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BISMARCK—A Mandan man pleaded not guilty to drug paraphernalia charges in South Central District Court on Monday, June 11. Ryan James Loeb, 23, owner of Tokes "R" Us in Bismarck, was arrested on April 20 after Bismarck Police officers raided his store. His charges include two felony counts of unlawful manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia, schedule I, II or III. Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—A man killed late last month in New Town is remembered as always being respectful of his elders and helping people in any way he could. David Rios, 29, was killed on May 25 in New Town. His alleged killer, Donovan Lawrence Duchaine, 26, of New Town, has been charged in federal court with the death of Rios, for which details are sparse. Duchaine has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday morning, June 8, in federal court in Bismarck.
BISMARCK — Mike Beck, 78, was just a child when the trains arrived carrying hundreds of German and Japanese "enemy aliens" who were to be interned at Fort Lincoln, or what is now United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. Congress proclaimed in December 1941 that the United States was at war with Japan, Germany and Italy, which resulted in the arrest and detention of "aliens" residing in the country. For Beck, though, some of these men would later become his friends and members of the Bismarck community. More than 4,000 Germans and Japanese interned at Fort Lincoln.
BISMARCK—A Bismarck pharmacist accused of terrorizing students at a school and sending child pornography is now accused of planting covert cameras in his residence and stalking an underage girl. New information from an investigation into Curtis James McGarvey, 50, prompted a second case to be opened, according to Assistant Burleigh County State's Attorney Tessa Vaagen, who is prosecuting both cases. On Friday, McGarvey was charged with six counts of promoting a sexual performance of a minor, one count of promoting obscenity to minors and one count of stalking.
BISMARCK—A Bismarck pharmacist is accused of terrorizing students at a school and sending child pornography to 20 people, including his own family members. Curtis James McGarvey, 50, was charged Monday with felonies including 20 counts of promoting sexual performance by a minor, one count of child neglect and one count of terrorizing. An investigation into McGarvey, led by the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department, has been ongoing for almost two years.
BISMARCK — A group of nearly 50 Grimsrud Elementary School students spent the past three weeks designing new or improved habitats for animals at the Dakota Zoo. Grimsrud teachers Tania Schroeder and Karly Knudson asked their second-grade students to select an animal at the zoo and construct new habitat models. On Thursday, May 3, the students presented their ideas to zoo staff, who selected the most feasible option.
BISMARCK—Following an investigation by the North Dakota Attorney General's office, a Bismarck stem cell clinic has agreed to pay nearly $20,000 in consumer refunds and discontinue stem cell injections not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An agreement was recently reached between the attorney general's office and West 2 Medical Solutions, which is located in north Bismarck. In November, the state Consumer Protection Division launched an investigation of the clinic after receiving several consumer complaints.
BISMARCK—Nearly a month after Cherish "Chance" Houle's death, there are still more questions than answers about why he took his life. Chance had been in foster care for a number of years, his family struggled with drugs and his father was just released from prison. Chance, 12, who lived in Bismarck, considered himself a transgender child. A friend and family member said he preferred to go by the name Chance, which is his father's middle name. Through numerous interviews, this is what the Bismarck Tribune learned about Chance.
BISMARCK—The Dakota Access Pipeline developer has made the single largest donation to the University of Mary's capital campaign. At a news conference on Friday, April 20, at the University of Mary campus, Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners presented a $5 million check that will help fund the university's 18,200-square-foot engineering school and create a new workforce development program.
BISMARCK—Reading and math scores of fourth- and eighth-grade students in North Dakota have showed little improvement in the past two years, according to the results of a national assessment released Tuesday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly referred to as the "Nation's Report Card," is administered every two years. North Dakota NAEP scores stayed about the same since 2015, which is reflective of the nationwide trend.