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Addressing addiction, mental health to fight Bakken crime


“Thing are slowing down? I can unequivocally say they are not here for the court system,” Northwest District Judge Robin Schmidt told KX News. Although the oil and gas market is in a downturn, Schmidt and McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger testified to North Dakota legislators that crime is still on the rise while the Energy Development and Transmission Committee ...

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Wife of man indicted for murder-for-hire faces charges

Sarah Creveling, murder, James Henrikson

FARGO, N.D. — The wife of a man who has been indicted in a murder-for-hire scheme that originated in the North Dakota oil patch is facing criminal charges for an alleged scam involving oilfield trucks. According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Sarah Creveling is charged with four counts, including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and money laundering. Creveling and ...

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Bakken crime: Watford City law enforcement center on time and under budget


To combat the growing crime rates that came along with the frantic drilling rates, regional, state and county entities have been working together, along with ICON Architectural Group, to help keep western North Dakota safe. The exponential growth of North Dakota’s oil patch has left state agencies scrambling to catch up with the population boom and the infrastructure needed to ...

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Construction on Bakken pipeline gathering terminals to begin this winter


Construction on six gathering terminals for the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota is set to begin in January 2016, reports The Bakken Magazine. Matrix Service Inc., the firm constructing the terminals for Dakota Access LLC, said the six projects have an estimated total value of about $330 million. The above-ground storage tanks at the gathering stations are planned for ...

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Water in the Bakken Tour to educate locals of impact, growth


With the explosive growth of oil production in the Bakken oil patch came the inevitable increase in required resources and related challenges, and one of the most precious of all, water, created a unique problem: how to supply a booming industry and the 70,000 people that came with it. Western Area Water Supply (WAWS), servicing a five-county area throughout the ...

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ND oil well blowout spews more than 23,000 gallons of crude


BISMARCK, N.D. — The state Health Department says a well blowout spewed more than 23,000 gallons of oil and 4,600 gallons of briny wastewater in Dunn County. Environmental scientist Bill Suess says the blowout occurred Saturday morning at a well owned by XTO Energy Inc., about 18 miles southeast of Watford City. Suess says the company reported the spill to ...

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Dalrymple appoints 3 lawyers to newly created ND judgeships


BISMARCK, N.D. — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed three lawyers to newly created North Dakota district court judgeships. Dalrymple on Monday announced the appointments of Kirsten Sjue, Daniel El-Dweek and Rhonda Ehlis. Sjue and El-Dweek will be judges in the Northwest Judicial District. Sjue will serve in Williston, while El-Dweek will be chambered in Watford City. Sjue is the current ...

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