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Morning headlines: Police searching for suspect wanted in connection with man found dead in Fargo

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Prosecutors filed manslaughter and aggravated assault charges on Thursday, Aug. 18, against 58-year-old Roberto Cardenas Garcia.

FARGO — Fargo police are looking for a man accused of killing another after a body was found in downtown Fargo.

Prosecutors filed manslaughter and aggravated assault charges on Thursday, Aug. 18, against 58-year-old Roberto Cardenas Garcia. A city of address was not disclosed in court records.

Court documents gave few details into the charges, other than to allege Garcia assaulted and “recklessly caused the death” of Cirilo Contreras on Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Murder suspect in recent Fargo stabbing arrested

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Fargo police detain one of two people in connection with a stabbing at the Exxon gas station off 13th Avenue south.
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FARGO — Fargo police have arrested a man for attempted murder after a stabbing incident Wednesday, Aug. 17.

According to a release from the Fargo Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of 13th Avenue South around 9 p.m. Wednesday night and found a person had sustained serious injuries as a result of a stabbing.

The authorities on-scene embarked in a short foot pursuit after a suspect attempted to flee the area.

After investigating the scene, the police identified 41-year-old Christopher J. Kane as the suspect and arrested him at 10:17 p.m. for attempted murder and preventing arrest, the release said.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition, according to the release.

Moorhead taxi shooting suspect slated to change plea

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Willie Alonzo Sparkman Jr.
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FARGO — A man accused of killing a taxi driver last year during a botched robbery in Moorhead is slated to change his plea.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19 for 19-year-old Willie Alonzo Sparkman Jr., of Moorhead. He is charged in Clay County Court with second-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A plea agreement had not been filed as of Thursday, Aug. 11, so it’s unclear what charges Sparkman would plead to or what type of guilty plea he would enter. He could spend as long as 40 years in prison, but prosecutor and defense sentencing recommendations have not been made public. Full story here.

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Former Fargo schools employee charged with illegal sexual contact with minor, other felony counts

FARGO — A former Fargo Public Schools employee faces a number of felony charges in Cass County District Court, including a gross sexual imposition involving someone under the age of 15.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ruthie A. Carlson, Fargo, who is either 19 or 20 years old based on available court information.

As of late Thursday afternoon, Aug. 18, it did not appear Carlson had been taken into custody.

Some details pertaining to the charges were not available pending Carlson's arrest.

It is also unknown what the criminal case may or may not have to do with a personnel matter involving the school district, which led to Carlson's termination from her job. Full story here.

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