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FARGO — The man accused of throwing what turned out to be a deadly punch outside an upscale downtown bar here last month portrays himself on social media as a successful business owner and family man. Darren Patterson also offers up a tough-guy image, having a passion for fast bikes and cars and hard-core weight training.
FARGO—The first day of training with the Fargo Fire Department's new drone proved to be challenging because of the weather. The six firefighters learning to operate it didn't get a turn at the controls on Thursday, June 22, mainly because of winds of more than 20 mph and much higher gusts. Instead, only the person leading the training took it for a short test run. That didn't curb the enthusiasm of Dan Johnson, one of the firefighters who signed on.
FARGO — It may seem like a hard turn going from enforcing the law to leading a park district, but for Joel Vettel, it's been a natural transition. That doesn't mean it's been easy for the former Fargo police lieutenant, who formally started as the Fargo Park District's executive director early last fall but was tapped for it months earlier and is closing in on one year on the job.
MOORHEAD — A Moorhead man is accused of abusing his 2-month-old daughter, including rubbing hot sauce and cayenne pepper in her eyes and blocking her airway until she turned blue. Shawn Michael Foltz, 31, was charged Friday, June 9, in Clay County District Court with four felonies: neglect of a child, malicious punishment of a child and two counts of third-degree assault. A criminal complaint alleges Foltz also snapped his daughter with a towel, sprayed her with hot water that caused burns and threw fireworks in her face. According to the complaint:
FARGO—"Earl" the police K9 sweeps the room, sniffing along a row of desks until he abruptly stops in his tracks and sits, cocking his head to one side. "Good seek dope!" said handler Lt. George Vinson, praising the dog for tracking down marijuana he'd earlier stashed in a desk drawer to demonstrate the dog's powerful sense of smell. Police K9s are being called on to sniff out drugs and chase down crime suspects more often in the F-M metro.
FARGO -- Fargo Police are sending out their K9 Unit a lot more than they used to. The department's 2016 Annual Report shows police dogs were deployed 503 times last year. They were called out 150 times in 2012. The dogs have become increasingly valuable in sniffing out illicit drugs in the community. "It not only allows you to find things, whether it's drugs or people that have committed crimes or missing kids, it allows you to be able to find those things in times maybe you wouldn't otherwise." says Lieutenant George Vinson of the Fargo Police Department.
DILWORTH, Minn. — City police officers here have become the first in the Fargo-Moorhead area to carry the opioid antidote naloxone in their squad cars. Police Chief Ty Sharpe said the move is mostly based on Dilworth's location in the larger metro area. F-M Ambulance stages two ambulances in nearby Moorhead — one south, the other downtown — meaning it can take an extra three to four minutes for an ambulance to arrive in Dilworth. "They are a little farther out on the fringe," said Don Martin, operations manager for F-M Ambulance.
FARGO — The Richland County Sheriff's Department says it's investigating a Catholic priest of the Fargo Diocese after reports of "inappropriate activities" with youth in his parishes. Investigator Josh Beto said there is "more than one" potential victim in the case and that he's fielded several calls from the public since the news about Father Thomas Feltman broke over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Beto said anyone who has information or concerns can call the Fargo Diocese or sheriff's office, but added, "We would also like them to contact us."
FARGO—A documentary featuring eight notable North Dakota print journalists premieres Friday, June 2, at the Fargo Theater. "Inside Stories" focuses on the history of newspapers in the state and the key people behind them, including William C. Marcil Sr., chairman of Forum Communications Co. and former publisher of The Forum, and Mike Jacobs, retired publisher and editor of the Grand Forks Herald.
FARGO — As members of the North Dakota Air National Guard here in 2011, Matt and Micaela Brancato lost two dear friends within a span of just two months. Air Force Major David Brodeur was killed in a shooting at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, in April of that year. He had been Matt's roommate at the U.S. Air Force Academy. West Fargo native Eric "Dirk" Ziegler died when the F-16 he was piloting crashed during training in Nevada in June. "We went to back-to-back memorial services," Micaela Brancato said.