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FARGO — A winter storm is expected to hit the Upper Midwest in the days following Christmas, potentially bringing colder temperatures and new snow here along the way. The storm is expected to develop in the region on Wednesday, Dec. 26, and continue into Thursday, Dec. 27. John Wheeler, WDAY's chief meteorologist, said it will likely hit all of Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and western and central North Dakota .
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A man charged in connection with the death of a former Lake Park police chief made a court appearance on Monday, Dec. 10. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of Ogema, is charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter and one felony count of a felon illegally possessing a firearm, according to documents filed in Becker County District Court. Becker County officials previously identified the victim as Jay Clayton Nelson. Dodd appeared in court for Monday's hearing and an omnibus hearing was set for Jan. 7.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A shell casing, footprints and a cigarette butt found several hundred yards from the body of a former Lake Park, Minn., police chief on Nov. 10 in rural Becker County led officials to the man now charged with manslaughter. Morris Silas Dodd Jr., 54, of Ogema, Minn., is charged with one count of felony second-degree manslaughter and one felony count of a felon illegally possessing a firearm, according to documents filed in Becker County District Court. Becker County officials previously identified the victim as Jay Clayton Nelson.
AUDUBON, Minn. — Becker County authorities are charging a Fergus Falls man in connection with a fatal shooting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Audubon. Michaelray Ericthomas Mason, 29, is charged with one felony count of second-degree murder without intent and one felony count of possession of a firearm, according to court documents. About 4:41 p.m. on Nov. 13, police were sent to a residence in Audubon after Mason called 911 stating that he shot a man. After arriving, officers found the victim deceased, court records show.
FARGO — William Hoehn was ordered Monday, Oct. 29, to spend life in prison with a chance of parole for his involvement in the kidnapping of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby, which was violently cut from her womb in August 2017. Hoehn, 33, and his ex-girlfriend, Brooke Crews, 39, were charged with conspiring to murder 22-year-old LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnapping her baby.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — A 72-year-old man, of Twin Valley, Minn., driving an ATV died after a fatal two vehicle crash in Norman County. About 11:05 p.m., Monday, Oct. 8, a pickup truck driven by a 52-year-old Danny George Guenther, of Mahnomen, Minn., was going east on Highway 113 and the ATV was going south on 450th Street South, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.
FARGO — A not guilty verdict in the high-profile murder conspiracy trial of William Hoehn might lead some to wonder whether the charge he faced was the appropriate one. But such second-guessing does not extend to the Cass County State's Attorney's Office, which stands by its original decision. "We believe we properly charged him," said Leah Viste, one of the attorneys who prosecuted the case.
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.