KEENE, N.D. -- A brine and oil spill was reported Thursday by Samson Oil and Gas USA Inc., according to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division. The spill, which occurred Wednesday at the Pederson 1-10H well site, was located about 13 miles northwest of Keene in western North Dakota near Watford City..
ALEXANDER, N.D. -- A teacher charged for drug offenses while living in employee housing in western North Dakota must surrender her state teaching license as part of a prosecutor's agreement days before trial. On Friday, July 6, Northwest District Judge Daniel El-Dweek approved the pretrial diversion agreement between prosecutor Stephenie Davis and Regie Hill.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Police arrested a man in connection to a shooting Monday in southeast Mandan. Arrested on Thursday was Ryan James Azure, 25, of Mandan. The victim, a 37-year-old man, remained in the hospital as of Friday, July 6, with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Mandan police.
BISMARCK -- Catholic Bishops of North Dakota released a statement Thursday for "an honest examination and correction" of the immigration situation along the nation's southern border. Signed by bishops David D. Kagan, of the diocese in Bismarck, and John T. Folda, of the diocese in Fargo, the statement called for a balance where government's law and order without regard to impacts upon families as well as avoiding the other end of the spectrum where government employees are vilified for doing their jobs.
MANDAN, N.D. -- The Mandan Police Department has released the names of two men who died from smoke inhalation in a south Mandan home last week. Police responded to a report of a welfare check and possible medical emergency. Theodore A. Wilson, 30, of Mandan, and Louis J. Herrera, 62, of Mandan, were found dead inside the residence. The cause of the fire hasn't yet been determined. The fire appeared to have started in a bedroom, causing significant damage to the room and then burned itself out, according to Mandan police.
McCLUSKY, N.D. -- A 42-year-old Wilton man was killed after high winds rolled his camper on him at a central North Dakota campsite early Friday, June 29. The McLean County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call at 1:12 a.m. at a Heckers Lake campsite, about 45 miles north of Bismarck. Other campers in the area, located east of Washburn and south of Mercer, also were damaged but no other injuries or fatalities were reported. Winds speeds in the area were clocked at 66 mph north of Turtle Lake and 82 mph north of Washburn.
MANDAN, N.D. -- Two men who died in Mandan on Wednesday, June 27, suffered smoke inhalation following a fire in the residence, Mandan police said Thursday. Officers were called to the south Mandan home at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a welfare check and possible medical emergency. Two men, ages 30 and 62, were found dead inside the home. Police determined there had been a fire in the home and requested the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation and the State Fire Marshal to assist with the investigation.
BISMARCK -- A former Burleigh County sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing evidence — drugs and cellphones — has again failed a drug test while awaiting trial. Kerry Komrosky violated his drug patch requirements, according to an incident report filed in South Central District Court Monday. Two past incident reports, one filed June 4 and another filed May 7, also note violations of the drug patch mandated as a condition of his bond.
BISMARCK -- Bismarck Police Chief Dan Donlin has accepted a position with the North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Division as safety liaison officer. Donlin announced his retirement from the police department in January. His last day with the department will be July 20. “In this role he will coordinate with stakeholder groups including law enforcement and numerous others to advance the North Dakota Vision Zero initiative to reduce motor vehicle crash deaths and serious injuries to zero,” according to a NDDOT statement.
BISMARCK -- Morton and Burleigh county officials met on Monday with staff from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department to consider establishing a no-wake zone on a portion of the Missouri River, a Burleigh County official said. As releases at Garrison Dam topped 60,200 cubic feet per second on Monday, Burleigh County has already taken its next step in a flood mitigation plan.