The Daily Press Valley City Times Record | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2014-09-19T16:16:43-04:00 ALERT: VCPD Warns of Phone Scam2014-09-19T16:16:43-04:002014-09-19T16:15:42-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordAccording to Lori Glaser of Valley City Public Utilities, several notices are sent out before turning off power to customers. Valley City Public Utilities never calls customers to demand payment.Thompson said the VCPD has received several reports of the scam, and he believes there are more potential victims who did not report the call.If someone calls demanding payment for a utility bill, do not give a credit card number. Anyone receiving one of these calls should contact the VCPD at (701) 845-3110.Valley City, NDT-R StaffSCAM ALERT: VCPD Warns of Phone ScamValley City Times OKs $120K Tower2014-09-19T12:38:48-04:002014-09-19T12:38:48-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordValley City, NDPaul RiemermanBC OKs $120K TowerValley City Times at BEK Meeting2014-09-19T12:19:04-04:002014-09-19T12:19:04-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordValley City, NDPaul Riemerman50-Plus at BEK MeetingValley City Times Student from Israel Earns GED Diploma in Valley City2014-09-19T12:04:18-04:002014-09-19T12:04:18-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordValley City, NDHeidi Harris Student from Israel Earns GED Diploma in Valley CityValley City Times 6 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch2014-09-18T16:58:40-04:002014-09-18T16:58:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordValley City, NDNo author availableVIDEO: 6 Ways To Pack A Better LunchValley City Times Man Accused of Rape in BC2014-09-18T16:56:16-04:002014-09-18T16:53:40-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordAn Arkansas man faces rape charges in Barnes County for an incident that took place during a drive from Cooperstown to Valley City in August.According to a criminal complaint from Barnes County Distirct Court, Joseph Eugene Chapps, 19, is accused of raping a 16-year-old Nelson County, N.D. girl in the back seat of a pickup truck as the two rode with friends.According to the alleged victim in an affidavit sworn by Griggs County Deputy Terry Gray, on Aug. 16, she was sharing the back seat with Chapps, whom she did not know, while she rode with friends to Valley City. The victim told Gray that Chapps began kissing her then forced her to have sex in the back seat. In the same affidavit, Gray said Chapps admitted to kissing and having sex with the victim in spite of her resistance and that he knew it was wrong. Chapps said he believed the vehicle was near Rogers at the time of the alleged assault.According to Barnes County State's Attorney Carl Martineck, Chapps was arrested on Aug. 19, and has been held in the Barnes County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail since then.Chapps stands charged with gross sexual imposition, a class AA felony. If convicted he faces a minimum of five years in prison, five years supervised probation and registration as a sex offender and a maximum sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole.According to Griggs County Sheriff Bob Hook, Chapps had no ties to the Cooperstown community and rarely left the West Side Motel where he was staying with his aunt and uncle. Once the complaint was made, the case was immediately turned over to Barnes County.Valley City, NDBy Bonnie Jo ConleyArkansas Man Accused of Rape in BCValley City Times Awaits NDDOT Decision2014-09-18T11:21:43-04:002014-09-18T11:21:43-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordHowever, it has not yet reached a decision on granting a permit to drain water from another property about 500 feet east of the site into the same ditch.Valley City is requesting the permits on behalf of developers of Valley City's planned new McDonald's restaurant, said John Thompson, Valley City District engineer for the state department.Thompson told Barnes County commissioners on Tuesday that McDonald's is still waiting for NDDOT action on a second permit request for land east of the McDonald's site to also route its water into the freeway drainage ditch.Thompson said water that goes into the ditch eventually goes into the Sheyenne River.Thompson said as he understands it, the second permit request has a bearing on the McDonald's proposal because developers of the restaurant do not want to have to deal with water runoff from an adjacent site.Valley City, NDPaul RiemermanMcDonalds Awaits NDDOT DecisionValley City Times Thursday: Homecoming 19682014-09-18T11:17:27-04:002014-09-18T11:17:27-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordThis week's photograph was of the 1968 Valley City High School homecoming parade and was submitted by Diane Bjerke.Wes Anderson, curator of the Barnes County Historical Society Museum agreed to start off the series to give our readers an idea what we are looking for.Photos can be of events or places in Barnes County from 10, 20, 30 years ago, or even older. We will publish at least one submitted photograph every week in the Valley City Times-Record.Please submit photographs by email to, or drop them by our office at 146 Third Street NE. Valley City, NDNo author availableThrowback Thursday: Homecoming 1968Valley City Times Tour of Homes This Week2014-09-18T11:01:37-04:002014-09-18T11:01:37-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordFour Valley City area homes and one guest inn will be featured on this year’s tour. They are the homes of Joanne and Tim Kadrmas, 1215 Fifth Ave NW; Jenny and Jerad Enger, 1217 Fifth Ave NW; Alison and Josh Kasowski, 961 9thAve NE; Erin and Luther Dietrich, 907 9thAve NE; and the Red Door Guest Inn, above Unique Antiques at 148 Main St. East. Parking is available between the Dietrich and Kasowski homes as it is a comfortable walking distance.More information with photos of houses in Thursday's Times-Record. Valley City, NDPaul RiemermanPEO Tour of Homes This WeekValley City Times Declines Charges in Fatal Accident2014-09-18T11:11:40-04:002014-09-18T10:56:19-04:00Copyright 2011 Valley City Times RecordRita Weber, a pedestrian struck by a pickup truck June 22 in Valley City, died of her injuries.Weber, 92, was walking along Central Avenue North and was in the crosswalk at Central Avenue North and Sixth Avenue Northwest when she was struck by a Ford F-150 driven by by Robert J. Mittleider, 32, of Valley City.On Wednesday Martineck said he decided not to file any criminal charges, because the initial report “ruled out drugs, alcohol or speed being a factor.”More recently, Martineck said, telephone records showed Mittleider was not talking on his cell phone or texting at the time of the accident.Martineck said, “Based on the information I had, it just looked to be a tragic accident.”Valley City, NDPaul RiemermanSA Declines Charges in Fatal AccidentValley City Times