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WASHINGTON, D.C.—A federal judge here won't issuing his ruling for more than two weeks after a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 24, in a lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a $3.8 billion pipeline to haul North Dakota oil. Judge James E. Boasberg has taken the matter under advisement and set a status conference for Sept. 14, according to online court records. Boasberg indicated after the hearing that he'll issue his ruling after Labor Day, according to multiple media reports.
CROSBY -- Two Noonan, N.D., children were killed in a two-vehicle crash in a highway construction zone near Crosby early Tuesday, Aug. 23. According to a North Dakota Highway Patrol report on the incident: The crash happened about 6:25 p.m. on Highway 5 about three miles east of Crosby in northwest North Dakota. A car was eastbound on the highway when it stopped at the direction of a flagger, Anna McKeigan, 51, of Minot.
MINOT -- After Minot police released a photograph of a woman they would like identified in a fraud case in the city on Tuesday, it worked by later in the day. Investigations commander Capt. John Klug said the details about the case are not being released at this time, but investigators now apparently know who the woman is.
WALKER, Minn.—The 25-year-old Coon Rapids, Minn., man arrested in connection with the abduction and death of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping and theft. The suspect, Zachary Todd Anderson, made his first court appearance on the criminal charges, all felonies, late Tuesday morning in Cass County District Court in Walker before Judge David Harrington. Harrington set unconditional bond at $2 million.
BISMARCK — Opponents of a major oil pipeline that would cross the Missouri River a half-mile north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation plan to march Tuesday, Aug. 23, across a bridge over the river between Bismarck and Mandan in solidarity with protesters camped out at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site near Cannon Ball.
NEW TOWN, N.D. – The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation joined other tribes Monday in expressing support for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Chairman Mark Fox said in the letter of support that the Three Affiliated Tribes support Standing Rock’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing the Missouri River just north of the reservation boundary.
STANLEY, N.D. – A Powers Lake man who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of his brother was sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Aaron Ray Larson was charged in September 2015 after the Mountrail County Sheriff’s Office discovered the body of Larson’s brother, Terry Larson, in a camper. Aaron Larson told authorities the brothers got into a fight inside the camper that led to Terry Larson getting shot, court records say.
WALKER, Minn. -- A 43-year-old Fargo man was sentenced Monday to almost 20 years in prison in Cass County District Court for a criminal sexual conduct offense that happened in 2007 for sexual penetration or sexual contact with person under age 13. The Cass County Attorney’s Office reported Elton James Curtis was sentenced by Judge Jana Austad to 19 and-a-half years for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
TURTLE LAKE -- A 19-year-old driver is dead and his passenger was injured after a pickup they were in overturned and became partially submerged in a canal north of Turtle Lake early Sunday morning. Around 2:45 a.m., the driver, Cole Kuschel of Garrison, lost control of the vehicle on McClusky Canal Road, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said. The pickup went into the canal embankment and ejected the driver as it rolled.
CANNON BALL -– Authorities are investigating two incidents of laser strikes aimed at aircraft being used to observe the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site. A pilot reported a laser beam hitting him in the eye around 5:15 a.m. last Wednesday, causing him to be blinded temporarily, according to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.