Dave Olson / Forum News Service
AITKIN, Minn. — A man charged with causing the death of a 10-year-old Lake Park girl in a hit-and-run in June 2016 is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Aitkin County District Court on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Steven L. Meier, of Hastings, Minn., is charged with two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the death of Caylin Donovan, who died after a vehicle struck her near Lake Mille Lacs in Aitkin County.
FARGO — The world, it seems, is very interested in Pearce Tefft and his recent decision to disown a son. The Fargo father submitted a letter to the editor to The Forum letting the world know that his son, Peter Tefft, a self-described white nationalist, was no longer welcome at family gatherings. Pearce Tefft gave a copy of the letter to his son when his son returned to Fargo on Sunday, Aug. 13, from Charlottesville, Va., where he mingled with white supremacist demonstrators during a violent weekend of protests.
FARGO — Peter Tefft's voice was hoarse, the result, he said, of tear gas he breathed over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where white supremacists and counterprotesters clashed during demonstrations that turned deadly. "This is the beginning of the new civil rights era," said Tefft, a 30-year-old from Fargo who describes himself as a pro-white civil rights activist and whose family members announced on Monday, Aug. 14, they were disowning him.
FARGO — The same day Cass County District Court Judge Steven Marquart handed Landon Lauwagie a 22½-year prison sentence for killing Cory Terlecky in May 2016, Lauwagie had a jailhouse phone conversation with his grandmother. A recording of the conversation obtained by The Forum reveals that a few minutes into the phone call Lauwagie let loose with a threat against the judge. "He (Marquart) gave me 22½ years that son of a (expletive) ... I'll (expletive) shoot that mother(expletive)," Lauwagie is heard to say on the recording.
FARGO — The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the convictions of three men accused of patronizing a minor for commercial sexual activity, ruling that under the law that the men didn't need to be in the presence of an actual minor for the cases to be valid. Defense attorney Charles J. Sheeley brought the appeals on behalf of Nicholas J. Davison, James R. Heily Jr. and Jesse L. Janke, who were charged and convicted in connection with an undercover sting operation dubbed Guardian Angel.
FARGO — Fargo police confirmed Monday, July 3, that remains found in the Red River on Saturday night, July 1, are those of Fanuel Asrat from Moorhead, who was reported missing and presumed drowned in the river on Thursday, June 29. Asrat's remains were spotted in the water Saturday evening and his body was recovered. The investigation into Asrat's death is ongoing, police said. Asrat was one of three men who went swimming about 5 a.m. Thursday between a floating bridge and the rapids of the dam by Dike West Park.