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BISMARCK – A 33-year-old New Town woman who was an administrative assistant for a infant and toddler program on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has been indicted for allegedly embezzling more than $40,000 in funds and amenities. Melissa Ann Mandan, also known as Melissa Fyten, was charged with federal program theft and embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization.
MILLER, S.D. – An 80-year-old man in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by semi while crossing U.S. Highway 14 in the central South Dakota town of Miller on Thursday afternoon, April 5. The name of the deceased is not being released by state officials pending notification of family members.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 28-year-old Minnesota man who pointed a handgun at five teenagers in a Mercedes Benz car at a Sioux Falls truck stop, forced them to get out and then stole the vehicle has been sent to federal prison for 10 years. Michael Chase Jaime of Dilworth, who pleaded guilty to the charge of carjacking in December, was sentenced this week by U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier in Sioux Falls.
BISMARCK – About 50 barrels or 2,140 gallons of a mix of crude oil and produced water has spilled from a pipeline leak into a stream and pastureland near Fryburg and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in far western North Dakota. The North Dakota Department of Health was notified Wednesday, April 4, of the oil emulsion spill in Billings County at a site operated by Hess Bakken Investments II LLC.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 25-year-old Berthold woman has been accused of stealing a $599 puppy from the Pet Parade store in Minot. The store on Tuesday, April 3, about 6:30 p.m., was called and investigated the theft by a female suspect. The suspect was later identified as Tori J. Francis. Officers made contact with her at a Minot home and found the stolen puppy.
MINOT, N.D. -- The Minot Police Department is planning a memorial service for April 26 to mark the 100 -year anniversary of the department’s first officer killed in the line of duty. Family members of Minot Police Officer Patrick Devaney and North Dakota Attorney General agent Kersey Gowin, who was with Devaney on an investigation and also died, will be special guests at the event in Memorial Auditorium along with law enforcement officials.
BISMARCK -- A Bismarck police officer and a driver of another vehicle have both received warning tickets after a crash between their SUVs at a city intersection on Monday, April 2.
FARGO -- Feeling stressed? Well, if you live in Minnesota and North Dakota not so much. A study by a personal finance website reported Tuesday, April 3, that Minnesota is the least stressed state in the nation with North Dakota right behind them. In fact, if you live in the Upper Midwest your chances of being fairly stress-free are darn good.
PIERRE, S.D. -- Three men from Mission on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in southern South Dakota have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay thousands in restitution for selling stolen firearms or trading them for meth and for burglaries at two homes in 2016. The three were sentenced in federal court in Pierre last month.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is asking for help in locating active bald eagle nests in the state. Eagles are incubating eggs in April, and it’s easy to distinguish an eagle nest because of its enormous size. Game and Fish conservation biologist Sandra Johnson estimates the state has around 240 active bald eagle nests, possibly more.