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An Ohio man has died in a construction accident.....

    MINOT, ND - An Ohio man has died in a construction accident.  Minot police say the accident happened yesterday at 1220 27th Ave. NW in Minot.  Officers say that 48-year old Richard Rayburn of Hillsboro, Ohio was working on the roof when strong winds blew up a piece of plywood. He tried to gain control of the plywood, but stepped on a loose piece of plywood and slid off the roof. Rayburn had been tethered to the roof, but had just taken off his tether to reposition when the incident took place. Rayburn was transported to Trinity Hospital and pronounced dead as a result of the fall from the four story structure.


    FARGO, ND - U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon will join North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Truckers Against Trafficking Executive Director Kendis Paris in addressing the topic of Human Trafficking in North Dakota at the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association Annual Convention at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

    Purdon said, "Attorney General Stenehjem and I are pleased to join Truckers Against Trafficking and the North Dakota Motor Carriers Association in the discussion of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a growing concern for law enforcement here in North Dakota. While Attorney General Stenehjem and I are working together to address this issue, we recognize that we need help in these efforts. Our friends at Truckers Against Trafficking and North Dakota Motor Carriers know that members of the trucking industry and individual truckers are invaluable in the fight against this heinous crime. As the eyes and ears of our nation's highways, they are in a unique position to make a difference and close loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system for their personal gain. We look forward to working with these great partners to stamp out this horrible crime."

    Following remarks by U.S. Attorney Purdon and Attorney General Stenehjem, Kendis Paris from Truckers Against Trafficking will present to the NDMCA on training opportunities that Truckers Against Trafficking can make available to individual trucking companies so they can continue their assistance in the effort to fight human trafficking in North Dakota.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Oil, gas and fracking fluid is leaking from an oil well near Tioga days after local authorities learned about the problem.  Williams County emergency coordinator Mike Hallesy says he was notified Friday evening and the leak hasn't stopped. But he says it has been contained by berms.
     Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says the well is protected by a confidentiality agreement, so her office can only confirm that a spill has occurred and give the general location of the well and its owner. Information about confidential wells is withheld from the public for up to six months.
     Denver-based Emerald Oil owns the well.  A well control company connected to Halliburton has been called in to try to stop the flow.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck police say a man who detectives had questioned regarding an armed robbery at a pharmacy has been released because of insufficient evidence.
     Officers responded to The Medicine Shoppe around 10:15 a.m. Monday after receiving calls about a man threatening an employee with a knife. The man fled on foot into a nearby apartment building but was arrested after leaving the building.  It was not immediately clear if the suspect took anything from the drug store.
     The suspect is described as a male, 5 foot 10 inches tall, wearing a light-colored sweatshirt, cap, sunglasses and a mask.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota president Robert Kelley is condemning a decision by some young people to create and wear T-shirts with a caricature of the school's former Indian head logo drinking out of a beer bong.
     The words "Siouxper Drunk" are featured above the drawing, a reference to the school's Fighting Sioux nickname that was retired in 2012. Group photos of people wearing the T-shirts have been posted on several websites.
     Kelley said in a statement issued Monday that the message on the shirts demonstrates "an unacceptable lack of sensitivity and a complete lack of respect for American Indians and all members of the community."  Kelley says the T-shirts are associated with an annual spring party that is not a university event.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Sixteen new attorneys have been admitted to practice in North Dakota.  The attorneys took the Attorney Pledge and Constitutional Oath during a ceremony Monday at the North Dakota Supreme Court.
     Twelve of the attorneys met the admission requirements by passing the bar exam, while four others fulfilled them by a motion based on eligibility by practice or by test score.
     The attorneys who entered the bar are:
     - Jami Arnold
     - Stephen Astrup
     - Michael Carlson
     - Caleb Dogeagle
     - Jared Gietzen
     - Trey Hausmann
     - Travis Jung
     - Brittany Lieser
     - Erin Melling
     - Karyn Novak
     - Sarah Perez
     - Michael Tingum
     - Alec Beck
     - Anna Cantor-Jones
     - Nathaniel Gallegos
     - Clifford Sarkin


     FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo police are investigating reports of slashed tires affecting at least one dozen vehicles.  KFGO-AM reports that police logged 12 incidents in less than a week.  Lt. Joel Vettel says the number of damaged cars could be higher because there may be some delays in reporting the incidents to police.


     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's death rate for oil, gas and mine workers in 2012 was six times the national average, with 104 deaths per 100,000 workers. The AFL-CIO also says North Dakota had the highest overall worker fatality rate in the nation that year.


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


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