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FARGO — In February, a fire at a home in Carrington, N.D., took the lives of three children. To much of the world, it was a sad news story. For Dawn and Brandon Tufte, it was much more. "They were our world," Dawn Tufte said, referring to the couple's three children: Spencer, 7, Melody, 8, and Alex, 11, who died in the fire. Tufte said unless someone experiences such a loss themselves, it may not be possible to understand what the fire took from them. "We lost the most important thing that was dear to us," she said.
ADA, Minn. — A 20-year-old woman has pleaded guilty in Norman County District Court to second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of her boyfriend last summer. Under a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense, Monalisa Perez would serve 180 days in jail and spend 10 years on supervised probation. The judge, however, will have the final say on her sentence.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former Moorhead man who was charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats was sentenced Monday, Nov. 20, to 60 days in jail. In September, Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, of Rapid City, S.D., entered what's known as an Alford plea to one count of mistreating or torturing an animal. Under such a plea, a defendant does not take responsibility but agrees a jury might reach a guilty verdict based on the evidence.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead woman faces charges in Clay County District Court for allegedly mistreating two dogs and a turtle. Danetta Kratzke, 18, faces one felony count and one gross misdemeanor count of mistreating or torturing a dog named Kota, one misdemeanor count of abandoning the dog and one misdemeanor count of abandoning a turtle. According to court documents: Police were dispatched Oct. 23 regarding an abandoned dog. A property manager told officers that Kratzke had recently been evicted from a unit and had left behind a dog and a turtle.
MOORHEAD — A former Moorhead man who was charged earlier this year with three felony counts of mistreating or torturing animals in connection with the death of three cats pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 26, to one of the charges. Jalan Isaac Greer, 24, of Rapid City, S.D., entered what's known as an Alford plea, meaning he did not take responsibility but agreed a jury might find him guilty based on the evidence.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead man received a 30-year sentence on Tuesday, Aug. 22, for kidnapping and raping a pregnant woman hired as an exotic dancer. With good behavior and credit for time he has already spent behind bars in connection with the case, Jesse Paskey, 34, could be released after serving about 15 years. Earlier this summer, Paskey was found guilty at trial in Clay County District Court on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
DILWORTH, Minn. – An early morning patrol went from bad to worse for a Dilworth police officer who stopped a driver for a bad headlight early Wednesday, Aug. 2. According to documents filed in Clay County District Court: After Officer Brad Browning stopped the vehicle for a non-working headlight about 1:45 a.m., he determined the driver, Stephen J. Hietala, 27, of Perham, Minn., had an active arrest warrant from Otter Tail County for an alleged assault on a peace officer.
FARGO -- The law enforcement community in Fargo-Moorhead mourned a fallen friend and comrade Thursday as investigators began the job of piecing together events that took the life of a Fargo police officer and that of the man suspected of killing him.