KHRT ND News – 03/18/22

KHRT NEWS – FRIDAY – 031822 – 0700
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot woman has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of her roommate more than a decade ago, with authorities citing shifting statements from the woman and her parents as they pursued a cold-case investigation. Thirty-four-year-old Nichole Erin Rice had a court appearance Thursday afternoon in Ward County. Rice is charged in the stabbing death of 18-year-old Anita Knutson, whose body was found in their apartment on June 4, 2007. Minot Police Chief John Klug says Rice was always a person of interest, but until recently they did not have enough evidence to arrest her.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) – A Minot man has pleaded guilty to felony murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, who was also his business partner. Forty-one-year-old Eric Clayton Venn reached a plea deal with prosecutors, who agreed to recommend that two other charges be dismissed. Venn and the victim, 29-year-old Arnalyn Repalam, jointly operated the Filipino Online Retail and Wholesale Store in Minot. In court on Wednesday, a prosecutor said Venn and Repalam had argued, then Venn had gone out and bought ammunition for his gun, returned and shot the victim.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stemming from a road washout nearly three years ago that killed two people. Heavy rain in July 2019 washed away a section of roadway on the Standing Rock reservation. In the dark hours of the early morning, two motorists were killed when they unknowingly drove their vehicles into a deep culvert where the road washed away. The victims’ families argued the washout could have been avoided if the BIA has adhered to road maintenance standards it had adopted.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Democratic state Sen. Erin Oban has been named North Dakota’s director for the federal Agriculture Department’s Rural Development agency. The appointment was announced Thursday by the Biden administration. The Rural Development agency manages programs aimed at helping rural communities. Oban, of Bismarck, was first elected to the Senate in 2014. She announced in November she won’t be seeking a third term in the Legislature, citing the divisive nature of current politics. The 39-year-old Oban is a former junior high math teacher.
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