Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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BISMARCK – A joint task force led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Sept. 3 clash between protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the pipeline’s private security personnel, the sheriff’s office said Tuesday, Sept. 20. The investigation is focusing not only on protesters but also whether the private security guards were licensed and whether their actions were warranted, county spokesman Rob Keller said.
BISMARCK — Months of research and discussion about how to limit the costly growth of North Dakota’s prison population will come to a head Monday, Sept. 19, when lawmakers and officials from the criminal justice system gather to hammer out a bill that the group’s chairman expects will elicit “some strong opinions.”
NEW SALEM, N.D. — Authorities upped the ante Wednesday, Sept. 14, in trying to discourage protesters from disrupting work on the Dakota Access Pipeline, pledging to pursue felony reckless endangerment charges against protesters who attach themselves to construction equipment. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the felony charge, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, reflects the seriousness of the crime. Protesters in similar situations were previously arrested on misdemeanor charges such as criminal trespass, preventing arrest and obstruction.
BISMARCK – New rules that would require berms to better contain spills from North Dakota oil well sites and impose sweeping regulations for oil and saltwater gathering pipelines were delayed Tue
BISMARCK – A Dakota Access Pipeline protester who pleaded not guilty Monday to trespassing on pipeline construction sites was driving an SUV with expired tabs owned by the Democratic candidate for U.S. House when he was arrested Friday. Candidate Chase Iron Eyes confirmed that he lent his late 1990s Suburban to longtime friend Cody Charles Hall, 39, of Eagle Butte, S.D., so that Hall could drive someone to the airport in Bismarck from the main protest encampment about 35 miles southeast of Mandan.
MANDAN, N.D. – Morton County authorities issued warrants Wednesday for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate after video showed them spray painting graffiti on a bulldozer as they joined protesters at a Dakota Access Pipeline site Tuesday. The Morton County State’s Attorney’s Office filed criminal complaints against Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka for criminal trespass and criminal mischief. Both charges are Class B misdemeanors punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.
BISMARCK – North Dakota’s Historic Preservation Office plans to look into whether bulldozers clearing a path last Saturday for the Dakota Access Pipeline destroyed burial grounds and other sacred sites identified the day before in a court filing by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, an official said Wednesday. “We’re currently evaluating the situation and intend to visit when arrangements are made,” Chief Archaeologist Paul Picha told Forum News Service.
MANDAN, N.D. – Authorities plan to bring charges against Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein after she joined protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline in spray painting graffiti on equipment at a construction site Tuesday. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said his office is working through the state’s attorney to pursue charges of trespassing and vandalism against Stein after video of her spray painting the blade of a bulldozer was posted online.
MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — More than 100 protesters gathered at a Dakota Access Pipeline construction site Tuesday where two people bound themselves to bulldozers and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was meeting with pipeline opponents. A woman and a man attached themselves to equipment east of State Highway 6 using the same type of casting material used by demonstrators last week. The gathering began about 10 a.m. Tuesday northwest of the main pipeline protest site. About 75 people remained by 12:30 p.m.
BISMARCK — A federal judge will issue what could be a precedent-setting decision after hearing arguments Thursday on whether a Texas company needed consent from American Indian tribes to drill two pipelines through tribally owned minerals under North Dakota's largest body of water.