than 8,000 times in 2018. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the number of solitary sentences has been going up steadily for the last two years. Last session, the Minnesota Legislature passed…

Patterson Moved to Prison Out of State

The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs has been transferred to a prison out of Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis.  — The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents, has been transferred to a prison out of Wisconsin. State records show that Jake Patterson was moved yesterday but do not say where. Patterson killed Denise and James Closs last October and then abducted their daughter, Jayme. He held her captive for 88 days. He was sentenced…

Sabin Man Sentenced in Crash That Killed Two-Year-Old Boy

The crash in Moorhead killed a two-year-old boy from Breckenridge in 2018

CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — A Sabin man has been sentenced for a crash that killed a two-year-old boy. Forty–two–year Jeremy Sagvold is given 3 years and 6 months in prison for criminal vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor count of careless driving. He was acquitted of manslaughter. The crash killed 2–year–old Zaiden Engen Ness of Breckenridge. In January 2018, Sagvold was…

Man Officially Charged With Setting Breckenridge House On Fire

The fire caused minimal damage

BRECKENRIDGE, MN — A man has been charged with arson for setting fire to the Breckenridge home he was staying in on Sunday. Police found 30-year-old Solomon Wierman in the driveway. He appeared confused and had been drinking. Court documents state that Wierman, who has a history of mental illness, told police that he started the fire in the bedroom where…

Former Ashby Elevator Manager Pleads Guilty In Massive Embezzlement Case

Jerry Hennessey appeared in federal court in Minneapolis to plead guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges

MINNEAPOLIS — The former Ashby elevator manager pleads guilty after he was accused of embezzling over $5 million to fund exotic hunting trips. 56-year-old Jerry Hennessey appeared in federal court in Minneapolis to plead guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion charges. He’s accused of stealing the money from the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator over 15 years. Hennessey recently listed…

Milwaukee Man Gets 25 Years In Prison For Ties To Local Overdoses

Jovan Harris was sentenced on multiple federal drug charges

FARGO, ND — A Wisconsin man is sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug crimes tied to overdoses in the metro, including one fatality in Moorhead. 28-year-old Jovan Harris of Milwaukee was sentenced on multiple federal drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance resulting in death and serious bodily injury. The heroin came from Milwaukee. As…

Woman Wins School Board Seat Years After Embezzling From School District

Melissa Starr received 35 write-in votes to win a seat on the Twin Buttes board

TWIN BUTTES, ND —  A woman convicted of embezzling from a school district on the Fort Berthold Reservation has been elected to its school board. Melissa Starr received 35 write-in votes to win a seat on the Twin Buttes board in a special election Tuesday. The town is northwest of Bismarck. Starr pleaded guilty in 2007 to embezzlement and theft…

West Fargo Man Accused Of Sexually Abusing Child For Years

Police were contacted and the girl was interviewed by child sexual abuse counselors

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo man has been charged with the ongoing sexual abuse of a child. 52-year-old Valentin Valenzuela is accused of molesting a girl for a number of years. Police were contacted and the girl was interviewed by child sexual abuse counselors. They believe the abuse started about six years ago. The charge carries a maximum sentence…

Former “America’s Dad” Labeled Sexually Violent Predator And Sentenced To Prison

A Pennsylvania judge has ordered Bill Cosby to spend 3 to ten years in prison

NORRISTOWN, PA — Bill Cosby is going to prison. “This is a very important day,” said attorney Gloria Allred. “Judgment day has come.” A Pennsylvania judge has ordered Cosby to spend 3 to ten years in prison, denying the defense attorney’s request for house arrest. They had argued Cosby is blind and only a danger to himself. The 81-year-old known…

Former Victoria’s Secret Worker Accused of Stealing $35,000 Worth of Merchandise

Authorities: Pru Bray took the items out of the store in bags or wore them under her clothing

MINOT, N.D. — A Minot woman is accused of stealing $35,000 in merchandise from Victoria’s Secret. Authorities allege 19-year-old Pru Bray took the items out of the store in bags or wore them under her clothing while she worked there. She then allegedly sold the items at rummage sales, gave them as gifts or returned them for cash. Bray also…