Morton County

Name of Pilot Killed Near Mandan Released

35-year-old Daniel Miller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania died Tuesday afternoon

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — Authorities have identified a man who died in a plane crash about 30 miles south of Mandan. Morton County sheriff’s officials say 35-year-old Daniel Miller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania died Tuesday afternoon. Miller’s Cessna 152 crashed into the Missouri River near Fort Rice while he was taking low-altitude photographs. The plane is registered to an aerial photography…

Pilot Dies After Plane Crashes South of Mandan, North Dakota

The 35-year-old's identity was not immediately released

MORTON COUNTY, N.D. — A pilot died in an airplane crash Tuesday afternoon south of Mandan. The airplane crashed into the Missouri River near the Fort Rice Boat Dock, which is about 30 miles south of Mandan. A dive team has recovered the pilot’s body. The 35-year-old’s identity was not immediately released. The pilot was flying alone. The cause of…

Pipeline Protester Accused Of Poaching Deer Reaches Plea Deal

Charge Could Be Dismissed

MORTON CO., N.D. — One of four men charged with poaching deer during the Dakota Access pipeline protests has reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss his case. Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged last year with a misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of a big game animal. Under the deal approved by a judge, the case will be…

DAPL Protester Reaches Plea Deal

Prosecutors will drop a more serious count of discharge of a firearm during a felony crime of violence

  CASS COUNTY, N.D. — Red Fawn Fallis has pleaded guilty to civil disorder and gun possession by a felon. The Denver woman will avoid a trial after she was accused of firing a gun three times in October 2016 at the Dakota Access pipeline protest in Morton County, North Dakota. No one was hurt. Prosecutors will drop a more…

Standing Rock, Cheyenne River Sioux on DAPL; Keystone Pipeline Shutdown Due to Leak

The leak was discovered after a drop in pressure in the operating system

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux want a federal judge to reject the recent arguments made against their proposals for the Dakota Access pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline’s impact on tribal interests. While that’s done, the tribes want emergency equipment staging at the pipeline’s…

Two Sent to Jail Over DAPL Protests

The Water Protector Legal Collective calls the judge biased because similar cases tried by other judges have resulted in suspended jail sentences

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — A man and a woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Alexander Simon, 27, a teacher in New Mexico who is originally from Fort Yates, was convicted of disorderly conduct and given 18 days in jail. Mary Redway, 64, of Providence, Rhode Island…

DAPL Protest Piece on its Way to the Smithsonian

It was created by activists to show how far they had traveled

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — A piece from the Dakota Access protests is headed for the Smithsonian. Their National Museum of the American Indian is adding this nearly 12-foot-tall mile-marker post. It was created by activists to show how far they had traveled. Since treaties were at the heart of the protest over the 3.8 billion dollar oil pipeline, it’ll…

Two DAPL Protesters Could See Charges Dismissed

a judge in the case says the charges will be dismissed if the men finish their probation on lesser charges

Michael Fasig (L) and Israel Hernandez (R) could see their charges dismissed.  MORTON COUNTY, ND — Two men accused of felony reckless endangerment and criminal mischief during the Dakota Access pipeline protests could see their charges dismissed. Michael Fasig and Israel Hernandez are accused of ramming a private security officer’s truck, but a judge in the case says the charges…

Charges Dismissed Against DAPL Photojournalist

She says she identified herself to law enforcement as a journalist working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — Charges against a photo journalist who was arrested during the Dakota Access pipeline protests in Morton County last year have been dismissed. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was arrested on Oct. 22 with 140 other people near the pipeline easement and was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct. She says she identified herself to law enforcement as a…

More than 400 DAPL Cases Have Been Closed

Judges from the South Central District wanted the change since no new cases have been filed

  MORTON COUNTY, ND — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied a petition by some judges who argued out-of-state lawyers were no longer needed to represent Dakota Access pipeline protesters. Judges from the South Central District wanted the change since no new cases have been filed. In January, the court allowed out-of-state attorneys to assist pipeline protest-related cases if…