BISMARCK, N.D.—A deaf woman from Bismarck is sparking change at two Police Departments, after it failed to provide an interpreter following her arrest. Christine Stein says she was wrongly arrested in May of 2015, held in solitary confinement, and made to appear in court without an interpreter. The arrest charges were later dropped. Stein sued the court system, and the county and the city of Jamestown in June of 2016. Now, The North Dakota Supreme Court, Stutsman County and Jamestown Police Departments agreed to pay the settlement of $90,000.
GRAND FORKS—An area high school hockey coach is behind bars Friday, facing charges of gross sexual imposition. Philip Hartwig is an assistant coach with the East Grand Forks Green Wave. Police arrested the 46-year-old this afternoon at a business just outside of Grand Forks. Court records show an arrest warrant was issued in Ramsey County Sept. 15 on charges of gross sexual imposition. The details on what led to the charges weren't available Friday. Hartwig is also the president of East Grand Forks Hockey.
FARGO—It was a meeting of royalties as Ms. Minnesota Senior made a special appearance to meet Miss America today. 88-year-old June Lacey, also known as Junebug, traveled with her daughter from Fergus Falls to Fargo to meet Miss America. The two took photos together and learned about each other's experiences representing their states. June says she remembers the days in the spotlight quite well. June Lacey says, "Really everybody wants to see you then and ask questions, one question after another."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A standoff has ended peacefully at the Valley Ho Mobile home park. The mobile home is north of the grand Forks County Fairgrounds. The original police call came in about 12:30 p.m. to a call of a potentially suicidal juvenile. Police say the teenaged girl was holed up in a mobile home and had access to guns. Officers in tactical gear blocked off part of the area, searching and evacuating units. A crisis negotiation team talked by phone with the teen. She is now safe and in the care of her family.
MOORHEAD—Dozens on Concordia College's campus are honing their saber skills as the new "Foam Weapon Fighting" season kicks off. The soft swordsmen practice twice a week, with a goal of being the last fighter standing. The rules are simple, don't get hit, and knock the snot out of your opponent. Longtime warriors say the sport is a great way to let out some rage without hurting anyone too much.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. --Students at Burnsville High School in the Twin Cities metro returned to class Monday, missing one of their classmates. Devin Delaney, a senior, was found dead in an NDSU dorm over the weekend. Devin's friends say he was a "fun, goofy guy" and his teammates on the lacrosse and hockey teams say he was always encouraging. Lacrosse players at Burnsville High School set up a lacrosse goal post on the field and placed flowers and other items on it. 17-year-old Devin was staying with a friend in Sevrinson Hall over the weekend.
N.D.—The United Tribes of North Dakota are calling for action after a missing Fargo woman, Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, was found murdered. The call for action comes after the 22-year-old went missing from her apartment on August 19th. Her newborn baby was found alive in that building with two people charged in the case. Greywind was later found in the Red River. The United Tribes of North Dakota plan to send a letter to the state's congressional delegation to get justice for Greywind's family and other native families in tragic situations.
CHICAGO, Ill.—A growing number of children and teens are turning up in U.S. emergency departments dependent on opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin. This comes from a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Researchers found that in 2013, nearly 50,000 patients aged 21 and younger were diagnosed with opioid dependence or addiction. Compare that to 2008, when it was just over 32,000. That's nearly double. The findings of the study will be presented formally on Monday in Chicago.
MINN.—Minnesota is one of 26 states affected by four separate outbreaks of Salmonella. The outbreaks are linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control says over 200 cases have been confirmed between all four outbreaks combined. Four of those cases were in Minnesota. The CDC is recommending consumers to stay away from any papayas that come from Mexico because they believe the contamination could become more widespread.
FARGO—Human rights groups in North Dakota are pushing for hate crime legislation after three women were threatened in a Walmart parking lot in July. The woman has since apologized to the trio, but now human rights groups want specific hate crime legislation. The idea for a statewide statute is not popular with lawmakers and prosecutors, who say that a specific hate crime law would be difficult to prove in court. They say judges already take the nature of an offense in account during sentencing.