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Wed., 1/23/19

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A Williston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on a child pornography charge...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Williston man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on a child pornography charge. Forty-four-year-old Jess Mallo was convicted of possession of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Authorities say Mallo uploaded child pornography images to his email account. Court documents show that Mallo has a prior conviction in 2005 involving the sexual molestation of two minors in Minnesota. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland says Mallo must serve 10 years of supervised release after his prison term.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Charges are pending against a 27-year-old Belcourt woman who Grand Forks police say crashed her pickup truck into a parked vehicle and then a law office building while driving drunk. The incident happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The woman was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police say the woman was cited for driving under the influence, and charges of driving under suspension and leaving the scene of a crash are pending.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A New Town man accused of fatally stabbing another man on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty in federal court. Twenty-six-year-old Donovan Duchaine is charged with second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon in the death of 29-year-old David Rios, also of New Town. Authorities say Rios was stabbed outside a residence in the town on May 25. The Bismarck Tribune reports that Duchaine is scheduled to stand trial beginning Aug. 6.

     WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A Williston physical education teacher accused of child sex crimes is facing more charges. Twenty-eight-year-old Everest Moore was arrested in March on three counts of gross sexual imposition stemming from incidents allegedly involving sexual misconduct with girls under the age of 15. Two more charges were added in April, and three additional counts have now been added for a total of eight.
     KXMC-TV reports that Moore has pleaded not guilty to the initial five charges against him. He will have a bond hearing on Tuesday for the new charges. Moore was placed on administrative leave by St. Joseph's Catholic School in February, following allegations of employee misconduct.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Health Department has issued a permit allowing construction of an oil refinery about 3 miles from Theodore Roosevelt National Park. State Air Quality Director Terry O'Clair says officials conducted a 1 1/2-year review and determined the refinery won't negatively impact the park.

    Davis Refinery developer Meridian Energy Group says the decision "validates" work the company has done ensuring it will be "the cleanest refinery on the planet."

    Several national and regional conservation groups doubt that and have actively opposed the project. Badlands Conservation Alliance Executive Director Jan Swenson calls it "a pretty sad day for the state of North Dakota."

    The project still needs state water and wastewater permits, and will need to prove once it's built that it meets air quality standards.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota regulators have fined CenturyLink Inc. $10,000 for violating the state's excavation notice system. The Public Service Commission says the communications company violated the state's "one-call" law 25,701 times last year.
     State law requires excavators to call a "one-call center" at least 48 hours before they begin digging, so the center has time to notify the excavator whether there are any pipelines or utility facilities buried there.
     Utilities are required to provide "positive responses" to the center to ensure the digging area has been inspected and marked. The company says in regulatory filings its responses to the center were being rejected due to an incorrect password. Under the agreement accepted today, the PSC suspended $15,000 of the fine if no other violations occur in five years.

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Voter turnout for North Dakota's primary election was the third worst in the state's last 10 June elections. Voting statistics compiled by the North Dakota Secretary of State show Tuesday's statewide ballot drew 114,340 North Dakotans to the polls. That's a turnout rate of 19.6 percent.
     North Dakota has no voter registration. Turnout is calculated by comparing the number of voters to an estimate of North Dakota's voting age population. Officials say almost 582,000 people were eligible to vote.
     The most anemic turnout in the past 10 June elections was during the 2014 primary, when 17 percent of eligible North Dakotans voted. The highest turnout was in 2012, when almost 33 percent of eligible North Dakotans voted.

     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The raccoon that climbed the outside of a 25-story building in Minnesota before being lured into a trap with cat food has been set free. Christina Valdivia is general manager of Wildlife Management Services, which helped capture the animal. She says the raccoon was released around midday today on private residential property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee.
     The animal became an internet sensation before being captured early today on top of UBS Plaza in downtown St. Paul. It looked a bit bedraggled, but Valdivia says the animal is healthy and in good condition. The raccoon's adventures caused a stir on social media as it scaled the tower Tuesday. Many Twitter users voiced concern for its safety or joked about the drama as the raccoon's seemly death-defying climb was livestreamed.

   (Copyright 2018 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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