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MOORHEAD — A jury found a Moorhead man guilty Friday, June 23, of kidnapping and raping a pregnant woman hired as an exotic dancer. Jesse Paskey, 33, was found guilty in Clay County District Court of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors said a pregnant woman who went to Paskey's apartment in December 2012 to perform a dance was instead tied up and raped repeatedly by Paskey while he held a knife to her throat.
FARGO — A judge ruled Wednesday, June 21, that Abdulrahman I. Ali is guilty of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., convenience store clerk in December 2015. Cass County District Court Judge Tom Olson issued written findings Wednesday stating that Ali was criminally responsible for the crime, findings that follow a June 14 bench trial.
FARGO — WDAY-TV has received a 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award, the second time in as many years that the station has earned the national honor and it is the third time WDAY has earned the honor throughout its history. WDAY was the only news organization in North Dakota to win a national award for 2017. The national recognition is for 'Excellence in Sound' for a story entitled "A Game Time Tradition," featuring the New Salem football team preparing for the Dakota Bowl.
MOORHEAD — A Twin Cities woman was sentenced in Clay County District Court on Monday, June 19, to four years and nine months in prison for her conviction in a case that involved the seizure of a pound of methamphetamine. Krista Buggs, 37, and a co-defendant, Wedell Mickens, were arrested in January 2016 in south Moorhead as part of a joint investigation involving local drug task forces in Minnesota and North Dakota. At the time of their arrest, authorities seized about a pound of methamphetamine.
MOORHEAD — Jury selection started Monday, June 19, in Clay County District Court in the trial of a man accused of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a pregnant woman hired as an exotic dancer. Jesse Paskey, 33, of Moorhead pleaded guilty in February 2013 to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for tying up the woman who was seven months pregnant and raping her repeatedly and holding a knife to her throat.
MOORHEAD — Four years later, the homicide of Henry "Hank" Andrew Volochenko remains unsolved. Volochenko, 87, was found dead in his Moorhead home on June 19, 2013. An autopsy indicated he died from trauma caused by "assaultive-type actions." Moorhead police know some details relating to how he died that they have never revealed, but they do not know who killed Volochenko, who was known for opening his home to strangers who had fallen on hard times.
WEST FARGO – A semi overturned and crashed into another semi Thursday, June 15, on Interstate 94, forcing the closure of the highway for part of the morning. About 9:10 a.m., emergency crews responded to a report of a semi that overturned on I-94 by Veterans Boulevard near the border of Fargo and West Fargo.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. — A Fargo man accused of attacking his father with a hatchet was sentenced in Wilkin County District Court on Thursday, June 15, to 90 days in jail for his earlier guilty plea to a charge of first-degree assault. Jack T. Langston, 19, was given credit for having served 50 days. With good time, Langston could be released after serving 15 days. After release, he will be on supervised probation for 20 years. In return for his guilty plea, charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault were dismissed.
FARGO — The fate of a Fargo man accused of sexually assaulting a Mapleton, N.D., convenience store clerk in December 2015 is in the hands of a judge following a bench trial Wednesday morning, June 14, in Cass County District Court. Both sides in the trial of Abdulrahman I. Ali agree that he sexually assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the store. At issue is whether he was criminally responsible at the time.
FARGO — Headlines about fatal drug overdoses are all too common as health professionals and policymakers here and across the country seek ways to quell illegal opioid use. But drug use can impact a life without ending it, as even low-level possession convictions can make it harder to get a job, an education or a place to live. North Dakota lawmakers took steps during this year's legislative session to reduce the criminal penalties for drug possession, but minor offenses still have life-changing consequences.