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LANGDON, N.D. — Cavalier County Sheriff David Zies will resign from his position Sept. 13 to run for county commissioner. County Auditor Lisa Gellner said the commission has appointed Deputy Sheriff Greg Fetsch as Zeis' replacement. Zeis has served Cavalier County in law enforcement for 40 years and became the sheriff in 1991.
TABOR, S.D. — A Tabor man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of first-degree rape of a minor and two counts of sexual contact with a child. Paul Brewer, 40, entered his seven not guilty pleas during an arraignment hearing Tuesday morning. The charges stem from a report from a 12-year-old girl, who told law enforcement on May 11 she has been raped by Brewer for the past five years. Brewer was arrested two days later.
ROSEBUD, S.D.—A 20-year-old Mission man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for sexually abusing an 11-year-old child in a Rosebud home. Graham Brody Good Shield must also complete five years of supervised release after his prison term is up, said U.S. District Court Judge Roberto Lange in the sentencing hearing Tuesday ib abusive sexual contact conviction.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis on Wednesday consoled the parents of a 19-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student whose body was found in the Tiber River in Rome. Police have detained a 40-year old homeless Italian man on suspicion of aggravated homicide in the case. The Vatican said Francis had met the parents of Beau Solomon privately and expressed his deepest sympathy and "closeness in praying to God for the young man who died so tragically".
PLATTE, S.D. — After reviewing the report, the Charles Mix County State's Attorney's Office determined a fatal jet ski crash Sunday near Platte was an accident. Ryan Petersek, 32, of Platte, died in a jet ski crash near Snake Creek Recreation Area on the Missouri River's Lake Francis Case, which is about 15 miles west of Platte. At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a "jet ski on jet ski accident" resulted in the death of Petersek, according to South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks.
RIVER FALLS, Wis.—A River Falls teen died Tuesday night after a fiery crash in western Wisconsin. Tyler James Orpen, 16, was pronounced dead at River Falls Area Hospital. A 61-year-old St. Paul Park, Minn., man, Joseph Martin Timmers, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undisclosed injuries. Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were notified about the crash west of River Falls at 5:37 p.m. Tuesday.
GOODHUE, Minn.—Goodhue Fire Chief Michael Kehren was killed during in a tractor-trailer accident after the July 4 Firefighter's Dance in Wanamingo in southeast Minnesota. Kehren, 58, had been riding on one of two wagons being pulled by a tractor when he fell off the tow bar between the wagons and was run over by the second wagon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Fargo police officer was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving near Hawley, Minn., according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. Wes Libner, a school resource officer at Fargo South High School, was pulled over on U.S. Highway 10 just after 5 a.m. Saturday, July 2, and was found to have a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level, Bergquist said. The legal limit is 0.08 percent. Libner was arrested and bailed out of the Clay County Jail. He's expect to be charged with fourth-degree driving while intoxicated, Bergquist said.
MINNEAPOLIS—Minnesota State Patrol troopers practice delivering babies in training academies, and one who just joined the patrol and the class put it to use on the Fourth of July weekend. Probationary trooper Garrett Klein was on duty with his trooper Jonathan Lehman when the two received the call just before 6:30 a.m. on the 4th about a woman in labor along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis. When they arrived, the mother's contractions were just a minute apart and soon after, the baby was born.
FARGO — A Casselton boy playing with a firecracker lost a finger over the weekend, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Department. The boy was lighting the firecracker on a driveway about 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, when it exploded in his right hand, severing a finger, said department spokesman Sgt. Tim Briggeman. When the sheriff's deputy arrived on scene, Casselton Ambulance crews had loaded the boy up for transport to an unspecified Fargo hospital. The boy was alert and in stable condition.