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Suspect pleads not guilty to vehicular homicide

July 31, 2014
Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide in the traffic deaths of two sisters in eastern North Dakota.

KFGO radio reports that 51-year-old James Yahnke (YAWNK'-ee), of Nielsville, Minnesota, is accused of being drunk and driving 94 mph on a rough section of a Traill County road north of Hillsboro in May and losing control of the car.

Authorities say Yahnke and the two women were thrown from the vehicle. Twenty-three-year-old Mercedes Rowley, of Sharon, and 21-year-old Teja (TAY'-tah) Beyer, of Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, died at the scene. Yahnke was hurt and flown to a Fargo hospital for treatment.


Information from: KFGO-AM,



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