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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Three Washington state men arrested in a large drug bust in northern North Dakota have been scheduled for trial in federal court in Bismarck...

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Three Washington state men arrested in a large drug bust in northern North Dakota have been scheduled for trial in federal court in Bismarck.
     The Minot Daily News reports that 20-year-old Luis Magana, 24-year-old Gregorio Capetillo and 27-year-old David Salazar are to stand trial Sept. 12 on federal drug charges. Salazar also faces a weapons count.
     The three were arrested in January during a traffic stop in Berthold. Authorities say a search of the vehicle uncovered more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, along with cocaine, heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, cash and firearms.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A former Bismarck securities and insurance agent accused of defrauding investors out of more than $3 million is facing criminal charges in federal court.
     The case against Kevin Wanner was unveiled in a civil matter a year ago when the government sought to freeze funds from the sale of private property. He was arrested Wednesday after being indicted on charges of mail fraud and money laundering. Court documents don't show whether Wanner entered a plea.
     Investigators say Wanner devised the scheme in about 2000 and it lasted to about 2015. Wanner allegedly bilked money from about 40 people.
     Jeffrey Weikum, Wanner's attorney, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Federal prosecutors declined to comment.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A fired Fargo police officer is appealing his termination, with his attorney stating that claims made by his supervisors were trumped up and disparaging.
     David Boelke is appealing to the city's Civil Service Commission.
     Chief Dave Todd fired the 15-year veteran saying he made "intentional and willful decisions" not to respond to calls, not to collect evidence and showed disrespect and discourteous behavior toward other officers and lacked patience with the public.


MCLAUGHLIN, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a McLaughlin teenager who died after a one-vehicle crash in northern South Dakota's Corson County. The Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Daimon Ducheneaux was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle that went off South Dakota Highway 63 and rolled in the ditch. The crash happened about 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 1, about 2 miles north of McLaughlin. Ducheneaux died later at a hospital in Bismarck, North Dakota.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of dealing fentanyl in the vicinity of a Fargo school has been sentenced to five years in prison.
     Caleb Ross pleaded guilty in April to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.
     Authorities say Ross sold at least 100 grams of fentanyl, a powerful painkiller considered to be 50 times more potent than street heroin.
     U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson says Ross must also serve three years of supervised release.
     Ross faced a maximum sentence of 40 years.


JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have ruled the fatal shootings of a Jamestown man and woman a murder-suicide.
     Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger says 33-year-old Casey Jensen and 26-year-old Cherish Petersen were in a relationship. Both lived in the home where their bodies were found. A baby was found unharmed in the home.
     The North Dakota Forensic Examiner's Officer determined Petersen was shot in the back of her head and that Jensen died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
     A rifle, two shell casings and other items were collected as evidence. Police believe the shootings happened late Friday or early Saturday.
     Officers were called to the home Sunday evening. The 3-month-old infant was treated for dehydration and turned over to family members.


 MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A 28-year-old man is facing a felony charge after police say he pocketed more than $1,000 in cash that had been dropped on the floor in a Minot hardware store.
     The Minot Daily News reports that Nicholas Skelly, of Minot, is charged with theft of property lost, mislaid or delivered by mistake. He could face up to five years in prison.
     Authorities say the incident happened in Acme Tool Crib last November. The alleged victim said he had planned to pay for a trailer rental in cash, but ended up paying by credit card and thought he had put the money back in his pocket.
     Skelly is allegedly seen on store security footage picking up the money and pocketing it.
     Skelly's attorney, Ashley Flagstad, was not immediately available for comment.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A U.S. federal court has sentenced a Canadian man to six months in prison for his part in a human smuggling operation.
     Victory Omoruyi pleaded guilty in May to transport of illegal alien. Authorities say he helped move nine Nigerian citizens and asylum seekers to the Canadian border from North Dakota on April 14.
     Omoruyi's attorney, David Dusek, asked for a sentence of time served. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson said during Wednesday's sentencing hearing in Fargo that Omoruyi deserves prison time because it was a for-profit scheme to unlawfully move people across the border.
     After sentencing, Dusek said he tried to get Omoruyi a lighter sentence so he could return to Canada. Dusek had no further comment.
     Omoruyi's wife, Michelle Omoruyi, is facing human smuggling charges in Canada.

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