Dickinson Press Staff
A building at Sierra Ridge Apartment Homes is essentially without heat after a gas leak detected Friday afternoon caused the building’s gas to be shut off. Hilary Hartman of the Dickinson Fire Department said a maintenance worker first noticed a strong gas odor on the third floor of the building, at which they alerted the fire department. Firefighters smelled the odor and pulled an alarm to evacuate the building.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem will be in Dickinson at 11 a.m. Wednesday as part of a statewide tour to kick off his campaign for governor. Stenehjem will hold a rally at the West River Community Center, 2004 Fairway St. He kicks off the tour on Tuesday with stops in Grand Forks, Fargo and Bismarck. He’ll visit Dickinson and Minot on Wednesday and will be at Lewis & Clark Elementary School in Williston at 10 a.m. CST Thursday.
WILTON -- The three men who died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle accident on icy Highway 83 about 5 miles north of Wilton have been identified by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The occupants were Manual Valenzuela, 44, of Mandan, and Christopher Williams, 43, and Robert Moore, 54, both of Bismarck. The three men were traveling north in a 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser at about 8:45 a.m. when the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle and it entered the east ditch, rolling several times.
A traffic stop on the 300 block of First Avenue Southeast at 12:30 a.m. Monday led to the arrest of Kasey Franklin, 34, of Dickinson, for the Class C felony of possession of methamphetamine, as well as the Class A misdemeanor of possession of meth paraphernalia. Fight call leads to meth arrest
LITTLE MISSOURI STATE PARK -- The suspect in a Bismarck homicide was found dead by apparent suicide in the Little Missouri State Park north of Killdeer early Monday morning. Dunn County Sheriff Clay Coker said the body of Kirk Kwasniewski, 35, was found in an open-air pavillion about 50 yards from where his vehicle had been located earlier by a deputy following a 911 hangup.
BISMARCK -- About 250 barrels of saltwater were released, contained and recovered at a central tank battery about 13 miles north of Medora in Billings County, a North Dakota Oil and Gas Division release stated. White Rock Oil & Gas, LLC reported Friday that the saltwater leaked because of a valve failure at the BSMU 2504 central tank battery. A state inspector has been to the location.
GLADSTONE -- Two Dickinson men were injured around noon Wednesday when the pickup they were traveling in rolled off Interstate 94 near the old Green River rest area east of Dickinson.
BELFIELD -- A 16-year-old Belfield High School student died Monday night after the dirt bike he was driving struck an exposed pipeline laying in a harvested field in southeast Billings County. Colby Lofthouse was identified Wednesday morning as the victim. Lofthouse was traveling west on a 2013 Honda dirt bike in the field near 123rd Avenue Southwest, about 12 miles north of Belfield, when he struck the pipeline around 5:45 p.m.
Longtime Regent native and area attorney James Gion will be the Southwest Judicial District’s newest judge. Filling the judgeship left by retired judge Zane Anderson, Gion was appointed Tuesday by...
BELFIELD -- About 250 barrels of produced brine water spilled at the MBI Energy Services training facility three miles east of Belfield on Monday, the North Dakota Department of Health reported. The water was released when a pipe fitting broke. According to the report, a portion of the spill left the pad and impacted a 10-by-15-foot area. Some of the brine has been collected and contaminated soil is being removed from the site.