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3 Years Behind Bars for Man Accused of Stealing Skid Steer

The skid steer was valued at $80,000.

MINOT, N.D.–A Minot man has been sent to prison for three years for stealing a Bobcat skid-steer loader from the Ward County Highway Department. Thirty-year-old Michael Schell must also serve three years of probation and pay more than $1,100 in court costs for stealing the skid steer valued at $80,000 last January. Investigators sent a cigarette butt and vape with…

Man Charged in 2016 Pipeline Protest Surrenders

The 23-year-old Sisseton man is charged with felony criminal mischief and engaging in a riot.

BISMARCK, N.D.–A South Dakota man who authorities say is linked through DNA evidence to a riot during the Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago has turned himself in to sheriff’s officials in North Dakota. Prosecutors in Morton County filed charges against Lawrence Malcolm Jr. last month after state investigators were informed by the State Crime Lab that DNA from…

Attorney Seeks Dismissal of DAPL Cigarette Butt DNA Case

Nestor says it's impossible to determine where the butt originated or how long it might have been there.

Dakota Access PipelineBISMARCK, N.D.–An attorney for a South Dakota man says DNA evidence found on a cigarette butt doesn’t prove his client participated in a riot during the Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago. On Monday, attorney Bruce Nestor filed a motion in state court seeking dismissal of the charges against Lawrence Malcolm Jr., of Sisseton. Nestor says it’s…

DNA Helps Convict Minnesota Man for 1983 Cold Case

Rea is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, and has denied the accusations.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A man whose conviction for the 1983 rape and killing of a Minneapolis teenager made possible by DNA evidence is being sentenced. A Hennepin County judge last month found 64-year-old Darrell Rea guilty of the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl, whose body was found bludgeoned along railroad tracks in North Minneapolis. Rea is scheduled to be sentenced…

25 Year Old Murder Case Results In Charges

Jerry Westrom is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann "Jeanie" Childs.

  MINNEAPOLIS – A businessman is charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann “Jeanie” Childs. The 52-year-old was released from jail after posting…