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FARGO — A former Fargo priest who faces child sexual abuse charges has been extradited from the Philippines to the United States. Fernando Laude Sayasaya was extradited to face state child sexual abuse charges filed 15 years ago in Cass County District Court, U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced Friday, Dec. 15. Sayasaya was arrested in the Philippines last month.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November. Voters last year approved a measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The state Department of Health is working to implement that new law after the Legislature rewrote it this year.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A man was arrested after a children's birthday party got out of hand just before midnight on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the 600 block of 24th Avenue South in Moorhead. According to Moorhead police, two men at the party had been drinking and got into an argument. Tobe Givens III, 39, was asked to leave the party. Police said Givens refused, grabbed a knife sharpener and started to make threats. Someone at the party then punched Givens, leaving a cut on his face. Multiple calls were made to police, including one from a child.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.
FARGO — A federal jury has convicted a 56-year-old Fargo man of sending threatening emails to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., according to the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. After a four-day trial, Kevin Lee Olson was found guilty Friday, Dec. 15, of making threatening interstate communications. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem clarified aspects of the state's new permitless carry law Thursday, Dec. 14. The so-called "constitutional carry" law, which the Republican-controlled Legislature passed this year, allows those who meet the law's requirements to store a loaded gun in a vehicle, Stenehjem said in an opinion requested by four lawmakers. But proper identification must be revealed to law enforcement during a traffic stop or other in-person contact, he said.
A Mandan Republican will run for secretary of state, challenging an incumbent that has held the office for more than two decades. Will Gardner announced Wednesday morning via Facebook he would run for the office that has been held by Republican Secretary of State Al Jaeger since 1993. Gardner is a GOP chairman of the District 34 in Mandan. "What I would like to do is bring us to the 21st century," he said in the video. "Government's role is to remove the roadblocks of the processes and the procedures and paperwork of bureaucracies."
A Grand Forks man is facing multiple felony charges after authorities say he threatened, assaulted and spit on police officers after being upset about having to take a urine test at a homeless shelter Tuesday. Jeffrey Allen Shulzitski, 52, has been charged with four Class C felony charges: terrorizing, simple assault on an officer, preventing arrest and contacting law enforcement with bodily fluids. He also faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.
WAHPETON, N.D. – A student at the North Dakota State College of Science has died, but campus officials have not yet released the student’s name. “It is with great sadness that we inform the College community of the untimely death of a student at NDSCS in Wahpeton,” Barbara Spaeth-Baum, a college spokeswoman, said in a statement released to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 12. “The name of the student is being withheld pending notification of family members.”