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Woman dies after car hits her

DULUTH -- A 65-year-old woman was fatally injured when she was hit by a vehicle Sunday night in St. Louis County.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported that witnesses reported seeing a woman lying on Industrial Road about 9:15 p.m. Before they could turn around to assist her, the woman got up and was standing next to a bicycle when she was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound.

The woman, Charlene Kelly, was airlifted to St. Luke's hospital in Duluth. She died at 4:30 a.m., St. Louis County Sheriff Sgt. Wade Rasch said.

Kelly's family reported that she suffered from dementia and had been gone on a bike ride for some time Sunday; family and friends were searching for her at the time of the accident.

The sheriff's office said no criminal charges are expected against the driver of the car that hit her, a 17-year-old Proctor boy.


Blackduck man indicted for death

MINNEAPOLIS -- Federal prosecutors have indicted Dustin Michael Johnson of Blackduck for manslaughter in the death of a Redby woman last fall in a traffic accident.

Blackduck is northeast of Bemidji; Redby is on the Red Lake Indian Reservation northwest of Bemidji.

The indictment handed down last week says Johnson, 27, was driving drunk when the vehicle crashed Oct. 23 on state highway 15, killing the female passenger. He's charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, each with a maximum penalty of eight years in prison if he's convicted.

Because it happened on the Red Lake reservation, the FBI led the investigation, along with the Red Lake Tribal Police Department. The U.S. attorney's office is prosecuting it.


Former clerk accused of swindling city

WILLOW RIVER, Minn. -- The former Willow River city clerk will make her first court appearance next week on a charge that she stole more than $167,000 from the city to support a gambling problem.

Mary Angela Leonard, 56, was charged earlier this month with a single felony count of theft by swindle.

According to court documents, the swindle was discovered after Northview Bank informed the city Aug. 13 that Leonard was cashing multiple city checks written to her. City Council member Tom Jensen reviewed bank records for 2007 through 2012. Starting in 2009, he found checks written out to Leonard.

Jensen spoke with Leonard on Aug. 14 and told her that she was suspended.

Leonard "told him that she has a gambling problem and admitted to stealing money," the criminal complaint said.

Pine County Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Nelson later met with Leonard and her attorney. In a voluntary statement, Leonard said she would write a check to herself and sign the mayor's name on it. She would then record the check stem under a legitimate account.


North Dakota

Fargo, Cass to combine sandbag forces

FARGO - The city and county will combine sandbag-filling efforts next week to begin fighting what may be one of the worst floods in recorded history in Fargo.

Leaders said Monday at a news conference that sandbag central will open at 8 a.m. April 3 in the city's garbage collection building at the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue North. The goal of the

city-county effort is to make 1 million new sandbags, 500,000 apiece.

In an updated flood outlook given Thursday, the National Weather Service predicted a 50 percent chance the Red River will hit 38.1 feet in Fargo-Moorhead, which would be the fifth-worst on record here, topping floods in 1969, 2006 and 2010. There is a 10 percent chance of topping 40.9 feet. The record crest of 40.84-foot was set in 2009.

City leaders hope to increase their sandbag supply to 1.25 million, providing enough bags to protect against a 42.5-foot flood. It still has 750,000 sandbags left from the 2011 flood.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Monday he will essentially have an "open checkbook" to fight spring flooding.


Wisconsin man faces sex, drug charges

JAMESTOWN, N.D.-- A Wisconsin man faces multiple felony charges following a string of events earlier this month, according to Southeast District Court documents.

Adrian Williams, 51, Milwaukee, was charged on March 14 with gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony.

On or about March 4, Williams is accused of engaging in a sexual act with another and by compelling the victim to submit by force or by threat of imminent death, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping, to be inflicted, according to the criminal complaint.

On March 20 Williams was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, two Class A felonies.

He is accused of possessing oxycodone and cocaine with the intent to deliver.

A member of the Stutsman County Drug Task Force, which assisted the Jamestown Police Department in the investigation, said close to 200 pills of oxycodone were found. The same officer said he was not sure of the amount of cocaine, but because of the way it was packaged the cocaine was a quantity not for personal usage.


Woman reports sex assault on NDSU campus

FARGO - A woman told North Dakota State University police she was forced into a vehicle Sunday night and sexually assaulted.

NDSU police Lt. Greg Stone said the victim said she was approached by a man in a blue ski mask in a parking lot about 8:30 p.m. The woman reported the man forced her into a large passenger vehicle, drove to another location, sexually assaulted her and drove her back to the parking lot.

No suspect vehicle was given, nor did she report her attacker used a weapon.

In a news conference on Monday, Stone and Dean of Student Life Janna Stoskopf would not say why the university believed that the campus community was not under an immediate or continued threat.

Stone said if they receive more information about the car or the suspect, they will release it to the public.


Train crashes with car near NDSU

FARGO - A woman was uninjured Monday afternoon when her car was struck by a slow-moving train west of the North Dakota State University campus.

The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. at the train crossing just north of the intersection at 12th Avenue North and 18th Street North, said acting Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Waller. The crossing is marked, but doesn't have crossing arms.

"A train was trying to make this crossing into NDSU going at a slow rate of speed, and this distracted lady driver just didn't see the train for whatever reason and got hit by the slow-moving train," he said.

Waller said a Burlington Northern employee at the scene told him the train was moving about 3 mph.

Waller said even with the slow speed and small number of cars attached to the engine, the train had plenty of momentum.


Airmen from 119th deploy to Afghanistan

FARGO - Nearly 30 members of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 119th Security Forces Squadron are deploying to Afghanistan for six months.

The deployment, made quietly earlier this month, comes after a nearly three-month hiatus from overseas deployments.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple praised the airmen and thanked them for their sacrifices during two send-off ceremonies in Fargo between training in Florida, Nevada and Texas.

"Your professional skills and Happy Hooligan pride and dedication will surely make this another successful mission," said Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, the North Dakota adjutant general.

The airmen will take on base security and escort duties in Afghanistan, the Guard said.

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, the North Dakota National

Guard has mobilized more than 3,900 soldiers and about 2,400 airmen in

support of the global war on terrorism.

About 70 North Dakota Guardsmen are overseas.


Two die in I-94 rollover west of Valley City

FARGO - Two people from Wisconsin died after a rollover crash Wednesday 10 miles west of Valley City, state troopers said in a news release Monday.

Tiffany Przybycien, 23, of Amery, and Kyle Truckey, 22, of Thorp, both died at Sanford Health in Fargo after the 12:05 p.m. crash on an icy Interstate 94, Capt. Bryan Niewind said in a news release.

Przybycien was driving a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup east on I-94 when she lost control on an icy patch of the road, spun into the median and rolled into the westbound lanes.

Neither Przybycien or Truckey were wearing seat belts and both were thrown from the pickup.

Truckey died Friday, and Przybycien died Saturday, Niewind said in the release.