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FARGO -- “I was the one that was beating him up with the hammer the whole time.” The courtroom was quiet except for the sound of those words as prosecutors played a recorded statement on Thursday, May 25; a statement Ashley Hunter gave to police shortly after being arrested on June 23, 2015.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—One person died in a head-on collision on Highway 34 near Becker County 29 on Wednesday afternoon, May 24. According to a report released by the Minnesota State Patrol: A car was travelling westbound on Highway 34 when it crossed over the centerline, sideswiped a pickup and crashed head-on into another car.
FARGO — The attorney defending a man on trial for two killing in north Fargo in 2015 attacked the credibility of the state's case on two fronts Wednesday, May 24, during the third day of Ashley Hunter's trial in Cass County District Court. In one instance, defense attorney Samuel Gereszek grilled a prosecution witness who said she saw a tall black man knock on the back door of one of the victims — Samuel Traut — on the night he was killed. Deborah Sorensen said she saw a man knock on Traut's door about 12:15 a.m. on June 23, 2015.
FARGO — In the first day of a murder trial for two Fargo killings two years ago, jurors heard vivid descriptions of how the victims died in separate, violent incidents allegedly at the hand of a defendant whose own words to police a prosecutor often invoked.
FARGO — The trial of a Fargo man charged with killing two people in north Fargo nearly two years ago, one of them a stranger, is set to begin Monday, May 22, in Cass County District Court. Ashley Hunter, 37, is accused of killing Clarence Flowers and Samuel Traut in June 2015. Court officials expect the trial may last at least two weeks. The first order of business will be selecting a jury, which Judge Norman Anderson has said will be sequestered during the duration of the trial.
FARGO -- A Fargo man is charged in Cass County District Court with 13 counts of possesssing child pornograghy. The charges against Christopher Kim Colwell, 28, allege that he possessed photos and videos that showed sexual conduct by minors, including infants. According to court documents:
FARGO — Arlinda Lewis, also known as Lindy, has been donating blood since 1978, when she and some fellow North Dakota State University students heard about a blood drive and decided to donate some of their own. After that first time, the blood services organization she gave to would call about once a week. It turned out that her blood type — A negative — is one of the relatively rare ones, shared by about 6 percent of the population.
FARGO—A former coach for the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragon Swim School has been charged in Cass County District Court with luring minors by computer and possessing child pornography. According to documents filed with the court: In early March, North Dakota law enforcement officers received a tip from Minnesota authorities regarding Nicholas Wayne Asmann, 23, of Fargo. The tip indicated Asmann had communicated with a child under the age of 15 over Skype and that he had exposed his private parts to the child over the internet.
FARGO—The Cass County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teenager. Lena Deoliveira, 14, of Breckenridge, Minn., was reported as a runaway on May 9. She has friends and family in the Fargo/Moorhead and Bismarck areas, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deoliveira is described as a white female, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 145 lbs. She has bleached blonde hair.
FARGO—Two proposed housing projects that recently received negative votes from the Fargo City Commission are expected to come up for reconsideration in the near future, city officials say. In May, the City Commission voted down a replat to build a new housing addition called Bison Meadows, which is proposed for an area west of South University Drive and north of 70th Avenue South. Three commissioners voted for the project and two against it, but because of neighborhood objections, approval required a vote of at least four commissioners.