Travis Svihovec / Bismarck Tribune
MANDAN, N.D. — A Mandan man who authorities say fired a weapon inside a Morton County home and pointed it at another person has been charged with three felonies.
BISMARCK -- The woman who is just the fourth clerk of the North Dakota Supreme Court is retiring at the end of the year. Penny Miller took the position July 1, 1992, and has seen the office and the state's court system through many changes. She’s worked with 14 justices, taken the office from a “purely paper world” to near paperless, and been part of the unification of the court system, which went from a county-based system to judicial districts. Each day is different, and the judicial branch is always changing, according to Miller.
BISMARCK — A Bismarck man and woman facing felony charges for allegedly keeping a filthy home and missing medical appointments for their prematurely born son who later died will go to trial in March. Ashlynn Seymour and Marcus Reineke, both 20, are charged with child neglect, according to court records. Police investigated the baby’s August death after Seymour found him face-down and unresponsive in a bassinet, which doctors said was an unsafe sleeping environment, according to a police affidavit. It does not list a specific cause of death.
BISMARCK — A 17-year-old boy was sentenced Monday, Dec. 16, to serve five years in prison for what a judge called his “deliberate” and “shocking conduct” during a January 2018 riot at the Youth Correctional Center in Mandan. Elijah Barse, who will turn 18 this week, pleaded guilty in August to his part in the uprising, during which he and three other youths allegedly assaulted guards and attempted to escape. Barse is the last of the four to be sentenced for acts of violence that South Central District Judge James Hill said had no justification.
BISMARCK — A New Town man was sentenced Monday to 2 ¼ years in prison for burning down a church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an act that one witness said has caused a “heartfelt loss” to elders of the community. Rode Wayne Vocu, 23, in August pleaded guilty to arson in connection with the April 22 fire that destroyed the Memorial Congregational Church northwest of White Shield. A federal grand jury had indicted him in June.
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.