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ND CRIME STATS
North Dakota attorney general to release annual crime report
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is slated to release North Dakota's annual crime report.
Stenehjem will release the document on Wednesday at the state Capitol in Bismarck.
The annual report provides statistics for crimes ranging from murder to car thefts.
Data show crime has increased in recent years in the state.
Stenehjem has said crime has increased in the oil patch but so has the population. Officials say illegal drugs and organized crime are a big concern in western North Dakota's oil-producing region.
Anglers from Bismarck area and Garrison win walleye tourneys
Anglers from the Bismarck-Mandan area and from Garrison have won top honors in two of the region's most prominent walleye tournaments.
Wyatt Rime and Allen Iglehart, both of Garrison, won the $10,000 top prize at the North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup, with 35.22 pounds of fish.
Abraham Starck, of Mandan, and Dwight Boespflug, of Lincoln, won the $12,000 top prize in the Dakota Walleye Classic, with 28.9 pounds of fish.
Both tournaments were held on Lake Sakakawea this month.
City of Dickinson responds to suit connected to school fire
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys for the city of Dickinson are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Dickinson Trinity High School principal who was blamed for setting fire to the school until a judge threw out the charges.
The attorneys in court filings deny "each and every allegation" brought against the city and law enforcement by Thomas Sander.
Sander has sued the city, three police detectives and unnamed law enforcement officials. He says he was coerced into making a confession after he was denied food, water and sleep. He says he was not allowed to use the bathroom during his interrogation.
Sander also claims police worked for five months to prosecute and convict him even though evidence showed that someone else started the fire.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Sander's attorney, Ryan Shaffer in Montana, declined to comment on the city's response.
ND state flour mill sets $16.6M profit record
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's state Mill and Elevator has set a profit record.
The mill on Tuesday reported making $16.6 million during its last budget year, which ended in June.
That's a 25 percent increase from the previous year's profit of $13.3 million.
The mill had gross sales of $305 million.
Manager Vance Taylor says the mill had a good crop to work with and shipping volume increased during the last fiscal year.
The mill sells most of its flour in bulk to bakery customers. It also sells small, family-sized bags of flour through grocery stores.
1 more case of rare infectious disease confirmed in ND
(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com )
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have confirmed one more case of tularemia, a rare infectious disease that humans can catch from animals and insects.
Laura Cronquist with the Health Department says the case was confirmed in Stark County.
Tularemia symptoms in humans vary depending on how the infection was acquired. They include fever, chills and muscle ache; an ulcer may appears were the bacteria entered the skin.
Two cases of tularemia, sometimes called rabbit fever, were confirmed in LaMoure and Burleigh counties earlier this month. A squirrel at Minot's Roosevelt Zoo and two primates at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck were also found to be infected.
The zoos are taking precautions, but officials say visiting the facilities doesn't pose an increased risk to the public.
TRIBAL OIL REGULATIONS
Tribal panel aims to regulate oil on part of ND reservation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders from a prolific portion of North Dakota's oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation have agreed to scale-back proposed regulations that industry officials warned could slow crude production.
The newly formed West Segment Regulatory Commission based in Mandaree had wanted to impose its own regulations on oil drilling activity. The west segment is one of six on the reservation and it's the busiest region for drilling.
The full council of the Three Affiliated Tribes did not endorse the idea of individual segments imposing their own rules.
John Mahoney, an attorney for the panel, says the commission has agreed to suspend implementation of most of the proposed rules.
He says companies working in the region will still be required to register with the commission.
Bismarck man dies in weekend ATV crash in Sheridan County
MARTIN, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man died over the weekend in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Sheridan County.
The Highway Patrol says 32-year-old Cole Weckerly was a passenger on an ATV that overturned on a gravel road between Martin and Selz about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. He died at the scene.
Authorities say charges are pending against the 36-year-old Goodrich man who was driving the ATV. The patrol says the driver told officers he purposely made the ATV fish-tail, and lost control. The driver suffered undisclosed injuries.
Colombian national linked to ND synthetic drug overdoses
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities say an international synthetic drug ring that has been blamed for numerous overdoses in the Grand Forks area involves a Colombian man who moved the deadly substances while serving time in a Canadian prison.
Thirty-four-year-old Daniel Vivas Ceron has been charged with five counts, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances resulting in death. He was arrested in Panama City and is awaiting extradition to the United States.
The arrest is part of an investigation into the international trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs that began with the overdose death in January of 18-year-old Bailey Henke, 18, of Grand Forks.
Court documents do not list an attorney for Ceron.
Five Grand Forks residents, all between the ages of 18 and 20, have pleaded guilty in the case.
Police identify woman killed in rollover crash near Roundup
(Information in the following story is from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com )
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Musselshell County sheriff's officials have identified the 31-year-old North Dakota woman who was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash east of Roundup.
Melissa Victoria Lane, of Bismarck, North Dakota, died Wednesday after she swerved to miss a deer on U.S. Highway 12. The Chevrolet Trailblazer she was driving went off the side of the road and rolled through a barbed wire fence.
Those injured in the wreck include five children ages 5 months to 12 years, as well as a 32-year-old man. Officials say Lane and two passengers were ejected from the vehicle. The current status of the passengers is unknown at this time.