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Richland crash kills two A crash in southeastern North Dakota's Richland County has killed two people. Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said a minivan went off a county road, hit a tree and went into the Wild Rice River between Colfax and Abercrombie. The...

Richland crash kills two

A crash in southeastern North Dakota's Richland County has killed two people.

Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said a minivan went off a county road, hit a tree and went into the Wild Rice River between Colfax and Abercrombie.

The crash was reported just before 7 a.m. Thursday and is believed to have happened overnight.

The victims haven't been identified.

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Man seeks job, then robs

Police said a man applied for a job at a West Fargo convenience store, then helped rob it about 10 minutes later.

West Fargo police said Timothy Busche, 19, Fargo, filled out a job application at the Stop-N-G store last week, minutes before the robbery.

Detective Joe Birrenkott said Busche was caught on videotape holding the door open while another man ran in and swiped cash from behind the counter.

Police said Busche and Matthew Mayfield, 19, West Fargo face felony theft charges.

Bison ranch charged

The Sioux County state's attorney said charges have been filed against the owner of a ranch along the North Dakota-South Dakota border where hundreds of bison broke loose, trampling fences and feasting on other ranchers' hay supplies.

Sioux County prosecutor John Gosbee said one count of animal neglect and 99 counts of livestock at large were filed this week against the Wilder Ranch, owned by Maurice Wilder, Clearwater, Fla.

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Hundreds of bison escaped pastures in early January by walking over fences that were covered with deep, dense snow.

Gosbee said eight neighboring ranchers have submitted claims totaling more than $60,000 in damage to hay and fences.

Bail set for escapees

Bail has been set at $1 million for a man suspected of robbing a Dickinson movie store and shooting at an officer after escaping from an Alabama prison.

Ashton Mink's bail hearing came after he was transferred from a hospital to jail.

Stark County prosecutor Tom Henning said Mink asked Judge William Herauf to appoint an attorney for him.

Mink and three others were arrested June 6 after a nearly 14-hour standoff on a ranch south of Gladstone.

Authorities said Mink and his wife, Jacquelin, were wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

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Jacquelin Mink remains hospitalized.

The couple, along with Ashton Mink's sister, Angela, and Joshua Southwick, face charges of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Authorities said Southwick and Ashton Mink escaped from an Alabama prison in May and that Angela and Jacquelin Mink helped them.

Robberies appear linked

Police said they believe armed robberies in West Fargo and Moorhead are related.

That's based on matching descriptions of the suspect and the similar nature of the robberies at Domino's Pizza in West Fargo and Mellow Moods Pipe and Tobacco in Moorhead.

The robberies happened within an hour of each other this week.

Police said in both instances, a man entered the business with a gun and demanded money.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the Moorhead store.

No money was taken in the West Fargo robbery.

No one was hurt.

Defense: Quash evidence

The attorney for a Bismarck woman accused of killing her newborn daughter is asking a judge to suppress some statements she made to police.

Defense attorney Tim Purdon said the statements Gennifer Glum made to detectives during a hospital interview should not be allowed at her August trial, because officers were not diligent in determining her mental health.

Police Detective Scott Betz said he asked Glum several questions to gauge her mental state. He also said he had no reason to believe Glum was under a guardianship.

Glum was found by a judge to be an "incapacitated person" in Nebraska in 2005. Her parents were appointed to be her guardians, and she has lived with her father in Bismarck since.

Glum, 28, is charged with murder in the December 2007 asphyxiation death of her newborn daughter. She has pleaded not guilty.

Judge Tom Schneider will rule on Purdon's request later.

Child porn prosecution

Federal authorities said they have found at least 600,000 images of child pornography during their investigation of a former Blue Cross Blue Shield executive.

Robert Scheiring, Fargo, Fargo, pleaded not guilty to charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. If convicted, he faces at least five years in prison with a maximum of 30 years.

Scheiring has been allowed to remain free with electronic monitoring.

Prosecutors told U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Klein this week that he should be jailed because of the number of images, the graphic content and the young ages of the victims.

Newspaper adviser fired

A teacher who advises the West Fargo High School newspaper has been removed from the position.

Jeremy Murphy said he was told teachers and School Board members complained about "negative" content in the West Fargo High School Packer, though he wasn't given specifics on what that content was He said he's not willing to compromise the reporting freedom of students.

Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace declined to comment. Murphy will continue teaching English at the high school.

The paper recently took top honors in a state competition sponsored by the Northern Interscholastic Press Association, including Best Overall School Newspaper and Journalist of the Year.

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