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Highway Patrol Checkpoint Arrests 

Williams County Enforcement Event  RESULTS: Approximately 300 vehicles went through the checkpoint which was located on 26th St W, near the 1500 block in Williston. The checkpoint was conducted from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm.   Seven drivers were tested for impairment and four were arrested for DUI. In addition,…
October 31, 2022

North Dakota Targeted by Beef Thieves 

Feds: Theft of frozen beef in Nebraska uncovers crime ring  LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An investigation into the theft this summer of several semitrailers loaded with frozen beef from Nebraska has led to arrests and uncovered a multimillion-dollar theft ring targeting meatpacking plants in six Midwestern states, federal authorities said. …
October 26, 2022

Former North Dakota tribal official pleads guilty to bribery 

Sentencing date set  BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former government official of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation accused of accepting bribes and kickbacks from a construction contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges in North Dakota.  Randall Phelan, 58, of Mandaree, was an elected representative of the governing body…
October 26, 2022

Dealing Death in North Dakota 

Fentanyl: Big money, big problem  MINOT – It's a dangerous drug, as dangerous as ever seen by law enforcement on the streets of the city. A miniscule dose of fentanyl all too often results in the death of the user.  The illegal drug comes in small packages with a big…
October 24, 2022

Burlington Man Sentenced to Two Years 

Final defendant in fake military gear scheme  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The third and final defendant in an illegal scheme to supply $20 million worth of substandard counterfeit clothing and gear made in China to the U.S. military has been sentenced to two years in prison, federal prosecutors said.  Terry…
October 21, 2022

Minot Man Charged with Setting Multiple Fires 

Damage costly in rural areas  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com  TOWNER – A man who set multiple fires from Minot to Bottineau Wednesday may have caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property damage, says McHenry County Sheriff Trey Skager.  Skager said though fire departments involved are still in the process of locating…
October 20, 2022

Charges Filed in Explosive Case 

1,000 pounds of explosives discovered  WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man accused of storing more than 1,000 pounds of homemade explosives in his garage is now facing criminal charges.  Court records show 28-year-old Ross Petrie, of Williston, is charged with a felony called 'release of destructive forces.'  An…
October 14, 2022

Cold Justice Targets Killer  

Knutson Murder Case Delays  MINOT – A national television show investigative team is credited with murder charges being filed in one of the highest profile murder cases in this city’s history. However, the subsequent arrest of Nichole Rice, accused of murdering roommate Anita Knutson in 2007, has been slow to…
October 12, 2022

Drug Seizure near Thompson  

Federal charges  NARRATIVE: On 10/4/2022 around 8:35 pm, a state trooper made a routine traffic stop on I-29 approximately 1 mile south of Thompson. The vehicle was a 2017 Nissan Altima. During the traffic stop, the trooper developed probable cause to believe there were illegal drugs in the vehicle. A…
October 9, 2022

Little Evidence of Political Motivation

Little evidence of political argument before teen's death BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — There is little indication that an 18-year-old who died after being struck by an SUV in North Dakota was a political extremist like the driver claimed.Investigators say none of the witnesses they have interviewed support the idea that…
September 26, 2022

Young Conservatives Mourn Teen Death 

North Dakota Young Republicans React to Alleged Political Murder  lydia.hoverson@mydakotan.com   MCHENRY – After the tragic death of Cayler Ellingson, 18, who was hit in McHenry Sunday by a man who said he drove his vehicle into the teen after an alleged political argument, young conservatives and members of the North Dakota…
September 23, 2022

North Dakotan Loses Poaching Case

Appeal Denied in New Mexico SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has upheld an appeals court's judgment that ordered a man to pay $74,000 restitution to the state Game and Fish Department for poaching a trophy mule deer buck in December 2015.The restitution included $20,000 for…
September 15, 2022

Sheriff: Brothers' dispute led to triple murder-suicide

CANDO (AP) — A dispute between two brothers led to a triple murder and suicide last month in a North Dakota wheat field, authorities said Friday.Towner County Sheriff Andrew Hillier said autopsy results and evidence at the scene suggested Robert Bracken, 59, killed his brother, his son and a third…
September 9, 2022

Rice Pleads Not Guilty

ND woman pleads not guilty to killing roommate in 2007 MINOT (AP) — A woman accused of fatally stabbing her roommate 15 years ago in Minot pleaded not guilty Thursday after a judge determined there was sufficient evidence to send her to trial on felony murder.Nichole Rice, 34, appeared in…
September 8, 2022

What’s With All The Wallering? 

