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Judge Denies Requests for St. Anthony Officer Trial

Yanez is charged with manslaughter and his trial is scheduled to begin on May 30th

  RAMSEY COUNTY, Minn. — A judge is denying several requests for the St. Anthony police officer who killed Philando Canstile during a traffic stop last July. Attorneys for Jeronimo Yanez asked for permission for Yanez to act out the shooting for the jury and bring up what they feel is questionable when it comes to Castile’s character. But a…

Judge Makes Decision on New Trial for 1983 Medina Murders

The officers were trying to arrest Kahl's father, Gordon, for not paying his taxes

  MEDINA, ND — Yorie Kahl will not get a trial on a defamation lawsuit he filed against a news agency. Kahl and Scott Faul were convicted of murder in the 1983 deaths of two officers in Medina. The officers were trying to arrest Kahl’s father, Gordon, for not paying his taxes. Yorie Kahl alleged the Bureau of National Affairs…

Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Found Guilty of Child Sex Abuse

He was found guilty of four counts of sexual abuse, but found not guilty of physically assaulting the girl

  BISMARCK, N.D. — A Standing Rock Sioux Tribal leader has been found guilty of sexual abuse of a child. Authorities say 54-year-old Robert Fool Bear, who is the Cannon ball District Chairman, repeatedly raped a young girl throughout a four-year time period. He was found guilty of four counts of sexual abuse, but found not guilty of physically assaulting…

Suspect Charged in Fargo Christmas Eve Murder May Avoid Trial

The 31-year-old man is accused of stabbing 26-year-old Derek Bjarnason with a long knife during an argument at Porter's home

FARGO, N.D. — The Fargo man charged with murdering a man on Christmas Eve could avoid a trial. The lawyer for Timothy Porter told a judge that settlement negotiations are ongoing with the Cass County State’s Attorney’s office. The 31-year-old man is accused of stabbing 26-year-old Derek Bjarnason with a long knife during an argument at Porter’s home. He died…

Poland Seeking Extradition of 98-Year-Old Minnesota Man

Polish prosecutors have decided to seek an arrest warrant for the now 98-year-old man

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Poland will seek extradition of a Minnesota man accused of being a Nazi unit commander. Michael Karkoc of Minneapolis was put under investigation after the AP published evidence in 2013 establishing he commanded a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children. Polish prosecutors have decided to seek an arrest warrant for…

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…

Tuttle Man Sentenced in Sex Exploitation Case with Teen from the Philippines

Calvin Bernhardt has been sentenced to 50 years for his crimes against a 14-year-old girl from the Philippines

BISMARCK, N.D. — A Tuttle, North Dakota man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for enticing a 14 year-old girl from the Philippines to send him sexually explicit pictures over the internet. Calvin Bernhardt, 54, was found guilty after a four-day trial last October in Bismarck. He was convicted of numerous charges including attempted sexual exploitation of a…

Fargo Man Accused of Threatening ND Senator Gets Court Delay

The man accused of sending threatening E-mails to Senator Heitkamp is asking for more time before his detention hearing

  A federal courtroom delay for Kevin Olson has been granted. He is the Fargo man accused of threatening to shoot Senator Heidi Heitkamp in the head. Olson’s lawyer moved to have the detention hearing delayed saying he needed more time. The hearing would have determined whether or not Olson would be offered bond or kept in custody throughout his…

Former Grand Forks Teacher Expected to Plead Guilty in Sex Assault Case

James Whalen is expected to change his plea to guilty in his North Dakota case, but still has a trial scheduled for the charges he faces in Minnesota

The trial for a former Grand Forks teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has been canceled. James Whalen is expected to plead guilty during a change of plea hearing on January 23 in Grand Forks. His trail on three counts of corruption of a minor and one count of sexual assault was scheduled to begin on…

Prosecutors in Rodriguez Appeal Hoping to Speak with Past Attorney

Prosecutors say Rodriguez's former defense attorney is not responding to their request to talk

Prosecutors involved in the final appeal of Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. are asking a judge to allow them to interview a West Fargo attorney with intimate knowledge of his 2006 trial. Prosecutors say Robert Hoy, who was one of Rodriguez’s defense attorneys won’t respond to their requests for a deposition. Rodriguez is currently on death row for the kidnapping and murder…