BISMARCK – The number of violent crimes in North Dakota, including murder and aggravated assault, declined in 2016, and there was a significant drop in DUI arrests. But drug-related offenses continued a five-year trend, rising 11 percent in 2016, according to state crime statistics released Friday, July 21.
FARGO – A Harwood, N.D., man already accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Nebraska girl is now charged with having sex with her as well as having sexual photos of her, according to documents filed in Cass County District Court. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday, July 18, for Nichollas Troy Johnson, 24, on felony charges of gross sexual imposition and possession of certain materials prohibited, court documents stated. Court records did not list an attorney for him.
FARGO – Losing a little shuteye and having a flashlight handy paid off, as a Fargo mom, her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend teamed up early Friday, July 14, to find the second coin in this year’s Northern Plains Coin Hunt.
MOORHEAD – Moorhead police have released the name of a man who went into the Red River on Monday, June 5, and may not have resurfaced. David Michael Tikayne, 29, has not been reported seen since he entered the Red near First Avenue North about 1:30 p.m. Monday, police said in a news release Wednesday, June 7.
UPDATE: GLYNDON -- The cause of a fire at a woodworking shop in Glyndon has been found. Authorities say wood finishing chemicals spontaneously combusted at Andy Lake Woodworks, which is just off Highway 10.
WEST FARGO – A powerful synthetic opioid appears to be to blame in the death of a 19-year-old man at a West Fargo apartment, the latest in a growing number of drug-related deaths in the area, authorities say. The fentanyl police suspect killed 19-year-old Alexander Hirn is so dangerous, it took a crew of firefighters wearing hazardous material suits to clean up the fentanyl spilled in the home where Hirn died.
FARGO - In their most recent edition, editors at North Dakota State University's student newspaper laid out a challenge to President Donald Trump. The front page of the April 13 edition of The Spectrum features copies of the tax returns of six student staff members, along with an editorial urging the 45th president to be just as transparent and keep a campaign promise to release his own returns. The back page of the paper is dominated by a photo of Trump, with the president's Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, in a banner that covers his eyes.
MOORHEAD – Investigators are still searching for the cause of fire at a northside duplex early Friday, April 14, that left one man dead and two women injured. At 1:40 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to 2424 Country Club Parkway, where they found most of the main floor of that half of the duplex engulfed in flames, Assistant Moorhead Fire Chief Jeff Wallin said.
BISMARCK - New math and English classroom standards have been approved by state Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, the Department of Public Instruction announced Friday, April 7. The standards will be in effect for the 2017-18 school year, and replace those based on the Common Core that had been in effect since 2011. The standards provide guideposts for what students should know, and be able to do, during each grade.
FARGO — No matter how you slice it, the owner of a north Fargo pizza shop and his customers are filling a need - —and many empty stomachs — in the Fargo-Moorhead area. For the last year, Little Caesars at 1020 19th Ave. N. has donated pizzas that overstayed their 30-minute hold time in the shop's "hotbox." They are given to three homeless shelters — the New Life Center and Salvation Army in Fargo and the Dorothy Day House in Moorhead, owner Mike Stevens said.