Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
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.
ROLLA, N.D. — Fired abruptly and inexplicably at a city council meeting last month, Rolla's former chief of police has now been given rationale for his termination. Meanwhile, his interim successor has quit after serving for nine days. The turmoil and loss of personnel has left the Rolla Police Department stressed, according to Rolla City Councilor Pat Hemmy, who chairs the police committee for the city of about 1,300 in far northern North Dakota.
BISMARCK — Attorneys representing a pipeline protester will coordinate discovery with another case to prepare for necessity defense arguments, a legal strategy that argues a defendant had no choice in taking an illegal action in order to avert greater harm. HolyElk Lafferty, 38, a Cheyenne River Sioux and Lakota activist, is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot from activities on Feb. 1, the same day as attorney and Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Chase Iron Eyes' arrest.
BISMARCK — After shuffling around North Dakota county jails, Robert Fool Bear Sr. has been moved to the federal transfer center in Oklahoma City. Fool Bear, who is appealing his federal conviction on various child sex crimes, was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month. He is eligible for release after serving 25 years. The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists a release date in May 2043 for the former Cannon Ball district chairman, who is 55. At his sentencing, his attorney requested he be located as close to North Dakota as possible.
BISMARCK — Police, fire and ambulance personnel in Bismarck handled four apparent overdoses between Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday. In each case, first responders administered Narcan, the nasal form of Naloxone, a drug to reverse opioid overdoses. The Bismarck Police Department reported responding to the following overdoses: