BISMARCK -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and the Spirit Lake Tribe filed complaints last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, where similar lawsuits have been consolidated. The new cases mean that four out of five North Dakota tribal nations have now joined the litigation. The lawsuits against 24 opioid manufacturers and distributors allege devastating public health effects from the opioid epidemic and seek monetary damages.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Department of Health has announced new income levels for children who receive special health services. Income levels have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels, according to a news release. Effective Tuesday, a family of four will be able to earn up to $46,435 annually, or $3,870 monthly per household, and still meet income eligibility requirements.
BISMARCK -- A man who pleaded guilty to setting fires in September in Bismarck was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week. South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell handed down consecutive sentences of 10 years each for two counts of felony arson and five years for felony theft for Greg Leingang, 41, of Bismarck, with about seven months of credit for time served — also concurrent with one year for misdemeanor criminal mischief and five years for felony burglary in two other cases.
BISMARCK -- A 47-year-old Bismarck man sought for allegedly assaulting a Burleigh County Sheriff's Department deputy during a traffic stop earlier this month was arrested Monday night, April 23. Bismarck police arrested Lonnie Howard about 11:30 p.m. Monday in Bismarck. Police say they discovered Howard trying to conceal himself in the back seat of a vehicle driven by Brandi Eisenzimmer, 21, of Bismarck.
NEW TOWN, N.D. -- With the coming of spring, family members of Olivia Lone Bear have renewed their search for the missing New Town woman. Lone Bear was last seen six months ago reportedly driving west on New Town’s Main Street in a teal 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500. In early February, the Bureau of Indian Affairs took the lead on the investigation into the missing mother of five following months of searching by her family and tribal police.
BISMARCK -- Fake $100 bills that appear to be props from a movie set are circulating in Bismarck, police warned Thursday. The phony $100 bills are stamped with “For motion picture use only,” yet at least one local business accepted a counterfeit bill this week, said Sgt. Mark Buschena. He estimates Bismarck police have received about six reports of the counterfeit currency in the past month.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota Highway Hall of Honor, which has inducted 48 North Dakota men and women since its establishment in 1974, will add two new members on May 11. Receiving the award posthumously this year are John Windish, of Fingal, and Clifford Johnson, of Bismarck.
BISMARCK -- The Burleigh County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 47-year-old Lonnie Howard of Bismarck who reportedly assaulted a deputy on Saturday, April 14, during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 94 that escalated and ended with the suspect fleeing the scene.
BISMARCK -- Second Amendment supporters will rally at the State Capitol Saturday as part of a nationwide event. The Americans for America rally will start at 12:30 p.m. on the Capitol steps, mirroring similar events being held in every state capital at the same date and time, according to local organizer Dustin Amundson.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Rescue crews in Morton County continued to search Tuesday, April 10, for a 75-year-old Bismarck man who is missing after his boat capsized in the Heart River west of Mandan on Monday. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said ice on the river and a strong current were making conditions hazardous for searchers. Authorities also were expecting the river level to rise as much as 18 to 24 inches by Wednesday due to melting conditions.