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White supremacist eyeing different N.D. town

MOHALL - After the state of Missouri refused to supervise his probation, the white supremacist convicted of terrorizing and menacing residents in a small North Dakota town has set his sights on buying property elsewhere in the Peace Garden State.

Renville County Auditor LeAnn Pollman said Craig Cobb came to the courthouse in Mohall on Monday and paid $1,084.90 to cover two years (2012-­13) of outstanding taxes on a house in northeast Sherwood, a town of about 240 people about 65 miles northwest of Minot, near the Canadian border.

"Nothing has been recorded to change ownership. No recordable document has been presented yet," she said.

Cobb, 62, was sentenced April 30 to four years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to one charge of felony terrorizing and five counts of misdemeanor menacing stemming from November incidents in the town of Leith, southwest of Bismarck.

He filed a request May 1 to serve his probation in Missouri through the interstate compact

process. Cobb said at his sentencing hearing that he wanted to move to Missouri so he could take care of his elderly mother.

The Missouri Department of Corrections notified the North Dakota Department of Corrections that it had denied Cobb’s request, citing little contact between Cobb and his mother.

Cobb tried unsuccessfully to turn Leith into an all­-white enclave during a nine­-month period last year that, according to the city’s media relations representative, Gregory Bruce, was “nine months of terror that have ravaged the citizens of Leith.”

Pollman, who lives in Sherwood, said Tuesday the latest news on Cobb has spurred

community discussion.

"People are talking about it. The saga goes on," she said.