Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald
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.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A judge ordered Tuesday, April 17, that prosecutors and police return guns seized nearly two years ago from a man acquitted in February of murder, but declined to order sanctions against a prosecutor like the defense requested.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A 54-year-old Williston man is being held on $100,000 bond after police say he wrote threatening letters to a woman who has a restraining order out against him. Greg Boe, of Williston, was charged Thursday with terrorizing, a class C felony, and violating a disorderly conduct restraining order, a class A misdemeanor.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Williston who was arrested last month and charged with molesting three young girls has been accused of doing similar things to two more girls. Everest Moore, 28, was charged Thursday with two class A felony counts of gross sexual imposition. The new charges allege Moore had sexual contact with two girls younger than 15 between August and February.
WILLISTON, N.D.—A man was sentenced Tuesday to serve eight years in prison for spreading HIV to another person. Angel Miguel Rodriguez, 42, entered an Alford plea to one charge of transfer of body fluid that may contain the human immunodeficiency virus, a class A felony. In an Alford plea, a defendant maintains his innocence but acknowledges the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office says an investigation into a shooting resulted in an arrest for possession of child pornography. Justin Bickle, 29, of Plevna, Mont., was charged Wednesday, March 28, with 11 counts of possession of child pornography, all class C felonies, as well as one count of giving false information to law enforcement. He was being held in the McKenzie County jail Wednesday afternoon on $1 million bond.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A vape shop owner accused of selling products containing cannabidiol or marijuana and hemp plant extracts agreed to a plea deal Friday and will spend no time in jail. Falestani Abuhamda was charged in May with seven counts related to possession or distribution of a controlled substance or of drug paraphernalia. Police raided Abuhamda's two Tobacco Depot stores in Alexander and Watford City in western North Dakota and seized items containing the cannabis oil or cannabidiol, as well as vape pens.
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.