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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and then tried running into traffic on the roadway. The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.
MINOT, N.D. -- An airman at the Minot Air Force Base who was riding his motorcycle in Minot over the weekend was killed in a collision with an SUV.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Two inmates who escaped from a minimum security work release jail facility on Wednesday, Aug. 8, were still on the loose as of Friday afternoon, Aug. 10. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, inmates William Lowell Calkins and Roy Charles Hampton escaped from the Minnehaha County Community Correction Center in northern Sioux Falls. Both inmates are classified as minimum security inmates.
BISMARCK– The North Dakota Department of Health has seen a steep rise in reported West Nile virus cases in the past week and are reminding people to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites. As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, North Dakota reported 18 human cases, up 14 cases since July 30. In addition to human cases, one horse, 10 birds and 34 mosquito pools have also tested positive for the virus.
GWINNER, N.D. -- A 61-year-old southeast North Dakota man who authorities said is an unlawful user of and addicted to a controlled substance has been indicted by a federal jury in South Dakota for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parsons said Tuesday, Aug. 7, that Bruce G. Maxwell of Gwinner, N.D., entered a not guilty plea to the charge last week. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- A Grand Forks man has drowned while unloading his boat on Devils Lake, law enforcement said Tuesday, Aug. 7. The 64-year-old died Monday afternoon at CHI St. Alexius Health, Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson said. The man, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family, was trying launch his boat into Six-Mile Bay when the wind pulled the watercraft out onto the lake, Nelson said.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A 27-year-old Sioux Falls man wearing brass knuckles in a Sioux Falls credit union robbery has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Cody Maynard was sentenced Monday in federal court in Sioux Falls and was also ordered to pay $4,215 in restitution.
BISMARCK -- A longtime hunger fighter has been named the 2018 Woman of the Year by the North Dakota Women’s Network. Karen Ehrens of Bismarck is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, and policy advocate. She connects groups working to provide food and end hunger in North Dakota. She is a longtime ND Women’s Network member and is vice-chair of the Bismarck-Mandan League of Women Voters.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 13-year-old Minot girl who was riding a bike that wasn’t equipped with brakes was hit by a vehicle while she was crossing busy U.S. Highway 2 in Minot last Tuesday night just after dark., according to a report released Friday, July 27, by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. She was taken to Trinity Hospital in Minot by ambulance, but her injuries weren’t serious.
BISMARCK -– Despite a report that the state doesn’t have any “persistently dangerous schools,” State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is planning a series of public meetings across North Dakota in the next few months to listen to public comment on how to improve school safety. The meetings will also include other education, emergency services and law enforcement partners