Gov. Doug Burgum has directed state government agencies to fly the U.S. and state flags at half-staff and is encouraging all North Dakotans to do the same in honor of the three people killed in an air ambulance crash in Morton County Sunday. The Bismarck Air Medical Plane was flying to Williston to pick up a patient when it crashed. The crash killed the pilot, a paramedic, and a nurse on the aircraft.
A 19-year-old Valley City man was injured and taken to a Fargo hospital when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train at a rural crossing in Barnes County. The North Dakota Highway Patrol says Jonathan Langer was injured in the crash that happened Tuesday evening, 2 miles west of Valley City. The crossing where the collision occurred has signs marking the crossing but does not have lighted crossing arms. There were no reported injuries for anyone on the train.
An Arnegard man was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and child neglect Friday. According to court records, James Miller Jr. told officers that he had been taking a nap with his 7-month-old child and left the child when his older daughter flooded the kitchen sink. When he checked on the child about an hour later, the boy wasn’t breathing and had foam coming out of his mouth. The charges against Miller carry a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison. The baby’s grandparents, James Miller Sr. and Vicki Miller, also face felony child neglect counts.
North Dakota regulators have decided not to change targets for capturing natural gas produced from oil drilling. The new goal would increase the amount of gas that must be captured from 85 percent to 88 percent. The Industrial Commission was to consider postponing the increase two years due to concerns over a lack of infrastructure in the state needed to capture gas. Natural gas not captured at oil wells is burned off, which can degrade air quality.
A Dakota Access Pipeline protester is suing Morton County and several law enforcement officials, accusing an unnamed officer of firing a flashbang at her and severely injuring her during protests in 2016. Sophia Wilansky of New York, filed the lawsuit Monday. The lawsuit alleges Wilansky, who was 21at the time of the incident, was hit by an exploding flashbang fired by an officer at the barricaded Backwater Bridge in November 2016. Authorities argued Wilansky’s injuries were inconsistent with weapons used by officers, and suggested protesters had caused the explosion.