CROOKSTON, Minn. - A jury here found Thomas Lee Fairbanks guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting of Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey, bringing gasps in the court room as the verdict was announced. The charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Prosecutors asked state District Judge Jeff Remick to sentence Fairbanks, who turns 35 this month, immediately. Defense attorneys asked for time to file an appeal. Remick met with both sides for 20 minutes in his chambers, then ruled Fairbanks will be sentenced Sept. 9 in Mahnomen.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A baby girl abandoned outside a Grand Forks fire station this weekend is now likely in the custody of social services and maybe already in a foster family's home, social service experts said. Nothing officially can be said about an individual case, but typically in such cases a doctor can order an infant to be held as long as 96 hours in a hospital for care and to sort things out.