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MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 47-year-old woman arrested over the weekend at a restaurant here spit on two police officers and suffered an injury to her eye as one of them restrained her, authorities said. Jennifer Joan Thomas, of Fargo, appeared in Clay County District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 11, facing two felony charges: fourth-degree assault on a peace officer and threats of violence. She's also charged with a gross misdemeanor count of carrying a BB gun in a public place.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. — A lawsuit involving a Minnesota engineer and a construction company has now expanded to include an entire county. The company, Central Specialities Inc. of Alexandria, is suing Mahnomen County and its highway engineer, Jonathan Large, for unspecified damages incurred when Large allegedly detained trucks owned by the company during summer 2017. The suit claims that Large "intentionally and maliciously abused his governmental authority."
FARGO — A West Fargo woman charged with drowning her newborn was arrested in west-central Minnesota and will be brought back to Cass County. Ginny Lubitz, 36, faces one count of murder and a count of attempted murder stemming from her baby's death on May 5. She was arrested by Pope County authorities on Tuesday afternoon, June 26, the same day a Cass County arrest warrant was issued. She waived her extradition at a Wednesday, June 27, hearing in Pope County, court records show.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Human remains found at a Clay County farmstead last week were confirmed to be those of a missing person in connection with a murder case, according to a Clay County Sheriff's Office news release. The remains found in Hitterdal were identified by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul on June 26, as belonging to Troy Edmond Yarbrough, who was reported missing out of Wahpeton, N.D., police said.
FARGO — A woman is charged with murdering her newborn baby by drowning him in a bathtub in a Fargo apartment, according to Cass County District Court documents filed Tuesday, June 26. Ginny Rose Lubitz, of West Fargo, faces a count of murder and a count of attempted murder in connection with the baby's death on May 5. On that day, Fargo police, medics and firefighters were dispatched about 9:39 p.m. to 4530 Bluestem Court S., Unit F, for a report of a deceased newborn.
HITTERDAL, Minn. – On a hot and sunny day in northwestern Minnesota, a search was underway at a farmstead for a missing person from southeastern North Dakota. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was helping search the area around a farm outside Hitterdal in connection with a missing person case out of Wahpeton, N.D., Chief Deputy Stephen Landsem said Thursday, June 21.
FARGO—The case of an elderly Fargo couple, who authorities say entered into a suicide pact that ended with the husband shooting the wife, took a turn Tuesday, June 5, as new details emerged from court documents and, in an uncommon fashion, the husband was arraigned from his hospital room. The husband, 85-year-old Louis Averson, told police he and his wife, Ila Averson, also 85, agreed to take their own lives. Due to his wife's poor health, they chose to run their car in a closed garage to attempt suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, according to court documents.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man has been convicted in Clay County District Court of arson and murder in the death of a 49-year-old woman here in the summer of 2016. A grand jury convicted Justin Critt Friday, May 25, for the second-degree murder of Melissa Willcoxon and a first-degree arson charge for burning down the house she was staying at in that summer. A sentencing date has been set for July 9. Brian Melton, Clay County attorney and the prosecutor in the case, said the jury came to the right verdict after listening to two weeks of testimony and evidence.