BISMARCK - North Dakota's Public Service Commission will hold two hearings in early June on proposed oil pipeline conversions. Belle Fourche Pipeline Company has applied to convert a gathering pipeline to a transmission line. No new construction is planned for the project. The 24-year-old pipeline has seen extensions since 2011 in the Dickinson area. The pipeline starts in Billings County about 10 miles north of Belfield, running 18 miles to the Dickinson Refinery owned by Marathon Petroleum.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatality that occurred Saturday night, May 18, at an oilfield worksite near Williston. An OSHA spokeswoman said employees of Brigade Energy Services were finishing up servicing a well when the top end of a heavy rod they were reconnecting fell and struck a male employee in the head, the Bismarck Tribune reported.
BISMARCK - A karate instructor has been charged with secretly filming children in changing rooms at a Bismarck martial arts school. Adler James Scheer, 23, has been charged with three felony counts of surreptitious intrusion and one felony count of gross sexual imposition. A 13-year-old girl reported that she found a phone in recording mode in a dressing room at Bismarck ATA Martial Arts where she was changing, according to an affidavit. She said she started to undress when she noticed a phone resting on top of a dividing wall.
BISMARCK — A member of the Three Affiliated Tribes is charged in federal court with felony murder and arson in connection with the death of a tribal member in April, the Bismarck Tribune reported . Donavan Jay White Owl is accused in U.S. District Court of setting fire to a house in Mandaree on April 4.
BISMARCK — Veteran journalist Amy Dalrymple will replace Steve Wallick as editor of the Bismarck Tribune. Wallick is retiring May 31 after 45 years at the paper, serving for nearly five years as editor, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Dalrymple joined the Tribune in June 2017. She previously worked for Forum Communications' Forum News Service as a correspondent covering the Bakken and oil industry from Williston, and as a reporter covering higher education and other topics for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
BISMARCK — A man escaped from a residential reentry program in Mandan prior to attempting to rob a bank Wednesday in Bismarck, according to a prosecutor.
BISMARCK — Legislation meant to clarify North Dakota's cottage foods law from 2017 died after passionate debate in the House on Thursday, April 18, the Bismarck Tribune reported . The Senate had passed the bill 44-2 that morning but it failed 26-65 in the House that afternoon.
MANDAN, N.D. — Onsite video revealed that a suspect, now identified as Chad Isaak, a chiropractor from Washburn, was in and out of RJR Maintenance & Management early Monday morning in Mandan in less than 15 minutes, according to a report by Tyler J. Henry, an investigating officer with the Mandan Police Department. According to Henry's affidavit, law enforcement officers were able to follow a video trail of evidence that early on identified a white Ford F-150 as key to the suspect's whereabouts.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's Senate has passed a bill allowing some schools to have an "armed first responder." Senators passed House Bill 1332 on a 31-14 vote on Friday, March 29, sending it back to the House for concurrence on amendments. Rep. Pat Heinert, R-Bismarck, brought the bill. The former Burleigh County sheriff revived the bill's concept from the 2017 legislative session, saying it gives an option to schools at great distance from law enforcement.
BISMARCK — North Dakota senators on Friday, March 29, unanimously passed a bill for a statewide missing persons' database. Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, originally brought House Bill 1313 to track missing and murdered indigenous persons. The House Judiciary Committee expanded the bill with an amendment to include all missing persons in the state.