Adam Ladwig joined WDAZ as the Devils Lake bureau reporter in January, 2012. Prior to that he reported for KDUH-TV in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Adam has won multiple awards during his time at WDAZ, including an Eric Sevareid award and a Regional Emmy Award as part of team coverage during the search for Anthony Kuznia. A Colorado native, Adam graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Journalism. He misses the Rocky Mountains, but the kind people of North Dakota more than make up for that. He is thrilled to be in the Lake Region, telling stories that matter. In his spare time, Adam is usually futilely attempting to get in shape, or cheering for his beloved Denver Broncos.
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Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - Grieving family members say they're angry and confused after 31-year-old Joe Charboneau was shot and killed by police on the Spirit Lake Reservation this week. Now they're speaking out asking for answers from tight-lipped authorities. Charboneau, 31, was gunned down earlier this week. Family members say that's about all they know, and that they're angry and frustrated by a lack of transparency from tribal police. He’s being remembered as a kind man with a big heart. His uncle Henry Scott recalls a childhood fishing trip. Henry Scott
UPDATE: Multiple family members have told WDAZ that a young man, Joe Charboneau, was killed in the shooting. Fort Totten, ND (WDAZ TV) – A police officer was involved in a shooting on the Spirit Lake Nation. The FBI confirmed to WDAZ that a shooting took place overnight involving a tribal police officer. Few details are being released.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - Emergency responders are learning lessons from last month's train derailment near Heimdal, North Dakota, which they say will leave them better prepared if another railroad disaster happens in our region. Six oil cars derailed the morning of May 6th, near Heimdal.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - The City of Devils Lake has paved the way for an oil refinery to come to town. The City Commission unanimously approved a development agreement with a company looking to build a 20,000 barrel per day refinery, but not before hearing from plenty of locals who are concerned about what else a refinery could bring to the city. Rick Morse/City Commissioner: “I think this is one of the best things that's ever happened to this community.” The words of city commissioner Rick Morse, after the city approved an agreement with Eagles Ledge Energy, to
Spirit Lake Nation (WDAZ TV) - An oversight has been corrected. More than 60 years later, a veteran on the Spirit Lake Nation gets the recognition he deserves. 85-year-old Andy Shaw is a spiritual leader on the Spirit Lake Nation, and the patriarch of a proud family. Kara Shaw/Granddaughter: “He is a very strong man, and he keeps the family together.” Now, his family has another reason to be proud. The Korean War veteran was honored with a Purple Heart, 61 years after he left the army. Sen.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - A massive manhunt continues tonight in northern New York after a daring prison break by two convicted killers. Here in our region, the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center has beefed up security after a recent jail break by a man who was already being held on escape charges. Tom Rime/Law Enforcement Center Director: “It was a combination of things overall, and especially when you can look back in retrospect.” Back in March, 35-year-old Wesley Brown broke out of the facility. He was in jail waiting for sentencing on a previous escape charge.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - A UND hockey star returns home to help youngsters strive for greatness on the ice. North Dakota Defenseman Keaton Thompson is teaching more than 60 youth hockey players at a camp this week in Devils Lake. Thompson just finished his sophomore season at UND. He was also selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the 20-13 NHL draft. Thompson says he wants to help grow the hockey tradition in Devils Lake. Keaton Thompson/UND Defenseman: “I love coming back to Devils Lake, especially coaching these guys, because they're the next generation.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - A rash of vandalism has police in Devils Lake asking for the public's help. Police have received more than 40 reports of vandalism just this week, mainly reports of spray painted cars and homes. The incidents are happening throughout the city. Police are trying to determine if the vandalism is linked to a series of more serious break-ins in the same time frame. They keep getting more calls about vandalism each day. Sue Schwab/Devils Lake Police Department: “There's just all kinds of reports.
Devils Lake, ND (WDAZ TV) - Seven people are behind bars tonight after an early morning raid in Devils Lake uncovered more than 20 thousand dollars’ worth of meth. Keith Schroeder/Devils Lake Police Chief: “This is a pretty good sized operation. This was dealing with people who were distributing methamphetamine and other substances.” After an investigation by the Lake Region Narcotics Task Force, police got search warrants for two homes, at 1014 2nd Ave. NW, and 614 5th Ave NE. They raided the homes Wednesday morning. Schroeder says, “108 grams of meth were found.
Langdon, ND (WDAZ TV) - In Langdon, North Dakota, a high school junior wants to give his peers more of a say in what happens in the classroom, by having...