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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…

Charges: Inmate used hammer, homemade knives to attack MN Corrections Officer

STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) – Charges have been filed against Edward Johnson, the man that killed Stillwater Correctional Officer Joseph Gomm last month. Johnson faces one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of second degree assault. The charges also detail the way Johnson went about the attack, including the fact that he used a prison-issued hammer and two…

Former Securities Agent Sentenced For Scamming Clients Out of Millions

Kevin Wanner of Bismarck was given 11 years in prison for mail fraud and money laundering

BISMARCK, N.D. — A former North Dakota securities and insurance agent tearfully apologizes in court as he is sentenced for swindling. 56-year-old Kevin Wanner of Bismarck was given 11 years in prison for mail fraud and money laundering. He scammed about 40 people out of millions of dollars over a 15-year-period. Authorities say Wanner financed a lavish lifestyle with sham…

Mom Who Beat Son To Death After He Wet His Bed Gets 40 Years

Katrina Shangreaux of Porcupine pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, S.D. — A South Dakota woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. 30-old Katrina Shangreaux of Porcupine pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder in the July 2016 death of 2-year-old Kylen Shangreaux. She admitted assaulting the toddler with a studded belt….

State Supreme Court Rules Against Convicted Fargo Murderer Ashley Hunter

Hunter was found guilty in the stabbing death of Clarence Flowers and the hammer-killing of Samuel Traut

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Supreme Court rules that the double murder conviction of a Fargo man will stand. Ashley Hunter was found guilty in the stabbing death of Clarence Flowers and the hammer-killing of Samuel Traut three years ago. Hunter was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was also convicted of arson for setting fire to…