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.
BELFIELD, N.D. -- A tank leak caused 773 barrels, or 32,466 gallons, of brine to spill at a saltwater disposal well in Billings County, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Monday. Cypress Energy Partners reported the spill occurred Friday about 9 miles north of Belfield. About 20 barrels, or 840 gallons, of oil also spilled. The contamination was contained within the diking on site and has been recovered, according to a spill report. A state inspector will be on location this week.
BISMARCK -- Five cases of identity theft involving the creation of Verizon Wireless accounts without the individuals’ knowledge have been reported to the Bismarck police this month. While most of the victims have received only a bill for services, one individual also received an iPhone X, which was not ordered, in the mail.
BISMARCK -- A 40-year-old Lincoln man exposed himself to three women and will likely face charges.
LINCOLN, N.D. -- A boil water order is currently in effect in the city of Lincoln just outside of Bismarck after a water sample from a house tested positive for E.coli bacteria. The North Dakota Department of Health notified city officials this morning that E.coli bacteria was found in water samples taken from a home on June 11 and June 18.
BISMARCK -- The Missouri River will rise another foot and a half near Bismarck this week as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again steps up releases from the Garrison Dam, which is cresting 7.25 feet below 2011 flood levels. Water released will go from 44,000 cubic feet per second to 52,000 cfs over the next three days, reaching the 52,000 cfs rate on Wednesday and continuing at this rate into early July. That is equal to 388,987 gallons per second. The increase is due to continued rapid snowpack melt and rainfall runoff.