9:30 News Update
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A sign put up outside a contractor supply store that advertised an "EX-WIFE SALE" was taken down Thursday after it attracted controversy. The sign reading "EX-WIFE SALE: DUCT TAPE, CHAINSAW, SHOVELS" outside Joe Rents & Contractors Supply was taken down before the business received a call from the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead, which said a line was crossed. The man who put up the sign said he took it down because of "a lot of phone calls," but he said most were positive.
The state patrol has released the name of the woman killed in a violent crash near Kindred. 36-year-old Cindy Peterson of Kindred was pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday, after colliding with a semi at a rural intersection 3 miles Northeast of Kindred. The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries. The crash is still under investigation.
A big scare for a young boy at a Moorhead pool. Rescue crews responded to a 911 call of a possible drowning at the Northeast Park pool Thursday. When police arrived, the young boy, under 5 years old, was breathing. He was stabilized and taken to a local hospital. Police say about 15 people were swimming in the unsupervised pool at the time when the incident happened. The child is expected to be okay.
New developments in an Otter Tail County murder, involving the Burris family. The man accused of helping in his cousin's murder, pleads guilty. 24-year-old Michael Kyle Burris and his father- 65-year-old Michael Allen Burris are both charged in the case. In court Thursday, Michael Kyle Burris pleaded guilty to aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact of murder. He says he helped his father dispose of his cousin, Scott Burris's body, after his father murdered him back in May of 2012. Prosecutors say it all stemmed from a $20,000 drug debt. Usually Michael Kyle Burris's felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, but as part of a plea deal, both sides agreed to a maximum recommendation just over six years.
An Oklahoma man serving a life sentence without parole for his role in killing a Fargo dentist is appealing for sentence relief. A jury convicted Gene Kirkpatrick in 2011 of conspiring to kill his son-in-law, Philip Gattuso. Thursday, Kirkpatrick appeared in a district court room in Fargo and claimed his defense was ineffective. Kirkpatrick maintained he never formally hired someone to kill his son-in-law, although he admits to having had several discussions about it.
"Well, yeah. We talked about it, but I had 4 or 5 people tell me things," Gene Kirkpatrick said.
A Wahpeton man has lost nine thousand dollars after responding to a threatening voice mail left by someone claiming to be from the Legal Affairs Office from the IRS. The victim reported to the Consumer Protection Division that the caller claimed there was a problem with his 2005 tax return. If he didn't settle the debt within the next hour he would be arrested. The scam artist told the victim to purchase 18 Green Dot cards and then read the numbers off of each card. The caller then emptied the cards while on the phone with the victim. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said to hang up on scam artists immediately and to be vigilant about calls from strangers on the phone.
WeFest kicked off its first night of concerts on the main stage, in what they say could be their biggest year yet. Organizers say they are on pace to break the attendance record they set two years ago. They expect 50,000 people to pass through the gates, and 30,000 campers on the campgrounds each day. 12 country music acts will grace the main stage over the three days. Headlining tonight: Brad Paisley.
Take a look at today's Forum: Learn about an area acreage planted to help families half a world away.
And on the news tonight: How locals are raising awareness of Ebola.
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