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Medora City Council: Police chief says no results in 'time consuming, painfully long' investigation into Jan. 14 incident

MEDORA -- Police Chief John Bey said his department is making progress, but has no information to release on an incident that occurred in Medora on Jan. 14.

Bey's comments were made during the police department report portion of Tuesday's City Council meeting at the Medora Community Center. A police log of the day in question, released last week by Medora City Attorney Sandra Kuntz, states an officer was dispatched to Doc Hubbard Drive in Medora at 8 p.m. on a public assist call.

"We've been involved in an extremely time consuming and painfully long investigation," Bey told the council. "We've made some progress, but we still have a long ways to go. The situation has been addressed and is continuing to be addressed. Hopefully, we'll have some reportable results in the very near future."

The North Dakota State Highway Patrol and Billings County Sheriff's Office have both confirmed that they were also at the scene providing assistance. Last week, Medora Mayor Doug Ellison confirmed that he "has heard rumors" that the incident involved a prostitute.

BCSO Deputy Sheriff John Tczap said Monday that he provided assistance for the Jan. 14 Doc Hubbard Drive incident because a number of employees from a company were being terminated and it was unknown how the individuals would react.

When asked after the council meeting Tuesday about the specific nature of the incident, Bey declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

Council shows support for HB 1183

In an item presented by Alderman Dennis Joyce, the council unanimously passed a resolution that offers support for North Dakota House Bill 1183, which would forbid state government entities from providing aid and assistance of federal firearms laws not in force as of January.

In a five minute speech to the council, Joyce called recent executive orders signed by President Obama and other efforts to enact new gun control legislation following the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut "senseless" and "unconstitutional."

"I believe that getting some common sense back into the government needs to start at the local level," Joyce said. "I swore to protect and defend the constitution several times upon entering the military, being deputized as a Billings County deputy, as a city of Medora policeman and twice as a city council member. Each time is a solemn vow not meant to be taken lightly."

Alderman Kevin Clyde said he hopes other communities in southwest North Dakota follow Medora's lead and present similar resolutions.

"I don't know what people are thinking when they think they can pass all these laws and think it's going to do any good," Clyde said. "If you're a criminal, you're going to have a gun made. You're going to get a gun. Look at Chicago, they have some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and 600 kids were killed last year in Chicago. I think we need to stand up for our rights."

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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