News: Top Devils Lake cops placed on leave after disparaging internal report

All is not well inside the Devils Lake Police Department and responsibility for the situation is landing at the top of the food chain. The department’s chief and second in command have been placed on paid administrative leave by the City Commission. April Baumgarten with the Grand Forks Herald has the story.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: A Prosecutors Perspective on Confidential Informant Legislation

The discussion around “Andrew’s Law” this legislative session has been emotional charged. When a law is named after a person who’s no longer with us and born from a tragic situation, it’s easy to get caught in the idea that we must act and accept the first pitch. Ladd Erickson argues that Senate’s decision to slow this law down will result in better policy.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads to Drug Arrest

News: Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads to Drug Arrest

On March 24, 2017 at 2:48 AM, officers responded to the Holiday Gas Station, located at 3301 S. Broadway, for a report of a red truck sitting on a curb near their car wash. As officers arrived they observed a red truck drive away from the car wash and park at a gas pump. Officers identified the driver of the vehicle as 28-year-old Kirk Mohr of Parshall, ND....

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News: Twin Cities Jewish community shaken by rising anti-Semitism

It’s too early in the data gathering to call it a dramatic increase in behavior, but anecdotal evidence from those on the receiving end of it suggests the rise in anti-semitic behavior is something we should be paying attention to. Here’s the quote from a Minnetonka-based that that brings home the concern. Our experience as a community in this country has never been that we have had to worry...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: An Algorithm Is Replacing Bail Hearings in New Jersey

When an individual is arrested for a crime, they’re typically required to post a bond in order to be released until their trial. But what is the bond rate set at? Typically a judge sets that rate based on an assessment of risk that the defendant will return to stand trial. But in New Jersey, the criminal justice system will start using an algorithm based on data and predictors...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Dakota Access Protester Trial Results in Guilty Verdict

The legal process is beginning to catch up with those involved in the protest activities related to the Dakota Access Pipeline. A jury in Morton County found eight of the early arrestees guilty of disorderly conduct. Special Prosecutor Ladd Erickson has suggested he will seek steeper penalties for those facing more violent charges.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Whatever Else Comes From the #NoDAPL Protests, Let’s Get North Dakota Cops Some Body Cameras

Rob Port at Say Anything Blog offers up two important conversation points in this article, one of them unintentionally. First, the protest actions have exposed the need for police to be using body cameras, so we should figure out how to get that done. And second — and though not explicitly stated — it’s time to start talking about outcomes. How can we get everyone out of this...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Canada: Rampant illegal night hunting puts Manitoba wildlife in peril

Not too far North of us here in Minot, ranchers and game officials are struggling with increased illegal activity related to night hunting of wild game as well as the shooting of livestock. So far this year there have been 41 arrests, that compares to an average of 14 arrests on similar charges over the past decade. The trend has officials talking about banning Moose hunting for the next...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Deaths linked to fentanyl rise as curbing illicit supply proves tough

The last few days in our news feed have had stories of an opioid use on the rise in Canada. And now on this side of the border, MPR is on the story locally.  The scariest drug in the new synthetic world is fentanyl, and the challenges we face in drug enforcement are growing and changing.    summary by: Josh Wolsky

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