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FAKE FEDERAL AGENT
Sentencing set for man accused of impersonating FBI agent
A man accused of trying to pass himself off as an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch is facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Sentencing for Steven Goldmann is scheduled Wednesday afternoon in Bismarck. He pleaded his case down to an illegal weapons charge after also being charged with four counts of impersonating an officer.
Investigators say Goldmann regularly displayed a gun, holster, mace and badge, and showed up one day at a Williston coffee shop with a passenger who was handcuffed. The scam allegedly netted Goldmann free coffee, a government rate at a hotel and dog treats for his bogus K-9 unit.
Goldmann had pleaded guilty to theft of services in Tennessee in 2013. Authorities say he conned several businesses out of money.
ND treasurer pushes financial literacy program for students
North Dakota State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt says high school students will have a new tool to help them learn about credit cards, student loans, savings and taxes.
Schmidt is slated to travel across the state next week to launch the computerized financial literacy program.
The program was developed by EverFi, an educational technology company.
Schmidt says her office will partner with local businesses and financial institutions to bring the program to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers.
Scam artists claiming to be from attorney general's office
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN'-juhm) is alerting North Dakota residents about scam artists claiming to be calling from his office.
Stenehjem says people who get a call from someone claiming to be with his office and demanding they cooperate with a supposed Internal Revenue Service agent should hang up immediately.
Stenehjem says the number on caller IDs might even appear that it is his office calling. He says that's done through spoofing technology and is part of the scam.
Ground lights on Missouri River bridge proving troublesome
(Information in the following story is from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com )
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Moisture issues have caused 26 ground lights to short out on the Mandan side of the Memorial Bridge over the Missouri River between that city and Bismarck.
The lights are where flags are displayed. Mandan City Administrator Jim Neubauer says new lights are being ordered, but it could be up to a month before they arrive and are installed.
City of Bismarck electronics supervisor Paul Lies says his staff dealt with similar problems with the lights on the Bismarck side of the bridge. He says that after replacing the lights several times, staff designed a different, more reliable system.
The new bridge opened in the fall of 2008.
Interstate 94 crash injures 3, shuts down interstate
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A head-on crash near Dickinson injured three people and shut down Interstate 94 for about 15 minutes.
The Highway Patrol says a car driven by a 47-year-old Jamestown woman crossed the median and struck another car head-on about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 15 miles east of Dickinson.
The Jamestown woman and a 67-year-old passenger from Jamestown were taken to a Dickinson hospital. The 34-year-old woman from Dickinson who was alone in the second vehicle was flown to a Bismarck hospital.
The interstate was briefly closed while the medical helicopter was on scene.
GRAND FORKS STANDOFF
Man in custody after weekend standoff at Grand Forks hotel
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A weekend standoff in Grand Forks prompted the evacuation of guests at a hotel.
Police say the incident began Saturday morning when the suspect allegedly threatened a person with a gun during a fight in the parking lot of the America's Best Value Inn.
The 49-year-old man then retreated to his hotel room and held police including a SWAT team at bay for about four hours. About a dozen other hotel guests were evacuated.
The man surrendered after authorities used a stun grenade. He was arrested on a terrorizing charge. Formal charges are pending.
Minot motorcycle club opening bar to support PTSD work
(Information in the following story is from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com )
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A motorcycle club in Minot is opening a bar to support the club's charitable work.
Apathy Original Motorcycle Club acquired a former barbershop building between Minot and Burlington and obtained a county liquor license. Officials hope to have at least the headquarters portion of the building ready by June 27 when the club hosts its annual memorial ride to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and money for treatment.
Club President Jory Stevenson says the main focus is helping military veterans. The memorial ride is named for National Guard Staff Sgt. Joe Biel, who killed himself after suffering from PTSD after two tours of duty in Iraq.
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