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Published August 26, 2011, 04:23 PM

Warrants Issued For Family Members Accused in Standoff Near Lakota, ND, After Court Appearances Missed

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Arrest and bench warrants were issued Friday for five members of a family accused in an armed standoff near Lakota in June that lasted nearly 16 hours.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

NEAR LAKOTA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Arrest and bench warrants were issued Friday for five members of a family accused in an armed standoff near Lakota in June that lasted nearly 16 hours.

Bench warrants were issued Friday for brothers Alex, Jacob and Thomas Brossart after they didn't show up at a scheduled court appearance, according to the North Dakota Courts website.

Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke says the family will be served with the warrants. The brothers were originally charged with terrorizing.

No shots were fired in the standoff and no one was injured.

Additional charges

New charges have been filed against daughter Abby Brossart and mother Susan Brossart. Abby is charged with harassment after allegedly calling 911 to report that a Nelson County Sheriff's deputy made threats to her. The Sheriff's Department says that accusation was baseless.

The incident happened on July 29. Susan Brossart was charged with making false reports to law enforcement that day after allegedly lying to authorities about guns in the home, according to a sheriff's department representative.

Arrest warrants for both Susan and Abby were filed Friday. In the June standoff, Abby was charged with simple assault. Susan wasn't charged.

The three brothers were accused in the standoff after officers were trying to execute a search warrant at about 6:15 p.m. on June 23. The three allegedly met officers with high-powered rifles and ordered them off of their property.

Authorities had the search warrant on suspicion that six cattle had wandered onto the Brossart property and the family wouldn't give them back. The brothers were arrested at about 10:30 a.m. the next day.

Father Rodney Brossart has an initial court appearance scheduled for September 12 at 10 a.m. Rodney was charged in connection to the standoff with terrorizing and theft of property, both Class C felonies. He was also charged with preventing arrest and criminal mischief, both Class A misdemeanors.

Continued concerns

Sheriff Janke says that the department has had previous problems with the family before.

"Law enformcement has had extensive concerns with this family over the past few years," Janke said in June.

Rodney Brossart has previous charges of criminal trespass, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Susan had a charge of criminal mischief in 1996, but that charge was dismissed.

None of the family members have retained an attorney.

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