Noon News Update


Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Welcome to your afternoon update and happy Friday.


One man is dead after a small plane crashed near Lisbon, North Dakota. The accident happened around 7:40 Thursday night when a small airplane crashed in a wheat field four miles Northwest of Lisbon. Authorities have not identified the 64-year-old Lisbon native who was flying the plane. The incident remains under investigation by the FAA. The latest on this story is coming up tonight on the news.

Authorities responded to a rollover in West Fargo around 6 o'clock this morning. The accident happened near 15th Street and 32nd Avenue West. The vehicle belongs to Christopher Porter, of De Forest, Wisconsin. It appeared the driver lost control and went into the ditch, rolling several times before coming to a stop. No one was located at the scene and a check of local hospitals didn't turn up anyone seeking treatment. Deputies are still investigating.

Fargo police were called to a robbery involving two women carrying a stun gun Thursday. Gabrielle McGuire and Vivian Hager, both of St. Cloud, were arrested for robbery after allegedly taking electronics from a man's apartment on the 1500 block of 27th Avenue South in Fargo. The females used an electronic stun gun to threaten the man. The females then drove off with the stolen items. Officers found the vehicle and arrested the women for robbery.

Prosecutors are planning to file charges against the man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer. 39-year-old Brian George Fitch Senior is expected to be charged today in connection with Officer Scott Patrick's death. Patrick was killed Wednesday during a traffic stop. Authorities arrested Fitch later that day after a manhunt. Fitch remained in serious condition Thursday with injuries he suffered during a shootout with police. Court records show Fitch was wanted because he left a drug treatment program - which he had asked to go to instead of prison last year - after he was convicted of terroristic threats and assault. He also faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a separate drug charge.

On a different note, a runner from Illinois and his 11,000 mile journey across the country are proving you don't have to see the world to change it. 62-year-old David Kuhn has spent more than half of his life blind, but now sees his purpose. He is hitting the pavement in West Fargo and Fargo this week to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. His 12-year-old granddaughter was born with the disease. The stop is part of his 11,000 mile goal - 20 miles each day - different legs and different cities all across the U.S. It's all to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis, and inspire other runners, and his guides along the way. 

"I just decided to take it one step further when her health - my grand daughter's health - deteriorated rapidly at the end of last year. So I just decided I'm going to put it together and see what happens," David Kuhn said.

"To be part of Dave's cause and just to share even this little piece, 4 to 5 miles is so minor when you look at 11,000, but to be part of that is huge," said West Fargo guide runner Michelle Donarski.

Kuhn hopes to finish his journey in 18 months and raise $500,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To help out, you can visit his Facebook group called "It's All I can Do."

Two American patients stricken with Ebola are to be flown from Africa to the U.S. One patient will be transferred to an Atlanta hospital's special facility containment unit within the next several days. Meantime, U.S. health officials are warning Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak. The deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Check out today's Forum: Same-sex couples celebrate the anniversary of legal marriages in Minnesota, in hopes that North Dakota will follow.

And coming up tonight on the news, FM Ambulance goes "above and beyond" receiving a special honor.

Time now for our retweet of the day from Daily Mail Femail...It says "Mother-of-five proudly shares photo of her stretch marks after being fat-shamed on beach."

The 33-year-old mom has received an overwhelming amount of support as this post has gone viral. The article says she posted an open letter to the group who fat-shamed her saying, "I'm sorry if my first attempt at sun tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years 'grossed you out'...I'm NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings." Good for her.

Check out that retweet on our Twitter handle @WDAYnews or on mine @LaneWDAY.

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Have a lovely weekend.