Facts of Law  In the Appalachian Mountains, where I grew up, to “waller” meant to lay around lazily and do nothing, like a pig in the mud. It’s a slang term for “wallow,” with a Southern twang.  In North Dakota, “Waller” has taken a whole new meaning. The U.S. Supreme…
September 7, 2022

Senators Oppose Marshal’s Service Plan 

Pushing Back on Proposal to Release Criminal Illegal Immigrants into U.S.  WASHINGTON – North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer this week joined Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C., in urging the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service Ronald Davis to reconsider the Marshals’ proposed policy change that would permit the…
September 2, 2022

Alleged Attacker in Court

 Defendant Faces Myriad of Charges  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – When each of five charges were read to the defendant the response was the same, a loud and firm “not guilty.”  Karleon Gregory, 24, Minot, had a preliminary hearing in front of Judge Gary Lee in North-Central District Court Thursday. The charges…
September 1, 2022

Trial Set for Accused Killer 

Mother Allegedly Shot Father  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com MINOT -- “The murder of one parent by another is the ultimate act of child abuse,” Judge Gary Lee told an accused killer and her attorney during a pretrial conference in a North-Central District courtroom Wednesday.  The accused was Heather Hoffman, 24, Minot. Moments earlier…
August 31, 2022

Police Shooting Justified

Attorney General rules fatal Fargo police shooting justified  FARGO, (AP) — A Fargo police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man at an apartment complex in July, North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley said Monday.  Wrigley said Officer Adam O'Brien, a more than 10-year veteran of the department, fired…
August 29, 2022

Prison for Murder Assistant

Whitney Racine Sentenced in Emotional Courtroom MINOT – Whitney Racine, 35, Minot, was sentenced to 18 months in the State Penitentiary during an appearance in a Minot courtroom Friday, August 26.   Racine was arrested and charged with Facilitation of Murder-Extreme Indifference-Adult victim, on February 25, 2022. The charge is a…
August 26, 2022

High Profile Court Cases

Court Appearances  Kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com  MINOT – Two men involved in high profile courts cases appeared before North-Central District Court Judge Todd Cresap Wednesday.   Mathew Anderson, charged with Murder-Extreme Indifference, a AA felony that is the highest level of charge possible in North Dakota, sat in his Ward County Jail black and…
August 24, 2022

Badlands Body Dumping Ground

WATFORD CITY – What was found remains a mystery, but there were several agencies involved. Numerous law enforcement vehicles converged Wednesday on Badlands terrain adjacent to the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  “It’s kind of a hotspot for suicide and body dumping,” said Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase, Whiteshield.  The…
August 19, 2022

Tobacco Compliance Checks

On August 18 the Minot Police Department administered Tobacco Compliance Checks on 39 licensed tobacco retailers in the city. We are pleased to announce that ALL retailers passed the check by refusing to sell tobacco products to our underage volunteers.   Tobacco Compliance Checks are required by ordinance to be…
August 18, 2022

Report Faults Prison Guard's Checks in ND Murderer's Suicide

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An investigation into the prison suicide of a man convicted in a 2019 quadruple slaying in North Dakota found that he had covered his cell window with cardboard and a guard failed to follow proper procedures in conducting required checks.The investigation…
August 17, 2022

Children found safe…

A kidnapping that was solved last week received little attention in the U.S. media, but had possible implications for North Dakota and Montana. It certainly did in South Dakota because that is where two children, a brother and sister, were found safe. A man named Benjamin Moore, a known sex…
August 14, 2022

