Body cameras are being tested at the Sheriff’s office for Morton County. In a pilot program with Motorola, the Sheriff’s office will equip two deputies per shift with the cameras over the next month. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says he’s looked into using body cameras in the past, and said his interest in the devices was further increased in the wake of protests over the Dakota Access oil pipeline. He says video footage of protest activity would have been useful as evidence in court.
At least 39 North Dakota ambulance services plan to participate in a procession as part of a memorial for three people killed in an air ambulance crash in Morton County. Kelly Dollinger, president of the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services Association, tells the Bismarck Tribune he expects that number to grow. Dollinger says the Monday procession is also “bound to see” ambulances from other states such as Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota.
A North Dakota family that was killed in a crash in Montana was a U.S. Air Force family, according to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Anthony James Dean, his wife Chelsi Dean, and their two young daughters were killed in the thanksgiving crash. According to the air base, Anothony Dean was assigned to the 69th Maintenance Squadron and worked as an RQ-4 Global Hawk crew chief at the Grand Forks air base.
One year after the Keystone oil pipeline leaked over 400,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota a final federal investigation report has yet to be released. The rural Marshall County site has been cleaned up, but there’s still no final investigation report from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, according to the Aberdeen News. The 2017 leak is the seventh-largest onshore oil or petroleum spill since 2010.
A prosecutor and a defense attorney have both argued that the state Supreme Court should vacate the conviction of a Minot man for corruption of a minor because of an error the judge made at his trial. Alexander Justin Pittenger’s defense attorney says North Central District Court Judge Stacy Louser created a structural error when she closed the courtroom for the testimony of the 17-year-old victim over Pittenger’s objections that his family be present at the hearing. The defense attorney argues that Louser did not hold the required hearing to consider whether it was necessary to close the courtroom.