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Body found inside burning car ID'd as Florida man

DEVILS LAKE -- Investigators have identified a Florida man who was found dead inside a burning vehicle this week in the parking lot of a Devils Lake Walmart.

Milton Feliciano, 34, was recovered from the burning car that was extinguished Wednesday evening, Devils Lake Police Chief Joseph Knowski said Friday. There is no foul play suspected in the case, Knowski said, adding the incident doesn’t appear to be the result of a criminal act.

Firefighters were called at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday to the scene for a report of a car fire. The flames were put out quickly, but firefighters discovered a body inside the vehicle, said Cory Meyer, assistant fire chief for the Devils Lake Fire Department.

Feliciano previously lived in Jacksonville, Fla., but moved to Devils Lake, where he was residing before the incident, Knowski said. The case is under investigation and the body was sent to Grand Forks County for an autopsy, the police chief said.

Snowplow crashes increase with wintry conditions

Three crashes involving snowplows occurred this week on Highway 2 in North Dakota, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

On Wednesday, two of the crashes happened near Tioga and the third occurred near Towner. On Thursday, another crash involving a snowplow occurred on Highway 85 south of Williston.

No injuries were reported in any of the crashes.

It is recommended to reduce speed and double the normal following distance when following a snowplow. Motorists are urged to not drive through whiteouts or snow fog caused by crosswinds or plowing of snowdrifts. Snowplow operators will pull over and stop when it is safe to allow traffic to pass.

Winter Taize Service offers meditative experience

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., in Bismarck is offering a Winter Taize Service at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

This meditative service comes from the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, France. A Taizé style service typically has periods of singing, meditations and prayers, readings and silence. There are no sermons, and the intention is to develop a meditative rhythm within the collective space, removing the barriers of the world in much the same way as a mantra or a meditative walk along the river.

At 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the church offers an evening of Christmas songs, holiday sharing, a warm fire and hot apple cider. Feel free to bring family, friends, a memory, a snack or just yourself.

-- Compiled from press releases. Send information to kimberly.wynn@bismarcktribune.com. 

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