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WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The McKenzie County sheriff is facing a criminal charge for allegedly using a county credit card to charge nearly $1,000 in unauthorized expenses during a trip to Las Vegas this year. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation issued a court summons to Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger on Wednesday for a Class A misdemeanor charge of misapplication of entrusted property.
WILLISTON, N.D. – A group that supplies water for the oil industry says a drilling slowdown doesn’t mean it’s time to end an emergency water supply rule. The Independent Water Providers ask in a letter this week that the state engineer’s office reconsider its decision to discontinue a program that allows irrigation water to be sold to the oil industry for hydraulic fracturing.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Bakken trucking operator facing a life sentence for a murder-for-hire plot that killed two people withdrew his guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington state.
CULBERTSON, Mont. – Two July train derailments in eastern Montana, including one that spilled 35,000 gallons of Bakken crude, were caused by tracks that buckled in the heat, according to BNSF Railway. BNSF attributes the July 16 incident that caused 22 oil tankers to derail east of Culbertson to “thermal misalignment,” also known as sun kink, which occurs when rail tracks expand when heated and buckle.
MINOT, N.D. – A Minot neurosurgeon is on administrative suspension after he was charged with gross sexual imposition and luring minors by computer. Dr. Marc Edward Eichler is charged in Ward County District Court with gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony, and two counts of luring minors by computer, a Class B felony. Trinity Health announced Friday that Eichler was placed on administrative suspension after officials learned of his arrest on Wednesday.
BISMARCK -- A delegation from the Iraq Ministry of Oil and the U.S. Department of Energy visited North Dakota this week to study technologies that are capturing natural gas. The delegation met with officials in Bismarck and then toured sites in the Williston area to study gas capture and gas-powered electrical generation. Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, said the Department of Energy selected North Dakota for the tour.
WATFORD CITY– A pedestrian died Tuesday after being struck by a truck while he was taking measurements in McKenzie County. The pedestrian was taking measurements on and along Highway 23 when he was struck by a 2009 Kenworth in the westbound lane, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the weather was lightly misting. The pedestrian died at the scene, authorities said.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Industrial Commission adopted new policies Thursday to reward oil companies that exceed their gas capture goals and to allow producers to store oil in the ground until prices recover. Companies that exceed gas capture goals for 90 days can bank credits for volumes of gas captured and apply them to future months if they fall below the benchmarks.
MINOT – A 23-year-old Tucson, Ariz., man will serve 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty this week to charges related to sexual assault and human trafficking. Antoine William Dotson pleaded guilty in Ward County District Court to gross sexual imposition, a Class AA felony, human trafficking, a Class A felony, and aggravated assault, a Class C felony.
WILLISTON – A human trafficking sting in Williston over the weekend resulted in one man’s arrest and provided aid to a female victim, authorities said. Christopher James Watkins, 25, of Minot, is charged with promoting prostitution, a Class C felony, resulting from a Saturday undercover operation involving the Williston Police Department. Court records filed Tuesday in Williams County say: