Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald
WILLISTON, N.D. — During opening arguments Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Lamar Putney's trial on two counts of murder, the prosecution and defense offered two vastly different interpretations of a double shooting more than 18 months ago. In his address to the jury, Nathan Madden, Williams County assistant state's attorney, said Putney planned to meet with Diandre Lott, and that in advance of that meeting, Putney hid guns throughout the kitchen area of his Williston apartment. Putney told police that Lott was going to buy a car from him.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The second day of the murder trial of Lamar Putney will begin with opening statements by the prosecution and defense, after the court spent nearly six hours Monday, Jan. 29, selecting a jury.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The Williston police said Friday, Jan. 12, that anyone who suspects they see child abuse, neglect or endangerment should call them immediately. That message came a day after a Facebook post that seemed to show a woman with two children not dressed appropriately for the cold went viral, resulting in public outrage and a police investigation.
WILLISTON, N.D.—After deliberating for slightly less than two hours Wednesday, a jury found a former Tioga police officer not guilty of theft. Monique Lopez, 30, was acquitted after a three day trial in Northwest District Court where prosecutors contented she stole more than $5,000 from a police department evidence account. Tom Slorby, Lopez's defense attorney, argued that multiple people could have made the transfer in an effort to frame Lopez. Slorby praised the jury's decision after the trial Wednesday. "It's the right verdict," he said.
WILLISTON, N.D.—The account for a former northwest North Dakota police officer accused of theft would have been overdrawn without the $5,300 she's charged with taking, the prosecutor told the jury in the case Monday, Jan. 8. Divide County State's Attorney Seymour Jordan, who is acting as a special prosecutor in the theft trial of Monique Lopez, said during his opening arguments that Lopez took more than $5,000 from an account used by the Tioga Police Department to hold money seized as evidence.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A man accused of forcing two women into prostitution has been extradited to Williston and is being held on $250,000 bond. Christopher Allen, 29, is charged with two counts of facilitating prostitution, a class A felony, and one count each of felonious restraint, a class C felony, and simple assault, a class B misdemeanor.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A man accused of helping to conceal a July murder told police that he had gone with the accused murderer to the site of the body and been threatened that if he told anyone he would be killed, as well. Special Agent Charissa Remus with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation testified Thursday in a preliminary hearing that Ralph Broxson Jr., 26, told law enforcement he was aware of a murder committed by Jonah Hendricks, 21.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Officials in McKenzie County say the failed attempt to remove McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger cost less than $10,000. That total includes the $6,970.39 cost of a county-funded investigation into the sheriff's office and travel expenses for the special prosecutor assigned to the case.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Aug. 23, 2017 WILLISTON, N.D.—A man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy served as both a Williston police officer and a McKenzie County Sheriff's deputy. Bryton Dahl, 22, was released on $10,000 bond Tuesday after being charged with corruption or solicitation of a minor, a Class C felony. Dahl served as a patrol officer in Williston from November 2015 through March 2017.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger planned to be back in his office Friday for the first time since he was suspended in November after Gov. Doug Burgum dismissed the removal petition against him, ending months of legal and political wrangling.