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FARGO — Garlee Sumo was 19 years old when he was charged earlier this year with a Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition, a charge that carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Now, that charge, along with the case itself, has gone away after a judge ruled halfway through Sumo's jury trial this week that evidence presented by the prosecution did not support the charge that the Fargo man faced and an order of acquittal was filed.
FARGO — A group of officials is working on a proposal for Fargo to become the new home of two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Moving the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture offices from Washington, D.C., to Fargo is seen as a potential economic boon for the area.
BISMARCK -- The University of Mary unveiled a new logo at a rally Thursday, Aug. 23. The new right-facing Marauder is clad in a new navy blue jacket and captain’s hat with a flowing orange bandana. University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea said enrollment is booming at Mary and it was the right time to change. “Our growth has been staggering over the past 24 months, and it includes new leadership in athletics, new facilities, and—always and ever—new hope.” The logo, which replaces one used since 1990, was designed by Sean Thorenson of Bismarck.
HILLSBORO, N.D. -- A Florida woman will avoid jail time for causing a July crash on Interstate 29 that took the life of an unborn child. Traill County District Court Judge Tom Olson accepted a plea deal for Claudia Rae Grace, 75, of The Villages, Fla., who entered a guilty plea to a Class A misdemeanor count of aggravated reckless driving. She was sentenced to 360 days behind bars, the maximum punishment for the charge, but Olson suspended the entire jail sentence, pursuant to the plea agreement.
FARGO — A 62-year-old West Fargo man is suspected of intentionally crashing his vehicle into an unoccupied vehicle parked on the shoulder of Interstate 29 while going about 113 mph in early August. John P. Milligan faces a felony charge of reckless endangerment in Cass County District Court. According to court documents: Milligan attempted suicide on Aug. 2 by driving his vehicle into the parked vehicle on I-29 at about 113 mph.
SOLANO, Calif.—A 46-year-old California Highway Patrol officer who was fatally struck by a vehicle Aug. 10 while he was making a traffic stop has regional ties. Motorcycle officer Kirk Griess of Vacaville was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on I-80 in Fairfield, 47 miles northeast of San Francisco.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced on Tuesday on its website. He was placed on their 90-man roster after being released by the Tennessee Titans last week. The Titans switched him from linebacker to tight end during their training camp. Jacksonville has him listed as a linebacker. DeLuca was an undrafted free agent with the Titans.
BISMARCK — North Dakota law enforcement agencies issued 3,134 citations during a six-week "Click it or Ticket" campaign that ended in mid-August, the state Department of Transportation announced Monday, Aug. 20.
WEST FARGO — A judge has ruled that a West Fargo contractor violated North Dakota’s consumer fraud law and has ordered him to pay clients more than $45,000 in restitution. Cass County District Judge John Irby found that Joshua James Vance was doing business without a contractor’s license and diverted consumer funds. Irby ordered that Vance must pay $45,669.42 in restitution and $7,000 in civil penalties, fees and costs.
BISMARCK -- North Dakota officials on Monday launched a statewide anonymous texting platform designed to enhance school safety and report drug crime. Project Stand Up For School Safety and Project Stand Up to Drug Crime are activated in every North Dakota city and county. The school safety project can be reached by texting “SAFE” to 82257 and drug crimes can be reported by texting “DRUGS” to 82257.