BISMARCK -- A 37-year-old Bismarck man was sentenced Friday for burning his fiancee's home. Spencer Norton, 37, was convicted of felony arson in May for the the 2017 house fire that heavily damaged Yvette Howell's home in Bismarck. On Friday, a judge sentenced Norton for arson to serve one year and one day after his current three-year sentence for threatening to harm police that investigated the fire. The judge also included two years supervised probation, waived all court fees and credited Norton's time served in jail. The judge reserved a decision on restitution.
BISMARCK -- Surrogate Judge Lee Christofferson has accepted a plea agreement between Morton County prosecutors and Chase Iron Eyes, a prominent figure charged from the Dakota Access Pipeline Protests. Christofferson's orders came late Tuesday. Iron Eyes was charged in February 2017 with felony inciting a riot and misdemeanor criminal trespass from when protesters erected a camp on pipeline land.
MANDAN, N.D. -- A 57-year-old Mandan man has been charged with one count of reckless endangerment in a shooting Saturday, Aug. 18, west of Mandan. Kelly Jay Smith was charged Monday after the Morton County Sheriff's Department responded to a reported shooting at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, according to an affidavit. The information dispatched stated that Kelly Jay Smith had shot his son, Kelsey Smith, 29, in the leg with a .40 caliber pistol at Kelly Jay Smith's residence, the affidavit said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. -- Whiting Petroleum has hired a third-party investigator to help determine what caused oil tanks to catch fire Saturday at a well site near Watford City in western North Dakota, according to a company spokesperson on Monday, Aug. 20. The incident, which the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division described as an explosion, prompted several 911 calls Saturday from people reporting black smoke and feeling the ground shake.
Individuals possibly impersonating state employees in order to take photos and samples of grain have been reported.
BISMARCK -- A popular insecticide could be banned for agricultural use. Last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to revoke all food tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos within 60 days.
BISMARCK — U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development approved grants for projects in three North Dakota communities. Among the recipients is the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which the USDA granted $50,000 to finance architectural designs of a strip mall to be built in Fort Yates. The tribe will match the grant with an additional $50,000 for the design project.
Two pit bulls that attacked an adult and child in Mandan last month have been euthanized, according to city prosecutor Dan Nagle. The dogs' owner, Antoinette Fleck, 49, of Mandan, "voluntarily agreed" to have the dogs put down on Friday, Nagle said. Fleck has been charged with violating Mandan's vicious dog ordinance and is awaiting an initial appearance hearing scheduled for Tuesday in South Central District Court.
Law enforcement across North Dakota will run extra patrols as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign. The campaign runs from August 17 to September 3 and is part of Gov. Doug Burgum's Vision Zero strategy to eliminate motor vehicle crash fatalities and serious injuries on North Dakota roads.
BISMARCK -- The Lakota People’s Law Project and the Dem-NPL Renewable Energy Caucus will host a renewable energy rally at the state Capitol building in Bismarck from 1:30 to 6:15 p.m Sunday to talk about sustainability, food security, sovereignty and economic prosperity.