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North Dakota

Fugitive arrested after found hiding in suitcase

FARGO - A woman wanted by authorities for violating a supervised release order was arrested here today when U.S. Marshals found her hiding in a suitcase.

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According to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service High Plains Fugitive Task Force:

Deputy marshals began searching for Misty Dawn Streed in a north Fargo apartment Wednesday morning.

Deputy marshals found 38-year-old Streed hiding in a suitcase that was zipped shut. Deputies had a hard time opening the suitcase because part of Streed's hair became caught in the zipper.

Streed was taken to the federal courthouse in Fargo for arraignment.

A warrant for her arrest had been issued for violating a supervised release order. Streed pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine in March and was awaiting a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 2 in federal court.

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Police arrest 3 for prostitution

FARGO - Police arrested three women in a prostitution sting overnight Tuesday at a south Fargo hotel.

Lt. Joel Vettel said the women agreed to meet an undercover officer posing as a john at the hotel and were arrested after they allegedly agreed to sexual contact for money.

Tabbatha L. Olson, 22, of Duluth, Minn., Marcia J. Carter, 23, of Fargo, and Larae E. Gehrtz, 20, no permanent address, were arrested on suspicion of prostitution, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The sting took place from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.

Vettel said there was no prior information about prostitutes operating at the Holiday Inn. The hotel and 26 other hotels and motels in Fargo have agreed to cooperate with law enforcement on the stings to deter prostitution and other crime, he said.

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Berg says good-bye as term nears end

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In farewell remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

on Wednesday, Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., urged his colleagues to set aside partisan politics while addressing fiscal challenges facing the country.

Berg, who lost a Senate race to Heidi Heitkamp, expressed gratitude for the chance to represent North Dakota in the House the past two years.

"I am not sure what lies ahead," he said, "but I'll say this: It's going to be great spending much more time back home in the great state of North Dakota."

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Contractor to pay fine for face accident

WEST FARGO, N.D. - A Fargo contractor has agreed to pay $16,800 in penalties for a May 25 construction accident that killed a man who was working on the high school addition to Sheyenne Ninth Grade Center in West Fargo.

Lee Jones & Son Construction negotiated the settlement with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

An OSHA investigation into the accident that killed 30-year-old Trevor Skarphol of Fargo found that the contractor committed three serious violations related to the erection of steel columns and the use of anchor rods.

Skarphol was killed when a 28-foot steel beam fell on him. His employer, Scott's Electric of Wahpeton, did not commit any violations, OSHA found.

Company president Tim Jones did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Minnesota

Firefighter treated for heart attack after shop blaze

DILWORTH, Minn. - A firefighter who battled a blaze inside a storage building here Wednesday was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and ended up being treated for a mild heart attack, Dilworth Fire Chief Kurt Kennedy said.

The building's renter, who uses it as an auto shop and was welding inside before it caught fire, tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames. He was treated for smoke inhalation at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, Kennedy said.

The fire was reported at 11:10 a.m. behind Edeen Family Dentistry at 806 Center Ave. W.

Authorities briefly shut down U.S. Highway 10 because a south wind was blowing heavy smoke across the road, reducing visibility.

The hospitalized firefighter had to have two stents put in his heart and will be at Sanford for a couple of days, Kennedy said.

The building is a total loss, he said.

Man pleads guilty to crop damage

WILLMAR, Minn. -- A Willmar man pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of first-degree criminal damage for driving his pickup through fields near Willmar and Pennock, causing thousands of dollars in lost crop yields.

Charges were filed after the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received reports July 28 and 29 from farmers that someone had driven a vehicle through their fields.

On July 30, a citizen who had seen news reports about the crop damage reported that he had seen a young man removing corn stalks from his vehicle in Willmar.

Deputies found the vehicle, a 1995 Chevy pickup registered to Bronson Cody Evenson, 20, and noted that it had soybean leaves in the front grill, wheat tops on and around the vehicle and corn leaves and plants hanging from the underside of the pickup.

Evenson admitted to a detective that he and a friend had driven through the fields after leaving a party near Pennock.

The estimated damage was at least $13,000 in lost yields. Evenson will be sentenced Jan. 8.

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Two wanted in mail, identity thefts

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Law enforcement here are looking for two people in connection with mail and identity theft, according to a WDAY news report.

Police said Justin Lee Feldt and Jessie Ann Pechia took blank checks and other mail from at least six homes, WDAY said.

According to the WDAY report: The two would take blank checks from credit card mailings and use themto deposit money into their own accounts at Affinity Plus Credit

Union.

The two then allegedly worked their way down Interstate 94, writing more false checks and stealing more mail in the Anoka area, police said. Police now believe the two are somewhere in Wisconsin, passing counterfeit bills.

Feldt pleaded guilty to 35 counts of mail theft in Becker County in 2006.

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