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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Update: Judge won’t lower bond for Mandan murder and arson suspect    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A judge has refused to lower bond for a Mandan man accused of killing a neighbor and setting a mobile home on fire to cover up the crime. The attorney for 49-year-old Rodney Friesz asked Judge Bruce Romanick (roh-MAWN'-ihk) to reduce bond from $250,000 to $100,000. Romanick rejected the request Monday, citing public safety. Friesz is accused in the Oct. 9 slaying of 62-year-old Gene Jassmann. Authorities allege Friesz shot Jassmann in the head with a .22-caliber rifle after the two argued, then lit the home on fire. Friesz will enter pleas later to charges of felony murder and arson. He could face life in prison without parole if convicted.
KXNet-TV ND News Network

Truck crashes into apartment building in Grand Forks    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A truck crashed into the corner of a ground floor apartment building across from Lewis and Clark Elementary School at the corner of 13th Avenue South and South 12th Street in Grand Forks Tuesday morning. Battalion Chief Rob Corbett with the Grand Forks Fire Department said firefighters responded to a call at 9:25 a.m. and saw half of the truck inside the apartment building and underneath a tree next to the building. Corbett said the apartment was empty when the truck hit. He said he’s not sure how the crash happened. Corbett would not comment on the status of the driver, but said someone in the truck was transported to Altru Hospital. Three fire trucks and multiple Grand Forks police cars were on the scene, as well as two Grand Forks Fire Department technical rescue trailers filled with plywood and other tools. After cutting down tree branches blocking access to the truck and clearing some of the debris, the fire department brought out circular saws and began stabilizing the upper floor of the building with plywood and metal poles to remove the truck from the building.

Monday, October 20, 2014
North Dakota First Responders Receive Special Training   view comments tweat me share on facebook
VIDEO: Whether it's sandbags, or just a square inch patch, emergency responders learned how to handle hazmat leaks of any magnitude. "It's important to know what you're coming upon, you don't always have time for the specialized teams to be there or need to be able to respond and mitigate those circumstances," said Joe Charvat, a firefighter for the Bismarck Rural Fire Department. From creating a dam to properly storing a barrel, the class covered a wide range of skills. And getting the hands-on experience is pretty crucial. "Personal safety how they approach a hazardous material whether its generated by crude oil whether its generated by gasoline whether it's generated by acids, it's harmful," said Sam Hansen, an instructor from the CDP. The course marked the launch of what will soon be a nationwide program for hazmat emergency response. And the reason why it kicked-off in North Dakota is no surprise. "A great emphasis was on the flammability of the crude oils the sweet and sour oil that they deal with up here and we tried to emphasize that during the training," said Hansen. And even if it you're not in the Bakken, first responders say it's better to be safe than sorry. "There are firefighters from Williston and Minot that are here that are training with us and they're seeing more of it everyday but we're getting the fringes of it, it definitely affects everybody in the area,"said Charvat. And while the training was only a test run, the students already have their first hazmat response experience in the bag.

Bismarck home starts on fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Bismarck house fire early Saturday evening has displaced its homeowners, but no one was injured in the incident, according to Curt Leben, Battalion Chief for the Bismarck Fire Department. At 6:25 p.m., firefighters responded to a call at the 1300 block of Meredith Drive. The residents were not home and a neighbor had reported the fire. Firefighters found heavy smoke at the rear of the home coming from the deck. They said it looked like the fire had spread from there to the kitchen and made it to the attic through the eaves. The kitchen and attic had substantial fire damage and there was smoke damage throughout the main floor. Firefighters searched the home and determined the residents weren’t there. They are staying with relatives for the time being. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but appears to be accidental. Initial damage estimates are up to $70,000.
Bismarck Tribune

Fire Damages South Fargo Apartment   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Fargo Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a south Fargo apartment Saturday night. It happened around 9:18 at 728 23rd St. S, Fargo. When crews arrived on scene smoke was visible inside the building. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the flames. Nobody was in the apartment when the fire started and there were no injuries. All other residents of the building were evacuated safely and no other structures were damaged. The cause is under investigation.

Arrest made in truck theft and arson in Burleigh County   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Bismarck man is facing multiple charges are stealing a vehicle that was later found on fire. Police say they got a call about the stolen vehicle around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Shortly after the call, deputies from the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department found the vehicle, a 1979 pickup truck, up in flames in General Sibley Park. Police say the truck has Montana license plates. Dustin Voeller, 30, was arrested and booked in to the Burleigh County Detention Center later in the afternoon. He is charged with theft of a motor vehicle. He could also face an arson charge, which is a Class B Felony. Class B felonies carry a punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

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