KHRT ND News – 12/29/21

KHRT NEWS – WEDNESDAY – 122921 – 0700
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) – A man convicted of killing four people in what authorities say was one of the most gruesome crimes in North Dakota history has been sentenced to multiple life prison terms without the possibility of parole. Judge David Reich sentenced 47-year-old Chad Isaak on Tuesday to four consecutive life terms. He was convicted of fatally shooting and stabbing RJR Maintenance & Management co-owner Robert Fakler, and employees Adam Fuehrer, William Cobb and Lois Cobb, at the company’s building in Mandan on April 1, 2019. Investigators say the victims were stabbed more than 100 times, total. Defense attorneys say police overlooked or ignored other possible suspects. Prosecutors say the evidence pointed to Isaak, though they didn’t establish a motive.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Authorities say a man suffered serious injuries Tuesday when the delivery van he was driving was struck by a freight train near Grand Forks, in northeastern North Dakota. The state Highway Patrol says the van drove through a grade crossing about 11:30 a.m. and was pushed on the tracks by a northbound BNSF train. The patrol says the crossing is marked with rail crossing signs and a yield sign. The 42-year-old driver of the van was not wearing a seat belt and the vehicle did not have air bags. The patrol says it was snowing at the time and the road was covered with snow. The crash remains under investigation.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a driver who struck and killed a Bismarck pedestrian earlier this year. Sixty-four-year-old Leora Herrmann was crossing a Bismarck road in September when a pickup hit her. Behind the wheel was 79-year-old William Dethloff. Records show he has a history of driving-related offenses, including operating an unsafe vehicle, speeding and failing to wear a seat belt. Burleigh County State’s Attorney Julie Lawyer told the Bismarck Tribune that the attorney assigned to the case decided last month not file charges against Dethloff. She said her office can’t prove he was negligent or reckless and he had the right of way at the time of crash.
COOKE CITY, Mont. (AP) – Two Minnesota men died in an avalanche in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park. Park County officials say a group of eight snowmobilers was riding near Scotch Bonnet Mountain north of Cooke City at mid-day Monday. One of the men got stuck on a southeast facing slope and another man was trying to help dig him out when the avalanche happened, burying the two riders. The group used their rescue equipment and were able to find the men, but they were unable to revive them. The coroner says the victims are 43-year-old Jesse Thelen of Paynesville, Minnesota, and 40-year-old Carl Thelen of St. Martin, Minnesota.
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