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A Minot man has been arrested and charged with luring minors....

    MINOT, ND - A Minot man has been arrested and charged with luring minors.  Minot police say that Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator's have been conducting an investigation involving 19-year old Nicholas James Thiel.  

    Thiel alledgedly made internet contacts with children in the Minot and surrounding communities.  The investigation also showed limited communications/contacts that Thiel had made with children out of the state of North Dakota.  Thiel made a majority of these contacts through Facebook under the persona of "Brandon Heirs".  

    Officers say Thiel provided sexually provocative photos of himself to several underage females.  He also attempted to and was successful in getting some of the underage females to send him sexually provocative photos of them.  He also encouraged them to meet with him.  In one specific "chat conversation" Thiel made threats to the underage child.

    Following a search warrant that was conducted at Thiel's residence yesterday, he was arrested and charged with 12 counts of Promoting Obscenity to Minors, 5 counts of Luring Minors by Computer or other Electronic Means, Promoting or Directing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Minor and Terrorizing. Thiel is being held at he Ward County Jail.   


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - An Occupational Safety and Health Administration official says the death of an oil worker in North Dakota is being investigated.  Eric Brooks with the agency's office in Bismarck says Black Gold Testing employee Zach Buckles was found unresponsive on a well pad site around five miles south of Williston on Monday. The 20-year-old man is from Glasgow, Mont.
     The death occurred on a Continental Resources site where Black Gold Testing is working as a contractor.  Brooks says about half of workplace fatalities investigated by his office involve the state's booming oil industry.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - The nation's largest labor federation says North Dakota continues to have the highest worker death rate in the country, with 17.7 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2012.  The data comes from an AFL-CIO report slated to be released next week.
     The 2012 rate is a dramatic increase from the 7 deaths per 100,000 workers recorded in 2007 before the state's oil and economic boom took off.  North Dakota also had the highest worker fatality rate in the nation in 2011. There were 12.4 deaths per 100,000 employees that year.
     The national worker fatality rate was 3.5 deaths per 100,000 employees in 2011.
     AFL-CIO says other states that showed high worker fatality rates include Wyoming, Alaska, West Virginia and South Dakota.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Authorities in North Dakota are accusing a man and a woman of plotting to convince another woman to post the man's bond to get out of jail.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that 28-year-old Christopher Dutchuk and 23-year-old Samantha Flemmer have been charged in connection with the scheme. Among other charges, they are facing a misdemeanor conspiracy to commit impersonating officials.
     Authorities say Flemmer impersonated a law enforcement officer during a three-way conversation and told the other woman that Dutchuk had checks that he would use to pay her if she posted his $35,000 bond.
     The Burleigh County Sheriff's office says a detective uncovered the plot after reviewing recordings of telephone conversations that Dutchuk had with Flemmer and the woman while he was in the county jail on Tuesday.


     FREDONIA, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's animal health board has fined a Fredonia rancher $5,000 for illegally importing cattle from Michigan. They say the man didn't have a veterinarian verify the animals were free of bovine tuberculosis before crossing the border. There's no indication the animals are sick.


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


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