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MANDAN, N.D. -- A South Dakota man wanted on a warrant for criminal trespass charges turned himself in to authorities on Friday, Jan. 13. Michael Markus is accused of trespassing on the Backwater Bridge during a Dakota Access Pipeline protest Dec. 7, a release from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities say he cut and removed portions of the security wire. After a verbal confrontation, the suspect left the bridge. Law enforcement has made 586 arrests during protest activity since Aug. 10.
BISMARCK — Taxable sales and purchases were down almost 20 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the same time period a year before, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced Thursday, Jan. 12. Taxable sales and purchases totaled $4.6 billion in July, August and September of last year. Rauschenberger cited lower oil and farm commodity prices for the decline. The $4.6 billion figure is closer to what third quarter taxable sales and purchases were six years ago, Rauschenberger said, adding that a "new normal" may emerge soon.
The Red Pepper and its grinders are no secret to Grand Forks residents, and with the help of the internet, the rest of the country is hearing about them, too. In an article published by the website The Daily Meal, the sandwich is hailed as North Dakota's Best Sandwich and described as nothing less than a "local legend." Red Pepper responded to the publicity Wednesday with a tweet thanking the blog for the recognition. Minnesota's Best Sandwich credits were given to Manny's Tortas in Minneapolis.
GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks Police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred Saturday afternoon, Jan. 7. First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of North 55th Street Saturday at approximately 4 p.m. The deceased woman was identified by Lt. Brett Johnson Monday as 24-year-old Kristen Guillemette. The woman's death was unattended, Johnson said, meaning she died before authorities arrived.
MANDAN, N.D. – A Dakota Access Pipeline protester accused of terrorizing a vehicle full of journalists and recklessly driving a pickup in the protest area and then fleeing police turned himself into the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. James White of Cannon Ball, N.D., was wanted on felony warrants for reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and felonious restraint.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Senate overwhelmingly rejected a resolution that would have, if approved by voters, removed the State Hospital from the state Constitution Tuesday, Jan. 10. The change would have struck language from a section of the North Dakota Constitution that lists the State Hospital in Jamestown as one of the public institutions “permanently located” across the state. The resolution would have put the change to voters in 2018.
BISMARCK – North Dakota House members voted Tuesday, Jan. 10, to authorize the governor to activate the National Guard in the event of a cyber attack. House lawmakers voted 78-14 to approved House Bill 1104, which adds cyber attack to the reasons the governor can mobilize the National Guard, in addition to natural disasters, riots and other imminent threats. Some who voted against it said the language in the bill was too broad.
FARGO—The federal police agency charged with protecting members of Congress executed a search warrant in Fargo Tuesday morning, Jan. 10. Local police assisted officers from the U.S. Capitol Police, said Deputy Chief Joe Anderson of the Fargo Police Department. The search warrant appears to have been executed on the 1600 block of 51st St. S., where law enforcement personnel could be seen entering and leaving the residence late Tuesday morning.
MINOT, N.D. -- A 29-year-old Flint, Mich., man is accused of assaulting another inmate at the Ward County Jail on New Year's Day. According to a probable cause affidavit, Adrian Durrell Gordon got into a fight with Aaron Williams and Gordon stabbed Williams in the mouth with a pencil. Gordon is charged with aggravated assault, a Class C felony.
FARGO — The takeoff of a United Express commuter jet flight to Denver from Fargo was safely aborted Monday, Jan. 9, after the plane blew two tires, a Hector International Airport spokesman said. About 6:30 a.m., United Express Flight 4629, a 50-passenger Embraer 145, was rolling down the runway for takeoff when two right rear tires blew on the landing gear, said Airport Authority Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein.