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BISMARCK — Following state Sen. Kelly Armstrong's resignation Tuesday as state Republican party chair, the party will hold a special election to fill the remainder of his term. According to the party's bylaws, NDGOP first vice chair Jim Poolman is now acting chair, he confirmed Thursday. "We will set up a special election to permanently fill that role within the next month," he said of the timing, which will take place before the party's convention in April in Grand Forks.
BISMARCK—Critics of Marsy's Law say its ambiguity for prosecutors is leading to withheld public information, while those attorneys say they want more clarity on the victim rights law. While Marsy's Law enshrines victim's rights in the state constitution, representatives of the North Dakota Newspaper Association say its transparency issues have "chipped away" at North Dakota's "thoughtfully devised" laws and rules on open meetings and public records.
BISMARCK — In response to a "C" grade for election security from the Center for American Progress, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said this week that he stands by the state's protective measures at the polls, also disputing concerns the CAP raised in its analysis. "We don't have systems that can be penetrated to change the results," Jaeger said Tuesday, Feb. 13. "We don't have voter registration, so there's nothing in that system that they can change, and our records are behind a firewall or a protection of the state."
ALEXANDER, N.D.—A school resource officer arrested a teacher at the Alexander Public School this week for allegedly having marijuana and related items in employee housing around her children. Regie Hill, 32, of Alexander, is held at the McKenzie County Correctional Facility, charged with felony endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult and misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
BISMARCK—Five months after the death of an inmate of the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, a state investigation into his death has concluded. Family members of the deceased have varied opinions on the results. Mike Lang, 47, was taken off of life support and died Sept. 13, following a week in the hospital and days of testing after he had a medical event at the jail and subsequently went into a coma. His family said he had diabetes, pneumonia, low blood sugar, a cut on the back of his head, a broken nose, broken cheek bones and broken ribs.
BISMARCK — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester whose arm was severely injured in a skirmish with law enforcement has filed a federal lawsuit seeking the return of her clothing and shrapnel from her injury. Attorneys for 22-year-old Sophia Wilansky, of New York, filed the lawsuit Friday, Feb. 2, alleging unlawful deprivation of property, lack of due process and unreasonable seizure. Wilansky's arm was injured in a blast as pipeline protesters and law enforcement clashed at the Backwater Bridge in November 2016.
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.