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BISMARCK -- North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that delays parts of the state’s new medical marijuana law. The governor’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki said Senate Bill 2154 was signed Thursday, Jan. 26. It suspends certain parts of the Compassionate Care Act, which was approved by voters in November, to give the state Health Department more time to craft rules for the drug.
THOMPSON, N.D. -- A Thompson man killed after being struck by a train Monday morning, Jan. 23, has been identified. Ron Shannon was pronounced dead at the scene near Fourth Avenue Northeast between Thompson and Reynolds shortly before 7 a.m. Monday. He was 44. Lt. Gary Grove with the Grand Forks Sheriff's Office confirmed Shannon's identity Wednesday. No foul play is suspected in the incident. The incident was reported by officials with BNSF Railway early Monday morning.
BISMARCK — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will testify at a North Dakota legislative committee Feb. 2. Coburn, a Republican who represented Oklahoma in the Senate from 2005 to 2015, will testify on House Concurrent Resolution 3006. That resolution would urge Congress to call a convention of states to propose constitutional amendments "which impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."
You can watch the funeral honoring fallen Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery in its entirety in the scroll above.
ROLLA, N.D. -- Details have been slow to emerge about a break-in that left one man dead early Sunday, Jan. 22. The Rolette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Six people, including children, were inside the home 2 miles outside of Rolla when they heard someone trying break in. The intruder was then shot and killed. Authorities say the intruder had a weapon, but it's unknown who fired the deadly shot.
WATFORD CITY, N.D. — A man and woman are dead after the pickup they were traveling in Sunday night, Jan. 22, struck a frac tank pulled by a semi. The two occupants were headed south in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado on McKenzie County Road 14 when the driver disregarded a stop sign at 9:15 p.m. and struck the tank being pulled by a 1998 Peterbilt, which was traveling east on North Dakota Highway 73, the state’s Highway Patrol said.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted 81-9 Monday, Jan. 23, to prevent workers' compensation from paying for medical marijuana. House Bill 1156 was introduced in response to the measure approved by voters last November that legalizes medical marijuana in North Dakota for defined medical conditions. The bill prevents North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state's workers' compensation system, from paying for medical marijuana for a workplace injury.
WAHPETON, N.D. - A Wahpeton man was brought to the hospital Sunday, Jan. 22 after the ATV he was riding flipped and fell on top of him. Authorities said 22-year-old Lorenzo Gutierrez was riding his ATV just outside of Wahpeton early in the morning. Lorenzo said he braked too hard and fell off the ATV, which then landed on him. He was taken to the hospital but is expected to be ok. Lorenzo was wearing a helmet and the crash is still under investigation.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The man accused of shooting to death 29-year-old Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery during a police chase last week in the county is a Belcourt man, anonymous sources tell WDAY/WDAZ news. Melvin DeLong of Belcourt has a criminal history. He's been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, repeatedly striking her face back in 2012, according to court documents. In 2010, DeLong was arrested for breaking into car and theft of property.
BELCOURT, N.D — The funeral for a Rolette County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. An obituary for Colt Eugene Allery, 29, states the funeral will be at 1 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. The obituary, posted on the Elick Funeral Home website, says Allery was a "true hero among us, selflessly defending his community in the line of duty."