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Published February 11, 2013, 08:54 AM

STATE NEWS BRIEFS: Sexually assaulted horse recovering

The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum Communications Co. newspapers:

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Police say an elderly Devils Lake man lost approximately $50,000 in a sweepstakes scam. The man, who is in his 80s, made several payments over the past few months to the phony company after being notified he had won a “U.S. Sweepstakes” prize of $48.5 million, according to Detective Sue Schwab of the Devils Lake Police Department.

By: Staff reports, Forum Communications News Service

The following North Dakota news briefs were compiled by Forum Communications Co. newspapers:



DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Police say an elderly Devils Lake man lost approximately $50,000 in a sweepstakes scam.

The man, who is in his 80s, made several payments over the past few months to the phony company after being notified he had won a “U.S. Sweepstakes” prize of $48.5 million, according to Detective Sue Schwab of the Devils Lake Police Department.

However, in order to collect the prize, he was told he would have to pay various fees to collect the money.

“There is actually a legitimate company with that name, but this was not that company,” Schwab said, adding that while the scammers used the legitimate business’s name, it also gave a phony address.


Sexually assaulted horse recovering


DICKINSON, N.D. -- More than three weeks after a sexual assault that severely injured her, a 7-year-old mare is back at home in Glendive, Mont., and will most likely make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, a suspect in the crime has yet to be arrested, but officials say the investigation isn’t over yet.

As for the mare, there might be some issues with fertility, but she will be able to run and jump and play like before, her owner Gerald Reichert said.

“The veterinarian thought that she would heal up and that would be OK,” he said. “We don’t plan on breeding her. … Not that that makes a lot of difference for the crime.”

The investigation is ongoing, said Stark County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Dean Franchuk, adding that there is some information gathered about the type of vehicle the perpetrator might have been driving.

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