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FARGO – A 43-year-old man suspected of aggravated assault was arrested after being involved in a Saturday night fight that left two other men unconscious outside the HoDo Restaurant and Lounge, Fargo police said. Darren Scott Patterson, of St. Paul, was being held at the Cass County Jail without bail, jail staff said. Patterson has not yet been charged.
FESSENDEN, N.D. — The former Wells County sheriff was jailed Saturday, May 27, on suspicion of committing two felonies: bribery and conspiring to deliver methamphetamine. Johnny Zip Lawson, 41, was also booked on three misdemeanors: neglect of duty by a public official, ingestion of meth and providing false information to a law enforcement officer, according to staff at the Stutsman County Jail in Jamestown.
FARGO — The Catholic Diocese of Fargo has placed a priest on paid administrative leave after he told church officials about "concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth," Bishop John Folda said in a statement Saturday, May 27. Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere, N.D., and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor, N.D., won't be performing any priestly duties and won't be living on diocesan property while the complaint is investigated, diocesan spokesman Paul Braun said.
RURAL BARNESVILLE, Minn. — A couple is accused of stealing roughly $80,000 worth of collectables from a home in rural Barnesville, including Nazi memorabilia and four guns. Amber Hedstrom and her boyfriend, Justin Marlen, were each charged Thursday, May 25, in Clay County District Court with nine counts of felony theft.
MOORHEAD — A former employee of Pancheros Mexican Grill is accused of secretly filming women and at least one girl in the Moorhead restaurant's bathroom. Sam Thomas Hagen, 18, of Moorhead made his first appearance in Clay County District Court on Wednesday, May 24. He faces a felony charge of interfering with the privacy of a minor, as well as four misdemeanor counts of interfering with privacy.
FARGO — A woman has been jailed in connection with a Monday afternoon incident that left a man severely injured after falling off the hood of a moving car in south Fargo, authorities said. Alicia Marie Johnson, 27, of Fargo was arrested Monday evening in south Moorhead, said Lt. Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead Police Department. Johnson was booked into the Clay County Jail on suspicion of felony aggravated reckless endangerment. She's expected eventually to be extradited to Cass County.
FARGO — The Forum's newspaper carriers will no doubt be earning their money Monday, May 15, as they lug the hefty, 58-page public notice that's tucked into every print edition. The public notice, paid for by the Cass County Joint Water Resource District, lists the roughly 44,000 properties whose owners could be on the hook for a special assessment if there's not enough local sales tax revenue to put toward the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project.
FARGO — Mary Locken was aiming to fire a warning shot. This single, working mom wanted to put fear in the hearts of her teenage sons who'd both been caught using pot and pills. So she called the Fargo police and made a request, one they had never heard before. She wanted a police dog to sniff the rooms of her house for drugs. Officers obliged, but no stash was detected, only residue.
MOORHEAD — David Farden stood in the backyard of 1019 11th Ave. S. on Wednesday, May 10, pointing out the spot where, as a boy, he had a ham radio tower that he used to speak with other radio operators around the world. It's one of many warm memories Farden has from the rambler house his family moved into in 1956. Though last summer, a much darker memory formed when a house-sitter was killed there and the structure was set on fire.
FARGO — Homeowners in upscale developments near Davies High School won a round in their fight to ensure a new housing addition doesn't end up with a much greater density of homes than originally platted. The Bison Meadows addition, west of South University Drive and north of 70th Avenue South, was going to hold about 300 single-family houses, but developer Thomsen Homes sought the City Commission's OK Monday, May 8, for a replat to build about 400. The request needed a supermajority of at least four council members to pass because of neighborhood objections.