MOORHEAD – The lawyer for Justin Critt, who’s accused of fatally beating a Moorhead woman and then setting ablaze the home she was housesitting, entered not guilty pleas for his client on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree arson on Friday, April 27, in a Clay County District Court hearing. The brief hearing was called by Judge Michelle Lawson to make sure those pleas were properly recorded and to address questions about witness lists and jury selection.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – William Hillman, who’s charged in the killings of a mother and son at their rural Frazee mobile home, told investigators that when he woke up early Tuesday, April 17, everything went black and he didn’t remember what happened next, according to Otter Tail County District Court documents. Hillman told investigators that when he came out of the blackness, he realized he had done “a bad thing,” the documents said.
FARGO – A Fargo man, who’s already required to register as a sex offender, was sentenced Monday, April 16, to seven years in prison for touching the breasts of a girl under the age of 15, according to Cass County District Court documents. Troy Allen Lawrence, 54, previously pleaded guilty to a felony count of gross sexual imposition. Two other felony charges, failure to register as a sex offender and gross sexual imposition, were dismissed.
MOORHEAD – A fire heavily damaged a north Moorhead home Tuesday evening, April 3, a Moorhead Fire Department spokesman said. The fire at 911 18th St. N. was called in about 4:46 p.m., Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin said. When fire crews arrived, smoke was coming from the basement window on the north side of the home and from other windows on the structure, he said.
FARGO - Former Fargo city commissioner Arlette Preston is making a bid to get her old job back. Preston, who served as a commissioner from 1992 to 2000, announced Tuesday, March 27, that she will join the growing group of candidates jockeying for the two City Commission seats up for election on June 12. Preston, 63, said that if she’s elected, she’ll focus on updating the city’s long-term development plans. She also wants Fargo to project a welcoming image to newcomers.
FARGO – A YouCaring fundraising campaign raised more than $49,000 by 9 p.m. Monday, March 26, to help cover funeral and medical expenses for a Fargo woman and her three children who were involved the previous day in a fatal crash between their SUV and a semi that killed two of the children.
FARGO – Two bullet holes could be seen in the apartment door Friday morning, plugged with dark brown wood putty and covered with a piece of clear plastic tape. The holes were evidence of the violence that transpired Wednesday night, March 21, when a Fargo police officer fired two shots that hit Orlando Estrada, who authorities said threatened officers with a knife. The patched bullet holes are perhaps an inch and a half from each other, just a few inches to the right of the deadbolt, about mid-chest or heart high on a man of average height. No one answered the door Friday, March 23.
FARGO – A Fargo man accused of killing another man in a fight this month has been ordered to undergo a psychological and criminal responsibility evaluation at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown, according to Cass County District Court records. Daniel Habiger, 29, who’s charged with murder, must be evaluated in the next 30 days, according to the order of commitment, which was posted Monday, March 19.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man pleaded guilty Thursday, March 15, to murdering a man he once supervised, then fired and allowed to live in his garage. Neil James Johnson, 26, entered a guilty plea in Clay County District Court to a charge of second-degree murder without intent in the shooting death of Jacob Glover, 28, of West Fargo. Johnson remains in the Clay County Jail, where he has been held since the April 6 shooting. The shooting came amid Johnson’s concerns about Glover trying to steal from him, after Johnson learned that Glover had been accused of trying to steal coins from the father of a mutual acquaintance. Glover died from his wounds at a south Moorhead home, court documents stated.
MOORHEAD – A woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota State Patrol trooper in the head near Moorhead faces felony charges of attempted murder, receiving stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Clay County District Court filing made Thursday, March 8. Melody Victoria Gray, 30, of Milwaukee, Wis., who was shot in the arm by Trooper Mark Peterson during the incident Monday, March 5, was hospitalized at Essentia Health in Fargo for treatment of her wound. Clay County Jail staff said Gray was still at Essentia Thursday afternoon.