9:30 News Update
Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - Thanks for joining us for your news update today.
Moorhead Police - with help from Fargo authorities - have busted a couple now charged with pimping out a 13-year-old girl. 24-year-old Prince Jones of Fargo and 24-year-old Eyeesha Hinton of Minneapolis are both behind bars in Cass County, held on human trafficking charges. Hinton and Jones's victim is now safe. Police say the couple was advertising a 21-year-old female on backpage.com offering prostitution services. The victim is a runaway from Minneapolis.
"I think a lot of people don't think it happens in our community. But we know that a lot of juveniles and the traffic up along I-94, whether it's from Minneapolis up through Stearns County up here through Clay County, out to Williston and the Bakken, those are problems that we're dealing with," said Clay County Attorney Brian Melton.
"This is a 13-year-old child. Even the adults who are engaged in this are very often physically coerced, addicted to drugs and being traded out for drugs, the stock and trade of prostitution is a despicable, just a contemptible, dehumanizing, victimizing thing. It's not a victimless crime," said Moorhead Police Chief David Ebinger.
The father of the 13-year-old victim says she was returned to her non-custodial mother, but has already run away from home again.
Fire crews in Moorhead responded to a late night garage fire that may have been caused by a parked motorcycle. Crews arrived to find fire coming out of an open garage door at the 1100 block and 13th Street South in Moorhead. A motorcycle was engulfed in flames inside. Both the homeowner and his dog escaped without injury. Damage is estimated at $30,000 dollars.
New information in the Dickinson Trinity High School fire back in March…a student interviewed in the investigation knew accurate, non-public details - like how the fire was started - and knew the combination of the vault where it began. The student also had a grudge against the school…That from the latest court filing in the case against the Catholic school's former principal, Thomas Sander. Details Sander gave about how the fire started didn't align with the findings in the investigation. The student left an anonymous letter at the jail with a confession, proclaiming Sander's innocence.
The president is coming to North Dakota today. It marks the 14th visit to the state by a sitting President of the United States. Mr. Obama and the First Lady will land in Bismarck this afternoon around 1:30. We'll live coverage of that on wday.com. The president and first lady will then travel down to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation for a powwow and talk with tribal leaders as well as a Flag Day Ceremony. The president is expected to speak around 3:15. You can catch his speech on our website or listen to it live on AM 970 WDAY.
Here's what you'll find in today's Forum: The bones of an ancient 50 foot sea monster found on a North Dakota farm.
And on the news: Live coverage from Cannon Ball.
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