Helping Victims of Assault in Minot 

MINOT – The Minot Police Department recently changed the structure of its interview rooms for sexual assault victims, to make it more comfortable for the victims being interviewed. Kristin Guerton, detective in the investigations division for the Minot PD, said she heard of an organization called Project Beloved: The Molly…
August 13, 2022

Officials: North Dakota Murderer Kills Himself in Prison

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press  BISMARCK (AP) — A man who was serving life sentences for killing four people at a North Dakota business in what authorities say was one of the state's most gruesome crimes has killed himself in prison, authorities said.  The North Dakota Highway Patrol said a…
August 1, 2022

Knutson Murder Case Delayed

MINOT – The lengthening murder saga of a Minot State University freshman has been extended once again.  Nichole Rice, Velva, was arrested in March of this year, charged with the 2007 murder of roommate Anita Knutson. Rice was scheduled to make a preliminary hearing August 4 in front of North-Central…
July 29, 2022

Fentanyl Seized Near Bismarck

On 7/19/21 around 2:46 p.m. a North Dakota State Patrol trooper made a routine traffic stop on I-94 approximately 13 miles east of Bismarck. The vehicle was a 2020 Hyundai Kona rental car. During the traffic stop, the trooper developed probable cause to believe there were illegal drugs in the…
July 21, 2022

Can't Make it Better

MINOT -- “Whatever I do is not going to make it better for anyone,” said Judge Gary Lee shortly before sentencing Eric Rod, Minot.   Rod appeared in a Ward County courtroom Friday in shackles, handcuffs, and wearing black and white striped prisoner clothing issued by the Ward County Jail. He…
July 15, 2022

Dead Dogs in Court

MINOT — Two persons implicated in the deaths of two dogs and the near starvation of three others, made their initial appearance in North Central District Court this week. Kayelynn Mercier, 20, and Jim Diaz, 21, both Minot Air Force Base, are each facing five counts of Animal Cruelty, Class…
June 24, 2022

Million Dollar Arrest

MINOT — Minot Police and the Ward County Narcotics Task Force have arrested an individual in conjunction with the seizure of over 15,000 fentanyl pills and 80 grams of fentanyl powder. The estimated street value of the drugs is over $1 million. According to a press release, on Sunday, June…
June 21, 2022

Facts of Law : Criminal Restitution Isn't As Clear As We Think

In any criminal case, a crime victim is entitled to “restitution,” the absolute right to be repaid for any financial losses suffered. This is a right protected in both our North Dakota Century Code, and our State Constitution. In recent years, with the adoption of constitutionally-protected victim’s rights in Marsy’s…
June 18, 2022

Hospital Threats Lead to 13 Charges

MINOT — He told Minot Police it was his strange sense of humor. Nobody was laughing. David Wierenga, 36, Minot, is the man police say is the person responsible for a lockdown at one of Minot’s largest and most recognizable facilities – Trinity Hospital. According to police, Wierenga attempted to…
June 9, 2022

Arrest Made in Trinity Threat Case

MINOT — The Minot Police Department says the investigation of online threats made towards Trinity Hospital has led to the arrest of David Wierenga, 36, Minot. Police say on June 7 at 11:15 a.m. they arrested Wierenga without incident at his place of employment in SE Minot for Terrorizing (Class…
June 8, 2022

Multi-Agency Patrol Enforcement Detail in Minot with Aircraft

MINOT — Law enforcement agencies in the Minot area have encountered increased numbers of motorists that flee when officers attempt to stop them. Due to this increase of fleeing motorists, on June 2nd, the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Ward County Sheriff's Office, and the Minot Police Department participated in an…
June 6, 2022

Another Arrest Made in Murder Case

MINOT — The Minot Police Department says it has arrested another person in connection to the February homicide of Wade Allen Goodale, 42, Minot. Police say they have now arrested Regina D. Goodale, 34, Minot, and charged her with being an accomplice to the murder. She is in custody at…
June 3, 2022

