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News Briefs: Neglect charges filed in Nobles County horse deaths

Editor's note: The following is a collection of news briefs from Forum Communication Company newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Neglect charges filed in Nobles County horse deaths

WORTHINGTON, Minn. -- The Nobles County Attorney’s Office filed charges Tuesday against a rural Reading woman after horses were found dead last week on her farm.

Joan Mary Moore has been charged with 11 counts of felony animal neglect. Each count alleges that she neglected a horse and that the animal died as a result.

Each count carries a penalty of up to two years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

She also has been charged with additional counts of animal cruelty at a lesser level with regard to horses that are still alive.

Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening said last week that a veterinary who accompanied deputies to the farm counted the remains of 15 horses “in varying states of decay.” Nine horses on the farm were still alive.

Google tip leads to child porn charges for Fargo man

FARGO – A Fargo man is charged with 11 counts of possession of child pornography after Google alerted national activists that he had child porn on his email and IP addresses.

Devin Cole Reed, 26, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with 11 counts of possession of prohibited materials, a Class C felony.

According to court documents, a Fargo police detective received a cybertip from Google via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a child porn image on an IP and email address.

Those addresses were associated with a Fargo user, the tip indicated.

Investigators from Fargo police and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation interviewed Reed on Thursday, and Reed allegedly admitted possessing, distributing and receiving child pornography images.

The images allegedly featured children from infancy up to age 13.

Authorities said he also told investigators he had received child porn images after asking children for them in online conversations.

Reed was arrested and his bail was set at $15,000. His next court date is set for May 7.

Alleged home intruder faces attempted murder charge

STANTON, N.D. -- A man faces charges of attempted murder and criminal trespassing after entering a home Sunday in the small western North Dakota town of Golden Valley, authorities said.

Bret Daniel Knudson, 20, of Golden Valley, is accused of entering the home of Jeff Gegelman, according to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

Mercer County State’s Attorney Jessica Binder said Knudson shot Gegelman, who allegedly returned fire and hit Knudson.

In addition to felony charges of attempted murder and criminal trespassing, Knudson faces misdemeanor charges of driving while his license was suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the North Dakota Supreme Court website.

The affidavit could not be released until a judge signed the document, Binder said, but she confirmed that the charges stemmed from the weekend shooting.

Knudson was being held at the Mercer County Jail on $500,000 cash bond.