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BISMARCK—The number of court cases involving clients who can't afford legal services climbed in all areas of North Dakota during the last fiscal year, with large increases seen in northern judicial districts, the head of the state's Commission on Legal Counsel for Indigents said Tuesday. In the Northwest Judicial District alone, felony cases assigned to indigent defense attorneys jumped by nearly 30 percent from fiscal year 2014 to 2015, from 760 cases to 983 cases, and have skyrocketed by more than 500 percent since 2010's count of 162 felony cases.
DICKINSON, N.D.—Dickinson resident Kimberly Peele, 47, was visibly upset as she was sentenced Tuesday morning to four years in prison for her part in a meth-fueled sex incident involving a minor that occurred in March.
MINOT — A 33-year-old Minot man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting and firing a weapon at a woman on Saturday afternoon. Minot police Capt. John Klug said the woman...
MINOT — Two Minot men have been arrested after a bar fight, with one of the men also accused of fighting with a police officer. Police were called Saturday about...
FARGO — A Republican state senator from Fargo who had been mentioned as a possible candidate for North Dakota insurance commissioner has announced he will not seek that office in...
FARGO—Conservative blogger and North Dakota media personality Rob Port will become a regular voice in Forum Communications media outlets beginning this week. Port will contribute to a handful of Forum Communications newspapers as well as the company's news websites and Fargo-based radio station, AM 970 WDAY. His focus will be on state politics and current events.
GRAND FORKS—A Grand Forks man has changed his plea in a sexual assault case in which he choked his then-girlfriend. Lance Barrett Billings II, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday in Grand Forks District Court, canceling a jury trial scheduled for Jan. 5. Billings is charged with gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony, aggravated assault and interfering with an emergency phone call, both Class C felonies. A Class AA felony carries a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.
PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota's Highway Patrol will begin 2016 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 18 counties during January. Checkpoints are held each month in different counties. The checkpoints are designed to discourage motorists from drinking and then driving. Sobriety checkpoints are planned for January in the counties of Bennett, Brown, Brule, Butte, Charles Mix, Clay, Codington, Day, Hughes, Jerauld, Lawrence, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington, Roberts, Sanborn and Walworth.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—For the second time in 10 years, a Detroit Lakes woman has been found guilty of embezzlement. Late last month, Stephanie Jo Disse, 45, was sentenced for stealing about $143,000 from her employer in Becker County district court. She was sentenced on one felony count of theft or diversion of corporate property. Six other felony counts were dismissed in a plea agreement.
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol will begin 2016 by conducting sobriety checkpoints in 18 counties during January. Checkpoints are held each month in different counties. The checkpoints are...