Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK — Half the gallery stood up when Red Fawn Fallis entered a federal courtroom in Bismarck Monday morning, Jan. 22. Handcuffed and wearing orange and white stripes, she sat with her three attorneys before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland appeared to discuss details of the plea agreement she signed Sunday. She is accused of firing a handgun as officers arrested her during protest activity against the Dakota Access Pipeline in southern Morton County in October 2016.
BISMARCK -- Covered in blood from a gunshot wound in his left forearm, Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado reportedly turned himself in at a Brookings, S.D., gas station Thursday night and is now charged with attempted murder for allegedly attempting to run over a Bismarck police officer, who subsequently shot at him. His arrest came after 9 p.m. Thursday at the gas station along Interstate 29 in Brookings. Bismarck Police Sgt.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—Volunteers searching for a missing New Town woman are pulling back from the field to fan out and seek the truck she was driving. Matthew Lone Bear said search efforts for his sister, Olivia, now need volunteers for Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Stanley, Watford City and Williston, where searchers will comb parking lots, wreck yards and auto body shops in a grid-style search.
BISMARCK—Pleading guilty Tuesday to charges he set a fire out of a desire to return to the state penitentiary for mental health treatment, Darren Weber's wish was granted. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson sentenced the Bismarck man to four years for felony endangering by fire and four felony counts of violating a court order. Weber said he pleaded guilty to expedite his return to treatment
BISMARCK — Sam Saylor walked down a dark hallway of the Morton County Courthouse to the clerk of district court's office. He was there to ask if the judge had arrived for a motion hearing that blizzardy afternoon on Wednesday, Jan. 10, but instead was told the hearing was canceled, the charges dismissed. Prosecutor Brian Grosinger had motioned one day before trial to dismiss the four pipeline protest-related charges against Saylor's client, Ernest Cobiness. His reason? "The state cannot sufficiently identify the defendant," Grosinger wrote in his motion.
GLADSTONE, N.D.—New landowners have closed public access to the flagship sculpture of the Enchanted Highway in a dispute over liability and the creator's lease to the site. Seth and Kayla O'Donnell purchased a 28-acre parcel for an easement to build their house in February 2017. Included in that acreage is the five-acre site of "Geese in Flight," the 110-foot tall metal attraction at the head of the 32-mile statuary road to Regent in southwestern North Dakota.
MANDAN, N.D.—Rodrick Joe has a chance to keep his clean record despite being convicted Thursday as the first Dakota Access Pipeline protester to sustain a felony conviction at trial. Surrogate Judge Daniel El-Dweek convicted the 21-year-old of felony tampering with a public service, stemming from Joe's arrest on Nov. 15, 2016, at a protest on the railroad tracks crossing Morton County Road 82 west of Mandan. "I'm a little disappointed," Joe said after hearing his conviction from the all-day felony court trial at the Morton County Courthouse.
BISMARCK—A jailed arson suspect US now charged with threatening to harm the detective who investigated his fiancee's house fire. Spencer Norton, 36, was charged Tuesday, Jan. 2, with felony terrorizing against an adult. He is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center on separate arson and burglary charges from the fall. At Norton's preliminary hearing last month, Bismarck Police Detective Jon Lahr testified about his arson investigation, after which Norton snarled, "I'll eat you alive at trial."
NEW TOWN, N.D.—Tribal police and family members of a missing New Town woman continue to search for her despite a strained relationship between the two camps. Olivia Lone Bear has been missing since Oct. 24. Her brother, Matthew, has spearheaded volunteer search efforts for her recovery, and said his family's relationship with law enforcement is "nonexistent." Police haven't showed up at a volunteer search headquarters for days, including a nine-day stretch recently, he said, adding that volunteers have several tip sheets waiting for law enforcement.
BISMARCK — Entering the fifth year since his mother's death, accused murderer Christopher Vick is less than a month from trial and has been granted special accommodations. At a motion hearing Wednesday morning at the Morton County Courthouse, South Central District Judge Thomas Schneider granted the defense's two motions, allowing Vick to appear in plainclothes at trial, free of visible restraints. Prosecutor Julie Lawyer raised no objection. "Of course, that will change if there are any outbursts during trial," she said.