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BISMARCK — A northeast North Dakota woman has died after falling ill to a rare disease that's spread by infected rodent droppings, urine and saliva, the state Department of Health said Monday, Aug. 27. The unidentified adult woman fell ill to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. People can be exposed to HPS by breathing air that's contaminated with the virus when fresh rodent droppings, urine or nesting materials are disturbed, but it's not transmitted from person to person.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Kyle Stern received the 2018 Peace Officer of the Year award, given out annually by the North Dakota Peace Officers Association, according to a patrol news release. Stern has been with the patrol since 2002 and is stationed in Hillsboro. He was named Trooper of the Year in 2010 by the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association. The Safe Communities Coalition of the Red River Valley lauded him in 2011 for his efforts in enforcing child passenger safety laws.
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.
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.