JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his ex-wife in Jamestown last year has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Authorities say 25-year-old Nicole Gututala was found shot to death in a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment building on May 12, 2018. Twenty-seven-year-old Kevin Hoff turned himself in a short time later. He pleaded guilty to murder in November and was sentenced Thursday.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota regulators have concluded that the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has complied with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction. Energy Transfer Partners was accused of removing too many trees and improperly handling a pipeline route change. To avoid fines, it was directed to plant new trees educate the industry on properly handling route adjustments. Regulators say they’re satisfied most of the work has been done.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Bismarck woman who operated a day care has been convicted of abusing a 3-year-old boy because he wet his pants. Authorities alleged that 55-year-old Marlene Steedsman grabbed the boy by his ears, injuring them. A jury this week convicted her of felony child abuse. It was Steedsman’s second conviction related to the injury of a child in her care. In 2017, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of lying to law officers.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An administrative law judge in North Dakota is recommending that state officials issue a water permit for an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Area landowners challenged a proposed permit that would allow the Davis Refinery to draw water from an underwater aquifer. State Engineer Garland Erbele has the final say, and his decision can be appealed to state court.