FARGO – Two bullet holes could be seen in the apartment door Friday morning, plugged with dark brown wood putty and covered with a piece of clear plastic tape. The holes were evidence of the violence that transpired Wednesday night, March 21, when a Fargo police officer fired two shots that hit Orlando Estrada, who authorities said threatened officers with a knife. The patched bullet holes are perhaps an inch and a half from each other, just a few inches to the right of the deadbolt, about mid-chest or heart high on a man of average height. No one answered the door Friday, March 23.
FARGO – A Fargo man accused of killing another man in a fight this month has been ordered to undergo a psychological and criminal responsibility evaluation at the North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown, according to Cass County District Court records. Daniel Habiger, 29, who’s charged with murder, must be evaluated in the next 30 days, according to the order of commitment, which was posted Monday, March 19.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man pleaded guilty Thursday, March 15, to murdering a man he once supervised, then fired and allowed to live in his garage. Neil James Johnson, 26, entered a guilty plea in Clay County District Court to a charge of second-degree murder without intent in the shooting death of Jacob Glover, 28, of West Fargo. Johnson remains in the Clay County Jail, where he has been held since the April 6 shooting. The shooting came amid Johnson’s concerns about Glover trying to steal from him, after Johnson learned that Glover had been accused of trying to steal coins from the father of a mutual acquaintance. Glover died from his wounds at a south Moorhead home, court documents stated.
HORACE, N.D. – Authorities arrested a man at a home south of here after a nearly five-hour armed standoff that ended shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, according to Sgt. Tim Briggeman of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. The arrested man, 51-year-old Lance Belgarde of West Fargo, could face several charges, including terrorizing, burglary, felonious restraint and interfering with a 911 call, Briggeman said.
MOORHEAD – A woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota State Patrol trooper in the head near Moorhead faces felony charges of attempted murder, receiving stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a Clay County District Court filing made Thursday, March 8. Melody Victoria Gray, 30, of Milwaukee, Wis., who was shot in the arm by Trooper Mark Peterson during the incident Monday, March 5, was hospitalized at Essentia Health in Fargo for treatment of her wound. Clay County Jail staff said Gray was still at Essentia Thursday afternoon.
MOORHEAD – The driver of a car who was wounded in an officer-involved shooting on Interstate 94 on Monday, March 5, allegedly tried to shoot a Minnesota State Patrol trooper in the head, before being shot herself in the arm, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Clay County District Court documents filed in the case of a male passenger.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man accused of stabbing a friend faces two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, one of them involving substantial bodily harm, according to documents filed in Clay County District Court on Tuesday, March 6.
MOORHEAD – A Sabin man, who authorities say was driving despite having his Minnesota driver’s license cancelled, has been charged with criminal vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter in the death of a 2-year-old boy in a Jan. 6 crash, according to Clay County District Court documents. Jeremy James Sagvold, 42, was charged Friday, March 2. The two felony charges each carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, court documents said. The boy, Zaiden David Engen Ness, died Jan. 6 at Fargo’s Sanford Medical Center as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash, Moorhead police said.
WEST FARGO – Investigators looking into the cause of a fire that burned on the outside of a fuel storage tank Sunday are focusing on a failure of the piping and the mechanical pump system that pumps fuel out of the tank, West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller said Tuesday, Feb. 20. Fuller said 1,200 barrels of diesel fuel leaked from the tank at the Magellan Midstream Partners facility and investigators are trying to determine how it was ignited.
WEST FARGO – A large fire that broke out early this morning at the Magellan fuel tank terminal here has been extinguished, West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern said at about 12:10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. The blaze, which created a hazardous plume of black smoke, was reported at 5:12 a.m. Sunday at the terminal at 902 Main Ave. E. Authorities initially issued a shelter-in-place advisory for anyone within a 5-mile radius, and nearby residents received automated phone calls alerting them to the situation. That advisory has been lifted, and streets in the area have reopened, said Assistant West Fargo Police Chief Jerry Boyer.