Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — On Wednesday, July 11, more than 24 hours after a deadly EF-2 tornado touched down in Watford City, work was already well underway to clean up the trail of destruction the storm left behind. The tornado hit the Prairie View RV Park early Tuesday morning and destroyed or damaged more than 200 trailers, RVs and manufactured homes. A 6-day-old baby died from injuries sustained in the tornado and nearly 30 people were injured, some of them critically.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Police say they found a dead man inside a building Sunday where a shot was fired after police executed a welfare check that turned into an hours-long standoff. The Williams County SWAT team entered a building in the 2000 block of 50th Street West at 9:58 p.m. on June 24, according to Williston Police Detective Dustin Celander. Officers then found the deceased man. Police have not released a cause of death or the identity of the man. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now handling the case, Celander said.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- When Katie Olson heard her name announced Saturday night as Miss North Dakota 2018, she almost didn’t believe it at first. “I turned to Lizzie Jensen, Miss North Dakota 2017, and asked, ‘Is it real?’” Olson recalled Monday, June 11. “She said, ‘Yes, turn around so I can put your crown on!’” Less than 48 hours after she won the crown, it was starting to feel less like a dream and more like reality.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The discovery of the body of 29-year-old man who had been missing since Wednesday, June 6, has his family wondering what happened. Members of Williams County Underwater Search Recovery, along with Williston police and Williams County Sheriff deputies, retrieved a 2009 Ford F-350 from the Little Muddy River on Thursday evening. The truck belonged to Brandon Barnes, who was reported missing Thursday morning and hasn't been seen or heard from since early Wednesday. A body, which police said they believe was Barnes, was found near the truck.
WILLISTON, N.D.—On Tuesday, June 5, the day before preliminary rounds were to start in the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant, the Miss America organization dropped a bombshell — it was scrapping the swimsuit part of the competition. Debbie Richter, the president of the Miss North Dakota board, said there are still a lot of details that haven't been released, and the decision isn't going to change this week's Miss North Dakota pageant, which takes place Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Bakken Elementary.
WILLISTON, N.D.—Police say a Williams County jail inmate was paid with ramen noodles, coffee and snack foods to attack another inmate last month. Matthew Smith, 24, who was accused last year of conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit forgery, was charged Monday, June 4, with simple assault and criminal conspiracy, both class B misdemeanors. Police say Smith attacked Greg Boe, who also is being held in the jail, in Boe's cell on May 20. Two other men, Tyler Kolarik and Perry Oshiro II, were each charged with one class B misdemeanor count of criminal conspiracy.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Police officials say the federal takedown of Backpage.com has removed one way for pimps and human traffickers to advertise, but other ways have sprung up to fill that gap. "The demand is still there, unfortunately," Watford City Police Chief Shawn Doble said Wednesday, May 30, during a roundtable meeting on human trafficking put together by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
WILLISTON, N.D.—In a few years, if you're visiting a kindergarten class and call on Emma, you might have to qualify which one you mean. That's because Emma is back on top of the list of most popular baby names in North Dakota. The 2017 list of most popular baby names in the state, published Thursday, May 17, by the Social Security Administration, showed that Emma was the most popular name for a baby girl last year. Oliver was the most popular boy's name, a repeat from the 2016 list.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- Prosecutors in Williams County will not file charges in the case of a mother captured in photos and on video with her children outside without coats or shoes on a frigid January morning, but say the children are safe.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A second person has been charged with criminal conspiracy after a Williams County jail inmate was accused of trying to bribe two guards. A warrant for arrest was issued Wednesday, April 18, for Perry Oshiro Sr., the father of Perry Oshiro II, accusing Oshiro Sr. of criminal conspiracy, a class C felony. Oshiro II was accused earlier this week of offering a sergeant at the Williams County Correctional Center $10,000 to let him out of jail early.