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Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem points to the increase in aggravated assaults in North Dakota over the past 10 years during a news conference Tuesday when Stenehjem's office released the 2012 state crime report.

ND crime up 7.9 percent


BISMARCK -- The state's top attorney on Tuesday unveiled 2012 statistics that he said are "not a rosy report for crime in North Dakota."

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem released the annual report his office compiled from 52 sheriff's departments and 43 police departments from around the state that found the number of reported crimes increased 7.9 percent from 2011 to 2012. A total 14,866 offenses were reported, up from 13,778 in 2011.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.