WILLISTON, N.D. — Police closed down several blocks around the intersection of 16th Avenue West and 23rd Street West here Sunday, May 5, after a report of gunfire. The Williston Police Department received a report of a gunshot around 3:12 p.m. , according to Sgt Detective Danielle Hendricks. Officers responded and determined a man had fired a gun inside an apartment building. Police searched an apartment for the suspect, but he wasn’t there, Hendricks said. No one was injured. Hendricks said police are investigating and believe the shooting to be an isolated incident.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Police arrested a 23-year-old man shortly after 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in connection with a shooting earlier in the day in front of Outlaws Bar and Grill in Williston. Police said they arrested Dejonte (DJ) Smith in connection with a shooting. He was arrested after an hourslong manhunt that included requests from police for residents to shelter in place as they searched for him. No information was available Friday evening about formal charges. Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks said police believe the shooting was targeted and an isolated incident.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A judge has refused to lower the bond of a man accused of killing a 16-year-old Williston High School student in a car crash in early April, the Williston Herald reported .
WILLISTON, N.D. - A 47-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday, April 23, to serve 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl for nearly five years, and will have to spend the rest of his life on probation when he’s released. Patrick Martinez pleaded guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child, a class AA felony, in December. He also admitted to a class B felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a class C felony count of possession of child pornography and two misdemeanor drug charges.
ARNEGARD, N.D. - Arnegard violated state rules on public meetings when it failed to give notice of two meetings of its employment committee last year. In an opinion issued Thursday, April 11, North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wrote that the northwestern North Dakota city should have posted advance notice of the two meetings.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A jury found a man guilty Wednesday, April 10, of threatening the Williams County State’s Attorney as a way to get her to drop criminal charges he was facing. Greg Boe was convicted of threatening public servants, a class C felony, after a trial that lasted part of a day and featured three pieces of evidence and testimony from two witnesses, the Williston Herald reported.
WILLISTON, N.D. — Normally, Anthony Vandal doesn’t spend much time in the lunchroom at Bakken Elementary. Last week, however, a chance trip through the lunchroom ended up saving a life. Vandal, an instructional coach Bakken Elementary in Williston, was heading to the main office on Wednesday, March 13, and decided to make his way through the lunchroom so he could chat with some students on the way. After a short conversation with a student, Vandal noticed another student sort of hunched over at a lunch table.
WILLISTON, N.D. - Police officers serving a search warrant Friday, March 8, found a hand grenade, leading to the evacuation of about a dozen nearby residents. Members of the Northwest Narcotics Task Force were searching a residence in the 1700 block of Fourth Avenue West when they found the device, according to the Williston Police Department. The item was a training hand grenade that had been modified so it could be turned into an explosive device again, police said.
WILLISTON, N.D. — The Williston Police Department is evacuating part of Fourth Avenue West after discovering a possible explosive device. Police were serving a search warrant in the 1700 block of Fourth Avenue West around 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, when they located a possible explosive device, according to Sgt. Detective Danielle Hendricks. An evacuation was started and the Minot Bomb Squad is responding to the scene. Access to the area is being restricted for safety reasons, Hendricks said.
WILLISTON, N.D. - A 62-year-old Williston man who pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 19, to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended for gross sexual imposition. As part of his James White's plea deal, the prosecution agreed to seek no more than 12-and-a-half years in prison. A class A felony carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.