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FARGO—A Fargo concert promoter and journalist pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court Wednesday, Sept. 28, to charges of sexual assault and disorderly conduct in connection with two separate incidents in which women said they awoke to find him touching them. In one case, a woman told authorities Christopher A. Hennen, 39, sexually touched her while she was asleep. After a night of drinking, she said she woke up to find Hennen touching her private areas.
PIERRE, S.D.—A 34-year-old Miller man will spend almost four years in prison after he was caught in a sting operation in Pierre answering a Craigslist ad for sex with a 15-year-old girl. Joseph Raleigh was sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange on a charge of attempted trafficking. The conviction arose from an undercover operation conducted in Pierre by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Raleigh responded to an advertisement of a minor available for sexual activities in exchange for money posted on Craigslist on Oct. 16.
ST. ANTHONY, N.D. — Twenty-one Dakota Access Pipeline protesters were arrested throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at two construction sites near St. Anthony, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said. The protesters were arrested for various crimes ranging from resisting arrest, criminal trespass on private property and possession of stolen property. Tow trucks were summoned to impound five vehicles, which belonged to people who had been arrested, according to Donnell Preskey, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.
WOODBURY, Minn.—After much anticipation, the Residence Inn by Marriott will open Friday in Woodbury's CityPlace. The 116-suite hotel is the newest addition to the soon-to-be bustling CityPlace development and will cater more toward extended stay travelers. Fargo, N.D.-based TMI Hospitality manages the hotel and hasn't opened a new hotel in Minnesota since 2001 despite operating several hotels across the country.
ROTHSAY, Minn. — A group of duck hunters has a west central Minnesota woman to thank for a dramatic rescue over the weekend. Erin Houselog was hunting with her fiancé, when they heard yells for help near Christopherson Lake, which is southeast of Rothsay. A party of five hunters were in a duck boat that overturned on the lake, no one was wearing a lifejacket. So, Houselog and her fiancé found lifejackets near shore, and swam them out to the hunters.
KYLE, S.D.—A 22-year-old Kyle man has denied three assault charges, including assault with intent to commit murder, for an attack on a man with his feet, a cinder block and a stick. Timothy "Jack" Brown Bull faces a maximum penalty upon conviction of 20 years in custody and/or a $250,000 fine. The charges stem from Brown Bull and another individual allegedly assaulting the man on March 7, 2015, at Kyle.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn.—A three-vehicle crash killed two people and closed down Interstate 94 between Osakis and Alexandria early Tuesday morning. The crash involved a Freightliner semitrailer, a GMC Sierra pickup truck, and a Volvo semitrailer. Both people in the GMC Sierra were killed as a result of the crash. The driver was Calvin Hess, 40, of Kenmare, N.D., and his passenger was Myron Bishop, 39, of Thompson Falls, Mont., according to the State Patrol. Here's how the crash happened, according to the State Patrol:
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — Motorists are urged to use caution at the rest stops in the Jamestown area where two men recently have been approaching vehicles and asking for money, according to the North Dakota State Patrol. The males were in a paper-plated White Kia. One caller was approached twice and reported the man had his arm in a sling the second time he made contact with her, said the patrol. All incidents were reported as occurring in the evening and early morning hours. The men left the scene by the time law enforcement arrived.
FORT THOMPSON, S.D.—A Fort Thompson man who was drunk and causing a disturbance during a sobriety walk, and hit a Bureau of Indian Affairs federal officer, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail. Stuart Dion, 32, was sentenced Monday for his conviction on assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer in the incident last April. This sentence will run concurrent to Dion's federal conviction for failure to register as a sex offender.
MANDERSON, S.D.—South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler has announced that a Manderson man was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual abuse and sexual abuse of a minor last week. Eugenio White Hawk, Jr., 36, faces a maximum penalty upon conviction of up to life in custody. The Indictment alleges that on Sept. 27, 2015, White Hawk Jr. knowingly caused and attempted to cause a minor female to engage in a sexual act while she was asleep.