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MANDAN, N.D. - A report of a reckless driver turned into a high-speed chase in Mandan on Monday, Jan. 15, with speeds reaching 110 mph, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The patrol said Devon Wheeler, 18, was eastbound and reportedly swerving before a trooper began pursuit of the speeding vehicle by the Sunset exit on Interstate 94. Speeds increased to 110 mph before continuing on the Expressway where the driver eventually stopped and taken into custody, the patrol said. Charges are pending against Wheeler.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will offer 607 any-deer bow licenses to nonresident archery hunters in 2019, up from 502 in 2018. Applicants must apply online at the Game and Fish website, www.gf.nd.gov . Paper applications are not available. The deadline for applying is March 1. Up to five hunters can apply together as a party. A lottery will be held if more applications are received than licenses available. Any remaining licenses after March 1 will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHITE LAKE, S.D. — Federal investigators have confirmed that an individual was shot and killed Sunday night, Jan. 13, at a rest stop along Interstate 90 near White Lake, about 30 miles west of Mitchell. The FBI said Monday it is investigating a shooting with federal officers that resulted in the death of a subject who was at the rest stop. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday in the eastbound rest area along I-90, according to Kevin Smith, public affairs officer for the Minneapolis division of the FBI. The rest area is located in Aurora County.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks area man appeared in court Friday, Jan. 11, on accusations that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl during a two-year period. Christian Dion Tolbert, 33, could be sentenced to life in prison without parole if convicted. An affidavit for Tolbert’s arrest said he began abusing the 12-year-old victim in 2012. He kissed the girl while they were sitting on a couch and told her not to tell her mother, a court document said. A week or two later, Tolbert allegedly began fondling the girl and eventually had sex with her.
BARRON, Wis. - Jake Patterson, who was arrested Jan. 10 after Jayme Closs escaped from a remote Gordon home where she was being held, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the Oct.
McHENRY, N.D. — One North Dakotan was lucky enough to win $1 million from the Saturday, Jan. 12, drawing using a Powerball Pick & Click, the state's richest winner yet using the online service. The winner matched all five white balls. The winning numbers were 7, 36, 48, 57, 58 and a Powerball of 24. The winner from McHenry, a town about 55 miles north of Jamestown, has not yet claimed the prize. The person has 180 days to do so.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. - A Little Falls group can again reclaim the world’s largest ice carousel. The diameter of the massive disc of ice -- carved out by chain saws and rigged to spin with the use of trolling motors -- exceeded the length of a football field by a long shot and is longer than the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis is tall.
GRAND FORKS — Police have ruled the death of a man whose body was found in October on a main street in Grand Forks to be accidental. Investigators with the Grand Forks Police Department said 25-year-old Tyler Rodriguez died as a result of diabetes, hypothermia and ingesting meth. The Grand Forks man was found Oct. 9 lying outside a vacant house at 720 N. Washington St. He was found shirtless, and police believe his body had been out in the elements for hours.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A former Devils Lake jail administrator has reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit with the facility after she claimed leadership there fired her because she is a woman. A stipulation for dismissal filed Dec. 31 in North Dakota’s U.S. District Court says the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center and its former operations director Denny Deegan have reached a settlement out of court. The case was terminated Dec. 8.
BISMARCK - Gov. Doug Burgum appointed a Minot bank officer and re-appointed Nick Hacker of Bismarck to the North Dakota Board of Higher Education on Friday, Jan. 11, pending Senate approval. Timothy Mihalick, a business development officer at First Western Bank & Trust, will fill the expired term of Greg Stemen, who retired from the board in September. Stemen's unexpired term ends June 30, the governor's office said.