WATFORD CITY, N.D. - A truck accident in McKenzie County caused about 100 barrels, or 4,200 gallons, of produced water to spill in a ravine in the Badlands, the North Dakota Department of Health said Friday. The incident occurred Wednesday, March 20, about 18 miles southeast of Watford City on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The accident, involving a truck owned and operated by Elite Oil Field Services, stemmed from a mechanical failure, said Bill Suess, spill investigation program manager for the health department.
BISMARCK - The North Dakota State Highway Patrol closed Interstate 94 from mile marker 159 to mile marker 161 on Friday afternoon as a man threatened to jump off the 19th Street Bridge in Bismarck. The closure lasted 23 minutes, and Bismarck police officers were successfully able to resolve the situation, according to Lt. Luke Gardiner of the Bismarck Police Department.
BISMARCK - Bismarck Police have responded to two additional reports of homes being struck by gunfire this week. Police have received four reports of homes being shot up this week in Bismarck. No injuries have been reported, and police believe three of the shootings are connected. Bismarck police Lt. Luke Gardiner said it would be speculation to say whether the shots were fired from a vehicle outside the residences, "but really good speculation." Police are following up on leads and looking for video footage of these incidents.
BISMARCK - A Bismarck woman is out $19,000 after giving her bank account information to a telephone scammer. Bismarck Police officer Lynn Wanner said the woman, 77, was told by the caller that because his company was going out of business he was giving her a refund for services she had previously purchased. She gave the man her account and routing number. Her bank alerted her later that the money had been taken from her account. The incident occurred Monday, March 18. Wanner said the man used the name Victor and claimed to be from Wyoming.
DUNN CENTER, N.D. - The North Dakota Oil and Gas Division was notified of a release occurring on Sunday at a Fort Berthold oil and gas well, about 15 miles north of Dunn Center. Bruin E&P Operating LLC reported Monday that 13,020 gallons of brine were released due to a valve/piping connection leak. At the time of reporting, all 13,020 gallons of brine were recovered. Product was contained on-site. A state inspector has been to the location and will monitor any additional cleanup needed. Dunn Center is about 40 miles north of Dickinson.
BISMARCK — Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says he is responding to a recent resolution passed by an 89-0 vote by the state House urging the federal government to deal with robocalls. Hoeven announced Friday he is cosponsoring the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, legislation introduced by senators John Thune, R-S.D., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., to help deter illegal and unsolicited robocalls.
BISMARCK — Bismarck police on Wednesday, March 6, arrested a woman for allegedly embezzling about $8,000 from BNC Bank. As a routine audit of cash drawers was approaching, Katie Walter, 24, who was a teller at the bank, admitted to the operations manager of the bank that she had taken the money over the past two months to support her heroin habit, according to officer Lynn Wanner. The operations manager then notified police.
BISMARCK — North Dakota House members adopted two study resolutions Thursday that seek to improve outcomes for released prisoners and the juvenile justice process. House Concurrent Resolution 3015, introduced by Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, seeks a study for best practices to reduce offenders' recidivism, prepare them to rejoin society and aid them with housing and educational opportunities. The House adopted the resolution in an 88-4 requested roll call vote.
BISMARCK — The 2019 North Dakota State Spelling Bee Competition will be held here March 18 at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, 800 S. Third St. Students from around the state, representing 49 of the 53 counties, will participate in this one-day event. There are 97 students competing. All students will compete in the morning written test session. The 25 students with the top scores on the written test will advance to the afternoon oral spelldown session and competition will proceed until a state champion is declared.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's court system will soon reveal a "refreshed" website updating its 20-year-old platform. State Court Administrator Sally Holewa said the new NDcourts.gov will likely roll out in the next week. The current website dates to 1999 and was primarily maintained by former North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Dale Sandstrom, who retired in 2016.