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BISMARCK—Public access to court records in North Dakota could expand under a proposal to rewrite the state Supreme Court's rules. While clerks of court in many North Dakota counties email requested court records, Justice Jon Jensen said there is no requirement to send court records electronically. "Each district courthouse is a little different about what they will send out and what they'll give you and some of them will charge you," said Jack McDonald, legal counsel for the North Dakota Newspaper Association.
A 40-year-old man, who was admitted to an emergency room after being stabbed in a motel room, reportedly did not want to involve police. Nevertheless, Bismarck police detectives were called Monday to process the scene at the motel on the 2400 block of State Street. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the man gave consent for police to enter his room, and officers found blood on the floor and sheets. Officers had earlier met the man at the ER, where he went after waking up to reportedly being beaten and stabbed in the throat with a drywall saw, Buschena said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Two ice jams on the Yellowstone River in northeastern Montana have moved on while the river has now broken up in North Dakota. McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe said the river near Cartwright along the North Dakota-Montana border broke up on Thursday evening, March 29. She also said on Friday morning that her communication with a local rancher indicates the river is "still pretty solid" at or near the Missouri-Yellowstone confluence near Williston.
Bismarck Police are responding to a bomb threat at Legacy High School, which was evacuated at 12:45 p.m. today. FBI agents also are on the scene. Though Renae Hoffmann Walker, director of community relations for Bismarck Public Schools, said parents are not to come to the school, many parents are waiting outside a nearby facility, Weisz and Sons Construction, where high school students are being required to stay. They will not be allowed to return inside the building today to get their possessions, nor will they be permitted to move their cars from the school parking lot during the investigation.
BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed six members to the Office of Recovery Reinvented Advisory Council, of which first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum is chair. By executive order in January, Burgum established the Office of Recovery Reinvented to coordinate initiatives related to behavioral health and recovery from addiction. The advisory council includes seven members with a variety of backgrounds to serve the office's goals. Generated from an applicant pool, Burgum's appointments include:
BISMARCK—Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has tapped Odney Advertising president Pat Finken as his U.S. Senate campaign manager. Campaign communications director Tim Rasmussen and Finken each confirmed the appointment on Thursday. "Pat started right after Kevin's announcement of his run for the Senate," Rasmussen said. "He's a leading regional political strategist."
BISMARCK—Public knowledge about North Dakota's new drug overdose immunity statute may not be best, but cases are working their way through the courts bringing some attention to the new law. Legislators when passing a rewrite of the law last year discussed getting the word out to Narcotics Anonymous groups, but it's not prosecutors' or legislators' jobs to advertise the statute, according to Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Johnson and public defender Erica Woehl. The media can help, Johnson said.
BISMARCK—Members of a fugitive apprehension team from Jamaica accompanied the last of 14 co-defendants to be extradited from Jamaica in connection to lottery fraud Thursday, March 15, in Bismarck's federal court. Gareth Billings, 29, appeared before federal Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr. Billings and the others are accused of bilking more than $5.7 million from at least 90 mostly elderly Americans. Fifteen people are charged from the 2015 indictment in North Dakota as a result of Operation Hard Copy.
BISMARCK—A drug conspiracy co-defendant, tied to the attempted running over of a Bismarck police officer earlier this year, was denied release to a halfway house by a federal judge on Wednesday, March 14. Citing concerns of the alleged drugs involved, gang activity and encounters with law enforcement, District of North Dakota Magistrate Judge Charles Miller Jr. ordered Juan Nunez be held in custody pending trial.
BISMARCK—State charges including attempted murder were dismissed Thursday, March 8, against a man accused of attempting to run over a Bismarck police officer — but now a federal case begins. Ulises "Droopy" Villalobos-Alvarado and Juan Nunez were indicted Wednesday and arraigned Thursday in Bismarck's federal court. Trial is set for three days in May before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland.