Rodney Brossart appeared with his wife, Susan, and their children Abby, Jacob, Thomas and Alex, all appearing jointly in the pre-trial hearing before state District Judge Joel Medd over criminal charges related to their aggressive resistance to law enforcement officers a year ago who were responding to a complaint from a neighbor over three stray cows and their calves.
On the eve of the statewide referendum on UND’s Fighting Sioux nickname, nickname supporters again raised questions concerning the UND Alumni Association’s use of an airplane on May 1 to campaign for retirement of the nickname.
The issue is still under review by police in Grand Forks, but a related complaint and investigation in Bismarck resulted in no charges.
The Grand Forks County jail is starting to experience some growing pains, and that has Administrator Bret Burkholder looking down the road at an expansion of the $16 million building that is not yet 5 years old. While the 242-bed facility is not exactly overcrowded, the average number of prisoners has risen steadily in recent years and is likely to surpass 200 a day this year, based on bookings so far.
Three of Deniger’s four wives suffered fatal injuries, met unfortunate ends Henry Leo Deniger Sr. is charged with stabbing his wife to death in Fargo last month. But she wasn’t the first of his four spouses to meet a tragic end.
The first murder trial here in more than 80 years will feature a defendant with a machine-gun tattoo on his head and reported ties to a white supremacist gang, a victim whose severed head was found in the alleged killer’s basement and the oldest working courthouse in North Dakota.
A former Lutheran pastor in Lake George, Minn., southwest of Bemidji near Itasca State Park, faces an omnibus court hearing today in Park Rapids on 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a minor.
Lester Waters Jr., 47, and Michael Spell, 22, remain in a Williston jail, fighting extradition to face aggravated kidnapping charges that carry a maximum penalty of death in Montana. The Dru Sjodin case illustrated how the death penalty can become a bargaining chip in such kidnapping cases.
Justin Wayne Ridley, 26, is facing charges of felonious restraint and terrorizing, both Class C felonies. According to a court affidavit, Ridley handcuffed his mother at her home in Langdon, “so she wouldn’t go anywhere.”
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