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Minot Police continue to investigate a missing person report....

    MINOT, ND - Minot Police continue to investigate a missing person report. 41-year old Floyd Dell Hayes Jr disappeared from the parking lot of Town & Country Shopping Center July 31st, while his wife was inside Joanne Fabric shopping sometime between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

    Yesterday, police received reliable information indicating Hayes boarded a train in Rugby in route to the "east coast". The person who contacted police said he assisted with the purchase of the ticket for Hayes. Hayes has made similar unplanned trips in the past and appeared to be medically stable to the person who had contact with him.

    Officers say at this time he is still listed as a missing person and will remain on that status until law enforcement has contact and confirms his wellbeing and whereabouts.

    If you have further information about Hayes, please contact the Minot Police Department at 701-852-0111.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Idaho truck driver of negligent homicide in a fatal crash in Minot.  The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. Fifty-eight-year-old Clark Christensen, of Shelley, Idaho, could have faced up to 10 years had he been convicted on the original charge of manslaughter.
     Authorities alleged Christensen was driving a semitrailer that plowed into several vehicles stopped at a red light just west of Minot in May 2013 because his brakes were not properly maintained. Christensen said a sneezing fit and not bad brakes led to the crash.  Eight vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and 21-year-old Megan Shoal was killed. She was a Minot State University student from Plentywood, Montana.
     KXMC-TV reports a sentencing date for Christensen was not immediately set.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot man has been charged in a methamphetamine bust on Interstate 94 in Minnesota.  Justin Allen Hanson was arrested last weekend while Highway Patrol troopers were participating in a special enforcement campaign along Interstates 94 and 90. Police received a tip that Hanson was driving erratically on the highway.
     Hanson is charged in Douglas County, Minnesota, with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Authorities allege that he had more than 50 grams of meth.  Bail has been set at $600,000.  Court documents do not list an attorney for Hanson.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Ward County voters will be asked later this year or early next year to approve more spending for a jail expansion and new county office building.
     Voters two years ago approved a half percent sales tax to fund the project, which was estimated at about $39 million. Officials now say the original project was undersized, and State's Attorney Roza Larson says the price was "grossly underestimated."
     A new estimate has not yet been compiled. Once it is, Larson will draft a proposal for either the November general election ballot or a January special election.  The tax is to expire in December 2022 or whenever enough money is raised to cover the project. Officials expect the tax to raise more than $60 million if it's in place the maximum 10 years.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Supporters of requiring North Dakota schools to start the academic year after Labor Day have submitted petitions to Secretary of State Al Jaeger.  Jaeger says the sponsoring committee delivered 403 petitions today that the group said contained about 16,500 signatures. Supporters need 13,452 valid signatures to get the proposal on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.  Jaeger's office has until Sept. 10 to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to force a public vote.
     Supporters of mandating a post-Labor Day start to the school year say it would give families more time to enjoy summer weather, and also boost tourism. Opponents say many students are participating in fall sports before Labor Day anyway, and a later start would push the end of the school year past Memorial Day.

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced for his role in the stabbing death of a man in a Fargo parking lot last spring.  KFGO radio reports that 47-year-old Arlen Clapper, of Dilworth, pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to serve nine years in prison.
     Clapper was one of five people charged in the March 14 death of 26-year-old Rolandas House, whose body was discovered near a grocery store on the city's south side.
     Authorities say House was killed in a dispute over drug money. Wade Garrett, of Fargo, pleaded guilty earlier to stabbing House to death and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck residents wanting to get a better idea of what the Bismarck Police Department does can enroll in the department's Citizen Police Academy.
     The police department says the weekly three-hour-long classes will be held between September 4 and November 13. Police say the academy will let the public experience aspects of police work firsthand and give the public a better understanding of the police department's daily responsibilities.  Classes will be taught by members of the Bismarck Police Department.
     To be eligible for the free program, applicants must live, work or attend school in Bismarck, have no criminal record, and pass a background check. Applications for the academy are available at the police department or on the police department's website.


     AMIDON, N.D. (AP) - The last remaining wood-frame courthouse in North Dakota will soon be history.  The Slope County Commission on Aug. 19 will accept bids for the demolition of the courthouse in Amidon. The century-old building is being replaced by a $4 million brick courthouse under construction nearby.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that the modern courthouse is expected to be ready in about two months. Some of the old courthouse furnishings will be sold at auction. The space where the current courthouse sits will be turned into a parking lot.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Researchers from the University of North Dakota are studying the impact of tropical thunderstorms on unmanned aircraft flights.  The project is part of a $75,000 grant from Northrop Grumman Corp., one of the world's largest aerospace companies and the maker of several unmanned aerial systems.  The study will investigate appropriate avoidance distances while flying unmanned aircraft around tropical storms, and the climatology of those storms.
     UND atmospheric science professors Gretchen Mullendore and Mike Poellot are the principle investigators. The team will include three students from the department.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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