Jamie Kelly / Williston Herald
WILLISTON, N.D. — A man is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him Thursday, Feb. 14, of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The verdict came after a four-day trial. Martinez was arrested in November 2017 and accused of repeatedly raping a 12-year-old girl. The girl, now 14, testified Wednesday, telling the court that Martinez abused her multiple times in the summer and fall of 2017. On Thursday morning, Nathan Madden, assistant state's attorney, pointed to the testimony of the girl Martinez is accused of abusing.
WILLISTON, N.D. -- A man who sold the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed a Williston man in 2017 was convicted last week in federal court of three charges. Yancey Myers, 39, was convicted last week of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of a controlled substance and controlled substance analogue resulting in death and distribution of heroin, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A 37-year-old man is dead after he fell from a balcony at a Williston apartment complex Saturday night, Jan. 12. Police said the man, whose name has not yet been released, fell from a fourth-story balcony at the Renaissance Heights apartments. Police were called to the complex around 8 p.m. Saturday evening for a report of an assault, according to Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks of the Williston Police Department. After police were called but before they arrived, the two parties involved separated.
ALEXANDER, N.D. - A 39-year-old man was arrested Monday, Jan. 7, after an hours-long standoff with police south of Alexander in western North Dakota. Edwin Hatlen, of Alexander, was accused of firing a gun into the air and pointing the weapon at someone at the city's industrial park around 1 p.m., according to a news release from the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with terrorizing, a class C felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a class A misdemeanor.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A jury deliberated for a little more than two hours Friday before rejecting a defendant’s self-defense claim in a murder case. The jury on Dec. 21, found Alex Eggleston, 28, guilty of murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Eggleston shot and killed 43-year-old Vance Neset in the parking lot of the Super 8 motel in Williston early on the morning of July 14, 2017.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A man accused of murder in a July 2017 shooting death will testify he was afraid for his life when he pulled the trigger, a defense attorney told a jury Monday. During his opening statement Dec. 17, Steve Mottinger, who is representing Alex Eggleston, said Eggleston doesn’t dispute killing Vance Neset, 43, but that he only did so in self-defense. Neset is the stepson of Kathleen Neset, a second-term member on the State Board of Higher Education.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A 46-year-old man admitted Tuesday that he sexually abused a girl for nearly four years. Patrick Martinez pleaded guilty, Dec. 4, to continuous sexual abuse of a child, a class AA felony, as well as manufacturing a controlled substance, a class B felony, possession of child pornography, a class C felony and two drug-related misdemeanors. The guilty pleas were not part of an agreement with prosecutors, which means Martinez could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A judge on Monday ordered a man accused of threatening the Williams County state’s attorney in an attempt to get the charges against him dropped to be held on $1 million bond. Greg Boe, 54, was charged Monday, Dec. 3, with threatening public servants, a class C felony. He was charged in April with terrorizing, a class C felony, and violating a disorderly conduct restraining order, a class A misdemeanor.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A 23-year-old western North Dakota man has been charged with negligent homicide and felony child neglect related to the death of a 7-month-old earlier this year. James Miller Jr. was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of child neglect and one count of negligent homicide, all class C felonies. He was ordered held at the McKenzie County Jail on $50,000 bond. James Miller Sr., 54, and Vicki Miller, 53, who lived in the same home, were both charged by criminal summons with two counts of child neglect, a class C felony.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A former fire inspector for the city of Williston has been arrested in Kentucky on an outstanding warrant accusing him of possession of child pornography. James Woods “Woody” Ball was arrested Saturday, Nov. 17, and is being held in the Boyle County, Ky., jail, on a warrant from Williams County that was filed in July 2016. The warrant charges Ball with possession of child pornography, a class C felony.