Minot AFB bomb wing getting new leader

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Col. Alex Mezynski, commander of the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, will be turning over the bomb wing’s leadership to Col. Jason Armagost during a change of command ceremony at the base on Monday.

Mezynski, commander of the Minot bomb wing since January 2013, has a new assignment as the chief of staff at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Armagost previously was the vice commander of the 36th Wing at Andersen AFB in Guam.

The 5th Bomb Wing operates the B-52H Stratofortress. Minot AFB is America’s only dual-wing, nuclear-capable base. The 91st Missile Wing has Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Tribal council rescinds resolution for pay raises

NEW TOWN Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes’ business council on Thursday rescinded a June 10 resolution that would have given council members pay raises.

The council members had approved pay raises at a special budget meeting held in June in Bismarck that would have boosted pay to $85 an hour for the chairman and $80 an hour for the council representatives.

After three tribal elders from Mandaree told council members at a regular council meeting on Thursday their objections including that the pay raises were done at a meeting held off the reservation, the council voted to rescind the resolution. The vote was 6-0, in favor of rescinding the pay raises. Barry Benson, Twin Buttes representative to the council, was not at Thursday’s meeting.

No serious injuries in crop duster crash

CARRINGTON (AP) – Authorities say a pilot suffered only minor injuries in the crash of a crop dusting plane at the Carrington airport.

The Carrington Fire Department says the plane used to spray chemicals on crops had damaged landing gear and crashed while trying to land on the runway late Tuesday.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Federal officials will be investigating the crash.

Devils Lake jail officer charged with sex assault

DEVILS LAKE (AP) – Authorities have charged correctional officer with sexual assault for allegedly having sexual contact with an inmate at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in Devils Lake.

Jonathan Defoe has been charged with one count of sexual assault, a Class C felony.

Ramsey County State’s Attorney Lonnie Olson says Defoe allegedly had sexual contact with a female inmate. Court documents show the incident occurred on July 3.

The maximum penalty for Defoe’s charge is five years.