2 People Charged with Animal Cruelty on MAFB

MINOT AFB — The Ward County Sheriff’s Department says it arrested two people on the Minot Air Force Base for animal cruelty. The department says on May 26 it responded to a residence on the Minot Air Force Base to a report of animal neglect received from Minot Air Force…
June 3, 2022

Facts of Law: Anatomy of a Murder (Bond Hearing)

The Anita Knutson murder made huge headlines recently when Nichole Rice was formally charged and arrested in the case. She made her initial appearance the afternoon after her arrest. After being informed of her rights, the possible penalties of being convicted of murder, and setting future court dates, the Court…
May 28, 2022

Killer Classmate or Friend

MINOT — They were both graduates of Velva High School. The following year they shared a northwest Minot apartment. Today one is a grave and the other, charged with murder, is out on bond. Killer classmate or friend? That is the question that may be put to a jury sometime…
May 26, 2022

Man Arrested at Airport for Criminal Trespass

MINOT — Minot Police say an early morning flight Friday had to be cancelled after a man entered a secured part of the airport. They say they first responded to the Minot International Airport at 12:16 a.m. for a report of a man being upset about missing his flight. While…
May 13, 2022

Guilty of Murder... Again

MINOT — The man who was found guilty of murder, sentenced to 40 years in the North Dakota State Penitentiary and had his sentence reversed on appeal, admitted his guilt during retrial proceedings Thursday. Bradley Joe Morales, 32, was originally convicted in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend following a…
May 12, 2022

Murder Mom in Court

MINOT — A young woman charged with murder had a glimpse of what her future may hold during her initial court appearance Wednesday. Seated in an orange jumpsuit and secured in handcuffs, Heather Hoffman, 24, Minot, listened as Judge Douglas Mattson explained to her that her charged offense of murder…
April 27, 2022

Police Make an Arrest in Homicide Case

MINOT — Minot Police say they arrested a woman this afternoon in connection to the murder of Alexander Eckert. They say they took Heather Renee Faith Hoffman, 24, of Minot, into custody at 3:45 p.m. and transported her to the Ward County Jail where she was charged with Homicide (AA…
April 26, 2022

Plea Disagreement in Murder Case

MINOT — A plea agreement brokered by the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office goes against the wishes of the family of slain Connie Rod, Minot, says Rod’s former husband. Daniel Tyler, Minot, had three daughters while married to Connie Rod. The daughters were 15, 13, and 11 years old when…
April 26, 2022

Police Investigating Homicide

***Updated at 2:20 p.m. on April 25, 2022 to include name of the victim.*** MINOT — Minot Police say they are investigating a homicide that happened early Friday morning. They say officers responded at 12:41 a.m. to a report of an unresponsive man laying in front of a residence in…
April 22, 2022

Murder to Manslaughter to Jail

MINOT — A Minot man removed his suit coat, was handcuffed, and promptly escorted to jail following an appearance in a Ward County courtroom Wednesday. Erik Steven Rod, 43, entered a guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter during a plea agreement hearing. Rod was initially charged with murder, a…
April 20, 2022

NDHP Ramping Up Enforcement Efforts for 4/20

Drug-impaired driving has become an increasing danger on North Dakota roadways. In recent years, several states have passed laws allowing marijuana use on a recreational or medical basis, but it is illegal to use marijuana and then drive. On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, there will likely be an increase in…
April 18, 2022

Erik Rod Murder Plea Delayed

MINOT — A Minot man charged with murder had his change of plea hearing delayed Tuesday. Erik Rod, 43, was to have entered change of plea in North Central District Court before Judge Gary Lee at 1 p.m. However, due to a blizzard warning Rod’s attorney, Patrick Waters of Bismarck,…
April 12, 2022

Man Charged with Terrorizing following Evacuation of Ward County Courthouse, Administration Building

MINOT — The Ward County Sheriff's Department says today at approximately 10:40 a.m. the Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office reported that they received a phone call from a man making a bomb and assassination threat to the Ward County State’s Attorney’s Office and Judges. Due to the threat, the Ward…
April 7, 2022

