Death of Carrington Infant at Unlicensed Daycare Results in Murder Charge

After an investigation by the Carrington Police Department and with assistance of the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (ND BCI) and Buffalo Bridges Human Service Zone, on January 30, 2023, the Defendant, Patricia Wick, was arrested. Patricia Wick is charged with Murder, a Class AA Felony, related to the death of an infant in

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Stark County’s Pretrial Recovery Program Aids Sobriety in North Dakota

A new criminal justice program in Stark County is proving useful at keeping people out of jail and off drugs and alcohol. It’s called a pretrial recovery program, and for non violent offenders, they can stay out of jail if they agree to drug and alcohol monitoring. The program started early in 2022, and the

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Police in India charge two men in deaths of family who froze crossing into U.S.

A human trafficking story that started with the deaths of an immigrant family near the Manitoba/North Dakota border last winter continues with criminal charges in India against some of the suspects alleged responsible. The Indian couple, Jagdish Patel and his wife Vaishali Patel along with their two children froze to death a year ago while

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Minnesota prisons confront national trend of ‘drug-soaked’ mail filtering behind bars

What’s the newest way to get drugs into prison? Put a stamp on them and send it. Of course, you’ll have to soak the paper and envelope in liquid narcotics, first. Stephen Montemayor with the Star Tribune has the full story on innovation in evasion that’s got Minnesota corrections officers on their toes. Why does

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Minot Police Issue Release on Murder in Lamplighter Lounge Parking Lot

The Minot Police Department issued the following news release through their Facebook page this morning. — Official News Release, Minot Police Department — The Minot Police Department responded to a report of gunshots in the parking lot of the Lamplighter lounge at approximately 1:40 a.m. on 12/30/22. On arrival officers discovered a 36 year old

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Minot man who got 100 years in prison for killing dad resentenced to life without parole

April Baumgarten with has some great reporting on the resentencing of a Minot man convicted of murder. Chris Vickerman was found guilty of murdering his father on May 10, 2019. But his 100-year sentence handed down by Judge Doug Mattson turned some heads the criminal justice world and was overturned by the ND Supreme

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Across the country, cities and states begin battles with corporate pharmaceuticals over opioid crisis

Through lives lost to overdoses or changed forever due to addiction and numerous cascade effects such as increases in property crime and demand for services, the costs of the opioid epidemic are staggering. And who’s bearing the cost? People, families, and local places are carrying a lot of it. And now they’re using the legal

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North Dakota claims dubious position in rankings of juvenile drug arrests

In a ranking of juvenile drug arrests, North Dakota had the 3rd highest total of 27 violations per 10,000 kids. Only South Dakota and Wyoming ranked worse. April Baumgarten with Inforum has the full story.

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North Dakota’s Top Correction Officer Learns from Norwegian Example

It’s not often you’ll find a ‘Mother Jones’ article referenced on The Minot Voice. The reporting there makes many North Dakotan’s angry because we quickly draw adversarial lines opposed to their editorial positions. But occasionally, they cover a story that’s worthy of consideration. This is one of those examples. North Dakota’s top corrections officers took

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Growth in Mandan brings uptick in crime

One of the common gripes heard around Minot is related to the uptick in crime. But the problem isn’t unique to Minot. One hundred miles south of us in Mandan, the population has grown dramatically since the last census. And along with it, there’s been an increase in crime and a need to add new

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ND’s top correction officer looks to Norway for new solutions to old problems

In our country and more and more in our state, we put people in jail. For a long time, we’ve viewed incarceration as the only solution to the problem of criminal activity and recidivism. But is it? More importantly, is there a better solution? A recent trip to Norway by our state’s top correction officers

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Judge Rules Ward County State’s Attorney’s Demand ‘Not in Good Faith’

Minot area criminal defense attornies and the Ward County State’s Attorney’s office have been squabbling in court recently. The incidents have brought considerable media coverage, and now a ruling against the State’s Attorney’s office. Andrea Johnson with The Minot Daily News has the coverage, but it’s not available online so you’ll have to find it

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Criminal justice reforms have sheriffs worried about shifting costs

The battle over who pays what is an eternal one in government, and when it comes to housing inmates serving sentences the payor is often a matter of where the inmate is staying. Is it in a state correctional facility or a county one? And shifting policy as well as a lot of new beds

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Self-Driving Cars Mean Cops Won’t Have Excuses to Pull People Over

Self-driving cars are coming; there’s nothing to be done about it. Automation, in general, is going to radically remake the way we live our lives and our society, and if we look at self-driving cars as one of the early dominoes, the challenge then becomes what are the second, third, and fourth cultural dominoes that

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Opioid epidemic forces us into new territory

In today’s Minot Daily editorial, Mike Sasses, editor of the Minot Daily provides some perspective on the new challenges created by opioid and drug abuse that’s more and more prevalent. When a judge has to consider whether granting someone bond may endanger their own life, we know we have a difficult problem to solve. Read

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The Strange Tale of North Dakota’s Midnight Rider: Serial Killer Eugene Butler

From the macabre category and Troy Larson with the Ghosts of North Dakota comes, we rediscover the story of a North Dakota serial killer.

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