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BISMARCK—The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence without parole given to Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old. Approximately 21 years ago, Garcia was sentenced to life without parole for shooting and killing Cherryl Tendeland as she sat in a parked car Earlier this year, a Cass County District Court judge summarily dismissed Garcia's application for post-conviction relief.
BOWBELLS, N.D. -- Melissa Etheridge, a Grammy Award-winning musician, pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana when crossing the U.S.-Canada border at Portal, N.D. Online court records show Judge Todd Cresap imposed $1,000 in fees, ordered a chemical dependency evaluation and sentenced Etheridge to six months of unsupervised probation during a Burke County District Court hearing Tuesday, Nov. 14.
LOS ANGELES—The University of Southern California, the 10th-ranked team in college men's basketball, needed a 13-5 run in the final four minutes to hold off North Dakota State Monday night, Nov. 13, for a 75-65 win. NDSU, coming off an 85-66 loss Sunday at UC-Santa Barbara, trailed 62-60 with less than four minutes remaining before USC produced its game-winning run. Jordan McLaughlin had a tip-in and a jumper that gave USC a 66-60 lead. Chimezie Metu's layup made it 68-60. Bennie Boatwright's dunk made it 70-60 with 2:07 remaining.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Highway Patrol is transitioning from white to black patrol vehicles over the course of the next 4 to 5 years. “Black vehicles will enhance the safety of the motoring public as well our officers, because they are easier to see during white-out conditions,” said NDHP Colonel Mike Gerhart. Forty new black vehicles are on order and will be integrated into the fleet beginning January 2018.
MINTO, N.D.—A Forest River, N.D., woman has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash Monday in Walsh County.
FARGO, N.D. — The National Association of Farm Broadcasting has honored AgweekTV and host Shawna Olson with two awards at the organization's annual convention, Nov. 8-10 in Kansas City, Missouri..
HARWOOD, N.D. - A man is in custody following reports of gunshots and an overnight standoff at a Harwood residence. Police arrived at the home at 9211 56th Ave. N. around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 after an incident at a West Fargo bar. Police said they heard six or seven gunshots at the home. Authorities did not enter the home when they arrived and then heard what sounded like three more gunshots. No one was injured. It was not apparent if the gunshots were directed at law enforcement.
MINTO, N.D. -- A 30-year-old woman died in a one-vehicle crash when her SUV went into the Forest River near Minto in far northeast North Dakota.. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the woman, of Forest River, N.D., was traveling north in a 2014 Dodge Durango on 150th Avenue N.E. about 1 mile south of Minto at 7:40 Monday morning when she let the road and entered the west ditch. The vehicle went over the river bank, overturned and came to a rest partially submerged in the river.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's state-owned bank said Monday, Nov. 13, that it would sell and transfer the federal portion of its student loan portfolio. The transfer to the North Texas Higher Education Authority will be complete in early 2018, the Bank of North Dakota said. The bank continues to own, offer and service its state-sponsored student loans. The bank said the sale allows it to eliminate numerous federal regulatory burdens and increase default prevention efforts.
RED LAKE, Minn. -- Rescuers are searching for two people who went missing after a boat capsized on Lower Red Lake on Monday afternoon. According to Red Lake staff, law enforcement discovered the commercial Red Lake Fisheries boat capsized at about 3:43 p.m. Three people were originally missing, but rescuers found one person, who was taken to the hospital at about 4:13 p.m. A search and dive team continued to look for the two other missing people as of 5:30 p.m. Police do not yet know why the boat capsized.