Minot Man Appears in Court for Multiple Charges

MINOT — The man who led police on a pursuit Friday evening made his initial court appearances Monday for multiple charges related to the pursuit. Minot Police say at approximately 6:53 p.m. an off-duty law enforcement officer witnessed a woman being dragged by a vehicle in SW Minot. A Minot…
April 4, 2022

Man Arrested After Report of Woman Being Dragged by a Vehicle

MINOT — Minot Police say they arrested a man earlier tonight after a vehicle pursuit in Minot.  According to the MPD, the pursuit was initiated after a citizen reported seeing a woman being dragged by a vehicle. The man is in custody and multiple charges are pending.  At this time…
April 1, 2022

Arrest Warrants Issued in Catalytic Converter Theft Case

MINOT — The Ward County Sheriff's Department says it has arrest warrants for five individuals connected to multiple catalytic converter thefts. According to the release, the warrants are the result of a lengthy investigation dating back to the fall of 2021. During the investigation, law enforcement discovered Richard Yecoshenko would…
March 31, 2022

Ward County Gets its First Drug Recognition Expert

MINOT — The Ward County Sheriff’s Department has its first certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), Deputy Casey Visocsky. Visocsky completed a three-week training on recognizing drug impairment. “We did two weeks in Bismarck, with deputies from all over the state,” Visocsky explained. “There was 14 in the class, and 13…
March 30, 2022

Traffic Stop, Pursuit, Injury Crash

HILLSBORO — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a woman was injured early Sunday morning after she took off during a traffic stop and crashed into two houses and two trees. According to the NDHP, a Traill County Sheriff’s Deputy was engaged in a traffic stop with a male driver…
March 27, 2022

Stutsman County Pursuit

***Updated at 8:30 p.m. on March 24, 2022 to include suspect's name and charges*** STUTSMAN COUNTY — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a traffic stop lead to a pursuit that ended in a slough. According to the NDHP's release, a NDHP Trooper attempted to stop a motorist near Jamestown…
March 24, 2022

Murder Bond Comparison

Release of Knutson Murder Suspect MINOT — Attention was widespread and immediate regarding the recent arrest of a suspect in the 15-year-old Anita Knutson murder case. The community was still absorbing the stunning news when came the revelation that the suspect had been released from jail. Minot Police had arrested…
March 23, 2022

Woman Abducted from South Dakota, Located in North Dakota

***Updated March 20, 2022 at 1:40 p.m. to include charges*** EDGELEY — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says they located a woman hours after she had been abducted in South Dakota. According to the NDHP, local authorities were made aware Friday night that Ryan Degroat, 35, Ogema, Minn., had taken…
March 19, 2022

Minot PD Training New K-9

MINOT — The Minot Police have a new canine and are in the process of training him to replace their older dog. Dave Chapman, administrative lieutenant of the Minot Police Department and the one responsible for the canine team, says that the previous canine, Lois, was “nearing the end of…
March 18, 2022

Anita Knutson Case

MINOT — An unsolved murder draped over the Minot Police Department for 15 years finally resulted in an arrest this week. 34-year-old Nichole Rice, Minot, was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with murdering her roommate, Anita Knutson. Knutson was 18 years old at the time of her death. Rice,…
March 17, 2022

Arrest Made in Anita Knutson Case

MINOT — Minot Police say they have made an arrest in the Anita Knutson investigation. Knutson was an 18-year-old Minot State student who was murdered in her Northwest Minot apartment back in June 2007. Chief of Police John Klug announced this afternoon at a press conference that police had taken…
March 16, 2022

Police Investigating Shots Fired in NW Minot

MINOT — The Minot Police Department says it is investigating a report of shots fired during an altercation at a northwest Minot residence Monday night. Investigators say they believe the shots happened around 10:30 p.m. during a confrontation between two groups. At some point during the altercation, several people attempted…
March 15, 2022

Woman Shot, Suspect Arrested

MINOT — Minot Police say they responded to a report of a shooting early Sunday morning. According to police, officers were dispatched to a northwest Minot residence shortly after 1 a.m. for a report that a female victim had been shot in the leg by an acquaintance. On arrival, they…
March 13, 2022

