KHRT ND News – 10/06/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 100621 – 1200
 

BISMARCK, ND – A North Dakota Highway Patrol officer involved in the shooting of a Montana man will not face any charges. Following a vehicle chase on Interstate 94 west of Mandan on the evening of September 7th, Trooper Stephen Mayer killed the lone occupant of the vehicle, 45-year-old Craig Knutson, of Billings, Montana. The pursuit began about 7 miles east of Hebron and ended after deputies placed spike strips on the highway and Mayer used his cruiser to push the fleeing vehicle’s rear end sideways, sending it into a spin. After the vehicle stopped, Mayer saw that Knutson had a gun and told the three deputies at the scene about the weapon before he fired the fatal shot.

Patrol officials say after careful review the Morton County States Attorneys Office determined that Mayer was justified in discharging his firearm in defense of himself and others. No charges will be filed. The Highway Patrol also says they have completed a review and determined that Mayer acted within department policy during the incident.

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WILLISTON, N.D. – The Williston Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a runaway teenager. 15-year old Leah Varela was last seen in Williston on Monday wearing a purple tie dye sweater and blue jeans. She’s listed as 5′ 2″ and 110 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. If anyone has any information, you’re asked to call the Williston Police Department at 701-577-1212.
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WATFORD CITY, ND – Authorities responded to an explosion at an oil well in McKenzie County Tuesday morning. According to a post on the Watford City Police Department Facebook page, emergency personnel responded to the explosion near the intersection of 12th Street and 17th Avenue NE. As of shortly before 9:30 a.m., the department reported that a fire was out, and there was no danger to the public. The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation. The cause of the explosion is unclear. The sheriff’s office said one person suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene.
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BISMARCK, ND – Active cases of COVID-19 increase by 286 today to 4,379. The daily positive rate is 7.75%. There are 812 new positives with 572 new recoveries. There are six more hospitalizations bringing the total to 172, with 23 of those in ICU. Health officials also report six more deaths among those who were positive (1629). Breakthrough numbers (those fully vaccinated) include 173 new positives (6070), 9 hospitalization (284), and three deaths (44).
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BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Game and Fish officials are looking for information in connection to a moose poaching case near Tolley. Officials say a cow moose was shot and left in a field near the intersection of 56th Ave. NW and 95th St. NW, northwest of Tolley. It was likely shot between 10 p.m. Friday, October 1st, and 7 a.m. Saturday, October 2nd. Officials say it appears the cow was shot several times with a shotgun and birdshot while possibly being chased by a vehicle. No meat was taken from the moose. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Report All Poachers hotline at 701-328-9921. Individuals can remain anonymous if they chose and are eligible for a reward if a conviction is made based on information they provide.
 
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KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 100621 – 0700
 
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum on Tuesday repeated his call for the Biden administration to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the U.S. southern border as he prepares to help send off 125 members of the North Dakota National Guard’s 957th Engineer Company on Friday to a mission along the border. The soldiers from the Bismarck-based multi-role bridge unit will support U.S. Customs and Border Protection in ongoing efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. The mobilization of North Dakota National Guard soldiers was requested by the U.S. Army through the National Guard Bureau and is a continuation of the southern border military mission that began in 2018.
 
Burgum concurred with the deployment, which is expected to last about a year. The governor said he plans to visit the soldiers at the border during their deployment and stands in solidarity with fellow governors who will be gathering at the border Wednesday to raise awareness of the need to address the border crisis.
 
“It’s been over two weeks since I and 25 fellow governors sent a joint letter urging President Biden to meet with us to discuss solutions to the ongoing crisis at the southern border, and we still have not received an answer. Meanwhile, as the administration fails to address the southern border crisis, it continues to hold firm to its baffling decision to extend the ban on nonessential land-based travel from Canada into the United States, even though vaccinated Canadians can fly into the U.S. and vaccinated Americans have been allowed into Canada since Aug. 9,” Burgum said. “We’re grateful for the courageous men and women of the North Dakota National Guard for their readiness to protect our great state and nation when needed. We know they will serve with professionalism, compassion and integrity as they support efforts to end this humanitarian crisis and secure the southern border.”
 
The Sept. 20 letter sent by 26 governors to President Biden followed a letter sent by Burgum and 19 other governors in May urging the administration to take action to end the humanitarian crisis and secure the southern border. Burgum also has joined other border-state governors and premiers of Canadian provinces in calling on the administration to open the northern border to nonessential travel.
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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A man accused of shooting at police officers outside a Fargo hotel in 2019 has been acquitted of attempted murder and aggravated assault. But, a jury Monday found Henry Aiken guilty on two other charges – terrorizing and reckless endangerment. The 55-year-old Aiken earlier pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm. Officers responding to the Radisson Inn in November 2019 found Aiken armed with a gun. Police say he fired one shot toward officers and additional shots at the hotel before entering the lobby where he was quickly arrested. Police say Aiken appeared confused and in crisis at the time.
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FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has elected a woman to be its next leader. Results released Tuesday show that Janet Alkire would be the first woman to head the tribal council in more than two decades. Gates Kelley was elected Standing Rock chairwoman in 1946 and was the first woman to lead a tribe in the United States. South Dakota Public Broadcasting reports that Alkire received 829 votes to defeat current tribal Vice Chairman Ira Taken Alive, who came in with 762 votes. Taken Alive said he is contesting the results. Alkire is a 15-year Air Force veteran who served as Standing Rock’s executive director twice. The Standing Rock Reservation straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border and is home to about 8,000 people.
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BISMARCK, N.D. – Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC, recently notified the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality that a produced water spill occurred on Oct. 3 at a saltwater disposal facility they operate in Williams County. The incident occurred about 5 miles southeast of Williston. The cause of the spill is due to equipment failure and is still under investigation. Oasis estimates that approximately 220 barrels of produced water discharged, with an estimated two barrels migrating off the pad, impacting an agricultural field. Produced water is a by-product of oil production. Personnel from Environmental Quality are inspecting the site and will continue to monitor the investigation and remediation.
 
 
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