Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Linking arms and carrying signs are apparently the known extent of two pipeline protesters' conduct that led to their criminal convictions and joint appeal before the North Dakota Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments Tuesday in the second appeal stemming from criminal cases of the monthslong protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last fall, Surrogate Judge Thomas Merrick convicted Mary Redway and Alex Simon of misdemeanors from a march in October 2016 near pipeline construction in a pasture off State Highway 1806 in Morton County.
BISMARCK—The jobs outlook in the Oil Patch in western North Dakota is at its highest level in three years. Central North Dakota looks good, too, heading into summer. Released last week, Job Service North Dakota's latest regional reports for job openings in central North Dakota and the Oil Patch region indicate their highest numbers since 2015-16.
FORT YATES, N.D. -- Lacey Gipp wants justice for her brother. “He was a really great guy, really, really awesome man, awesome dad,” the 27-year-old Porcupine, N.D., woman said Tuesday. George “Ryan” Gipp Jr. was shot and killed by officers of the Bureau of Indian Affairs on Oct. 23, near Fort Yates. The Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting a review of the shooting. Few details are available regarding the case. Lacey Gipp said her brother was unarmed. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Russell declined to comment on the officers or the status of the investigation.
BISMARCK — Nathan Phillips' birthday fell on the same day of the eviction of the Dakota Access protest camps last year. "The snow was flying, the camp was on fire — oh, I didn't get no birthday cake," the 64-year-old Omaha tribal member said Thursday, Feb. 22. Phillips was among the last of the protesters encamped near the Cannonball River in southern Morton County when law enforcement evicted the camps from Feb. 22-23, 2017, effectively ending the monthslong protests against the controversial pipeline that's now been flowing oil since June.
BISMARCK—Michael Giron told a federal judge that the four months he spent in a pipeline protest camp helped turn his life around from drug addiction. He appeared Thursday in federal court in Bismarck before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland for his change of plea hearing. Under a plea agreement, Giron, 46, pleaded guilty to civil disorder while prosecutors will move to dismiss his more serious charge of use of fire to commit a federal felony offense.
BISMARCK, N.D. — A Minnesota man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection to an attack last week on a priest in Anamoose, N.D. Chad Vincent Legare, 42, of Alexandria, Minn., is charged with felony counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and burglary for the alleged physical assault on the Rev. Robert Wapenski, 62, at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Jan. 30 in Anamoose, which is about 100 miles northeast of Bismarck. Records describing the nature of Legare' alleged crimes have been sealed.
BISMARCK — A Dakota Access Pipeline protester whose arm was severely injured in a skirmish with law enforcement has filed a federal lawsuit seeking the return of her clothing and shrapnel from her injury. Attorneys for 22-year-old Sophia Wilansky, of New York, filed the lawsuit Friday, Feb. 2, alleging unlawful deprivation of property, lack of due process and unreasonable seizure. Wilansky's arm was injured in a blast as pipeline protesters and law enforcement clashed at the Backwater Bridge in November 2016.
BISMARCK — Half the gallery stood up when Red Fawn Fallis entered a federal courtroom in Bismarck Monday morning, Jan. 22. Handcuffed and wearing orange and white stripes, she sat with her three attorneys before District of North Dakota Chief Judge Daniel Hovland appeared to discuss details of the plea agreement she signed Sunday. She is accused of firing a handgun as officers arrested her during protest activity against the Dakota Access Pipeline in southern Morton County in October 2016.
GLADSTONE, N.D.—New landowners have closed public access to the flagship sculpture of the Enchanted Highway in a dispute over liability and the creator's lease to the site. Seth and Kayla O'Donnell purchased a 28-acre parcel for an easement to build their house in February 2017. Included in that acreage is the five-acre site of "Geese in Flight," the 110-foot tall metal attraction at the head of the 32-mile statuary road to Regent in southwestern North Dakota.
MANDAN, N.D.—Rodrick Joe has a chance to keep his clean record despite being convicted Thursday as the first Dakota Access Pipeline protester to sustain a felony conviction at trial. Surrogate Judge Daniel El-Dweek convicted the 21-year-old of felony tampering with a public service, stemming from Joe's arrest on Nov. 15, 2016, at a protest on the railroad tracks crossing Morton County Road 82 west of Mandan. "I'm a little disappointed," Joe said after hearing his conviction from the all-day felony court trial at the Morton County Courthouse.