Caroline Grueskin / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley is vying to retake his old post as U.S. attorney for the District of North Dakota. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., confirmed Thursday afternoon that Wrigley contacted him about the job. Hoeven and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., previously said they endorsed Chris Myers, the current U.S. attorney, to stay in his role through the Trump administration.
MANDAN, N.D.—Three men accused in the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Kevin White at a Mandan warehouse party last year were released after nearly five months in jail, when their charges were dismissed on Tuesday afternoon. At the request of the prosecutor, South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick dismissed charges of attempted murder and reckless endangerment filed against Quentin Felton, Kelvin Simmons and Jiqueal Simmons in November.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota native who died last week during a dive recovery operation in Texas was honored Sunday night by local law enforcement. About 20 law enforcement officers from seven agencies met Lori Pohanka-Kalama's casket on the tarmac at the Bismarck Airport and escorted her home to Linton. The 46-year-old speech pathologist and mother of two died Easter morning of an undisclosed injury sustained while searching for a soldier swept away in a Fort Hood, Texas, creek.
MANDAN, N.D.—Prosecutors and judges dismissed 33 misdemeanor criminal cases resulting from arrests at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests last month.. Another 14 cases were resolved that month by guilty pleas, according to court records. Most of the dropped cases related to misdemeanor criminal trespass charges from the late summer and fall. Protesters were charged with demonstrating illegally on private property where pipeline construction was underway in southern Morton County.
BISMARCK — A new law signed by the governor on Monday will give all convicted juveniles — regardless the crime — an opportunity for release from prison. House Bill 1195 allows long-serving inmates, who were sentenced as kids, to apply for release after 20 years. The court is required to consider the defendant's age at the time of the offense, behavior inside prison, victim and prosecutor's perspective and "the diminished culpability of juveniles compared to adults and the level of maturity and failure to appreciate the risks and consequences."
BISMARCK — Coal may keep the lights on, but it's a lucky thing the lights were off at the Lignite Energy Council building on Wednesday morning, April 19. A driver barreled through the building's basement around 11:45 a.m., destroying the kitchenette and leaving coffee machines, broken glass and even the kitchen sink strewn across the room. But all employees were attending the council's annual meeting at the Bismarck Event Center, said Dave Allard, director of administration and information technology.
BISMARCK — The armed pipeline security worker who was in a confrontation with protesters in late October was arrested Monday for domestic violence. Kyle Thompson, 30, of Bismarck, pleaded guilty at his initial appearances to carrying a concealed weapon, simple assault and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine paraphernalia.
BISMARCK — Few people would argue it is a good idea for pregnant women and new moms to use addictive drugs. Babies exposed to alcohol and addictive drugs in the womb are likely to experience excessive or high-pitch crying, vomiting and diarrhea. In the first year of life, health care costs are more than double that of normal, healthy babies. And as they grow up, some may have physical or developmental impairments.
BISMARCK—The second day of a federal trial for the Cannon Ball district chairman accused of incest highlighted the challenges of confirming a report of child sexual abuse. By the time abuse is reported, there are usually no physical signs and, in cases involving already troubled kids, it's tough to say with certainty that psychological disorders are caused by the sexual abuse and not other traumas, experts testified at the trial of Robert Fool Bear Sr.
MANDAN, N.D.—Chase Iron Eyes pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of inciting a riot, and his attorney indicated he would argue at trial that Iron Eyes was not the leader nor did he encourage people to act out. "Going to that camp to take a stand is not asking people to riot," his Bismarck attorney Michael Hoffman said. "Maybe he's guilty of criminal trespass and maybe he's guilty of actually being part of the group that's taking a stand, but there's no evidence that this man did anything (to incite) a riot."