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HALLIDAY, N.D. -- A judge has sentenced a former Oil Patch trucking company owner to five years in prison, with two years suspended, for intentionally slamming his car into his wife's, causing life-threatening injuries. George Misrasi, 58, gave up what likely would have been an appeal with the sentence deal as there was scientific evidence that went both ways about how the crash occurred.
Thuy Hoang is charged as working in Oil Patch brothels BISMARCK -- A court proceeding for one of the alleged prostitutes at brothels in Dickinson, Minot and Williston stopped halfway through Monday after it became clear the defendant was confused about the charge against her. Asked if she understood her waiver of an indictment, Thuy Nhu Hoang said she didn't, and pointed out that she doesn't speak English and has been sent many different documents.
KILLDEER, N.D. — For the first 14 years as building inspector for the city of Killdeer, Ron Fettig worked part time. But for the past three years, he has been full time — and his days are truly full. Years ago, $1 million in private investment in the city for one year was a big deal, he said. Maybe a single new motel, or a few new houses. But last year, Killdeer saw more than $20 million in private investment, and it's on track to hit at least that for 2015.
DICKINSON -- A woman who worked as a prostitute at brothels operating in Dickinson, Minot and Williston from 2012 to 2014 will enter a guilty plea early next month to her involvement in the operation. At a change of plea hearing set for March 2, Thuy Nhu Hoang will admit to conspiring to transport an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution and conspiring to travel and use the Internet and phone to facilitate the brothels, a plea agreement filed Wednesday says.
Feds fine XTO $1.3M for delaying audit WASHINGTON -- The federal government fined XTO Energy Inc. $1.3 million this month for failing to provide data for an audit in a timely manner, the U.S. Department of Interior announced Wednesday. XTO, a top 10 Bakken producer and a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., didn't send the auditors lease information for an audit of several North Dakota communitization agreements until 10 months past the original deadline.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- Those fighting human trafficking in North Dakota brought their efforts to the Capitol on Wednesday. Lawmakers have proposed a package of bills addressing both law enforcement to detect trafficking and rescue victims, and also resources for women and girls once they are freed. One of the top priorities would be providing a shelter for the trafficking victims. Five bills were heard Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, with two more expected to be presented next week.
BISMARCK -- A package of bills addressing human trafficking in North Dakota will be heard Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary committee. The bills update the criminal code, provide funding for victim services and establish a unified commission to fight the complex crime officials said has a growing presence in North Dakota, especially its Oil Patch. "We have two messages that we need to send: whether you are a trafficker in the sex trade or a customer, we're coming after you," North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Tuesday at a press conference with bill sponsors.
MANNING, N.D. — Dunn County and three other western North Dakota counties must pay for damages from summer storms themselves after the federal government has denied emergency aid, not only...
WILLISTON -- A spill earlier this month from a saltwater line north of Williston has turned out to be the biggest spill of North Dakota’s current oil boom and possibly...