Noon News Update
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Grand Forks police are investigating an early-morning robbery. At about 5 o'clock this morning, a male entered the Cenex Convenience Store at 803 S. Washington, and demanded money from the safe. Officials say the suspect is a black male, approximately 5' 9". They say he left the store and fled with an undisclosed amount of money. The man was wearing all black clothing, including a black stocking cap and a mask. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police.
Police have arrested a man they believe is responsible for vandalizing the Cass County Courthouse. Officers arrested 28-year-old Christopher Wagar after he was seen writing a message on the plywood used to board up the broken windows. According to police, Wagar admitted he was responsible. Wagar is believed to also have been responsible for two previous acts of vandalism this month and is being connected to the suspicious package left near the courthouse last Friday.
A criminal investigation involving a West Fargo teacher has been kept secret for months. Language arts instructor Aaron Knodel is a West Fargo - and North Dakota - Teacher of the Year. He was put on paid administrative leave for a half-year. Details on what type of crime he's being investigated for are not available. The superintendent notified school board members back in February of the investigation. The police department has forwarded the case to the BCI.
A pollution warning... the stretch of warm, calm weather has brought good conditions for blue-green algae in lakes. Heavy rains in May and June washed a large amount of nutrients into lakes and streams. Those nutrients, including phosphorus, help feed the algae growth. Blue-green algae blooms can contain toxins that can be deadly to dogs and other animals. In humans, they can cause nausea and irritation of the skin, eye, nose and throat.
Minnesota law enforcement is stepping up DWI patrols now through Labor Day. It's part of a statewide campaign. Impaired driving contributes to more than 100 deaths every year. Last year nearly 26,000 people were arrested for DWI in Minnesota. During this time frame officers will also be looking for seat belt violations.
In national news, the attorney for the family of an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police says a private autopsy confirms witness accounts that he was shot multiple times. Michael Brown's shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, has touched off a week of angry protests. Lawyer Benjamin Crump says the independent autopsy shows the 18-year-old was shot at least six times including in the top of his head. The Dept. of Justice will be performing a third autopsy.
Check out today's Forum: Learn why some Fargo schools will be starting the year without school resource officers.
And on WDAY 6 News tonight: Find out which city has been named a bike-able community.
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