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WILLISTON, N.D.—A man who was convicted this summer of raping a woman in rural Williams County two years ago has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. Jean-Michael Kisi appeared in Northwest District Court on Thursday, Oct. 12, where he apologized and asked for leniency. "I'm not a terrible person, sir. I'm just a man who made a mistake," he told Judge Josh Rustad. "I just hope that you find it in your heart to give me another chance."
CROSBY, N.D. — Charges against a Crosby man accused of firing a gun at another man in February have been dropped at the request of the Divide County State's Attorney. Jeremy Kessler was accused of attempted murder, a Class A felony, and reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, in March, about a month after he allegedly fired several shots from inside his home at a man who was standing outside. The man told police he'd spoken to Kessler a short time earlier, and that one of the rounds hit a beer can he was holding in his hand.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A man from Williston is facing a number of charges in connection with the death of a man whose body was found last week on the Williston State College campus. Police say Dustin Pitman, 33, drove Thomas Ober onto the campus early the morning of June 6, called the police department's non-emergency line to request an ambulance, and left the scene.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—A northwest North Dakota tobacco store owner who is facing charges for selling products allegedly containing an illegal substance derived from marijuana says he did not know that he could be violating the law, and contends that ingredients in his merchandise do not fall under controlled substance classifications. The Northwest Narcotics Task Force raided both of Falesteni Abuhamda's stores simultaneously last month, seizing a number of items that listed CBD, a compound found in marijuana and industrial hemp, as an ingredient.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 22-year-old man who prosecutors say violated his probation by having repeated sexual contact with an underage girl after he was ordered to stay away from her has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Following a round of public recommendations, Capt. Verlan Kvande received a standing ovation after the Williams County Commission unanimously appointed him as Sheriff Scott Busching's successor on Tuesday. Kvande will become Williams County Sheriff on July 2, after Busching retires, and remain in that role until running for election next year. County commissioners heard a number of people speak in support of Kvande, including newly-appointed Williston Police Chief David Peterson and Busching.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- A court document that said a former McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant plans to plead guilty to criminal charges was filed in error, according to court officials, and should instead have noted that there is an upcoming agreement expected in the case. The notice, dated March 30, saying that Michael Schmitz planned to submit a written guilty plea to two misdemeanor charges should have used different language, a document filed Thursday by the McKenzie County clerk of court’s office says.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Capt. David Peterson will replace James Lokken as chief of the Williston Police Department, effective April 20, when Lokken will leave his post of eight years. In a unanimous vote Tuesday night, city commissioners accepted outgoing Williston Police Chief Lokken's recommendation for his successor after receiving formal notice of Lokken's plan to retire next week. In his letter of resignation, Lokken, 65, cited Peterson's training and experience as the basis for his recommendation, and said that the decision was based on a lengthy period of consideration.
WILLISTON, N.D. — A Williston man accused of arson in connection with a fire that caused heavy damage to his home started the blaze with gasoline and a lighter, according to authorities. Documents filed in district court on Tuesday, April 4, claim Damon Baker was angry when he ignited a mixture of oil and gasoline inside his garage on 72nd Street East just after 1 a.m. Sunday. Baker, who allegedly admitted to officers that he'd used methamphetamine hours earlier, said "he was mad at the mess that was inside of the garage and wanted to burn it down," records say.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Trial for a man accused of being a co-conspirator in a brutal 2015 attack and rape of a woman in a rural area in far northwest North Dakota when the temperature was only 19 degrees began Monday in Williston with promises from attorneys on both sides that the facts of the story will reveal the truth. "You'll hear that he has some explanations and excuses for why this happened," Williams County prosecutor Nathan Madden said of David Mbulu, who is charged with criminal conspiracy, accomplices, conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder.