Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—One year to the day of his indictment, attorneys and defendant Michael Giron signed off on a plea agreement related to a protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Under the agreement, Giron will plead guilty to civil disorder at his change of plea hearing Thursday in federal court in Bismarck. Federal prosecutors will move to dismiss the more serious charge of use of fire to commit a federal felony offense.
BISMARCK — When Matthew Lone Bear asked Karen Van Fossan if her church in Bismarck could help search for his missing sister, "there was no other answer but yes," she said.
BISMARCK -- A 63-year-old Bismarck woman is out nearly $75,000 after wiring money to a person who contacted her last August over social media. Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said the woman corresponded until Christmastime with who she thought was a "captain major with the United Nations working in Syria."
BISMARCK—Attempted murder suspect Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado, who attempted to run over a Bismarck police officer on Thursday, Jan. 18, will appear next week in Burleigh County court. Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Marina Spahr said Tuesday he waived his extradition and will appear early next week. Villalobos-Alvarado is charged with felony counts of attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer, related to his alleged attempt to run over a Bismarck police officer during a probation search. The officer subsequently shot him.
BISMARCK — In a unanimous opinion, the North Dakota Supreme Court affirmed former deputy U.S. marshal Michael Rivera's consecutive sentencing on peeping-related misdemeanor convictions. Filed Monday, Jan. 22, and penned by Justice Jerod Tufte, the high court's ruling found that Rivera's consecutive sentences for three of the 10 misdemeanor convictions were in line with the separate nature of the crimes.
BISMARCK -- Covered in blood from a gunshot wound in his left forearm, Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado reportedly turned himself in at a Brookings, S.D., gas station Thursday night and is now charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to run over a Bismarck police officer, who subsequently shot at him. His arrest came after 9 p.m. Thursday at the gas station along Interstate 29 in Brookings. Bismarck Police Sgt.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—Volunteers searching for a missing New Town woman are pulling back from the field to fan out and seek the truck she was driving. Matthew Lone Bear said search efforts for his sister, Olivia, now need volunteers for Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Stanley, Watford City and Williston, where searchers will comb parking lots, wreck yards and auto body shops in a grid-style search.
BISMARCK—Pleading guilty Tuesday to charges he set a fire out of a desire to return to the state penitentiary for mental health treatment, Darren Weber's wish was granted. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson sentenced the Bismarck man to four years for felony endangering by fire and four felony counts of violating a court order. Weber said he pleaded guilty to expedite his return to treatment
BISMARCK — Sam Saylor walked down a dark hallway of the Morton County Courthouse to the clerk of district court's office. He was there to ask if the judge had arrived for a motion hearing that blizzardy afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 10, but instead was told the hearing was canceled, the charges dismissed. Prosecutor Brian Grosinger had motioned one day before trial to dismiss the four pipeline protest-related charges against Saylor's client, Ernest Cobiness. His reason? "The state cannot sufficiently identify the defendant," Grosinger wrote in his motion.
BISMARCK—A jailed arson suspect US now charged with threatening to harm the detective who investigated his fiancee's house fire. Spencer Norton, 36, was charged Tuesday, Jan. 2, with felony terrorizing against an adult. He is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center on separate arson and burglary charges from the fall. At Norton's preliminary hearing last month, Bismarck Police Detective Jon Lahr testified about his arson investigation, after which Norton snarled, "I'll eat you alive at trial."