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ADA, Minn. — An Ada man is accused of sexually abusing a child under 10 years old. Miguel Jose Macias, 27, appeared Tuesday, Oct. 16, for a bail hearing in Norman County District Court on a felony count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Ada police learned Sunday that Macias had sexual contact with the child, according to court documents. Macias walked into the police station the same day, saying "it had come to his attention he was being accused of sexual molestation," court documents said.
BISMARCK - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and challenger Kevin Cramer will debate at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18, and we'll be live streaming it right here on our website. Plus Forum Communications reporters and columnists will provide perspective and commentary on our live blog. You can join the conversation by using #NDSenDebate on Twitter. Don't miss it!
FARGO -- The Center for Election Science will host a ballot measure informational session in the Fargo Public Library Community Room at the downtown campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and is an opportunity to learn about all of the ballot measures that residents will vote on and about the impact that they will have if passed.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum invited the public to tour part of the new governor's residence on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The residence is located on the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds in Bismarck. Staff will provide tours of its formal space on the east side of the building facing the Capitol mall, along with the informal "multipurpose room" and kitchen on the west side of the structure. Tours will run from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. They'll begin every 15 minutes and last about 15 minutes, the governor's office said in a news release.
TOWNER, N.D. — A Minnesota man accused of injuring a rural North Dakota priest during an assault in January is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing in McHenry County District Court next month. Chad Legare, Alexandria, Minn., was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary after the Jan. 30 attack. He's now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Nov. 13. The victim, identified in court papers as "John Doe," was beaten and strangled during the assault but survived, court papers say.
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- Authorities have released the names of the two drivers involved in a fatal crash Thursday, Oct. 11, west of Bismarck. Karl Freadhoff Jr., 79, of New Salem was killed in the crash. His slowing vehicle was hit from behind by a Ford Escape, driven by John Soward, 37, of Hazen, on Interstate 94 about 10 miles east of New Salem just before 6:30 a.m. Freadhoff’s vehicle then entered a ditch and rolled, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. Any charges against Soward remain under investigation.
October rains had stalled many farmers trying to get their crops off the field, and this week's early snowstorm has pushed the finish line back even further. Still, sugar beet and soybean farmer Scott Johnson is optimistic about the harvest. "We're just hoping for some sunshine and warm weather," said Johnson, who has crops near Manvel, N.D., just north of Grand Forks. Snow blanketed much of North Dakota on Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The city of Worthington has agreed to pay a Worthington man $60,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed with representation from the American Civil Liberties Union alleging he had been unlawfully treated by members of the city's police department during a 2016 traffic stop.
JAMESTOWN, N.D -- The Jamestown Police Department is continuing efforts to apprehend a man it believes to be armed and potentially dangerous and who rammed a police car with his vehicle before later fleeing on foot, according to Lt. Robert Opp. As of Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11, he was still on the run after the Wednesday night incident. “We’ve checked several residences, but haven’t found him yet,” Opp said.
NEW SALEM, N.D. -- A 79-year-old New Salem man died in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 on Thursday, Oct. 11, about 20 miles west of Bismarck, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The man, driving a 1997 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling eastbound when he applied his brakes and started to slow shortly before 6:30 a.m. for an unknown reason, the patrol said.