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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—A 63-year-old Canadian woman is the second person to enter a guilty plea regarding a scheme to defraud consumers by selling light-emitting devices as a treatment for more than 200 different diseases and disorders, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Jan. 11. Irina Kossovskaia, of Ontario, Canada, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sioux Falls on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to introduce misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud and mislead.
BISMARCK --- It could be called the monster of snow plows and now North Dakota has 32 of them. The tow plow attached to a truck can scrape off an entire two-lane highway or one side of the state's interstates in one fell swoop. Tow plow attachments are 26 feet long, but deployed at a 33 percent angle, it can plow 14 feet of a roadway. With the truck and its 12 feet of blades, which can cover 9 feet to 10 feet of a roadway, the two combined can cover an entire 24 feet or one side of an interstate or a two-lane road with wider shoulders.
EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. -- A 42-year-old man who lives in far northwest South Dakota has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for beating up a woman after she refused to give him money for alcohol. Celby Noisy Hawk Jr. of Eagle Butte on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation was convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury in the incident last June 9. He was sentenced last week.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two Chicago men have been sentenced for distributing heroin in South Dakota -- sometimes trading the drug for firearms.. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier last week sentenced Clifton Curtis Odie, 42, to 20 years in custody and Robert Andrew Lockhart, 48, to almost nine years in prison. Last October, co-conspirators Raleigh Dee Thomas, 26, and Stephen Nathaniel Harris, 38, were each sentenced to five years in prison.
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- A 41-year-old Little Eagle man from far north-central South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of child abuse, assault with a dangerous weapon and child pornography after he was found guilty in two jury trials. Chavez Spotted Horse was sentenced in Aberdeen last week by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kornmann.
BISMARCK -- One in four North Dakota consumer complaints in 2017 was about an illegal robocall, said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem who oversees his office’s consumer protection division. “Based on comments I hear daily from North Dakotans, and my own experience, it’s easy to see why these robocalls are the top complaint,” Stenehjem said.”The calls are annoying and most often are nothing but scams that have cost consumers money. Plus, they are illegal in North Dakota,
FARGO -- As far as family friendliness goes, North Dakota is near the top in the nation, according to a study by a financial website. A study by WalletHub listed North Dakota as the fourth best place to raise a family.
STEELE, N.D.—A Steele woman is accused of embezzling almost $200,000 from an oil field company operating out of this small North Dakota town near Bismarck, and owned by a trusted friend from high school. Melinda Strom had her trial for felony embezzlement set just before Christmas, but it has now been delayed until Feb. 20-21 in Bismarck, according to Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Julie Lawyer. It's a case that also shows the greed and crime that can sometimes occur in North Dakota's oil and gas industry where big money can come into play.
MINOT, ND. -- A 23-year-old Minot man is accused of brandishing a handgun and then fleeing when police officers tried to arrest him for shoplifting in a Minot mall store on Sunday afternoon. Eric Lee Skorick was then arrested about an hour later in his 1993 Buick LeSabre. Police said that at about 3:45 p.m., they were called to a store in Dakota Square Mall to investigate a report of a shoplifter in custody.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Authorities are still on the hunt for two people wanted in connection with the shooting deaths and robbery of two men in what police believe was a drug deal gone bad Friday, Jan. 5, in north Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls police public information officer Sam Clemens said Manuel Jesus Frias, 34, is wanted for first-degree murder, while Maria Shentel LeClaire, 27, is wanted for accessory to first-degree robbery. Clemens said police believe there was a drug deal that was going to happen and one tried to rob the other — then the shooting began.