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Fargo Man Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges For His Alleged Involvement in Downtown Riot

During the riot, federal prosecutors say Toa was seen inciting violence by jumping on top of an occupied police car and breaking the windshield.

FARGO, N.D. — Federal prosecutors say there is probable cause to believe 30-year-old Errick Toa committed civil disorder. They claim he unlawfully obstructed law enforcement and impeded commerce. During the riot, they say Toa was seen inciting violence by jumping on top of an occupied police car and breaking the windshield. Multiple squad cars were damaged during the night. OneFargo…

30 Officers Subpoenaed in Damond Investigation

It's part of a grand jury investigation into the fatal police shooting of an Australian woman in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — More than 30 police officers have been subpoenaed as part of a grand jury investigation into the fatal police shooting of an Australian woman in Minneapolis. The grand jury began its work as prosecutors decide whether to charge Officer Mohamed Noor in the July death of 40-year-old Justine Damond. She was shot in an alley as Noor…

Mother of Jamaican Lottery Mastermind Reaches Plea Deal in Bismarck Case

In the plea deal, prosecutors will drop fraud and money laundering charges

  BISMARCK, ND — The mother of a Jamaican man, who allegedly scammed North Dakotans out of thousands of dollars in a lottery scam, is pleading guilty. Dahlia Hunter, the mother of alleged scam mastermind, Lavrick Willocks, is pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. Authorities say Willocks used his mother’s mansion to operate the scam that took $5.7 million from at…

Petition Asking to Drop Charges Against DAPL Protesters Presented to Prosecutors

The assistant state's attorney confirmed getting the petition, but declined to comment

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — Prosecutors have been given a petition asking that all charges be dropped against remaining defendants in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The petition containing about 55,000 signatures was presented by representatives of the Lakota People’s Law Project to the Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office. The assistant state’s attorney confirmed getting the petition, but declined to…

Former Bemidji Assistant Principal Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

He was assistant principal for three years before resigning in April

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A former assistant principal at Bemidji Middle School has pleaded guilty to producing child porn. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Bjerknes of Bemidji also admitted to a second count of coercion and enticement of a minor. Prosecutors say Bjerknes posed as a teenage boy and used social media to contact girls and boys and told them to send him explicit…

Former Moorhead Man Accused of Torturing, Killing Cats Makes Plea

Greer entered the plea to a charge of mistreatment and torture of animals

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former Moorhead man accused of torturing and killing three cats at an apartment in January has entered an Alford plea. That means Jalen Greer isn’t admitting guilt, but says if he went to trial, he would lose. Greer entered the plea to a charge of mistreatment and torture of animals. Two other charges against him were…

Family of Justine Damond Says They are Still Waiting for Justice

This statement came shortly after state investigators announced they have forwarded the case to prosecutors for possible charges

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — It’s been nearly two months since an Australian woman was shot by a Minneapolis police officer and her family is still waiting for justice. Justine Damond’s fianc√© Don Damond says “the wait continues for Justine’s family and me.” This statement came shortly after state investigators announced they have forwarded the case to prosecutors for possible charges….

Hear from Alexandria Teen, Reunited with Family, Tonight on KVRR Local News @ 9

Prosecutors say was transported in a duffel bag, kept in a closet and "treated like animal" over the 29 days she was missing

  ALEXANDRIA, Minn. —¬†Charges are filed against three man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl from Alexandria. Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Barker, a family friend, is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and false imprisonment. Steven Powers is charged with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and false imprisonment. Joshua Holby is charged with kidnapping and…

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…

Attorneys for St. Anthony Officer Accused of Fatal Shooting Claim They Won’t Get Fair Trial

They claim relentless and biased media coverage means Yanez won't get a fair trial in Ramsey County

RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — A police officer charged with shooting a black motorist is appealing a judge’s decision against moving his trial. Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez have asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to reverse the ruling. They claim relentless and biased media coverage means Yanez won’t get a fair trial in Ramsey County. Prosecutors have…