Minot Daily News
MINOT, N.D. -- The case of a 22-year-old Bismarck man diagnosed with a sleep disorder called sexomonia and accused of sexually abusing a young female relative in Minot two years ago was settled last month when he entered an Alford plea to a Class A misdemeanor charge of contributing to the deprivation of a minor. Aaron Michael Dietrich had claimed lack of criminal responsibility because he was asleep when the incidents occurred.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The ex-sheriff of Wells County in central North Dakota facing meth distribution and bribery charges will be allowed to travel out of state after a court ruling on Wednesday. Despite objections from Wells County State's Attorney Kathleen Murray, Southeast District Court Judge Daniel Narum.made the ruling at a bond hearing for Johnny Zip Lawson.
LAKE SAKAKAWEA, N.D. -- Two men presumed drowned in North Dakota waters had not been recovered as of late Tuesday afternoon. Chad Kanine, 42, Parshall, was reported missing Saturday, June 11, between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the jet ski he was operating was recovered on shore opposite the Four Bears Marina. Kanine had been seen jumping waves on his jet ski by fisherman. A pontoon operator later saw Kanine's jet ski floating with no one onboard.
MINOT, N.D. -- Country music fans can experience the chance of a lifetime, during the North Dakota State Fair's VIP giveaway through-Friday, with winners drawn Thursday, July 3. Three contestants will win an opportunity to meet two-time Academy of Country Music "Entertainer of the Year" Jason Aldean, legendary country performers Little Big Town or rising country star Thomas Rhett.
BURLINGTON, N.D. -- An accused armed robber and burglar will remain in jail on $350,000 bond as he faces charges of allegedly breaking into a Minot residence on April 8, 2016, tying up a 22-year-old woman and pointing a gun at her, and robbing her. Judge Todd Cresap refused to lower bond Tuesday for Jherik Anthony Hess, 24, of Burlington, citing the safety of the community.
MINOT, N.D. -- A misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge has been dismissed against an 18-year-old charged following a water balloon prank at Minot High School-Magic City Campus last month.
MINOT, N.D. -- A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Friday morning for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy with a developmental disability on Feb. 28. Darrell Vernon Midkiff, 53, is charged with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition and could face up to life in prison without parole.
FESSENDEN, N.D. – The man who recently resigned as sheriff of north-central North Dakota’s Wells County and was arrested the following day has requested permission from district court to be allowed to travel out of state pending his next courtroom appearance. Johnny Zip Lawson, Harvey, who is free on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond, faces a Class A felony charge of conspiracy to deliver meth, a Class C felony charge of bribery–official action and three Class A misdemeanors.
MINOT, N.D. -- A federal judge sentenced disgraced former Minot neurosurgeon Dr. Marc Eichler on Thursday to 36 months in prison for possession of child pornography, according to court records. Eichler was originally charged with child sex abuse offenses in district court in Minot.
MINOT, N.D. -- An all-clear has been given after a bomb threat was called in Thursday morning to the Ward County Courthouse in Minot, according to a sheriff’s deputy. The courthouse and the new Ward County Office building were both ordered evacuated around 10 a.m. People were seen exiting the office building and congregating in a church parking lot across the street from the office building. A bomb squad was called in to investigate.