Sydney Mook started working as the multimedia editor for The Press in January 2016. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!
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BOWMAN, N.D.—The Bowman County School Board has put its district superintendent on paid administrative leave indefinitely after the superintendent was recently charged with four drug-related crimes. David Mahon, the Bowman County Schools superintendent, has been charged with two counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult, a Class C felony, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, both of which are Class B misdemeanors. Mahon has not been arrested on the charges.
A Southwest District Court judge upheld a petition to seize animals from a Dickinson man on Wednesday morning at the Stark County Courthouse. Stark County Sheriff Deputy Matt Keesler, with the department's civil division, said the department received allegations of neglected animals on March 14. He, accompanied by the state veterinarian and another individual, took photos of the horses owned by Dennis "Rocky" Armbrust on March 15.
BISMARCK—A settlement agreement involving major tobacco companies will release more than $34 million from an escrow account to North Dakota, the state attorney general's office announced Tuesday, March 13. The agreement settles a decade-long dispute between the state and the major tobacco companies over enforcement of the 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The agreement requires the tobacco companies to make annual payments to the 46 states that signed on to the agreement, including North Dakota.
DICKINSON, N.D.—The former LaMoure police chief accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 15 in multiple southwest North Dakota counties entered an Alford plea to multiple sexual abuse charges at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson on Tuesday morning, March 13.
DICKINSON, N.D.—After two days of jury selection, attorneys gave their opening statements in the felony trial of two individuals who were allegedly involved in the death of a Rhame man at a motel in Bowman, N.D. in 2016. Madison Beth West, 27 of Dickinson, and Chase Duane Swanson, 23 of Bowman, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a Class AA felony. A Class AA felony faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.
WASHINGTON—As the fight to avoid another government shutdown continues in Washington this week, one issue that remains is long-term funding for a health care program that serves thousands of North Dakotans each year. Community health centers are nonprofit, community-driven clinics that provide primary and preventive care to all individuals, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers are located in low-income urban and rural areas across the nation and attempt to provide affordable health care to individuals.
BEACH, N.D.—The former LaMoure police chief accused of continuously sexually abusing a child under the age of 15 in multiple southwest North Dakota counties was found guilty Monday, Feb. 5, at the Golden Valley County Courthouse in Beach.
BEACH, N.D.—The trial of a former police chief accused of sexually abusing a child multiple times in southwest North Dakota will stretch into next week following testimony from the accuser, law enforcement and the accused's wife. James G. Watson, 52, faces one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony, in Golden Valley County. The accuser was less than 15 years old at the time of the alleged acts from August 2011 through January 2012, though there are accusations Watson sexually assaulted the girl years earlier in Mississippi.
BEACH, N.D.—The first of three jury trials for the former LaMoure police chief accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child began in Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 31. James G. Watson, 52 of LaMoure, faces the following charges: • Golden Valley County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony. • Hettinger County: One count of gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony. • Stark County: One count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a Class AA felony.
BISMARCK—It might be the middle of winter but someone in Dickinson could be walking around with a red hot ticket worth $100,000. A Powerball with Power Play ticket sold in Dickinson for Saturday night's draw won big by matching four white balls and the Powerball. The winning numbers were 14, 25, 35, 58, 69 and the Powerball was 24. The Power Play multiplier was 2.