BISMARCK—Attorneys argued Thursday in the appeal of the former deputy U.S. marshal who was sentenced last summer for 10 misdemeanors related to dressing room peeping in Bismarck. As part of Michael Rivera's sentence, three of those misdemeanors were given consecutive sentences of three years total. The other seven sentences are to run concurrently. Due to the separate charges' similarity, the prosecution before trial joined the multiple counts of three criminal cases against Rivera, totaling 22 felony and misdemeanor charges. The felonies were later dismissed.
NEW TOWN, N.D.—Searchers looking for Olivia Lone Bear have scoured the Fort Berthold Reservation while updated details on her disappearance continue to be uncovered. Three Affiliated Tribes Police Detective Sam Lincoln said most of the reservation has been searched by aircraft, motor vehicles and people on foot. Now the search is set to expand to Lake Sakakawea with air boats from nearby sheriff's departments, pending approval.
BISMARCK—North Dakota's rank of No. 1 on lists for binge drinking shouldn't be a source of pride, according to the state's first lady on Tuesday. "The culture of drinking is worn like a badge of honor in our state rather than a cause for alarm," first lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum told a crowd of about 1,000 people gathered at Recovery Reinvented. The event rolled out as her platform derived from her experience of 15 years in recovery from drinking.