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BISMARCK — Two unlicensed Cass County contractors have been banned from doing business in North Dakota after it was determined in Cass County District Court that they had violated consumer fraud and licensing laws, the North Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday, March 14. Collin Strehlow, doing business as NailedIt Home Improvements, took advance payments from homeowners in Cass County for home improvement projects, including deck repair and garage construction, and then did not deliver the materials or complete the work, the attorney general's office said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the format for a petition to gather signatures to boost the state's minimum wage, his office said Wednesday, March 14. Petition backers must obtain at least 13,452 valid signatures by the end of the day July 9 to have the measure on the November ballot. The measure would increase North Dakota's minimum wage to $9.83 per hour by 2019 before climbing to $15 per hour in 2021. North Dakota's current minimum wage reflects the federal standard of $7.25 per hour.
BISMARCK — A Minot, N.D., woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of charges related to taking videos of herself sexually exploiting a child under a year old and selling them, U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers announced Tuesday, March 13. Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland sentenced Ashley Marie Moore, 29, on Monday, March 12, on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of images depicting the sexual exploitation of children, Myers said in a news release.
BISMARCK - An Arkansas man who's been wanted on sex trafficking charges for about a year is now behind bars after police found him in Bismarck. Twenty-six-year-old Cory Oxford is facing charges of rape and transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct. Authorites in Franklin County, Arkansas put out a warrant for his arrest back in July of 2016.
BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all state agencies to fly U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff later this week in memory of former North Dakota Gov. George Sinner, who died Friday, March 9, at the age of 89. Burgum on Monday, March 12, announced that flags are to be flown at half-staff on Friday, March 16, as a sign of respect for Sinner, who served as governor from 1985 to 1992.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Lankin, N.D., man has been found guilty of assaulting and partially paralyzing a 2-year-old child. Jurors delivered the guilty verdict for Austin Lee Thorsteinson, 25, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Ramsey County District Court in Devils Lake on a Class A felony charge of child neglect. The jury was out for six hours after a nearly three-day trial that began Tuesday.
LARIMORE, N.D. -- Two Larimore residents face child neglect charges after one allegedly used a Taser to scare his children and shot at them with a BB gun. Casey Jerome Lunski, 34, and Angela Kay Lunski, 45, had initial appearances Thursday in Grand Forks District Court, where they have been charged with child neglect-parental care, a Class C felony. Casey Lunski also was charged with a Class C felony charge of child abuse.
REYNOLDS, N.D. — The North Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the Fargo man killed in a crash with a snowplow Tuesday, March 6, on Interstate 29 near here. Steven Newark Jr., 35, of Fargo, was driving a 2007 Chevrolet pickup north in the left passing lane of I-29 at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, the patrol said in a news release. At the same time, a trooper was stopped on that stretch of road to investigate a different crash in the median, less than 2 miles north of Reynolds, the patrol said.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks man has been arrested after he stepped in front of a moving bus and injured an officer in a scuffle, according to police.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Two people were struck by a pickup participating in a truck pull event at the North Dakota Winter Show here, and law enforcement are seeking spectator videos of the crash. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 2004 Dodge pickup driven by Nathan Bell, 19, Gardner, N.D., was pulling a 1994 Peterbilt skid vehicle at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the arena.