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FARGO — A Moorhead police officer faces a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly fracturing a nasal bone and bruising the right eye of a woman who was handcuffed. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court: Fargo police were called to Sanford Medical Center on Sept. 9 for a report of contact by bodily fluids. When officers arrived at the hospital, they were met by Moorhead Officer Matthew Lambert, who had brought an arrested woman, 47-year-old Jennifer Joan Thomas, to the hospital to be medically checked out.
MOORHEAD — A 20-year veteran of the Moorhead Police Department has submitted his resignation after pleading guilty to a DWI charge stemming from an arrest in early August. Sgt. Thad Stafford, 44, said Thursday, Oct. 18, that his resignation will become effective Dec. 31.
FARGO — An intriguing aspect of the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind is the fact Fargo police made three consensual searches of the apartment where she was murdered and her baby was cut from her womb, but nothing suspicious was found during any of them.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead woman suspected of kidnapping two of her own children was arrested at her home about 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, police said. Izetta Cooley, 39, was taken into custody without incident on a warrant out of Mower County in far southeast Minnesota, where she faces two counts of kidnapping and two counts of violating a custody order, all felonies. Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson said four of Cooley's children were also found in the house at 1213 Main Ave. in Moorhead, and they were placed in the care of Clay County Social Services.
FARGO — Judge Thomas Olson said Wednesday, Sept. 26, that a jury — not he — will decide the fate of William Hoehn, who's accused of conspiring to kill Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in August 2017. Olson said after prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon in Cass County District Court that a jury will be the finder of facts in the case, and he said jurors could reasonably conclude that Hoehn conspired to kill LaFontaine-Greywind based on testimony from his ex-girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, Brooke Crews.
FARGO — The trial of William Hoehn on conspiracy to commit murder was hit with two bombshells Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first landed Tuesday morning, when his alleged co-conspirator and ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, testified that Hoehn strangled Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22, as she lay bleeding on the floor of the couple’s bathroom.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — In April 2017, Moorhead police received a report of an elderly man who had sent more than $230,000 in response to calls saying he had won a lottery. A detective learned the victim actually sent about $825,000 to different addresses over the course of about six months, thinking he would get part of a $5 million lottery prize in return, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has announced a 7th Congressional District vacancy on the Minnesota Court of Appeals with the forthcoming retirement of Judge Michael Kirk. The Commission on Judicial Selection is now searching for fair, experienced and civic-minded individuals to serve on the bench. Only individuals who have resided in the 7th Congressional District, which includes nearly all of western Minnesota, for at least a year are eligible to apply.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Pelican Rapids man was charged Tuesday, July 24, with numerous felony counts stemming from the abduction of a rural Fergus Falls mother who told authorities her attacker sexually assaulted her after telling her they had to have sex so he could keep his bloodline going. Anthony Randklev, 39, is charged in Otter Tail County District Court with kidnapping, first-degree possession of a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, false imprisonment, fleeing and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
FARGO — A federal judge has set a hearing date for Jan. 28 to consider claims by attorneys for Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. that his conviction and death sentence should be set aside because jurors at his trial heard false testimony. Judge Ralph Erickson allotted 10 days for the hearing. He set the hearing date during a status conference held Tuesday, July 10, in Erickson's chambers. The prosecution said it is still deposing expert witnesses expected to be called by the defense.