What happens when a person looking for drugs texts the wrong number? They could get arrested if they get a really wrong number.
Rebecca A. Mehlhoff, Mandan, did just that. Mehlhoff, 30, sent a phone text message to the wrong number asking for drugs. According to a press release from the Harvey Police Department, she asked if that person "had anything growing in his basement like the stuff from last time which was really good." She offered $100 for an ounce, then changed her request to two ounces at $150 each.
This person, whom the police department only identifies as a confidential informant, had recently changed cell phones and gotten a new number. The informant had received several phone calls from collection agencies looking for an individual who used to live in Harvey and "had a reputation of using narcotics," according to the press release.
The informant brought the information to Harvey officer Tyler Wolfe, who then used the informant's cell phone to set up a marijuana sale for April 30.
Once Mehlhoff arrived, Wolfe and police chief Ron Krivoruchka approached her vehicle, posing as drug dealers, and negotiated the final price for the marijuana. When Krivoruchka had possession of the money, he identified himself as a police officer. Officers Faye Axt and Marc Balfour assisted with the arrest. Mehlhoff's adult male passenger was taken into custody as well.
Also assisting in the vehicle search were K-9 handler Sgt. Rick Bauer, his dog Abby, and Deputy Terry Sand.
-The Herald-Press, Harvey
Kenmare water slide clears
Work toward having a big water slide erected at the Kenmare swimming pool will move ahead, following a lengthy discussion by city officials regarding the cost that could be involved with its installation.
At the Kenmare City Council meeting May 10, park board president Arlen Gartner expressed his disappointment with a report from the city engineer.
The report detailed steps for properly designing the foundation for the water slide, including soils investigation, foundation design and site design. It also raised questions about power availability, plumbing, concrete, overhead power, operating expenses and operating revenue.
The report stated up-front expense could amount to $7,000 to $10,000 for soil studies and foundation design, with other costs ranging from $10,000 to $30,000.
The water slide was acquired from Minot Air Force Base for $250. The base originally purchased the slide in 1992 for $47,000.
Gartner explained the research he had done, countering each item in the engineer's report. Gartner said, "I don't want to continue to work on the slide if I know very well the city council isn't going to spend this kind of money."
In defense, city engineer Ryan Ackerman said, "I wasn't trying to shoot holes in anything."
He insisted, however, that core sampling of the soil is necessary. "I'm not going to tell you what to do if I don't know what is down there."
When asked what it would cost for the city to conduct just one 30-foot soil core sample at the site of the water slide, Ackerman estimated it at $3,000. He said the contractor could stop the boring if they quickly discovered a spot to be unsuitable, and could then continue with testing of other locations for the slide.
The council approved conducting a soils investigation at a cost of up to $5,000.
-The Kenmare News, Kenmare
Devils Lake police officers honored
May 12 was awards and recognition day for the Devils Lake Police Department at the Law Enforcement Center.
Three officers were honored with life saving awards, two officers were recognized for completing drug recognition expert training, and several officers were recognized for years of service.
Earlier this year, Sgt. Jim Frank was responding to a medical assist call, finding a patient without a pulse and not breathing.
He began CPR efforts, and after the ambulance arrived and further care was given, the patient's pulse returned.
Early in December 2009, an employee of the company building Devils Lake's new water treatment plant was injured when he fell into an open pit at the site. He fell 25 to 30 feet and injuries included an open fracture of the femur that was bleeding.
Officer Nathan Weber responded and, according to the Lake Region Ambulance Service, Weber's quick thinking and reactions to the emergency helped save the man's life.
Early in April, Officer Jordan Froelich was the first to arrive on the scene of a female having difficulty breathing.
He began to administer CPR along with paramedics, and was administering chest compressions while the ambulance crew was providing treatment. Froelich's assistance contributed to the survival of the patient.
Earlier this month, Froelich and Senior Officer Keith Schwandt completed a course to become certified as drug recognition experts. It involved two weeks of classroom training in Bismarck and a week of clinical trials in Phoenix, Ariz.
Capt. Jon Barnett and Sgt. Ted Rainesalo were recognized for 25 or more years of service; Sgt. Jim Frank, Det. Sue Schwab and Det. Rob Hach were recognized for 20 or more years of service; Sgt. Jason Toso was recognized for 10 years of service; and School Resource Officer Jonathan Maritato was recognized for five years of service.
-Devils Lake Journal, Devils Lake
of health-care bill
It might be popular to bash the new federal health-care bill, but ask rural North Dakotans if they like what the bill accomplishes and often as not, the answer is yes.
It's a little like hating the way medicine tastes, but liking the cure it provides.
That's the finding of the latest Prairie Poll, which asked people in 11 communities across North Dakota to share their opinions on the legislation.
Though 39 percent of those responding said the legislation is "mostly bad," those polled view much more favorably many of the individual provisions in the bill.
For instance, three quarters of those polled said it is good to do away with the practice of denying people coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Nearly two-thirds of those polled like the fact the legislation will allow young adults to continue to receive coverage on their parents' plans up to age 26.
However, it's a lot easier for people to favor the benefits of the legislation than the potential costs.
Two-thirds of people oppose penalties for people who fail to purchase insurance.
Forty-four percent of those polled said they oppose the taxing of high end "Cadillac" plans.
Respondents from the Crosby area were most likely to label the legislation "mostly bad" with 60 percent choosing that description for the bill.
Carrington had the highest number of people who said the legislation was "mostly good" or "more good than bad" with 38 percent.
The poll questioned people in Crosby, Carrington, Garrison, Grafton, Lisbon, Kenmare, Napoleon, New Town, Rolla, Stanley and Watford City.
-New Town News, New Town
at ice cream parlor: Cow Pies
Those who walk into Pride Dairy's ice cream parlor these days can experience a new tradition of the Dairy Dipper II.
The new tradition comes in the form of a very unique name to say the least - it's called the Cow Pie, which is Juneberry ice cream covered in dipped chocolate and placed on a stick.
The creator of the Cow Pie isn't Betsy the Cow in the front window of the creamery, but none other than the wonderful architect of ice cream treats at Pride Dairy - Shelly Spang.
"It just came to me and I thought I would give it a try," said Spang, who pulled out a few Cow Pies to show the similar size of, well, a cow pie.
"No cow patty is the same shape and size and that is why it is called the Cow Pie," said Spang with a smile on her face and laughter in her voice.
Spang came up with the idea after thinking about a Bon-Bon while making Juneberry ice cream one day at the creamery. With the idea she decided it would be a fun product to make for the Dairy Dipper II customers.
Giving the Cow Pie a try turned out to be a good idea for her because it has become one of the hottest selling items in Pride Dairy. Just recently, the creamery made 64 Cow Pies and within a matter of days they were all sold.
There are limited quantities," Spang said. "When they are gone, they are gone until we will make the next batch of Juneberry ice cream, which normally happens once a month."
(The Regional Roundup is compiled by Minot Daily News staff writer Dan Feldner, who can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org)