Jack Dura / Bismarck Tribune
MANDAN, N.D. — Appearing solemn as they gathered Monday morning, Nov. 20, three women presented the Morton County State's Attorney's Office with a petition asking to drop all charges against defendants charged from the Dakota Access protests. Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, HolyElk Lafferty and Phyllis Young spoke on behalf of the Lakota People's Law Project, whose petition they said was accompanied by more than 55,000 paper and online signatures to Morton County State's Attorney Allen Koppy.
BISMARCK -- About 80 percent of North Dakota remains at least abnormally dry, and that isn't likely to change anytime soon. Bismarck National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag said most of North Dakota's surface soil temperatures are at or below freezing. What moisture does come will likely lay on top, if it is doesn't evaporate, he said.
ROLLA, N.D. — Fired abruptly and inexplicably at a city council meeting last month, Rolla's former chief of police has now been given rationale for his termination. Meanwhile, his interim successor has quit after serving for nine days. The turmoil and loss of personnel has left the Rolla Police Department stressed, according to Rolla City Councilor Pat Hemmy, who chairs the police committee for the city of about 1,300 in far northern North Dakota.
BISMARCK — Attorneys representing a pipeline protester will coordinate discovery with another case to prepare for necessity defense arguments, a legal strategy that argues a defendant had no choice in taking an illegal action in order to avert greater harm. HolyElk Lafferty, 38, a Cheyenne River Sioux and Lakota activist, is charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and engaging in a riot from activities on Feb. 1, the same day as attorney and Standing Rock Sioux tribal member Chase Iron Eyes' arrest.
BISMARCK — After shuffling around North Dakota county jails, Robert Fool Bear Sr. has been moved to the federal transfer center in Oklahoma City. Fool Bear, who is appealing his federal conviction on various child sex crimes, was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month. He is eligible for release after serving 25 years. The Federal Bureau of Prisons lists a release date in May 2043 for the former Cannon Ball district chairman, who is 55. At his sentencing, his attorney requested he be located as close to North Dakota as possible.
BISMARCK — Police, fire and ambulance personnel in Bismarck handled four apparent overdoses between Friday, Nov. 3, and Sunday. In each case, first responders administered Narcan, the nasal form of Naloxone, a drug to reverse opioid overdoses. The Bismarck Police Department reported responding to the following overdoses:
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Two weeks after Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance, investigators handling the case are interviewing and re-interviewing people recorded on a video with the woman. Lone Bear, 32, of New Town, was last seen Oct. 24. Three Affiliated Tribes Police Detective Sam Lincoln said there is one man in particular that he would like to talk with again.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Heading into the weekend, searchers on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation still have no sign of Olivia Lone Bear. The 32-year-old mother of five was last seen leaving a New Town saloon on Oct. 24. Fifty-four searchers turned out Thursday, Nov. 3, and 38 on Friday to find her. Search efforts have included K9s and Civil Air Patrol for air support and telephone forensics. Three Affiliated Tribes Police Detective Sam Lincoln said weather has now affected air support.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Residents and law enforcement of the Fort Berthold Reservation are looking for a woman missing since early last week. Olivia Keri Lone Bear, 32, was last seen the evening of Oct. 24 leaving Ranchman's 23 Saloon and Steakhouse at New Town. She left driving a teal 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD LT crew cab with a silver toolbox and North Dakota license plate 839 BRC. Her father, Texx Lone Bear, said he knew something was wrong when one of Olivia's children found her wallet with her ID in her room on Oct. 25.
BISMARCK—Two weeks after his injury in an officer-involved shooting, the man charged with attacking the officer before being shot has been arrested and handed a no-contact order. Donald Joseph Miller, 51, is charged with felony counts of robbery with serious bodily injury and simple assault on a peace officer related to his alleged attack on a Bismarck police officer on Oct. 15 at the Bismarck Motor Motel. He was arrested Friday afternoon and is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center, pending $150,000 cash bond.