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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."
BISMARCK — Crime victims, law enforcement and prosecutors can now access information about the recently passed Marsy's Law at the North Dakota Attorney General's website, www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov . The site aims to provide a single resource for victims and criminal justice agencies that highlights new rights and responsibilities under Marsy's Law. Among the new requirements is that law enforcement must provide a Marsy's Card to victims at the time of the initial response.
BISMARCK -- The North Dakota House passed a bill to “harmonize” state law with the recently passed constitutional provision known as “Marsy’s Law” Thursday, Jan. 19. House Bill 1194 passed with only two dissenting votes. Rep. Lawrence Klemin, R-Bismarck, said it doesn’t change any of the provisions of the measure that voters approved in November, but rather amends inconsistent parts of state law.
PORTAL, N.D. – Winter weather contributed to a spill at a saltwater disposal well last weekend but the contamination was contained to the site, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said Wednesday, Jan. 18. RIM Operating Inc. reported that 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons, of produced water spilled and was contained and recovered at the site about 8 miles east of Portal.
BISMARCK - North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk is a candidate for a job at the Energy and Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota. Kalk said he has had two interviews for the director of energy systems development and would resign from the Public Service Commission if hired for the position. "I'm hopeful that a formal offer is coming our way," Kalk said Wednesday, Jan. 18.
BOWMAN, N.D. — A pipeline leak has caused a spill of about 300 barrels, or 12,600 gallons, of produced water about 11 miles south of Bowman, the North Dakota Department of Health said Tuesday, Jan. 17. The leak, in a gathering pipeline owned by Luff Exploration Co., was discovered last Friday. Officials were still working to determine the extent of the damage, but there were no indications that it affected water sources, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager. The health department and the North Dakota Industrial Commission are investigating. (FNS)