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GRAND FORKS—A University of North Dakota professor was arrested Thursday, Sept. 8, after police found child pornography on his university-owned computer, according to a UND Police statement. Eric Hewitt Basile, 37, will appear Friday in Grand Forks District Court on eight charges of possession of certain materials prohibited, all Class C felonies. He faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count.
NORTH OF THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION – It was business as usual but in far greater numbers on Friday, Sept. 9, as thousands of American Indians and other opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline waited for a federal judge to issue his decision on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an emergency injunction to halt pipeline construction across the Missouri River.
SAWYER, N.D. - A former small-town superintendent was sentenced to 35 years in prison Thursday for a series of sexual encounters with 14-year-old and 15-year-old boys he met in an online chat room. Charles Soper, 51, had pleaded guilty in April to a series of charges following an investigation into a series of inappropriate encounters with 14 and 15-year-old boys he met in an online chat room, the most serious, a charge of gross sexual imposition.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple activated the North Dakota National Guard in a limited role Thursday to provide support for civilian authorities dealing with the Dakota Access Pipeline protests south of Mandan as a key court ruling loomed Friday. The Guard’s adjutant general stressed that soldiers will not patrol the main protest encampment north of Cannon Ball.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he has asked the North Dakota National Guard for support in responding to law enforcement efforts at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site south of Mandan. The announcement came during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 8.
BISMARCK – Authorities are beefing up their presence in the Bismarck-Mandan area in anticipation of a court decision expected Friday on the heavily protested Dakota Access Pipeline, a spokesman
REILE'S ACRES — A 52-year-old Fargo man was killed in a two-car crash at an intersection north of Reile's Acre in northern Cass County Tuesday, Sept. 6. A 17-year-old driver was also injured in the crash. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, a 1998 Honda, driven by the 17-year-old of Reile's Acres, was traveling west on Cass County Road 20 about 3:20 p.m. A 2004 Chevrolet Astro Van, driven by the 52-year-old, was traveling north on 45th Street North when it failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by the Honda in the intersection.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Zachary Ryan Womelsdorf, 33, of Eagle Grove, Iowa, has been charged with aggravated assault related to a bar fight in Watford City late last month. Watford City Police responded at 11:30 p.m. Aug. 27 to a report of a fight at a Main Street bar. Upon arrival, officers found a man lying unconscious on the floor and bleeding from the nose. The victim, Robert Villalobos, 47, of Watford City, was taken to the McKenzie County Hospital and treated for his injuries.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—A person was killed and several juveniles were injured in a one-vehicle crash early Monday in Cass County. The Cass County Sheriff's Office received a report of the crash at 4:48 a.m. Monday on County Road 8 in Gould Township, south of Federal Dam.
DICKINSON, N.D.—A South Dakota man has been arrested in Morton County after allegedly assaulting a man and then stealing his vehicle on a rural road northwest of Dickinson. Beau Smith, 30, of Rapid City, S.D., was arrested Friday about 3:15 a.m. in rural Morton County and has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, fleeing officers in a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, driving under the influence and violating terms of his parole set by the South Dakota Department of Corrections.