Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—After pleading guilty, a Fargo man accused of threatening to kill his former son-in-law has a chance to keep his clean record. Meanwhile, his daughter, Patricia Motl, is set for trial for allegedly sending feces to the same victim—her ex-husband.
MANDAN, N.D. — Two men accused of ramming a pipeline security officer's truck last year will see their cases dismissed if they fulfill pretrial diversion agreements. Judge Joel Medd signed the orders Tuesday for Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez, who were charged with another co-defendant, Brennon Nastacio, after the October 2016 incident during protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
MANDAN, N.D. — One year after her arrest, the first journalist charged in connection to last year's pipeline protests went to trial Wednesday, Oct. 18, where she was acquitted. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was filming for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested on Oct. 22, 2016. After a daylong misdemeanor court trial with four other co-defendants, Southeast District Court Judge Thomas Merrick dismissed her misdemeanor charges of physical obstruction of a government function, disobedience of safety orders during a riot and disorderly conduct.
MANDAN, N.D. -- After being charged with sexually assaulting two teenagers for years, a Flasher farmer now faces similar allegations from the 1990s. James Hopfauf, 50, was charged Monday with felony sexual assault and corruption or solicitation of minors in connection to a third male's accusations. In August, he was charged with two felony counts of sexual assault related to inappropriately touching two teenage boys for years.
BISMARCK—Both a police officer and a suspect were injured in a fight in a police officer's car in a Bismarck motel parking lot on Sunday. Court documents said Donald Miller, 51, of Bismarck was trying to steal the officer's car. Miller was formally charged on Monday with Class B felony robbery with serious bodily injury and Class C felony simple assault on a peace officer in connection to the attack.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—Two months after the McKenzie County sheriff's reinstatement, six officers have left, including three in one day, while another was fired and has filed labor grievances. Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger in August after his removal proceeding concluded over allegations of bullying and retaliation.
BISMARCK — Imagine the worst flu you've had, multiplied by 10. That's what addicts say withdrawals from opiates are like, said Mark Kemmet, behavioral health specialist at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, speaking to a room of county officials Tuesday, Oct. 10, at a North Dakota Association of Counties session on jails and justice reform. "The social detox level of care is a gap and key area of need in our state," said Dr. Lisa Peterson, clinical director for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
MANDAN, N.D. — Circumstances of a Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center inmate's death are still unclear three weeks after he died. Michael Lang, 47, of Mandan, died Sept. 13 at Sanford Medical Center. His family said he went into a coma following a seizure at the jail and was taken off life support in an intensive care unit after a week in the hospital and days of testing.
MANDAN, N.D. — Pretrial diversion agreements have been reached between a prosecutor and two suspects accused of ramming a Dakota Access Pipeline security guard's truck during a heated protest last year. Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez each face Class C felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief related to ramming the truck on Oct. 27, 2016. They both pleaded innocent.
BISMARCK — For Misty Coffelt's three daughters, hearing Morris Brickle-Hicks convicted of their mother's murder was a moment of relief. "It's been a long, long year," said Chontea Loghry, Coffelt's oldest child. After one hour of closing arguments Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, in South Central District Court, the 12-member jury returned its unanimous guilty verdict on Class AA felony murder at 4 p.m., following two hours deliberation.