KSJB News Update 11/08/18

A record number of North Dakotans turned out to the ballot box for Tuesday’s election. More than 329,000 Ballots were cast, a record for midterm elections and nearly reaching the record-breaking 2016 election turn-out. The 329,086 votes tallied on the Secretary of State’s website reflect all ballots received as of Tuesday, including early voting and absentee votes.


An airman from Minot Air Force Base was found dead Tuesday. The airman was from the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, according to a news release from the base’s Public Affairs Office. The name of the airman is being withheld until relatives have been notified. The cause of death is under investigation.


A Watford City accountant was found guilty Wednesday of wire fraud. Rene L. Johnson was accused of diverting investors’ funds without their knowledge for a high-risk loan. The case was linked to James Henrikson, who was found guilty for ordering two deaths. Johnson provided a $400,000 loan to one of Henrikson’s associates with the promise she’d double her money in 90 days. Johnson was accused of using funds invested in her business toward that loan without informing investors. Jurors found Johnson not guilty of mail fraud, making a false statement to law enforcement and making a false statement on a bank loan application.


A body of a hunting man was found in a rural Minnesota field Tuesday night, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as Timothy Leon Berhow of Grand Forks. The body was found in a field where he had been hunting about 48 miles southeast of Grand Forks. The sheriff’s office transported Berhow’s body to the University of North Dakota forensic medical examiner for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected.


The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled unanimously to reverse the conviction of a woman related to a Dakota Access Pipeline protest. Rebecca Jessee was convicted in January of felony tampering with a public service. Justice Daniel Crothers wrote, “Law enforcement observed a small group of protesters tampering with railroad property by placing debris on the tracks, but Jessee was never accused of participating in those actions,” Jessee is the first defendant convicted from the DAPL protests to win on appeal. Of 831 defendants, only a small number have appealed, including three previous appellants that were unsuccessful.