Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Friday, Oct. 22.
Ibrahim Abdiaziz Isaac
MOORHEAD — A St. Cloud man who allegedly drove the suspect in a fatal Moorhead shooting to the area and helped him buy a vehicle before the crime is facing an accomplice charge.
Ibrahim Abdiaziz Isaac, 29, of St. Cloud appeared Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Clay County District Court on a felony charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. He remained in custody Thursday at the Clay County Jail on a $2 million bond.
Isaac was arrested last Friday, more than a month after the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Abdi Mohamed Abdi on Sept. 10 in the parking lot of an apartment at the corner of 17th Street South and 30th Avenue South. Police alleged 26-year-old Idris Abdillahi Haji-Mohamed of Rochester shot Abdi multiple times.
Haji-Mohamed was charged with second-degree murder, a felony. No motive has been disclosed in the case. Full story here.
FARGO — A Fargo man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he assaulted two girls and used a racial slur against a group of children.
Larry Wayne Baldner, 73, was slated to appear Thursday, Oct. 21, in Cass County District Court on charges of aggravated assault against a victim under the age of 12, preventing arrest and simple assault. His attorney, Erica Skogen Hovey, filed a waiver for a preliminary hearing and entered not guilty pleas on Baldner's behalf Wednesday.
Prosecutors alleged Baldner got into a confrontation with an 11-year-old girl on the sidewalk of his and her duplex in the 2700 block of 33rd ½ Avenue South. The girl, who lives in the unit next to Baldner, was playing basketball with other children in the duplex's shared driveway when Balndner attempted to pull in with his vehicle, according to a criminal complaint. Full story here.
A coronavirus graphic. Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday, Oct. 21, reported an additional five COVID-19 deaths, bringing the state's overall pandemic death toll to 1,703 North Dakotans in nearly 20 months.
The additional deaths reported on Thursday come as hospitalizations in North Dakota, both the number of COVID-19 and non-coronavirus patients, remain high. Hospitals across the state are also experiencing severe staffing shortages. The Department of Health on Wednesday appealed to residents on its social media pages to do what they can to stay healthy and out of the hospital.
"At this critical time, please take precautions to stay out of the hospital, including being up to date on your immunizations and practicing injury prevention," the Department of Health said. Full story here.
The Island Park Parking ramp on First Avenue South. David Samson / The Forum
FARGO — The sale of one of the city's first downtown parking ramps to Bell Bank was approved unanimously by the Fargo City Commission on Monday, Oct. 18.
After finding some needed repairs, the city and the bank agreed to reduce the sale price from $9.5 million to $9.37 million. The repairs were found as part of a report on all of the city parking ramps and garage facilities.
Bell Bank decided to split the $248,000 price tag for repairs with the city, thus lowering the purchase price by $124,000.
The bank plans to use the ramp for its employees as they are planning a major renovation of the currently nearly empty Bank of the West tower they have purchased along Main Avenue and next to the parking facility. Full story here.