Dave Olson / Forum News Service
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – The bodies of two recently divorced attorneys were discovered in an apartment in Fergus Falls late Wednesday, Dec. 6, following what authorities say was a homicide and a suicide.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency concluded 31 enforcement cases in 25 counties around Minnesota in the third quarter of 2017—including cases in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls—with the total amount of fines imposed in the 31 enforcement cases topping $170,000. In Moorhead, American Crystal Sugar Co. was fined $8,700 for air quality violations. In Fergus Falls, the Prairie Lakes Municipal Solid Waste Authority was fined $11,376, also for air quality violations.
FARGO — A man convicted of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., convenience store clerk was sentenced in Cass County District Court on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to 26 years in prison followed by lifetime supervision. Speaking through an interpreter, 37-year-old Abdulrahman Ali told Judge Tom Olson that he was mentally ill at the time of the crime. "This is not justification of what happened, I request mercy from the court," a tearful Ali said.
FARGO — A Fargo couple is suing Catholic Charities of North Dakota for more than $6.5 million, claiming the agency discriminated against them for not being married when they applied to adopt a child. According to a civil complaint filed in Cass County District Court: James and Tahnee Young were married in July, but they were engaged and living together earlier in the year when they decided they wanted to adopt a child, and not just any child but a teenager who had been "overlooked by the system."
FARGO — Search warrant documents filed in Cass County District Court reveal some details about the death of 17-year-old Devin Delaney, who died in September while staying in a residence hall at North Dakota State University. An exhibit filed with a search warrant application states that no signs of physical trauma or drug use were evident when authorities initially examined Delaney's body, the discovery of which was reported to NDSU police shortly after noon on Sept. 17.
AITKIN, Minn. — A man charged with causing the death of a 10-year-old Lake Park girl in a hit-and-run in June 2016 is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Aitkin County District Court on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Steven L. Meier, of Hastings, Minn., is charged with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Caylin Donovan, who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs in Aitkin County.
FARGO — The world, it seems, is very interested in Pearce Tefft and his recent decision to disown a son. The Fargo father submitted a letter to the editor to The Forum letting the world know that his son, Peter Tefft, a self-described white nationalist, was no longer welcome at family gatherings. Pearce Tefft gave a copy of the letter to his son when his son returned to Fargo on Sunday, Aug. 13, from Charlottesville, Va., where he mingled with white supremacist demonstrators during a violent weekend of protests.
FARGO — Peter Tefft's voice was hoarse, the result, he said, of tear gas he breathed over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations that turned deadly. "This is the beginning of the new civil rights era," said Tefft, a 30-year-old from Fargo who describes himself as a pro-white civil rights activist and whose family members announced on Monday, Aug. 14, they were disowning him.
FARGO — The same day Cass County District Court Judge Steven Marquart handed Landon Lauwagie a 22½-year prison sentence for killing Cory Terlecky in May 2016, Lauwagie had a jailhouse phone conversation with his grandmother. A recording of the conversation obtained by The Forum reveals that a few minutes into the phone call Lauwagie let loose with a threat against the judge. "He (Marquart) gave me 22½ years that son of a (expletive) ... I'll (expletive) shoot that mother(expletive)," Lauwagie is heard to say on the recording.
FARGO — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of three men accused of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity, ruling that under the law that the men didn't need to be in the presence of an actual minor for the cases to be valid. Defense attorney Charles J. Sheeley brought the appeals on behalf of Nicholas J. Davison, James R. Heily Jr. and Jesse L. Janke, who were charged and convicted in connection with an undercover sting operation dubbed Guardian Angel.