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A Bismarck man has pleaded guilty to forgery and counterfeiting charges in a case involving a Minot law firm....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man has pleaded guilty to forgery and counterfeiting charges in a case involving a Minot law firm.  KXMB-TV reports that 33-year-old Brent Jungling entered his plea this week in a case where checks worth more than $90,000 were stolen and cashed from a law firm.  The station reports Jungling will be sentenced for the felony charges in July. Four other men have been arrested in connection with the case.


     WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - Some gravel roads in North Dakota's oil patch are closing to heavy oil traffic as a mix of rain and snow has caused soft mud to develop.  The Bismarck Tribune reports officials in McKenzie and Mountrail counties are restricting vehicles heavier than 12,000 pounds from traveling on gravel roads. The only exception applies to school buses.
     Jerry Samuelson is the emergency manager in McKenzie County. He says the situation will be reevaluated today.  The newspaper reports this is the second time in two weeks that counties in the oil patch closed roads to prevent trucks from churning deep runts into the road surfaces.
     Mountrail County Commissioner Greg Boschee says the decision wasn't welcomed by the oil companies. He says the operators argue road closures cost them millions of dollars.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The main railroad moving crude oil out of the rich Bakken formation in North Dakota and Montana says a new federal emergency order on rail shipments will not affect shipments. The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday required railroads to inform state emergency management officials about the movement of large shipments of crude oil. BNSF Railway Company says it will comply with the new reporting requirements but it also "will continue moving the freight that our customers demand."

     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Police say the suspect who assaulted a man inside a vehicle in Fargo lured the victim through an online sex ad and could be responsible for at least four similar attacks and robberies.
     Authorities say the victim had responded to a Craigslist ad placed by 18-year-old Obsa Ali Omer. The victim was driving the two of them through a construction zone Wednesday afternoon when he was cut by Omer with a knife.
     Fargo Police Chief Keith Ternes says Omer is suspected in two other assaults in Fargo and two robberies in Moorhead, Minnesota. Those cases also were related to online ads.  KFGO radio reports that police are asking victims of similar robberies to report them to law enforcement.


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a couple caught with marijuana at a Casselton motel. Brian Kuruc and Rebecca Larson said they had valid pot prescriptions from Washington state and the amount of marijuana was under allowable limits. But justices say the prescription isn't a valid defense.

     JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - A former University of Jamestown student convicted for making threats on campus has been sentenced to serve about two months in jail. Robert Flores' father says his son was only joking when he threatened to kill three students and drink their blood. A jury later convicted Flores on felony charges,

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Minot City Council has directed city staff to organize a plan to clean up properties that have been neglected or abandoned in the wake of the 2011 Souris River flood. The city also is dedicating $74,000 in sales tax money to immediately clean up the worst of the properties. The moves came after a community group submitted petitions with more than 1,000 signatures asking the city to do something about the so-called "zombie homes."


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Commerce has launched a new competition for entrepreneurs in the state. The competition is part of the Innovate ND program that assists entrepreneurs in developing business ideas. A competition is scheduled for May 30th in Bismarck.

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


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