KHRT ND News – 09/16/21

KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 091621 – 1200
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man accused of injuring a baby has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child neglect and has been sentenced to time already served in jail. Phillip Boswell was initially accused of breaking the baby’s arm and causing a permanent disability. But after prosecutors admitted in court Wednesday that they can’t prove Boswell was the one who actually hurt her, his felony child abuse charge was amended to child neglect. Boswell acknowledged he failed to take the baby to the hospital for treatment for up to nine days after the child was injured. Boswell was sentenced to 360 days in jail with all but the 56 days he already served suspended.
BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Highway Patrol has released the names of those involved in a vehicle/pedestrian accident near Parshall. Authorities say 49-year old Shulton Royce Heart was walking in the middle of Highway 23 about three miles northeast of Parshal around 5:30 AM Monday. He was wearing dark clothing in an area that was not illuminated by streetlights. The patrol says Heart was struck first by the left mirror of a Ford pickup driven by 60-year old Arnold Aga of Granville, which knocked him down. Heart was then run over by a Nissan Murano driven by 58-year old Jeffrey Hannah of Minot. Heart was taken by ambulance to a Minot hospital with serious injuries. His condition is not known. The patrol says the drivers of the two vehicles and two passengers in the Murano, 38-year old Ryan Dohmsreich and 30-year old Nathan Kluegel, both of Minot, were not injured. The accident remains under investigation.
BISMARCK, ND – A collision between a car and motorcycle in Fargo sent two people to the hospital. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened a little past 8 PM Wednesday. Troopers say a 22-year old man from Prior Lake, MN was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle south on University when he collided with a car turning onto University. The motorcycle driver and a passenger, a 32-year old woman from Fargo, were taken to the hospital in stable condition. The woman had serious injuries. Neither of them were wearing a helmet. The driver of the car, a 16-year old girl, and a passenger, a 12-year old girl, both from Fargo, were not injured. Troopers say the investigation of the accident continues.
BISMARCK, ND – The trend of increasing active COVID-19 cases continues today in North Dakota. Information from the Department of Health adds another 187 active cases, bringing the total to 3,422. Of those active, 812 are age 19 or under. The daily positive rate is 5.84%. There are 579 new positives today with 396 newly recovered. All but 9 North Dakota counties reported at least one new positive today, led by Cass with 108 and Burleigh at 105. Those hospitalized with the virus in up by 7 today to 107, and 18 of those are in ICU. For the second day in a row, four deaths are reported among those with COVID (1584). Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 108 new positives (3118), four hospitalizations (176), and one death (24).
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KHRT NEWS – THURSDAY – 091621 – 0700
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Highway Patrol have identified the trooper who fatally shot a Montana man following a vehicle chase on Interstate 94 west of Mandan earlier this month. The patrol said Wednesday that Trooper Stephen Mayer killed the lone occupant of the vehicle, 45-year-old Craig Knutson, of Billings, Montana. Authorities have said the pursuit on the evening of Sept. 7 began about 7 miles east of Hebron and ended after deputies placed spike strips on the highway and Mayer used his cruiser to push the fleeing vehicle’s rear end sideways, sending it into a spin. After the vehicle stopped, Mayer saw that Knutson had a gun and told the three deputies at the scene about the weapon before he fired the fatal shot.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Some North Dakota tribal leaders want lawmakers to split legislative House districts that include reservations. The leaders told a legislative redistricting committee Wednesday such a move will increase the odds for electing American Indians to the Legislature. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith told the Republican-led committee that so-called subdistricts would result in better representation and communication. The Legislature has previously had little appetite for subdistricts, The Legislature currently has three lawmakers who claim Native American or Alaska Native heritage, and only one of them lives on a reservation.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $142 million to build systems to end youth homelessness in 33 local communities, including $1,975,377 for the Statewide Continuum of Care in North Dakota. HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) will support a wide range of housing programs including rapid rehousing, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, and host homes.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated nearly every crisis in our society, including the crisis of youth homelessness,” said Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “Our society is judged by how we treat the most vulnerable among us. We have a responsibility in our nation to care for all our children and with this funding, HUD is taking steps to make sure that every child under our care has a safe place to call home.”
The Department continues to work closely with youth to develop and improve YHDP, relying upon the recommendations provided directly from young people who had experienced homelessness. Additionally, HUD partnered with youth with lived experience to assess the nearly 100 applications that were submitted for funding consideration. Their assessment helped HUD ensure that applicants understood the needs and preferences of the young people they will serve. The Department also worked closely with its federal partners to help develop the program and review applications, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
YHDP recipients will use this to address youth homelessness that is specifically tailored to their needs, including funding for housing units, wrap-around services and housing support. YHDP will also support youth-focused performance measurement and coordinated entry systems. Over the next several months, selected communities will work with their youth advisory boards, child welfare agencies, and other community partners to create a comprehensive community plan to end youth homelessness. The awarded communities will also participate in a program evaluation to inform the federal effort to prevent and end youth homelessness going forward and will serve as leaders in the nation on the work to end homelessness among young people.
KENMARE, ND – The Kenmare Police Department is hosting a memorial service for Kenmare Police Officer Julius Nielsen in honor of the 100th anniversary of his line of duty death. Sergeant Curt Olson of the McLean County Sheriff’s Office (and former Kenmare Police Officer) is facilitating the event.
Officer Nielsen was shot and killed on September 18, 1921 while attempting to arrest a robbery suspect in the rear of the Park Hotel which was located on Division Street of the downtown square. Officer Nielsen’s killing is the fifth of five law enforcement line of duty deaths, and the most recent killing of a Peace Officer, in Ward County. All of which occurred between 1918 and 1921.
The service will take place on September 18, 2021 at 4 PM at the Kenmare City Park near the Danish Mill in downtown Kenmare. Immediately following the service, a procession will go to Trinity Lutheran Cemetery where Officer Nielsen is buried, northeast of Kenmare. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church at the end of the service. The event is free and open to the public.
(Copyright 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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