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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…

North Dakota Man Sentenced in Copper Theft in Afghanistan

In February 2013, Guidry was working for a local Afghan company and was arrested after a sting operation was set up

  NATIONAL — A North Dakota man accused of stealing copper wire from Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan is sentenced. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Benjamin Guidry was sentenced to nearly three years in prison following his conviction for theft of government property. In February 2013, Guidry was working for a local Afghan company and was arrested after a sting operation was…

Former Grand Forks City Council Member who Shot Judge Back in Jail

Reuben Larson, 68, finished serving 25 of a 26-year prison sentence for shooting Judge Lawrence Jahnke in Room 201 of the Grand Forks County Courthouse

  BURLEIGH COUNTY, N.D. — A former Grand Forks City Council member who shot a judge in a courtroom in 1992 has been put back in jail. Reuben Larson, 68, finished serving 25 of a 26-year prison sentence for shooting Judge Lawrence Jahnke in Room 201 of the Grand Forks County Courthouse. Larson was in court for failing to make…

Judge: North Dakota Owes Former Owner of Fargo Horse Betting Business $13 Million

The former owner of a horse betting business is owed $13 million after her conviction for illegal gambling was overturned

COURTESY: KFGO  NORTH DAKOTA — Susan Bala has a big check coming to her from the state of North Dakota. The former owner of a horse betting business is owed $13 million after her conviction for illegal gambling was overturned. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled the state must refund Bala the money it collected for taxes. The founder of Racing…

Little Falls Man Convicted of Murdering Two Teens Asking to be Released

They say Smith's rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public

  LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — Attorneys for the Little Falls man who killed two teens who broke into his home in 2012 are asking for his release. Attorneys for 68-year-old Byron Smith say his life sentence without parole is unconstitutional. They say Smith’s rights were violated when parts of his trial were closed to the public. Smith killed 18-year-old Haile…

Cox-Sever Makes Plea Deal in Two-Year-Old Bogus Bomb Threat Case

His threats forced flights from Virginia to Chicago and from Minneapolis to Dickinson to make emergency landings

  NORTH DAKOTA — A flight attendant accused of making bogus bomb threats on two Skywest flights in 2015 has signed a plea deal to avoid trial. Justin Cox-Sever, 23, of Tempe, Arizona, is expected to plead guilty to four of the five charges against him related to interfering with an aircraft. Prosecutors will drop a fifth count, reducing the…