061116.N.AD.TRAFFICKINGGRANTS feature

Money To Address ND Human Trafficking Stalled

BISMARCK – Bureaucratic red tape has held up $1.25 million in state grant funding to help victims of human trafficking. State legislators set aside the grant dollars in the 2015 session, but none of that money has been distributed to victim service providers more than 13 months after it was made available. Windie Lazenko, a…
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MHA Chairman Mark Fox, from left, FBI Director James Comey, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI division, participate in a news conference on Monday, June 6, 2016, in New Town, N.D. Amy Dalrymple/Forum News Service

As FBI Adds Agents In Williston, Tribal Leader Say Crime ‘killing Our People’

NEW TOWN, N.D. – When FBI Director James Comey visited a northwest North Dakota Indian reservation Monday, the tribal chairman didn’t sugarcoat the crime problems facing the community. “The situation of excess crime on Fort Berthold is literally killing our people and tearing our people apart,” said Mark Fox, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and…
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‘Despicable’ Sex Trafficker Gets 33 Years In Prison

BISMARCK – A California man convicted of sex trafficking was sentenced Wednesday to 33 years in prison, but one victim said she’ll deal with the trauma for her entire life. Federal prosecutors asked for a life sentence for Keith A. Graves, found guilty of preying on drug-addicted women and using violence and sexual assaults to…
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McKenzie County Breaks Ground On New Jail, Law Enforcement Center

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – As dozens of law enforcement officers lined up here Tuesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new jail, it was hard to believe that about six years ago the community had just four deputies and four police officers. McKenzie County leaders are building a new facility to house growing law enforcement…
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Short-term Federal Agents Not A Bakken Crime Solution, Officials Say

WILLISTON, N.D. – Fighting drug trafficking in the Bakken requires more than two-week stints from federal agents, Oil Patch police chiefs and sheriffs said here Wednesday. Western North Dakota law enforcement joined Sen. John Hoeven and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem in urging federal agencies to establish a permanent presence in Williston. The Federal Bureau of…
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