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Listen: Driver admitted to intentionally striking teen at North Dakota street dance after political dispute, killing him

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18-year-old Cayler Ellingson.
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MCHENRY, N.D. — According to court papers, it was not an accident but apparently a politically motivated attack.

The fatal vehicle-pedestrian incident happened early Sunday morning, Sept. 18, in McHenry, North Dakota, about 120 miles northwest of Fargo and 54 miles north of Jamestown.

Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up.


By the time she could get there, her son was dead. Full story here.

Moorhead Police confident answers will come in Tommy Bearson's death — 8 years later

Tommy Bearson
Tommy Bearson

MOORHEAD — Tuesday, Sept. 20, marks eight years since the disappearance of Tommy Bearson. The Moorhead Police Department says new advancements and technology have them hopeful more answers will be coming soon.

Police said they still have full teams processing information involved with Bearson's death, and that the case is still very active. They still swap information with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's crime labs, and through technological advancements, they are able to look at more things then in the past.

Bearson was a freshman at North Dakota State University when he went missing during the first month of school after attending a house party near campus in 2014. He was found dead on the property of Larry's RV Sales, just three days after disappearing. The cause of death was listed as homicidal violence. Full story here.

Mapleton man pointed AR-15 at officers before they killed him, authorities say

Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner, along with North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, discusses the shooting of Andrew Martinez who was killed by Fargo police officers in Mapleton this summer as body camera footage is displayed during a press conference at the Fargo Police Department on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.
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FARGO — Authorities say a Mapleton, North Dakota, man pointed a semiautomatic gun at Fargo police before officers fatally shot him during a mental health crisis .

North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley announced Monday, Sept. 19, that the four officers were justified when they fired more than 20 rounds Aug. 1 at 35-year-old Andrew Martinez.

The Fargo officers who fired their AR-15 rifles at Martinez — Sgt. Travis Moser, Detective Josh Heller, Detective Ryan Jasper and Investigator Jordan Korte — will not face charges, Wrigley said.

That’s because Martinez came out of his home with an AR-15 rifle, Wrigley said during a news conference at Fargo police headquarters. Martinez pointed the gun at officers, Wrigley said. Full story here.


South Fargo house deemed dangerous after neighbors speak at city commission meeting

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The Fargo City Commission ordered that the property at 924 5th St. S. be demolished by Nov. 18, 2022.
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FARGO — The Fargo City Commission voted unanimously to deem a property dangerous after several neighbors spoke at the Fargo City Commission meeting Monday, Sept. 19, saying they're scared and have had enough of a neighbor who has had police called to his home 550 times since December 2018.

The home at 924 Fifth Ave. S. is owned by Dan Curtis, and is located a block from an elementary school.

Fargo's Inspections Director Shawn Ouradnik says there are a long list of violations, including dangerous electrical, fire and water damage, broken windows, foundation damage and trash all over the property. Full story here.

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