Travis Svihovec / Bismarck Tribune
WAHPETON, N.D. — The driver of a vehicle that left Interstate 94 and went airborne near Bismarck's Grant Marsh Bridge on Nov. 2 now faces the possibility of five years in prison if authorities revoke his probation in Richland County. Chozey Schumacher, 24, of Strasburg, was the driver of a westbound 2003 Dodge Durango that went into the north ditch, vaulted off an embankment and flew over River Road before coming to rest near the Lewis and Clark Riverboat Landing. He was cited for criminal vehicular injury, according to North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremiah Bohn.
MANDAN, N.D. — The amount of preparation involved for the trial of a man accused of killing four people at RJR Maintenance & Management in Mandan last spring has prompted attorneys to request that the case be continued from March to September next year. Documents filed Monday, Dec. 2, show the trial for Chad Isaak, 45, will start Sept. 14 in Morton County. South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty set aside 10 days for the trial.
MANDAN, N.D. — Police say a Mandan woman sold more than half a ton of marijuana between March 2018 and April 2019, when they found 170 pounds of pot in her rented storage unit and $150,000 cash in her car. Megan Isaak, 24, was charged Friday, Nov. 29, with six felonies, four of which could send her to prison for 20 years each if she’s convicted. She was arrested in Stark County in April after police suspected she had stopped at her Mandan storage unit to get cash for a marijuana purchase, an affidavit says.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man in custody for being an accomplice to robbery and for failing to register as a sex offender now faces drug charges and also is accused of luring minors to a street gang that has a mission of robbing drug dealers, court documents show. Conrad Torok, 19, made his initial court appearance Tuesday, Nov. 19, on the new charges and had bond set at $10,000 cash. He was already in custody in the Sept. 18 robbery of a man who was stabbed in the chest and required several surgeries.
WILLISTON, N.D. — An archery hunt that followed a couple of weeks of scouting along the Missouri River — and included a little luck — landed a Williston man a state-record archery moose on a day when he hadn’t even planned on hunting. Rick Ellingson used his bow to put down a bull with an antler spread of 53 2/8 inches. Official and more extensive measurements taken after a 60-day drying period show it to be the biggest North Dakota moose taken with bow and arrow and the third-largest taken in the state by either bow or rifle.
BISMARCK — A man charged after authorities say they found his DNA on a cigarette butt that was left at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest site two years ago is set for a preliminary hearing next week but in the meantime has settled two other protest-related cases against him.
BISMARCK — It was “crystal clear” that a Bismarck man who pleaded guilty to the 2006 murder of his wife understood he could be sentenced to life in prison, a South Central District Court judge said in denying the man’s request to withdraw his plea and take the matter to trial.
BISMARCK — A convicted murderer's argument that life sentences discriminate against younger offenders didn't hold up with a South Central District Court judge, but the judge did amend the man's sentence so his possible parole date could be calculated. A jury in late 1999 found Shawn Helmenstein guilty of murdering Robbie Rahrich, 25, during a Bismarck liquor store robbery. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole on the murder charge and given a consecutive 10-year sentence for robbery.
BISMARCK -- Rondale Grant doesn’t keep track of his age and has lost his desire to mark days off the calendar. He’s spent 10 years in the North Dakota State Penitentiary, and the passing of another day only reminds him that his 2032 release date is a long ways off. “I live here,” he said. “The world has passed me by, in a sense.”
A Devils Lake man charged with discharging a firearm during a gun show in Bismarck was fined and placed on probation after entering a guilty plea, according to court documents filed Friday, Oct. 25. Eugene Serumgard, 71, pleaded guilty to a charge of discharging a firearm in city limits. Municipal Judge William Severin ordered him to pay $500 in fines and fees and placed him on unsupervised probation for a year.