Forum staff reports
FARGO — Fargo police are warning local businesses about several counterfeit bills circulating in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Police have taken several reports since October of counterfeit $100 bills that are being used in the area, specifically at gas stations, according to a Fargo Police Department Facebook post. In these cases, a group of individuals have entered the gas station and prepaid for $10 in gas, police said. They then pay with a counterfeit $100 bill and receive $90 back in real money, police said.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — No. 6-seeded West Fargo upset No. 1 Fargo Davies 25-20, 25-22, 27-25 Saturday to clinch the North Dakota East Region tournament championship. Erin Binstock led the Packers with nine kills and four blocks. Halle Erickson added seven kills and 11 assists. Maddie Waldera paced West Fargo's defense with 20 digs. Katelyn Tveito totaled 15 assists. Lucie Holaday added four kills and two aces.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — Fargo Davies earned a 25-17, 25-18, 25-11 sweep over Devils Lake on Friday in the North Dakota Class A East Region volleyball tournament. Grace Solberg led the Eagles with 13 kills and Morgan Hall added 10. Kenzee Langlie tallied 23 assists, while Grace Solberg paced Davies' defense with 18 digs. Ava Wild added four blocks. Chiara Olson and Mattea Vetsch each had six kills to lead Devils Lake. Kyleigh Toso added five kills with a pair of blocks. Abby Johnson paced the Firebirds defense with 13 digs.
FARGO — A Moorhead man charged with murder in Fargo and jailed in Austin, Minn., is expected to be brought to the Cass County Jail sometime soon. Miguel Jay Cooley Sr., 44, waived extradition during a court hearing Monday, Oct. 22, in Mower County District Court. Cooley is accused of killing 20-year-old Gabriel Perez, who was shot early Sept. 23 while he sat on a curb outside of the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Avenue in Fargo.
FELTON, Minn. — The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two men who were seriously injured Friday morning, Oct. 19, when the sugar beet trucks they were driving collided near Felton. The two were identified as Albert St. Martin Lopez, 50, of Moorhead, and Pedro Alonzo, 51, of Edinburg, Texas. Both were taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo with serious injuries. Their conditions as of Monday, Oct. 22, weren’t known.
WEST FARGO — Bar Nine's popular professional comedy series continues at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, with Jamie Blanchard and opening act Andrew Wegleitner at the West Fargo bar, 1405 Prairie Parkway.
FARGO — The driver of a party bus reported seeing black smoke coming from a commercial garage attached to Tax Lady, 3313 Fiechtner Dr., at about 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. When crews arrived, they found flames and nobody was inside. There were no injuries, according to Fargo Fire Department Capt. Jason Gisselbeck. "It was a fairly extensive fire," he said. "A lot of heat, a lot of black smoke." Fire crews accessed the roof and used chainsaws to carve out holes to ventilate the building and lower the temperature for firefighters working inside.
FARGO — A missing elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease was safely found Friday, Oct. 19, shortly after police issued a call for the public's help in finding her.
Scheels, an all sports retailer based in Fargo, has announced plans to open its 29th store in April of 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Scheels has 27 existing stores and plans to open stores in Eden Prairie, Minn., and The Colony, Texas, in 2020. The Eden Prairie store will replace an already existing store.
SANBORN, N.D. — Three motorists were hurt Thursday, Oct. 18, in a crash a mile south of Sanborn in Barnes County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The crash happened about 8:20 a.m. at County Road 11 and County Road 22, an intersection with a stop sign. Glenn Handoko, 25, of Bismarck was driving north on County Road 11 when he failed to yield to a 2007 Hyundai Tucson heading east on County Road 22, the patrol said.