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Wendy Reuer, Published January 02 2014

West Fargo teen tells police he made false report hoping to get a date with dance team member

WEST FARGO – An 18-year-old high school student here could face criminal charges after falsely reporting a fire in an effort to get a date.

Assistant Police Chief Michael Reitan said police and fire crews found nothing wrong when they responded to the report of a fire at the Lodoen Community Center, 109 St. E., about 2:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Responders were still on the scene when a second report was made through 911, he said.

Police tracked the calls to two businesses in West Fargo and were able to track down the caller using a partial license plate number of a vehicle seen at both places, Reitan said.

A teenager was then questioned by officers and said he made the calls in the hope that dance line practice occurring at the center would be canceled.

The subject knew one or more of the dance line members and was hoping to get a date with a dancer, Reitan said.

The teen has not yet been charged, but Reitan said a report has been sent to the Cass County Attorney’s Office for a possible charge of harassment.

Reitan said the teen would be charged as an adult. If found guilty of harassment, a Class A misdemeanor, the teen would face up to a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Reitan said the teen’s name has not yet been released pending possible charges.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530