Noon News Update
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Welcome to your afternoon update.
According to Red Lake police, shots have been fired at the Red Lake Indian Reservation. We have confirmation that there is a standoff underway. We have crews on the way to bring the latest details to you. Stay tuned to wday.com for the very latest on this developing story.
Clay County Deputies arrested a man in Moorhead following a car chase early this morning. Officials say 21-year-old Thomas Ransi was pulled over by a deputy just before 1 o'clock on south highway 52. Sheriff Bill Bergquist spoke on 970 WDAY radio about the incident.
“He got on the interstate the wrong way, so at that point the deputy backed off and discontinued the pursuit because of the dangers of him going the wrong way on the interstate, but the deputy was on the interstate and observed the vehicle that actually crashed in the ditch and the driver got out and ran and he was apprehended a short time late,” said Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist.
Ransi is facing a number of charges including felony fleeing, possession of a firearm and driving without a license.
Fargo Police are working with the North Dakota BCI and West Acres management to address issues with their response after a high speed chase ending at the mall. The three groups say their main concern is a need for better communication. Police say 33-year-old Kendall Feist of Bismarck led local law enforcement all over Fargo- Moorhead, ending up inside West Acres. Three BCI agents, dressed in plain clothes, followed him through the mall, at times with their guns drawn, creating extra anxiety for everyone there - many who had no clue what was going on.
"The biggest concern I have, and it's something that, well it really was the focal point of our conversation this morning, was under the circumstances as they were presented, having non uniformed law enforcement officers going into the mall with their weapons at the ready," said Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes.
Ternes says because everything happened so quickly, communication between police, the BCI, and mall management was difficult.
A huge storm system produced a total of 15 tornados that touched down in South Dakota. The Weather Service rated A tornado in Wessington Springs as an EF-2 with peak winds of 127 miles an hour. The twister was on the ground for about 40 minutes in the heart of town. Authorities say 43 homes and 12 businesses are damaged. Thankfully only 1 person was injured. Wessington Springs is about 125 miles northwest of Sioux Falls.
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious car accident in New Jersey. Morgan's spokesman says the former "30 Rock" star is showing signs of improvement but has a long road to full recovery. Morgan suffered a broken leg and broken ribs. His limousine van was hit by a truck early June 7 on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan's friend James McNair was killed and Morgan and two other men were seriously injured.
Check out today's Forum: Learn about a new studio opening its doors on Broadway in downtown.
And on the news tonight: Find out why a group of people is hitting the pavement, running from Fargo to Milnor, North Dakota.
Time now for our retweet of the day...it's from TIME..."Internet swoons over "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area." This mug shot of a Northern California man arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media. The photo of Jeremy Meeks has attracted more than 50,000 "likes," 6,000 shares - and counting. It's drawing comments praising his good looks. Not everyone was approving; one wrote, "He may be a tad bit cute, but with six felonies, he isn't that cute." Meeks' bail is set at $900,000.
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