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FLORIDA—A Minnesota man who is wanted for federal drug charges led police on a high-speed chase this weekend in Florida. Authorities say the man responsible has an arrest warrant issued from Moorhead. Thirty-five-year-old Ryan Swartley from Park Rapids is being held on a charge of aggravated fleeing, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He is also charged with violating probation after leading police on a pursuit through Panama City Beach on Saturday. Authorities say the speeds reached over 90 miles an hour.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead police have recaptured an inmate who walked away from the Clay County Jail on Thursday, Nov. 23. The inmate, James Lekvick Wingo, left the jail annex and was spotted by a Moorhead police officer walking south in the 300 block of 10th Street North at 1:17 p.m. wearing all orange jail attire, police said Friday, Nov. 24. When Wingo was ordered to stop, he fled into the neighborhood in the 1000 block of Second Avenue North, police said.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting of a man this week in downtown Fergus Falls, police said Friday, Nov. 24. Derek Joel Koch, 35, and Shaylee Bree McCulloch, 20, both of Dalton, and Hailey Rose Johnson, 20, of Erhard, are being held in the Otter Tail County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree, and aiding and abetting assault in the first degree, according to Fergus Falls Police Chief Kile Bergren.
BURNSVILLE, Minn.—In advance of Black Friday, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota has released numerous tips for shoppers looking for big savings: • Do your research. Visit bbb.org or call (800) 646-6222 to obtain free business profiles on retailers — both for brick and mortar stores and online retailers. • Search for Black Friday ads ahead of time. Many retailers roll out their Black Friday specials well in advance of the shopping holiday.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., faces new allegations of sexual assault after two unnamed women have come forward accusing Franken of grabbing their buttocks on separate occasions, the Huffington Post and Star Tribune is reporting.
WEST FARGO — A northeast Minnesota woman has been arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of more than 280 pounds of marijuana, according to the West Fargo Police Department. On Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, West Fargo police, in a joint effort with the North Dakota Highway Patrol and Stutsman County Sheriff's Office, made a traffic stop on Interstate 94 in West Fargo near the 45th Street exit.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Three area people were injured in a one-vehicle crash along the 32000 block of Highway 26 in the early hours of Nov. 21. According to a press release from the Becker County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 2:10 a.m., a 911 call came in reporting the crash, which occurred when the Ford Taurus, carrying three people, left the roadway and crashed into trees along the highway. The crash caused the driver, Candace Roberts, 28, of Ponsford, to become trapped. Roberts had to be extracted from the vehicle by the Detroit Lakes Fire Department Rescue 1.
ST. PAUL -- A former Pine County cult leader who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two girls at his camp near Finlayson in northeast Minnesota will see a six-year reduction in his sentence. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday cited a technicality in reducing 56-year-old Victor Barnard’s prison term from 30 to 24 years.
ST. PAUL — A federal judge sentenced sentenced a Minnesota man to more than 10 years in prison Monday, Nov. 20, for defrauding investors in a housing project in the Bakken oil patch. Ronald David Johnson, 51, was sentenced to 126 months — 10½ years — in prison for the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota. In June, a jury convicted the Corcoran, Minn., man on nine counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
DEER CREEK, Minn. — A 3-year-old in Deer Creek was apparently shot by a 5-year-old Sunday morning, Nov. 19, the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office said. The victim is in stable condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, the office said without releasing any names. A dispatcher got the 911 call around 7:30 a.m. and learned about the shooting from a caller, who said it was an accident. Along with the sheriff's office, the State Patrol, the Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Deer Creek Rescue and Tri County Ambulance all responded.