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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Joshua Jensen was driving down Interstate 94 in his rental car with Washington state license plates near Jamestown when he saw a Stutsman County deputy pull up next to him and begin staring at him. The 38-year-old traveler from Minnesota looked nervous, as anyone probably would, said his defense attorney Scott Sandness, of Jamestown, who described the incident from not only Jensen's words but also from a video camera on Deputy Matt Thom's vehicle. For the next 10 miles, the deputy followed Jensen, who was traveling at about 73 mph in the 75 mph zone.
OAKES, N.D. -- A semi driver hauling liquid herbicide to a farm near Oakes in southeast North Dakota took a wrong turn onto a minimum maintenance dirt road where the vehicle sank and tipped over possibly spilling the herbicide on Thursday morning, Oct. 4. North Dakota Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Herzig said the semi driven by James Goins, 51, of Loxley, Alabama, is still on its side on the muddy road with plans to try to tip it upright on Saturday, Oct. 6.
FARGO — Public Broadcasting System travel guru Rick Steves isn't pro-marijuana, he's anti-prohibition. The Seattle resident, known for his travel shows on PBS television and radio stations and his 50 travel books, made trips this week to Michigan and North Dakota to urge passage of recreational marijuana because he believes the current law is simply wrong. "The bottom line is prohibition isn't working," he said in a visit Friday, Oct. 5, to Fargo.
BOTTINEAU, N.D. — A 19-year-old man is in custody and was arrested on charges of manslaughter in the shooting death of another man in a trailer park south of the city in far north-central North Dakota just before midnight Wednesday, Oct. 3. Carlos Valentin was arrested after the sheriff’s department received a 911 call at about 11:50 p.m. of a gunshot incident at the Southbrook Trailer Park.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — A 29-year-old Fort Totten man has died from his injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while walking along a state highway near Devils Lake when the driver was pulling over to the side of the road while an ambulance approached. Killed was Clarence Brown, who died later at the hospital after suffering severe injuries, said the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
BISMARCK — Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways this time of year because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges. October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents, according to the North Dakota Department of Game & Fish department..
Alexander man, 58, dies when crushed in between 2 semis in construction zone WILLISTON, N.D. — A 58-year-old Alexander man died when his pickup was crushed between two semis on U.S. Highway 85 about four miles south of Williston in far northwest North Dakota on Monday, Oct. 1, about 12:30 p.m. The victim’s identity will be released on Tuesday, said the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
FARGO — While Legalize ND released its first advertisement of its campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, another group opposing the measure started a billboard campaign this week as the election season is heating up. The 15-second Legalize ND ad has been released online.
MINOT, N.D. — Police are searching for a man who robbed a customer of money outside a bank in Minot in broad daylight Monday morning, Oct. 1. The man wanted by police is 25-year-old Quantdre Mersier, a 5-foot-11 tall man weighing about 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police are also seeking the driver of the vehicle the suspect was in, which was abandoned in southwest Minot.
FARGO -- Sanford Imagenetics is now offering genetic testing and counseling at its primary care clinics in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Primary care physicians are able to use the results of the Sanford Chip genetic testing to help patients find which medications will work best for them and help them assess their personal risks of various diseases, including breast cancer.