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MINOT, N.D.—A hearing for an accused murderer was rescheduled Wednesday to Feb. 15 to give his new lawyer more time to research the case. Johnny Cleveland Norwood, 26, Minot, is charged with murder in the death of Roger Falana, 30, on Nov. 29, 2015. His lawyer, Misty Nehring of Williston, told North Central District Court Judge Richard Hagar that she was only assigned to the case in November.
DEVILS LAKE—Two inmates of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center did not return to the jail's Residential Reentry Center after being allowed to leave Tuesday. According to a news release from the jail, Brendon Scott Belgarde Jr., 22, left the center to go to his job at Marco's Pizza and did not return by 10:30 p.m. By midnight he was still absent and considered by the jail to have absconded.
FARGO—Minnesota and North Dakota have seen a drastic spike in a very short time. Minnesota is reporting a 33 percent increase in flu hospitalizations, while North Dakota flu cases have nearly tripled since the new year. Between late December and now, North Dakota has gone from less than 30 confirmed cases to nearly 75. Minnesota has seen a 33 percent increase in hospitalizations.
MANDAN, N.D. — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of terrorizing a vehicle full of journalists and recklessly driving a pickup in the protest area and then fleeing police turned himself into the Morton County Sheriff's Department. James White of Cannon Ball, N.D., was wanted on felony warrants for reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and felonious restraint.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7. First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 55th Street Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. The deceased woman was identified by Lt. Brett Johnson Monday as 24-year-old Kristen Guillemette. The woman's death was unattended, Johnson said, meaning she died before authorities arrived. An autopsy and investigation into the death are being conducted.
GRAND FORKS—Police don't suspect foul play after a homeless man was found dead in Grand Forks in December. The man's last known address was the Northlands Rescue Mission. Police say supervisors deemed there was no need to notify anyone about the death, primarily because there was no threat to the public. It was in the Grand Forks greenway where police found Richard Bumford, 61, dead on Dec. 22. The cause of death still unknown awaiting final autopsy results.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House members voted Tuesday, Jan. 10, to authorize the governor to activate the National Guard in the event of a cyber attack. House lawmakers voted 78-14 to approved House Bill 1104, which adds cyber attack to the reasons the governor can mobilize the National Guard, in addition to natural disasters, riots and other imminent threats. Some who voted against it said the language in the bill was too broad.
FARGO—The federal police agency charged with protecting members of Congress executed a search warrant in Fargo Tuesday morning, Jan. 10. Local police assisted officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, said Deputy Chief Joe Anderson of the Fargo Police Department. The search warrant appears to have been executed at 1637 51st St. S., where law enforcement personnel could be seen entering and leaving the residence late Tuesday morning.
FARGO — The takeoff of a United Express commuter jet flight to Denver from Fargo was safely aborted Monday, Jan. 9, after the plane blew two tires, a Hector International Airport spokesman said. About 6:30 a.m., United Express Flight 4629, a 50-passenger Embraer 145, was rolling down the runway for takeoff when two right rear tires blew on the landing gear, said Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein.
MAYVILLE, N.D.—The Traill County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim of a house fire early Saturday morning in Mayville as businessman Alan Strand, 64. Shawn Skager, a deputy in the department, could not confirm the source of the fire or Strand's cause of death as the incident is still under investigation. Strand's neighbor, Kenneth Brustad, said Strand lived alone. He owned the Strand Ready Mix plant in Mayville.