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Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.8 million has been sentenced to six years in federal prison...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Jamaican man who authorities said masterminded a lottery scam that defrauded at least 95 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.8 million has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Prosecutors said 29-year-old Lavrick Willocks operated the scam out of a Jamaica mansion. They eventually charged 27 people and identified victims in several states.

    It's believed to be the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam tried in U.S. courts. It was prosecuted in North Dakota because the investigation began there six years ago. All of the defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted. Willocks pleaded guilty in July 2017 to conspiracy, and prosecutors dropped 65 other counts of wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering.

    Willocks apologized for his involvement during Monday's sentencing but denied being the kingpin.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An outdoor theater complex in Bismarck that was targeted by vandals last summer is installing security cameras. Sleepy Hollow Theatre and Arts Park suffered about $4,000 in damage in July and had to cancel a show. Three teenagers were cited for burglary and criminal mischief after being tracked down through social media postings. Executive Director Susan Lundberg tells The Bismarck Tribune that donations are funding the security equipment, which costs about $7,000.


     MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A 12-year-old boy has been cited in juvenile court for allegedly attacking a Mandan school bus driver. Authorities say the boy intervened in a dispute between his mother and the 73-year-old driver on Wednesday morning. Police say the boy kicked the man several times in the chest area. The man also suffered a cut chin and bloody mouth. The boy faces simple assault and other counts. Charges are pending against the mother.

     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The former treasurer of the University of North Dakota Student Government has been sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service for embezzling from his fraternity. Twenty-three-year-old Chase Johnson, of Fargo, was charged in March with felony theft for stealing from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he also had served as treasurer. He pleaded guilty earlier this month and paid nearly $27,000 in restitution.

     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Surrey man has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing from his employer. Authorities said 25-year-old Dayne Hiller took a company truck and snowblower last December, pawned a company generator and also used a company credit card without permission. Hiller was recently sentenced to the 42 days he had already served in jail, put on probation, and ordered to pay $521 in restitution and $1,100 in court costs.

    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is raising awareness about preventing infections to support International Infection Prevention week October 14-20, 2018. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand washing can prevent one in five diarrhea-related sicknesses and one in five respiratory infections.

    "Handwashing is the easiest and best way to prevent germs from entering your body and making you sick while you're at home, at school, at work, at the gym, on vacation, out and about in the community or when hospitalized," said Faye Salzer, infection control coordinator with the NDDoH. "Wash your hands when coming home from public places, before cooking, before eating, after sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing and after using the bathroom.  Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you when you aren't able to wash your hands," said Salzer.

    Other tips to stay healthy and stop the spread of infections:

    - Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Wipe your cell phone frequently with alcohol-based wipes, don't take them into the bathroom, and don't lay them down on germy surfaces. A lot of people let children play with their phones, so kids can pick up germs this way too.

    - Avoid touching mucous membranes (your eyes, mouth, and nose) with your hands/fingers.

    - Sneeze/cough into your elbow.

    - Don't share personal items. Toothbrushes, towels, razors, handkerchiefs, and nail clippers can all be sources of infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Teach children that there are some types of items they should not share with others, such as juice boxes, cups, lip balm, etc.

    - Do not place purses or bags on the kitchen table, kitchen counter, or anywhere else food is consumed.

    - Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as T.V. remotes, door knobs, computers, etc.  on a regular basis. Establish a schedule for daily and weekly cleaning, especially the bathroom and kitchen. Clean more often when there are sick family members in your home.

    - Shower with soap (not bar soap that is used by others) after sports practices or workouts. Dry off with a clean towel and change into clean clothes.

    - Stay up-to-date on vaccines and stay home if you are sick.

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