- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Native Mob gang leader sentenced to 43 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The alleged leader of an American Indian gang that prosecutors say spread violence and drugs through Minnesota and other states has been sentenced to 43 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge John Tunheim says the sentence will allow 36-year-old Wakinyan Wakan McArthur to get out of prison at some point.

McArthur is the first of three accused gang leaders to be sentenced Tuesday and Wednesday. The sentences will wrap up an investigation that led to the conviction of 28 people linked to the Native Mob, which prosecutors say has been responsible for drug trafficking, robberies and drive-by shootings.

The U.S. Attorney’s office was seeking a life term plus 30 years.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1mNzSHchttps://strib.mn/1mNzSHc ) reports McArthur told the judge “there was no excuse” for what he had done.


Minnesota man killed in hang-gliding accident

COLD SPRING, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff’s officials say a Minnesota man has died in a hang-gliding accident in southern Wisconsin.

Authorities say 57-year-old of Joseph Julik of Taylors Falls, Minnesota, was hang gliding at an airport north of Whitewater on Monday when his glider caught a wind shear, which caused it to pitch to one side and nosedive about 100 feet.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Parker says the wingtip of Julik’s glider struck another glider that was tethered to the ground, causing the aircraft to flip over.

Parker tells the Daily Union (https://bit.ly/1u8VgaQhttps://bit.ly/1u8VgaQ ) Julik was visiting a friend in Whitewater and the pair had been hang gliding the past several days at Gutzmer’s Twin Oaks Airport, which is home to the Whitewater Hang Gliding Club.

He says Julik was experienced in the sport.


Former Sen. Craig ordered to pay for misused funds

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has been ordered to pay nearly $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that Craig illegally converted campaign money for personal expenses while trying to withdraw his guilty plea to one count of disorderly conduct. The order says Craig must pay back $197,535 of campaign funds plus a penalty of $45,000.

Jackson found that Craig violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by converting campaign funds for personal legal expenses.

Craig’s effort to withdraw his guilty plea “was a personal matter that was not connected to the Senator’s duties as an officeholder,” Jackson wrote.

Jackson also noted that her judgment was the first of its kind, adding that no other court has been asked to determine what the punishment should be for not following the particular section of the campaign law Craig violated.


Enbridge delays ND oil pipeline at least a year

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Canadian company that wants to build the largest oil pipeline yet from western North Dakota’s booming oil patch is delaying the project for at least a year due to permitting problems in Minnesota.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP disclosed the delay of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Enbridge is trying to build the 612-mile pipeline to carry 225,000 barrels of oil a day through northern Minnesota to a hub in Wisconsin. The pipeline was expected to be ready in early 2016, but because of a “longer than expected permitting process” in Minnesota, it likely won’t be in service until 2017, Enbridge spokeswoman Katie Haarsager said.

She said the company wasn’t sure about the financial repercussions, and that Enbridge secured shipping contracts for the pipeline last spring.

Minnesota regulators have requested an expanded study of the environmental impacts of six possible routes of the pipeline that were suggested by critics of Enbridge’s planned route, which crosses many rivers, lakes and wetlands. Enbridge says the alternative routes would be longer and more costly, and most don’t end in its intended destination of Superior, Wisconsin.

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