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The loss of Joyce Mehrer's and Sheila Richter's sons resulted in an inseparable bond. On June 6, 2006, their sons — Cpl. Curtis Mehrer and Sgt. Travis Van Zoest — were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. They were 21 years old. The mothers had never met prior to their sons being killed, but today they are best friends. "We finish each other's sentences," said Mehrer, with a laugh. Mehrer and Richter said their sons also did not know each other before they were deployed, but had striking similarities.
BISMARCK - A 30-year-old Bismarck man was arrested Thursday, May 9, after a search of his home and vehicle turned up tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs hidden inside a cracker box and a child's backpack. Deandre Deamon Jones has been charged with multiple felony counts of drug possession, as well as possession of a stolen firearm.
BISMARCK - A 17-year-old boy appeared in court Tuesday for charges stemming from what was described as a riot early last year at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan, which resulted in multiple staff members being injured. Elijah Barse is one of four teens facing multiple felony charges. Gavin Johnson, Starson Buckles and Julian Wolf also have been charged.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man who was struck and killed in a crash on Tuesday, April 30, while riding his bicycle in north Bismarck is remembered as a loving family man with an affinity for music. Don Hruby, 76, was struck by a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, according to police. The girl drove her vehicle onto the sidewalk and struck him. Cori Radke, Don Hruby's daughter, said her father was "a hard worker," who "always wanted the best for everybody."
A woman who was sexually assaulted by a Lyft driver in August said her decision to use the ride-hailing service "turned out to be a life-altering nightmare." The woman gave a statement on Wednesday, May 1, at the sentencing hearing for 39-year-old Corey Wickham. In January, a jury convicted Wickham of two felony counts of sexual assault. Wickham picked up the woman from a bar in Mandan early Aug. 25, according to court documents. He drove her to her residence and sexually assaulted her inside his vehicle.
BISMARCK — A 76-year-old man died from injuries suffered in a crash Tuesday, April 30, in Bismarck. The Bismarck Police Department responded to the crash about 2 p.m. on the 3400 block of Nebraska Drive, according to a news release. Officers found the Bismarck man unconscious. He had been riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. The man was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. According to police, a 17-year-old girl drove a vehicle onto the sidewalk and struck the bicyclist.
WHITE SHIELD, N.D. — When Ed Hall learned that the Memorial Congregational Church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation burned down last week, it opened up an old wound. The 85-year-old Parshall resident grew up attending Memorial Congregational Church. As he recalls, "it was the mother of all the churches." The church, which was built in 1926, was originally located in Elbowoods, a town flooded in 1954 due to the construction of the Garrison Dam. Many tribal members, including Hall and his family, were displaced because of the flood.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board has revoked the license of a former police officer and substitute teacher in Williston, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Bryton Dahl was convicted of felony corruption or solicitation of a minor in November for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy he met online.
BISMARCK — Police here say there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances involving a body found Wednesday, April 10, at the Clem Kelley Softball Complex, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Lt. Luke Gardiner said the body of Jack Conklin, 37, of New Town, was discovered around 11:30 a.m. at the complex on South Washington Street.
BISMARCK — A man has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to an officer-involved shooting in Alexander. Lonny Thomas Campbell, 42, pleaded guilty last week to felony terrorizing and misdemeanor simple assault, the Bismarck Tribune reported Tuesday, April 9 .