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First responder pleads not guilty to taking cash belonging to crash victims

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The first responder accused of stealing cash from the wallets of two teenage brothers killed in a crash in June has pleaded not guilty.

The Fergus Falls Journal reports that Tara Lindquist, 42, a volunteer firefighter in Dalton, Minnesota, denied taking $120 from a wallet she found on the side of Interstate 94 on June 23 and used it to pay her power bill.

She was at the scene of a crash that killed Zach, 18, and Connor Kvalvog, 14, of Moorhead, who were on their way to a basketball tournament in Wisconsin when their pickup rolled near Fergus Falls.

According to KVVR, relatives told investigators that each of the four boys in the vehicle – the other two of whom were injured – left Moorhead with a $100 bill in their wallets.

Records show Lindquist, who faces a misdemeanor theft charge, said she found $120 lying on the road.

She will next appear in court for a pre-trial hearing on Nov. 9. The Fergus Falls Journal notes she made no comments during Monday's hearing.

The Kvalvog family is still seeking answers about the boys' deaths, offering $10,000 for any information about a semi truck said to "extremely close" to the boys' pickup at the time of the crash.

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