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A man already in the Ward County Jail has been arrested on assault charges....

    MINOT, ND - A man already in the Ward County Jail has been arrested on assault charges.  31-year old Robert A. Putney Jr. was arrested following a shooting on June 15th.  The 44-year old female victim survived the gunshot wound in his vehicle.  Putney plead guilty to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced a day later in Minot Municipal Court.  

    Minot police say the investigation into the shooting has led to the arrest of Putney at the jail for Aggravated Assault. Putney will have an initial appearance in District Court soon.


     MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Authorities have also arrested a suspect in another Minot shooting.  37-year old Charles Tomlin Jr. was arrested Tuesday night in Dickinson, where he had been working. He had been wanted since a July 2013 incident in which a man was shot in the neck but survived.  Tomlin is charged with conspiracy to commit murder.


     GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - One of two suspects in the fatal shooting of a man in Grand Forks has been ordered held without bond.  KNOX radio reports that 29-year-old Delvin Shaw made his initial court appearance on Wednesday, after being extradited from St. Paul, Minnesota. He was arrested there June 28 after a standoff.
     Shaw and another man are accused of shooting to death 24-year-old Jose Lopez in Grand Forks on June 24. Both suspects have preliminary hearings scheduled Aug. 27.  Shaw on Wednesday requested a public defender.


     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are preparing to charge a correctional officer accused of having sexual contact with an inmate at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center in Devils Lake.  KZZY radio reports that the male officer allegedly had sexual contact with a female inmate in a jail cell on July 3.  Authorities are preparing to file a sexual assault charge that carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the decision by the White House to include the oil patch in its national drug control strategy was the result of a visit to the state by the country's former drug czar.
     The report released Wednesday singled out the Bakken oil-producing region for a "burgeoning threat" of drug distribution and other crime that has overwhelmed law enforcement authorities.  Heitkamp says the administration's focus on the Bakken is an important step. She says the inclusion into the 2014 drug fighting plan came about after she invited R. Gil Kerlikowske to North Dakota last summer.  Kerlikowske was the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the time.
     Law enforcement officers are hoping the administration's attention to the Bakken will result in more funding.


     CARRINGTON, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot suffered only minor injuries in the crash of a crop dusting plane at the Carrington airport.  The Carrington Fire Department says the plane used to spray chemicals on crops had damaged landing gear and crashed while trying to land on the runway late Tuesday.  The pilot was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.  Federal officials will be investigating the crash.


     LEITH, N.D. (AP) - City officials in Leith will not appeal the decision by a state attorney disciplinary board committee to reject a complaint filed against Grant County State's Attorney Todd Schwarz.
     Leith officials accused Schwarz of acting unprofessionally and possibly unethically while prosecuting white supremacist Craig Cobb, who unsuccessfully tried to take over the town. Cobb agreed to a plea deal with Schwarz that put him on probation for terrorizing and menacing and kept him out of prison.
     Schwarz called the complaint frivolous, and the committee recently dismissed it. Leith officials could appeal to the disciplinary board, but town spokesman Greg Bruce says the city will not challenge the committee's decision.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A committee screening candidates for a Bismarck-based judgeship has named four finalists.  They are Bismarck attorneys Steve Balaban, James Hill and Paul Myerchin, and Morton County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Grosinger.  Gov. Jack Dalrymple has about a month to pick from one of the four or ask for a new list of candidates.
     Balaban and Grosinger earlier were named finalists to succeed retired South Central District Judge Donald Jorgensen, but the nominating committee decided to start the process over because Grosinger held an office with a political party at the time he applied. That violates North Dakota's judicial conduct rules.  Grosinger no longer holds the political position and was eligible for the second round of applications.


     DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A committee reviewing plans for a possible convention center and community wellness facility in Devils Lake plans to seek a special election this fall.  KZZY radio reports that the committee will go before the City Commission later this month to request an Oct. 7 public vote on increasing the city's sales tax to finance the $23.5 million project.
     Forward Devils Lake spokeswoman Rachel Lindstrom says the group will be focusing its efforts until then on talking to residents about the economic and health benefits of the proposed project.
     The events center would be in the soon-to-be-vacant Wal-Mart building, with the wellness center to be built on the Lake Region State campus.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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