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Ashley Hunter Sentenced to Two Life Terms in Prison Without Parole

Samuel Traut's family gave speeches to the court

FARGO, ND — The question “do you have any siblings” is one Sally Traut will never answer the same. “What do I say? Do I say I don’t have any siblings just to simplify it? Do I say ‘one’ and just move on, making them think I don’t particularly enjoy my sibling,” Sally said. For Sally’s mother MaryAnn, it’s hard…

Lidgerwood Man Arrested After Six Hour Standoff

People living nearby were evacuated during the standoff

  LIDGERWOOD, ND — A Lidgerwood man is facing a felony reckless endangerment charge after a six-hour standoff with authorities. The incident on Monday began when officers responded to a report that 39-year-old Michael Skroch was allegedly terrorizing someone with a sword. Authorities say attempts to negotiate with Skroch were unsuccessful. Officers twice fired tear gas into the home and…

Relative of Gordon Winrod’s Victims Worried He’s Re-Establishing Cult in Kulm

The new owners of the former Kulm High School are the daughter and son-in-law of white supremacist Pastor Gordon Winrod

  KULM, ND — Some people in Kulm, North Dakota are worried that a cult leader is moving into their small town. The new owners of the former Kulm High School are the daughter and son-in-law of white supremacist Pastor Gordon Winrod. He served about 10 years in a Missouri prison for kidnapping his grandchildren from their home near Edgeley…

Minot Man Charged with Theft After Pocketing Money Found on the Floor

The victim said he thought he had put the money back in his pocket

  MINOT, ND — It’s the age old question. If you found money on the ground, what would you do? One man from Minot found out the hard way. Nicholas Skelly, 28, is charged with theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake after he pocketed over $1,000 in cash he found on a Minot hardware store floor. He…

Father of Philando Castile Requesting Portion of $3 Million Settlement from Prison

Castile's mother, Valerie, has petitioned the court for $2 million with the remaining amount going to attorneys

  HENNEPIN COUNTY, Minn. — The father of Philando Castile wants a portion of the $3 million settlement reached in his death. Phelix Frazier Sr. is serving a life term in federal prison on drug trafficking charges. Frazier has asked a Hennepin County judge to give him $500,000 and disputes claims that he was absent from his son’s life. Castile’s…

Park River Man Sentenced in Fentanyl Overdose Death

Chyle told investigators he provided fentanyl in August 2016 to 30-year-old Eugene Meecham, of Grafton

PARK RIVER, ND — A Park River man tied to a fentanyl overdose death has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Twenty-six-year-old Zachary Chyle pleaded guilty in March to a pair of charges involving distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. Chyle told investigators he provided fentanyl in August 2016 to 30-year-old Eugene Meecham, of Grafton. Meecham’s body…

Halstad Sex Offender on the Move

Jonah Hawkins was released from prison late last month

HALSTAD, Minn. — A high level sex offender who had been living in Halstad is on the move. Jonah Hawkins was released from prison late last month. He was last seen in Halstad but the Department of Corrections says it’s possible he’s traveled to North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Florida or Arizona. His criminal history includes a sexual misconduct conviction…

Bond Set for Man Charged in Williston Shooting

Bond is set for Minot man accused of killing man in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D. – Bond has been set at $2 million for a Minot man accused of killing a man in Williston. Twenty-seven-year-old Alex Eggleston is charged with murder in the shooting Friday of 43-year-old Vance Neset. He could face life in prison if convicted. Authorities say Eggleston allegedly approached Neset and another man outside a hotel and was rejected when…

Fargo Man in Custody After Being Found with 14-Year-Old Missing Girl

He was arrested Wednesday and faces a kidnapping charge in Nebraska

FARGO, ND — A missing Nebraska teen has been found in Fargo and a Fargo man is in custody. The 14-year-old girl was reported missing on Monday and investigators determined she had been enticed to leave by 24-year-old Nicollas Johnson. He was arrested Wednesday and faces a kidnapping charge in Nebraska. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison….

Ashby Man Sentenced for Attempted Kidnapping Near Fergus Falls

Morimoto took off when a deputy arrived and led several agencies on a high-speed chase that ended in Wheaton

  OTTER TAIL COUNTY, Minn. — An Ashby man has been sentenced for an attempted kidnapping near Fergus Falls. As part of an agreement with Otter Tail County prosecutors, Jason Morimoto was given just under four years in prison. The 33-year-old Morimoto pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon. It was last December when he followed his ex-girlfriend on I-94…