KHRT ND News – 12/13/21

KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 121321 – 1200
 
BERTHOLD, N.D. – Berthold police say they arrested a California man who had absconded from his parole stemming from a fatal stabbing near Bakersfield. 46-year-old Chad Kallevig of Bakersfield, California was arrested Saturday night during a traffic stop. Officers say Kallevig had faced a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of a man in the town of Oildale, near Bakersfield, in 2015 and later pleaded “no contest” on an involuntary manslaughter charge. Kallevig was taken to the Ward County Jail and will be extradited back to California.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota consumer protection officials are warning about recent gift card scams that have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of dollars. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says that at the holiday season especially, it’s good to remember that gift cards should be used as gifts, not to settle an account payment or for a phony sweepstakes. Stenehjem says gift cards are a favorite tool used by scam artists.
 
According to the Federal Trade Commission, many gift card scams start with a phone call from someone impersonating a government agency. Scammers may claim that they will freeze your accounts or threaten to arrest you, unless you make an immediate payment. Once the victim has purchased the gift cards, the scam artist asks them for the numbers on the back of the cards. Those numbers are all anyone needs to go online from anywhere in the world and transfer the balance of the gift card into their own account.
 
“No government agency ever accepts gift cards to pay a debt,” Stenehjem warned. The Attorney General’s consumer protection division reports that in the last two weeks, they have received nine reports from victims of gift card scams, with losses totaling $45,000. The victims, who range in age from 26 to 75, reportedly fell for different versions of the scam, including fake sweepstakes officials pretending the victim had won a prize but needed to make an upfront payment.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Weather experts say central and western North Dakota will have a snowier winter than last year, though accumulation totals won’t be that hard to beat. According to the National Weather Service, Bismarck had 16.7 inches of snow last winter when the norm is 50.5 inches. “Even if we have a kind of normal snow season this year, it’ll probably feel relatively harsh compared to last year,” said Corey King, emergency response specialist at the NWS in Bismarck.
 
The lack of snow last winter means some people might not be prepared as snow begins to pile up this season, said meteorologist Megan Jones, climate program leader in Bismarck. “You especially want to be paying attention for that first winter storm,” she said. “You just want to be prepared for what that could bring, since we haven’t had to deal with it in a while.”
 
Winter outlooks from the National Weather Service, AccuWeather and The Old Farmer’s Almanac expect it to be colder than normal in the Northern Plains.
 
“If you live in the Northern Plains and Great Lakes, I think you really have to pay attention to the cold shots that come down,” AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said, referring to arctic air blasting down from Canada. A weather phenomenon known as La Nina is expected to result in the jet stream dipping down into the central United States. La Nina is a cooling of the waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean that influences weather.
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MINOT, ND – Area law enforcement officers and North Dakota Fraternal Order of Police – Souris Valley Regional Lodge #7 hosted the annual “Cops and Kids” shopping event at Walmart in Minot on Sunday. This event brought children in need from throughout the northwest and north central regions of the state, together with law enforcement officers for a day of shopping for the holiday season. Each child received a budget of $150 to spend on whatever they liked. A record 106 children participated this year. All funds are 100% donated by area organizations, businesses, and individuals.
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BISMARCK, ND – If you like to ice fish, then Merry Christmas to you. The North Dakota Game & Fish department has announced that the state’s free ice fishing weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 25-26. Resident anglers may fish that weekend without a license. All other winter fishing regulations apply. Fishing regulations and information on fishing waters is available on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov.
 
 
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KHRT NEWS – MONDAY – 121321 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Canadian man who pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy and three other felonies in the death of a Bismarck man two years ago will be sentenced next month. Forty-three-year-old Earl Howard, of Ontario, earlier pleaded guilty to murder conspiracy and three other charges in an agreement with prosecutors. His sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 21. Howard and Nikkisue Entzel were charged in 2020 in the death of the woman’s husband, 42-year-old Chad Entzel, in what prosecutors said was a love triangle with plans to cash in on a life insurance policy. Nikkisue Entzel is scheduled to go on trial Feb. 28.
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MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The Minot Head Start program is preparing to fire 18% of its staff next month because they’ve refused to comply with a federal mandate to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Minot Daily News reports that the program is funded entirely with federal dollars so teachers and staff must comply with the mandate by January. The program’s director says the firings will force the closure of six Head Start classrooms and three Early Head Start classrooms. About 100 children in Head Start and 16 in Early Head Start will lose their slots. Parents were notified last week.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – Federal prosecutors have recommended no jail time for a Wisconsin man who smuggled a bear carcass from Canada into North Dakota. The Wisconsin hunter brought the bear from Canada after exceeding a limit in Manitoba by killing two bears in the same year, KFGO-AM reported. The man pleaded guilty to Unlawful Transportation of Wildlife in Foreign Commerce, which carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. However, prosecutors have asked a federal judge to sentence him to one year of unsupervised probation and pay a $5,000 fine.
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MINOT, ND – The City of Minot landfill is now operating under its winter schedule. During winter hours, the landfill will be open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Household Hazardous Waste drop off site at the landfill will also be closed beginning today, and reopen in the spring. Residents can still bring used oil and antifreeze to the landfill; these are accepted all year. Empty or dried paint cans are acceptable to be placed in your waste carts. Paint cans may also be solidified with concrete powder and floor dry, and may be placed in the waste carts after it has hardened. The HHW building at the landfill will reopen in April, followed by another HHW/E-Waste collection event held at Public Works.
 
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