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MANDAN — The man injured in a Mandan shooting has been criminally charged in what police have described as a "complex" incident that involved as many as six or seven people. Spencer Carl James St. Claire, 22, of Bismarck, faces a charge of felony criminal trespass. He and two or three other men knocked on the door of 18-year-old Eric Harrison Jr.'s mobile home just before 6 a.m. Dec. 2 on the 800 block of Poplar Street in Mandan, wanting in from the cold, according to court documents.
BISMARCK—Kristina Kratz is finally able to tell her 8-year-old daughter how her father died, but that information came as a shock. Mike Lang, 47, was an inmate at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center when he had a seizure at the jail, went into a coma and died Sept. 13 after a week in the hospital and days of testing. His family said he also had pneumonia, low blood sugar, a cut on the back of his head, a broken nose, broken cheek bones and broken ribs.
TOWNER, N.D.—Jerome Suchor has deep roots in trees. Over a 42-year career, including part-time work in high school at the Towner State Nursery and a stint as a field tech at Walhalla,N.D., his work led to brushes with a couple of North Dakota Christmas tree farms. In 1992, he started his own: Suchor's Prairie Pines. He began by planting Scotch pine. And then waited seven years. "It's a dying art. It does take a lot of work," Suchor said. "It's one of those things if you really want to get into it, you've got to put a lot of time into it."
BISMARCK — Defense and prosecuting attorneys will reconvene in federal court Monday, Dec. 11, as a suppression hearing for Red Fawn Fallis ran out of time Friday. Attorneys defending the Dakota Access protester accused of firing a handgun at arresting officers submitted two motions this fall to suppress all evidence and statements from Fallis at the time of her arrest, arguing her warrantless arrest violated free speech rights.
BISMARCK — One day after an apartment fire, a resident of the building has been charged with setting the blaze in an alleged attempt to kill his roommate. Darren Michael Weber, 42, of Bismarck, is charged with Class B felony endangering by fire or explosion as well as four other felony counts in violation of a court order. Weber and his roommate are registered sex offenders who lived together in a unit at the apartment house at 501 Memorial Highway in Bismarck, where firefighters and police responded around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to the fire.
BISMARCK—One of the earliest arrestees in the Dakota Access protests had his appeal — the first of the protest cases to come before the North Dakota Supreme Court — argued Thursday. Kevin Decker, 46, of St. Joseph, Mo., was arrested Aug. 11, 2016, the first day of arrests in the monthslong pipeline protests. He was tried with eight others last winter in the second Dakota Access trial and convicted by a jury of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for pushing an officer.
BISMARCK — What started as a woman sliding into a snowbank after a Christmas party has ended up before the North Dakota Supreme Court in an appeal over a Fourth Amendment violation.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The owner of a Watford City accounting firm has been indicted on federal charges connected to the oilfield venture of a Spokane businessman and the man who ordered his murder. A grand jury indicted Rene L. Johnson on counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and material false statements to a federal agent. Her three-day trial is set to begin March 27 in Bismarck after continuance for additional discovery by the defense.
MANDAN, N.D. — Appearing solemn as they gathered Monday morning, Nov. 20, three women presented the Morton County State's Attorney's Office with a petition asking to drop all charges against defendants charged from the Dakota Access protests. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, HolyElk Lafferty and Phyllis Young spoke on behalf of the Lakota People's Law Project, whose petition they said was accompanied by more than 55,000 paper and online signatures to Morton County State's Attorney Allen Koppy.
BISMARCK -- About 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Bismarck National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag said most of North Dakota's surface soil temperatures are at or below freezing. What moisture does come will likely lay on top, if it is doesn't evaporate, he said.