The Press Staff
MEDORA—A family had a scary encounter Thursday morning in Medora after the RV they were driving caught fire. Billings County Fire Chief Kyle Shockley said while the case is still under investigation, it is believed that the vehicle that was in tow behind the camper may have been left in gear as the family left the RV park. This may have caused the transmission to overheat and causing the car to start on fire, which led to the camper fire.
The former police chief of a small eastern North Dakota town accused of sexually abusing a child in four southwest North Dakota counties will have his preliminary hearing for all the matters at a later date. James G. Watson, 51, of LaMoure, has been charged with eight felony counts related to the continuous sexual abuse of a child. The charges spread across four southwest North Dakota counties: Stark, Billings, Hettinger and Golden Valley.
A 36-year-old Dickinson man was arrested after being accused of discharging a firearm in his residence during a domestic dispute on Thursday night. Jamey Bleth was charged with reckless endangerment, a Class C felony, after Dickinson police were called to a residence on the 500 block of Third Avenue Southeast for a report of shots fired. Bleth allegedly discharged a firearm into the floor during an argument with his wife. Police said no one was injured.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — The body of a New Town man who was missing for six weeks and presumed drowned in Lake Sakakawea was recovered on Sunday, officials said in a release on Monday. The body of Chad Kanine, 41, was found by a local fisherman around 8 a.m. Sunday near New Town, said Mountrail County Sheriff Ken Halvorson. Kanine had been missing and presumed drowned in Lake Sakakawea since June 11.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT NATIONAL PARK—Two fires burning in Theodore Roosevelt National Park are 50 percent contained, officials said late Wednesday. The Jones Creek and Halliday Wells fires, both in the park's South Unit, were started by lightning. Both fires have had minimal activity on Wednesday, according to a press release from the park.
The Press spent much of the last week or so going around various Roughrider Days events. Here's a look at some of the events we went to.
Editor's Note Below is a story from The Dickinson Press July 1 edition previewing the Fourth of July festivities 90 years ago this week. ---------------
A day normally filled with laughter and fun turned tragic Saturday after an individual was run over and killed by a train near the end of the Roughrider Days parade. On Saturday morning, the North Dakota Highway Patrol responded to a call of a pedestrian that had been struck by a train in the train yard near downtown Dickinson.
A grass fire burned less than a quarter of an acre of land 12 miles south of Taylor on Tuesday afternoon. Taylor Fire Protection District chief Ryan Berger said it is believed the fire started while a farmer was cutting hay. However, the farmer did have a water fire extinguisher on board and was able to get the fire out before the department even arrived.
MANNING—People may bring donations for the families affected by the fire in Manning last Thursday to the Western Choice convenience store in Manning. The store is located across the street from the Dunn County Safety Center and has Cenex signs on its gas pumps. The convenience store is accepting cash and check donations as well as donated items, including clothes and diapers, for the families. The store is open from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.