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AROUND NORTH DAKOTA:: Woman argues Gilby robbery sentence ... Crash kills man; driver gets DUI ... Man charged in tribal theft ... more

Woman argues sentence in Gilby robbery GRAND FORKS -- A woman accused of buying a shotgun that was used by others to threaten a Gilby, N.D., bank teller said the conviction should not be a felony. Debra Jensen pleaded guilty in federal court to m...

Woman argues sentence in Gilby robbery

GRAND FORKS -- A woman accused of buying a shotgun that was used by others to threaten a Gilby, N.D., bank teller said the conviction should not be a felony.

Debra Jensen pleaded guilty in federal court to making a false statement during purchase of a firearm.

Prosecutors said Jensen lied about whether she was buying the shotgun for herself.

Authorities said William Collins and Clifton Patterson held up the Gilby bank in May 2009.

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Defense attorney Robert Hoy said Jensen has mental health issues, and Collins took advantage of that to control and manipulate her.

Hoy said a permanent felony conviction will hurt Jensen's chances to find housing and a job.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday in Grand Forks.

Crash kills man; driver gets DUI

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A 41-year-old Dickinson man is dead after a one-vehicle crash, and the driver is charged with suspected drunken driving.

The state Highway Patrol said Marty Steidl, 36, Dickinson, was driving north on 121st Avenue from South Heart, N.D., to Dickinson about 6 p.m. Saturday when his Chrysler Sebring went onto the left shoulder of the road.

Steidl overcorrected to the right, causing the Sebring to slide into the ditch and roll over. The car came to rest on the roof.

Steidl and a 27-year-old passenger were uninjured. The other passenger was pronounced dead at a Dickinson hospital.

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The identity of the man who died has not been released.

Man charged in tribal theft

MINOT -- A man is accused in federal court of stealing money from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

James Blue is charged with embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization and making false statements. He has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents accuse Blue of taking money that was issued through Turtle Mountain tribal finance. An exact dollar amount has not been released.

Authorities also said Blue lied to investigators about the missing money.

Trial is scheduled for Jan. 18 in Minot.

Man faces six federal

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MINOT -- A Fort Berthold man has been indicted in federal court on assault and weapons charges.

Henry Smith is charged with six counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and assaulting and resisting a federal officer. He has pleaded not guilty.

Smith is accused of attacking a man with a 12-gauge shotgun and assaulting three officers from the Three Affiliated Tribes. He's also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Trial is set for Jan. 18 in Minot.

Counties form truck regulatory board

JAMESTOWN -- Four southeast North Dakota counties are forming a truck regulatory board.

The Jamestown Sun reports that the counties of Dickey, Barnes, LaMoure and Stutsman will employ an officer deputized in all four counties to inspect and weigh trucks.

Stutsman County board representative Dale Marks says the counties can't keep fine money to offset the cost of the effort, but officials think something needs to be done to protect roads from overweight trucks.

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Each county will contribute $25,000 during the 2010 fiscal year for equipment purchases and another $25,000 in 2011 to cover salary and other expenses. The new officer will be headquartered in Barnes County.

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