Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Lore Hornung recalls with fondness her childhood in Germany. The 88-year-old Jamestown woman was 10 when World War II began. She grew up in Bad Rappenau and remembers counting airplanes overhead and her activities with the Jungmadel, a division of the Hitler Youth for girls. "That is actually like the Girl Scouts," Hornung said, a German lilt still strong in her voice. "We went in the woods and we went singing and we went out in the fields and helped the farmers and we went swimming and stuff like that. For Christmas, we made stuff for kids."
MANDAN, N.D.—Former Beulah Lead Police Officer Dustin Pekas, who has had his peace officer's license revoked, testified Monday in a motion hearing to suppress statements he made to investigators last fall. Pekas, 36, was fired in mid-September after he reportedly admitted to sexual contact with a teenage girl. He is charged with felony sexual assault and set for trial Jan. 4.
BISMARCK—Britney Loghry and her sisters will never share another moment with their mother, Misty Coffelt. In a statement she read Friday afternoon at Morris Brickle-Hicks' sentencing, Loghry told her mother's murderer what he took from her family. Birthdays. Coffelt's visits with her grandchildren. Drinks on Loghry's 21st birthday. "You took all those happy moments we could have ever had and you made sad ones, and I would love to have those back," she told Brickle-Hicks, seated across the courtroom.
MANDAN — The man injured in a Mandan shooting has been criminally charged in what police have described as a "complex" incident that involved as many as six or seven people. Spencer Carl James St. Claire, 22, of Bismarck, faces a charge of felony criminal trespass. He and two or three other men knocked on the door of 18-year-old Eric Harrison Jr.'s mobile home just before 6 a.m. Dec. 2 on the 800 block of Poplar Street in Mandan, wanting in from the cold, according to court documents.
BISMARCK—Kristina Kratz is finally able to tell her 8-year-old daughter how her father died, but that information came as a shock. Mike Lang, 47, was an inmate at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center when he had a seizure at the jail, went into a coma and died Sept. 13 after a week in the hospital and days of testing. His family said he also had pneumonia, low blood sugar, a cut on the back of his head, a broken nose, broken cheek bones and broken ribs.
BISMARCK — One day after an apartment fire, a resident of the building has been charged with setting the blaze in an alleged attempt to kill his roommate. Darren Michael Weber, 42, of Bismarck, is charged with Class B felony endangering by fire or explosion as well as four other felony counts in violation of a court order. Weber and his roommate are registered sex offenders who lived together in a unit at the apartment house at 501 Memorial Highway in Bismarck, where firefighters and police responded around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday to the fire.
BISMARCK — What started as a woman sliding into a snowbank after a Christmas party has ended up before the North Dakota Supreme Court in an appeal over a Fourth Amendment violation.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—The owner of a Watford City accounting firm has been indicted on federal charges connected to the oilfield venture of a Spokane businessman and the man who ordered his murder. A grand jury indicted Rene L. Johnson on counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and material false statements to a federal agent. Her three-day trial is set to begin March 27 in Bismarck after continuance for additional discovery by the defense.
MANDAN, N.D. — Appearing solemn as they gathered Monday morning, Nov. 20, three women presented the Morton County State's Attorney's Office with a petition asking to drop all charges against defendants charged from the Dakota Access protests. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, HolyElk Lafferty and Phyllis Young spoke on behalf of the Lakota People's Law Project, whose petition they said was accompanied by more than 55,000 paper and online signatures to Morton County State's Attorney Allen Koppy.
BISMARCK -- About 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Bismarck National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag said most of North Dakota's surface soil temperatures are at or below freezing. What moisture does come will likely lay on top, if it is doesn't evaporate, he said.