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Man facing criminal charges for shooting unoccupied vehicle

An incident at a party resulted in a man's arrest. Police in North Dakota arrested one of the men believed to have been involved in that incident, after which he allegedly discharged a weapon. Although it does not appear as if he is charged with any weapon offenses, he is facing criminal charges for reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, several people notified police that they had heard multiple gunshots somewhere in the area. Police reported to that area but apparently did not find anything indicating that a person had discharged a weapon. However, police received another report at around 10 a.m. the same day.

Traffic stops lead to drug charges for 4 men

Four men are in police custody following two separate traffic stops on Interstate 80. At both stops, North Dakota police say they discovered drugs after searching the respective vehicles. All of the defendants are facing drug charges.

The first traffic stop occurred at around 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, when a police officer spotted an eastbound vehicle traveling at 98 mph. When the officer approached the vehicle during the stop, he allegedly smelled marijuana inside of the vehicle. Multiple officers conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly found 3 pounds of marijuana, nearly 60 grams of THC edibles, almost 40 THC vape cartridges and 2000 mg of syrup containing THC. Police arrested the three men inside of the vehicle, who ranged in age from 19 to 22 years old. 

Examining breathalyzer accuracy in your DUI case

If law enforcement stopped you on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and you took the breathalyzer test, what were the results?

Breathalyzers are machines, and machines do not always work as they should. An incident in Philadelphia points to the kind of issue that can affect the outcome of a DUI conviction.

Driver faces felony charges for multi-state vehicle chase

Police in North Dakota recently arrested a man who led authorities on a vehicle chase across state lines. The driver is charged with fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot and reckless driving among other felony charges. He apparently also has several active warrants for his arrest, although it is not clear if those warrants are for North Dakota or a different state.

The 21-year-old driver initially fled police in a neighboring state where the motor vehicle chase first started. He eventually crossed over the state line and into North Dakota. At approximately 12:21 p.m., police officers in Grand Forks were made aware of a nearby vehicle pursuit. The officers joined the attempt to stop the driver, but were unsuccessful.

White collar crimes: What you should know about identity theft

Allegations of identity theft are extremely sensitive, and those accused of this type of crime may feel as if they have already been judged very early on in the process. While victims of identity theft in North Dakota might understandably feel upset about their situations, defendants have the right to defend themselves to the fullest extent. Anyone who was arrested for this type or other types of white collar crimes needs to understand what these charges entail.

Simply using another person's personal data might not be enough to warrant an identity theft charge. Instead, using that personal data for economic gain through deception or fraud usually constitutes identity theft. One example is using someone else's identifying information -- like his or her Social Security number or birth date -- to open up a credit card or take out a loan. Although personal information is often obtained online through information leaks or security flaws, a prosecutor may accuse a defendant of going through an alleged victim's trash to find discarded documents. 

A DUI conviction and the risk to your security clearance

Everyone makes a mistake now and then, but some are more serious than others. Among the latter is a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol.

A DUI mark on your record could have a devastating effect on your future if you need to maintain a security clearance for the kind of work you do.

Semi driver faces weapons charge, more after throwing beer cans

It is not clear if the driver of a semi-truck was on duty during an incident that apparently involved cans of beer, a firearm and North Dakota police. The driver was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for firing a firearm within the city limits. He is also facing two felonies in addition to the weapons charge.

Shortly before 8 p.m. in early Aug. 2019, a motorist alerted police to what he or she believed was a semi-truck driver under the influence of alcohol. The tractor trailer was not moving at this time, and the witness exited his or her vehicle to confirm the license plate number for police. At that point, the semi driver allegedly threw cans of beer at the witness and then pointed a firearm out of the window, discharging it.

Man charged with drug crimes, other offenses

An out-of-state man is facing serious criminal charges in North Dakota. In addition to charges for alleged drug crimes, he is also accused of luring minors by computer. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is apparently still in police custody.

According to authorities, the 38-year-old man used a computer to communicate with a person he believed to be 14 years old. The communication was what police described as sexual in nature, both explicitly or implicitly applied. He allegedly also brought up engaging in sexual acts or sexual performances to the minor.

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