Noon News Update
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Happy Independence Day and thanks for joining us.
A motorcyclist has died from injuries suffered in a crash with a vehicle in Fargo Thursday night. The accident happened on Frontage Road along I-29 near Main Avenue. Police called in a crew to re-construct the accident to find out just how the crash happened. Authorities expect to release the victim's name later this weekend. Sargent Kringlie of the Fargo Police Department recommends motorcyclists travel as if they're invisible to everyone else.
“Motorcycles can be dangerous. They’re not protected like you are in a car. Just use – do caution when driving on the holidays – we do have a lot more travel,” Sargent Kringlie said.
No word weather the man was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.’
Prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss charges in the case of a former high school principal in Dickinson who was accused of setting fire to his school in March. Stark County State's Attorney says that after a judge threw out some police interviews, the case had insufficient evidence. A judge ruled Thomas Sander was not read his rights before part of a police interrogation and that some of his statements were coerced. Sander faced charges of arson and endangerment by fire or explosion.
A Fargo man is accused of impregnating a 15-year-old girl who had been placed in Cass County foster care following the death of her mother. According to court documents, the 15-year-old girl told authorities she was pregnant by 25-year-old Gregory Fornter. Social Services workers believed the girl had been staying with a friend during her mother's illness.
Hurricane Arthur has left tens of thousands of people without power along the North Carolina coast. After passing over the southern end of the Outer Banks, it weakened from a Category 2 storm to Category 1 with top sustained winds of about 90 miles an hour. Forecasters expect it to weaken.
If you'll be in the area tonight, here are some events you can check out: Bonzanzaville's show will be starting at around 10:00 tonight. MSUM's 42nd Annual fireworks show starts at about 10:30 at Nemzek Field and the free festivities begin there at 6:30. In Wahpeton, a fireworks display will follow the Legion Baseball game at John Randall Field. Detroit Lakes will shoot fireworks over the lake starting at 10.
Here's what you'll find in today's Forum: Learn about a West Fargo woman opening a home décor and gift shop on Fargo's south corridor.
And coming up tonight on WDAY: Hector International Airport conducts a survey on accessibility in honor of the American with Disabilities Act.
We have two retweets of the day... one in honor of our nation's birthday... but this one comes from Ben Sherwood: "Breaking: Hot dog champ Joey Chestnut has proposed to girlfriend. Experts can't predict impact on Nathan's dog eating contest."
I can't think of anything more romantic than that. Last year, Chestnut downed 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The average American only eats 60 in a year! We'll see how he does this year.
Now our patriotic tweet of the day...it's from the U.S. Department of Defense: "Happy Fourth of July!" On July 4th, 1776 - that's 238 years ago if you're counting - the U.S. Officially declared its independence from Great Britain.
If you'd like to check out those retweets, you can find them @WDAYnews. Feel free to follow us while you’re there. You can find me as well @LaneWDAY.
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Travel safely if you're heading out on the roads and have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July.