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BISMARCK - Eight Jamaicans charged in an advance fee "lottery scam" are now in custody in the United States after the Jamaican government ordered them extradited, U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Chris Myers announced Thursday, April 27. The eight were arrested in Jamaica more than a year ago and are among 14 people facing federal charges in a wire and mail fraud and money laundering investigation dubbed "Operation Hard Copy," said Myers. The charges allege the scam bilked at least 90 mostly elderly U.S. residents out of more $5.7 million, Myers said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers gave final approval to a bill Tuesday, April 25, that directs Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to attempt to recoup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The state has spent more than $34 million in costs associated with responding to the months-long protest in Morton County. Language in House Bill 1003, the budget for the Attorney General's Office, directs Stenehjem to "pursue all reasonable and available options" to seek reimbursement for those costs.
MITCHELL, S.D. -- A Mitchell man was has been arrested after police executed a search warrant and found more than 1,000 fentanyl pills and $11,000, state officials announced Tuesday afternoon. According to court documents, police executed a search warrant at 10:35 a.m. Monday at a residence rented by Jacob Davin Hubbs and three other people less than 1,000 feet from a drug-free zone in Dry Run Creek Park.
BISMARCK – North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner submitted a notice of resignation on Tuesday, April 25, Gov. Doug Burgum’s office announced. The resignation is effective July 31. Kapsner was appointed to the bench in 1998 and elected to 10-year terms in 2000 and 2010.
Buchanan County, Iowa - TMZ reports former 'Bachelor' Chris Soules is in jail for allegedly running into a tractor trailer, killing the driver, then driving off. The crash happened in Iowa on Monday, April 24 at 8:20 p.m. TMZ reports 35-year-old Chris was driving a Chevy pickup and rear-ended a John Deere, sending it into the ditch. The driver of the John Deere was taken to the hospital where he later died.
REGENT, N.D. -- A 32-year-old Bismarck driver was killed and two female passengers were injured in a rollover crash Sunday afternoon in Adams County in southwestern North Dakota.
DETROIT LAKES — John and Anne Alexander were always together after 64 years of marriage, rarely doing anything without their spouse at their side. "They were just so close," said their daughter, Nancy Alexander. That's why it wasn't exactly a shock to the family that they died together at Ecumen Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, Anne at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, and John at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 20. "I think he wanted her to have her own day and then he had his own day, too," said Kate Anderson, one of the couple's six surviving children.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate killed a bill Thursday, April 20, that would have allowed state elected officials to carry concealed weapons in publicly owned or operated buildings. Sen. Kelly Armstrong, R-Dickinson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, recommended that his colleagues defeat Senate Bill 2139 after members of a legislative conference committee couldn't reach a compromise. The bill failed in a 3-43 vote. It would have required officials carrying concealed weapons in public buildings to have firearms proficiency training.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed the state's new medical marijuana law. Burgum signed Senate Bill 2344 Monday night. It comes after voters approved an initiated measure legalizing medical marijuana in November. Lawmakers said that law was unworkable and needed changes.
RUGBY, N.D. — One man died early Monday, April 17, after driving his SUV in front of a train in Rugby. The 41-year-old Rugby man was ejected from a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox after he accelerated around the road barricade at the train intersection and a BNSF train the vehicle, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. In a release, the Highway Patrol said the man had been stopped on the south side of the tracks on Main Street before the crash, which was reported at 12:16 a.m. Monday, where barricades with flashing lights blocked the road.