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Published March 19, 2013, 03:34 PM

Homicides Highlight Challenges for Policing Oil Patch

Two homicides in one weekend highlight the continued stress facing Oil Patch law enforcement agencies as the population swells.

Two homicides in one weekend highlight the continued stress facing Oil Patch law enforcement agencies as the population swells.

In one case, a Michigan man, 31-year-old Ryan Anderson, stands accused of stabbing his roommate to death with a hunting knife at a crew camp. In the other case, a Utah man, 46-year-old Jonathan Horvath, is suspected in the fatal shooting of another man outside a Williston strip club. The shooting early Saturday led to a three-day manhunt. Authorities in Billings, Montana, apprehended Horvath Monday afternoon.

Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching says two homicides in one weekend doesn't do much for the area's reputation, but he says the booming North Dakota oil patch "is not the Wild West."

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