Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — A former employee of the North Dakota Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Division is facing felony charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars in customer transactions. Dorma Jean Steier, 62, of Mandan, N.D., is charged with felony counts of theft, forgery and deceptive writings. She is set for trial in early January.
BISMARCK — By executive order on Friday, Oct. 26, Gov. Doug Burgum created a Task Force for Veterans Affairs to study the system and resources serving North Dakota's military veterans.
BISMARCK — If North Dakota voters pass Measure 3 to legalize recreational marijuana, its passage would call for expungement of marijuana-related convictions within 30 days of Dec. 6. Legal observers say the 30-day expungement process can’t be done and opens the state up to lawsuits. Specifically, Measure 3’s language says: "Any individual who has an illegitimate drug conviction as defined in this chapter shall hereby have their records expunged and sealed by the court automatically."
BISMARCK — No one agrees on much about Measure 3. The initiated statutory measure to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota for people older than 21 is on the November ballot, with smokin' hot arguments rolled within. “I think it’s a great law. I think the law is wonderfully written,” said David Owen, who chairs the Measure 3 sponsoring committee.
MANDAN, N.D.—Mandan police are not releasing the name of a man injured in an officer-involved shooting because they are unsure if he will invoke his Marsy's Law rights. "We're not in touch with him because of the fact we're not doing the investigation, and so, until we know that for sure, we are not going to be (releasing the name) because we don't want to overstep that," Mandan Police Deputy Chief Lori Flaten said Monday, Oct. 15. The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation has opened a probe into the Oct. 9 shooting, of which few details are available.
BISMARCK — More than 200 employees from 18 North Dakota state agencies have been accepted for buyouts in the second year of the state's voluntary separation incentive program. Becky Sicble, interim division director for the Human Resource Management Services Division of the state Office of Management and Budget, said 224 of 296 applicants were accepted as of Tuesday, Oct. 9, at a total severance cost of $7.4 million for salaries, insurance and leave to be paid out.
MANDAN, N.D.—Sherilyn Johnson unloads her arms of lesson materials after walking into Sweet Briar School, the sounds of playing children behind her. Model airplanes and a solar system hang from the ceiling. Maps, artwork and lesson plans cover the walls and boards. A bearded dragon basks in a terrarium. "Our latest addition. Isn't that great?" Johnson said, looking at the tiny reptile that is the subject of a science project.
BISMARCK—Defense and prosecuting attorneys are giving no ground in the case of a licensed addiction counselor charged with hindering Bismarck police in a methadone patient's arrest. Kiki Schatz, who works at Heartview Foundation in Bismarck, is accused of misdemeanor hindering law enforcement for refusing police entry to the treatment center to arrest Brendan Kapfer for allegedly violating a domestic violence protection order. Schatz invoked Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which provides confidentiality for patients seeking treatment for addiction.
BISMARCK — Multiple vehicles, firearms and electronics will be up for grabs at an auction of items derived from abandoned property and asset forfeitures on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The auction is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at 101 Agency Ave. behind the law enforcement center in Fort Yates. Anyone may attend, but bring cash or an approved check.
BISMARCK—In an email to members of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, former state Commerce Commissioner Jay Schuler appeared unapologetic about the email that led to his resignation Monday, Oct. 1. Gov. Doug Burgum accepted Schuler's resignation after Schuler sent a staffwide email and attachment Monday morning expressing his personal thoughts on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process — a message Burgum described as "unacceptable."