NDHP Seeking Suspect Involved in High-Speed Pursuit on I-94

MAPLETON — The North Dakota Highway Patrol is asking for help finding the person involved in a high-speed pursuit on Interstate-94 Friday morning around 9 a.m. near Mapleton. According to the NDHP, it started when a trooper attempted to stop a Pontiac Grand Prix for failing to maintain its lane.…
March 11, 2022

Son Sentenced to 100 Years for Killing Father

Emotional Testimony from Mother MINOT — He murdered his father, widowed his mother, denied grandchildren their grandfather, and complained to the judge that he hadn’t been outside in three years. A few moments later Christopher Vickerman received a sentence of 100 years behind bars. Vickerman, 32, appeared at his sentencing…
March 1, 2022

Minot Homicide: Police Make Another Arrest, Victim Identified

MINOT — Minot Police say they have arrested another person in connection to Thursday's homicide. They arrested Whitney Racine, 35, of Minot and charged her with being an accomplice to murder in connection to the death of Wade Goodale, 42, of Minot. Mathew Anderson, 34, of Minot is charged with…
February 25, 2022

Arrest Made in Homicide

***Update*** MINOT — Minot Police say they have arrested and charged Mathew R. Anderson, 34, of Minot with Murder in reference to this incident. He is in custody of the Ward County Jail awaiting initial appearance. ***Initial Release*** MINOT — The Minot Police Department says it is investigating a homicide…
February 24, 2022

Minot Police Investigating Homicide

MINOT — The Minot Police Department says it is investigating a homicide that occurred in southeast Minot in the early morning hours of February 24. Police say they responded to a SE Minot address at 2:12 a.m. for the report of an altercation. Upon arrival they discovered a 42-year-old man…
February 24, 2022

Minot Police Warn of Phone Scam Resurfacing

MINOT — The Minot Police Department says it has received reports of a scam attempt resurfacing in the Magic City. Residents are reporting a variation on what is known as the “Jury Duty” scam. Would be victims are being called by scammers informing them they have a warrant for their…
February 16, 2022

Rarity in Minot Courtroom 

Murder Suspects Appear  MINOT — It rarely happens, but it did at the Ward County courthouse Wednesday. Two men charged in separate cases of Class AA felony murder made consecutive appearances in the same courtroom.   Milo Whitetail, 56, Minot, was the first to appear before Judge Douglas Mattson. Whitetail is…
February 9, 2022

Yes Sir Officer, er, Ma'am 

Women Wanted for Law Enforcement  BISMARCK – Wanted: women for law enforcement.  That’s the purpose behind the 30x30 Initiative scheduled to kick-off here in early February. 30x30 is a coalition of professional law enforcement organizations looking to increase the number of women in the ranks of law enforcement. The goal…
January 30, 2022

Ward County Congratulates NACo Leadership Graduates 

Special meeting for reversal of dedicated right-of-ways set for January 26  WARD COUNTY—Lieutenant Roxanne Houim from the Ward County Detention Center and IT/GIS Director Jason Blowers, recently completed NACo’s leadership programs and shared their personal testimonies before the board of commissioners on Tuesday, Jan. 18. [See 20:40]  NACo (National Association…
January 19, 2022

Ward County Sheriff’s Department Seeks New Equipment with JAG Funds 

Desired equipment includes evidence drying cabinet and crime scene barriers   WARD COUNTY—Ward County Commissioners recently approved the purchase of an evidence drying cabinet and crime scene barriers with funds gained through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  Named in honor of New York City police officer…
January 12, 2022

Vehicle Pursuit

High-Speed Chase Near Rugby The North Dakota Highway Patrol apprehended Arsenio James following a high-speed chase and use of a pursuit intervention technique (PIT). The pursuit began at 12:19 p.m. Saturday, approximately 11 miles east of Rugby, when a HP trooper attempted to stop a stolen vehicle. The driver fled…
November 1, 2021
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