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Moorhead Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing, Torturing Cats

If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man accused of torturing and killing three cats has pleaded not guilty. Jalan Greer, 23, will stand trial starting July 25 for three counts of felony mistreatment of animals. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison. Court documents say police were called to Greer’s apartment in January on a report of a…

High Risk Sex Offender Moves to Horace

Travis Lauckner, 37, is living at 407 Nelson Drive

HORACE, ND — A high risk sex offender is now living in Horace. Travis Lauckner, 37, is living at 407 Nelson Drive. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says Lauckner was convicted in 2011 in Cass County of the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl and spent about four years in prison. When he was 17, Lauckner had a sexual relationship…

Flight Attendant Pleads Guilty to Interfering with Aircraft, Avoids Prison

He said he wanted to be recognized as a hero

  BISMARCK, ND — A flight attendant from Arizona accused of making bogus bomb threats on two flights will not be going to prison. Justin Cox-Sever, 23, has pleaded guilty in federal court in Bismarck to interfering with an aircraft. He said he wanted to be recognized as a hero. The judge gave him up to five months in a…

Fargo Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crimes Case

A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal

FARGO, ND — A Fargo man is sentenced on criminal sex charges. Christopher Leiva was given seven years in prison. He’ll be on probation for 10¬†years and he’ll have to register as a sex offender. A charge of child abuse or neglect was dropped as part of his plea deal. Leiva was accused of committing sexual acts with someone under…

BCI Investigating Inmate Death in Grand Forks

The man was found unresponsive in his cell before being taken to a hospital

  GRAND FORKS, N.D. — An investigation into the death of an inmate at Grand Forks County Correctional Center is underway. Nathan Dogskin, 45, was found unresponsive in his cell and taken to Altru where he died last Saturday. The North Dakota BCI is investigating the circumstances surround his death. Dogskin was in jail after his probation for failing to…

Doctor Accused of Genital Mutilation with Minnesota Girls Makes Plea

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines

  DETROIT, Mich. — A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilations on two Minnesota girls in a first-of-its-kind case in the United States. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. She is…

Man Who Shot Five Minneapolis BLM Protesters Headed to Prison

Scarsella and several others showed up at the encampment and fired into the crowd, injuring five people

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A Black Lives Matter protest shooter in the Twin Cities is going to prison. Allen “Lance” Scarsella was sentenced to 15 years for shooting five protesters outside the Minneapolis Police Department Fourth Precinct in 2015. Black Lives Matter protesters had been gathered outside of the precinct following the deadly officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark. Scarsella and…

Man Convicted in Area Meth Bust Loses Bid for Shorter Sentence

The appeals court panel says Cossette has a violent criminal history and poses a danger to the community

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — A man charged in a conspiracy to sell meth in the metro has lost his bid for a shorter prison term. Marc Cossette was sentenced to 27 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in 2013. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals says U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson of Fargo did not abuse his…

Former Grand Forks Teacher Sentenced in Sex Case; Says He’s Sorry for What Happened

The former Grand Forks Central High School spoke before the court before he was sentenced

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The fate of the former Grand Forks Central High School teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with a student has been decided. James Whalen will be heading to prison. It’s former teacher James Whalen’s face you see in the headlines…but as the state’s attorney reads a statement, it’s his victim that feels front and center….

Standing Rock Tribal Leader Makes Plea on Child Sex Assault Charges

He's accused of repeatedly raping and physically assaulting a girl over the course of five years

  BISMARCK, N.D. — A Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader is on trial on child sex abuse charges. Cannon Ball District Chairman Robert Fool Bear, Sr., 54, has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Bismarck. He’s accused of repeatedly raping and physically assaulting a girl over the course of five years. Fool Bear claims the girl made up the…