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Williston jail ordered to reduce female inmate population

WILLISTON, N.D. — State corrections officials have ordered the Williams County jail to reduce its population of female inmates. A recent inspection found the facility had 18 more women than the 20 it’s allowed, the Williston Herald reported. The jail’s population has increased as the general population has soared with the region’s oil boom. “Who’d have ever thought we’d have ...

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Minot sees big increase in thefts from motor vehicles

MINOT, N.D. — Minot police are linking an increase in thefts from vehicles this year to a rise in illegal drug activity. There were 282 thefts from motor vehicles reported in the city through October — an 84 percent increase from the same time period last year. Police Chief Jason Olson says there’s a connection between the thefts and increased ...

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State monitoring of Ward County Jail to continue into June

MINOT, N.D. — State-ordered oversight of the Ward County Jail will continue into next summer as the facility works to meet federal standards. A state investigation into the death of a jail inmate late last year found the jail’s care “grossly inadequate” and led to an order for the jail to change its operations or face closure. The investigation found ...

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ND likely to ship inmates out of state to curb overcrowding

BISMARCK, N.D. — Negotiations are underway to send North Dakota inmates to an out-of-state private lockup to relieve overcrowding that’s due largely to an increased population spurred by oil development, the state’s top prison administrator said. “There are too many inmates and not enough capacity,” said Leann Bertsch, director of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. North Dakota’s prison ...

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Texas man faces attempted murder charge in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — A Texas man faces five charges including attempted murder after allegedly pointing a loaded rifle at a sheriff’s deputy during a car chase in North Dakota. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Bradford, of Giddings, Texas, could face more than 25 years in prison if convicted on all charges, which also include felony fleeing and misdemeanor driving and weapons offenses. Court ...

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Prosecutors continue to recover money in oil patch fraud

FARGO, N.D. — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a man and his former wife accused of fraud and terror in the North Dakota oil patch to forfeit about $250,000 from bank accounts. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland said the money in accounts listed under James Henrikson, Sarah Creveling and their former trucking company “shall be disposed of” by the ...

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California man gets 9 years in North Dakota shooting

MINOT, N.D. — A California man who admitted his role in a conspiracy to kill a Minot man has been sentenced to nine years in prison. Thirty-six-year-old James Robinson was among four men accused of traveling to Minot in July 2013 with plans to kill another man, in an incident authorities said involved members of a California gang. Investigators say ...

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