KHRT ND News – 08/31/21

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MINOT, ND – A man wanted on a murder charge has been apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service. Minot police say they were notified Monday that 32-year p;d Kamauri Kennedy was apprehended by the US Marshals Service in Detroit, Michigan on Minot warrants for murder and conspiracy to commit murder of 33-year old Domonique Kelley. Kelly’s body was found in a burning vehicle in southeast Minot on June 3rd. The Ward County States Attorney’s Office will begin the extradition process to return Kennedy to Ward County.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A state lawmaker from Minot will plead guilty to drunken driving rather than proceed to trial. Republican Rep. Scott Louser, who is the House assistant majority leader, was pulled over after crossing from Mandan into Bismarck shortly before 1 a.m. on April 16. A breath test measured Louser’s blood alcohol level at 0.117%, above the legal limit of 0.08%. Louser’s attorney, Justin Vinje, tells The Bismarck Tribune that his client regrets his decision to drive that night and “takes full responsibility for his actions.” Louser issued a statement the day following his arrest apologizing and said he was taking “the necessary next steps including an evaluation process.” A first DUI offense is a Class B misdemeanor, subject to 30 days in jail and/or a $1,500 fine.
WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A West Fargo man accused of knocking a man unconscious a week ago has been charged with manslaughter after the victim died over the weekend. Tomas Cervantes was originally charged with aggravated assault in the Aug. 21 incident at the Speedway Event Center in West Fargo. Fifty-three-year-old Roberto Balboa, of West Fargo, died Saturday from his injuries. Police say detectives arrested the 35-year-old Cervantes without incident on Tuesday. His court-appointed attorney, Jay Greenwood, says he just received the case Monday morning and could not provide further information. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 23.
MINOT, ND – A small fire caused minor smoke damage to Marketplace Foods early Sunday evening. Minot Fire Department crews were called to the North Marketplace Foods, 2211 16th St. NW, at 7:30 PM. Initial reports indicated flames and smoke were visible in one of the store’s aisles. When crews arrived on scene, they were notified that the fire was out but still smoldering. Crews
used extinguishers to put out the smoldering fire. Firefighters remained on scene to do overhaul and ventilate the structure. Minot Fire Department inspectors investigated and determined that the fire was intentionally set. The incident has been turned over to the Minot Police Department.
INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDENS – The Manitoba government has provided $7.5 million as its share of a capital infrastructure and facilities redevelopment plan at the International Peace Gardens, matching funds provided by North Dakota’s government, Premier Brian Pallister and Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday.
“We take great pride in our relationship with our neighbours to the south, and the International Peace Gardens is a great symbol of that lasting relationship,” said Pallister. “We share so much, and even in tough times, we have helped each other when called upon. We are here today to reaffirm our commitment to this important symbol of friendship.”
“The International Peace Gardens are a beautiful representation of the rich history of friendship and co-operation between our two nations, and we are deeply grateful to our legislators in North Dakota and Manitoba for their commitment to strengthening that bond,” Burgum said. “These improvements will enhance the gardens not only as a symbol of peace, but also as a tourism destination and economic driver for the region, providing benefits for generations to come.”
The Peace Garden straddles the Canada-U.S. border and in the spirit of partnership, receives funding from a variety of provincial, state and federal sources. Manitoba has agreed to provide $7.5 million as the provincial share of a jointly funded effort with the State of North Dakota. The Manitoba funding fulfils a one-to-one match required by the North Dakota Legislature in 2019 when it approved a $3-million Bank of North Dakota loan, in addition to $2 million in one-time funds, for capital projects at the IPG. In total, the State of North Dakota has provided over $14 million for Garden operations, maintenance and improvements since 2013.
“The International Peace Gardens is grateful and humbled by the support of Premier Pallister, Governor Burgum, and the provincial and state legislatures,” said Tim Chapman, CEO, IPG. “The funding provided for our capital projects are enabling this most unique institution to become a more sustainable tourism destination, educational centre and advocate for peace.”
The IPG was established in 1932 as a memorial to the peaceful co-existence of Canada and the United States. It covers 2,339 acres and includes a number of developments and infrastructure including formal garden spaces, fountains, a visitor centre, interpretive buildings and structures, greenhouses, trails, as well as picnic and camping areas.
“The gardens will celebrate 90 years in 2022 with the opening of a one-of-a-kind children’s natural play park and expanded conservatory,” Chapman said. “Thanks to this public commitment, the next 90 years of the International Peace Gardens are already beginning to bloom.”
“Parks and greenspaces are important places for us to visit, enjoy or find peace,” added Pallister. “There’s no better place to contemplate all that is good between us and our neighbours than here in this park dedicated to co-operation and collaboration.”
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