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FBI Director Comey to Celebrate Opening of New Offie in Williston, North Dakota

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.32.31 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey is headed to North Dakota today to celebrate the opening of the bureau’s newest office.

The Associated Press reports that Comey will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office in Williston.

Also on hand will be the state’s congressional delegation and U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers.

The Williston location will be the fifth office in the state. The other locations are in Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks and Minot.

Comey also plans to meet with tribal officials at the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Man Accused of Plotting to Kidnap One of President Obama’s Dogs Claimed He Was Jesus Christ

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused to trying to kidnap one of the Obama family’s dogs was arrested Wednesday with weapons and ammunition in his car, The Washington Post reports. 

Scott D. Stockert, 49, of North Dakota, has made many bizarre claims since his arrest. He claimed he was Jesus Christ and the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. He also said he planned to run for president, the Post wrote.

Stockert was not registered to own a gun and was charged with carrying a rifle or shotgun outside his home or place of business.

Obama has two Portuguese water dogs.

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Inforum: FBI Office in North Dakota Is ‘Unsettling Sign of Changing Times’

North DakotaBy Editorial Board
Inforum

The establishment of an FBI office in Williston, N.D., is a tangible, if somewhat unsettling, sign of changing times. The fact it’s the first “resident agency” the FBI has opened in 20 years confirms that crime associated with North Dakota’s oil boom is a real phenomenon that demands intensified attention. In this case, “changing times” does not necessarily mean change is good.

Border Patrol Office That Protects North Dakota, Minnesota Gets New Leader

Grand forks sectorBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol sector that covers North Dakota and Minnesota has a new leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke has been named as the new chief of the Grand Forks sector in North Dakota, the Associated Press reports. 

Heitke takes over on Wednesday, replacing Austin Skero, who was transferred to Virginia as part of a promotion.

The sector has 200 agents covering 861 miles of border in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Hemp Today: Department of Justice Guidance Should Shield Tribes Who Want to Grow Hemp

By Hemp Today

A 2013 Department of Justice memorandum designed to prioritize the goals of anti-marijuana legislation should shield Indian tribes who are looking at growing hemp as an industrial crop, former ND Federal Prosecutor Timothy Purdon said.

The so-called “Cole memo” is a policy statement based on Deputy U.S. Attorney General James M. Cole’s Aug. 29, 2013 guidance to federal prosecutors regarding anti-drug laws in states that have adopted ballot initiatives that “legalize under state law the possession of small amounts of marijuana and provide for the regulation of marijuana production, processing, and sale.”

Subsequent DOJ guidance in October 2014 expressly made the Cole memo’s priorities applicable on Indian reservations, meaning the prosecutorial focus would specifically not be on tribal lands.

While the Cole memo is focused on marijuana cases involving drug cartels, sales to minors, the use of firearms in drug deals, and interstate transport of pot, “It seems likely that those memos would apply to hemp farming,” Purdon told the Associated Press. “Under the factors in the Cole memo, it would seem like the department should not be prioritizing the investigation and prosecution of industrial hemp.”

A North Dakota bill passed this legislative session sets guidelines for industrial hemp production, and should make it easier for tribes to grow and process hemp-based products, boosting the tribes’ economic fortunes. ND State Rep. David Monson sponsored the bill, which is meant to put the state in line with the new federal farm policy that allows experimental hemp farming through state ag departments and university research programs .

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Increasing Crime Prompts FBI to Open Permanent Office in North Dakota Oil Patch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

North Dakota’s oil boom has brought with it an upswing in crime.

To combat the rising crime, the FBI is opening a permanent office in northwest North Dakota, the Associated Press reports.

The crime is fed by a population increase and has included human and drug homicides and organized crime.

Although the FBI has offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot, they are still a long drive to the northwest part of the state .

The last time the FBI opened a new satellite office was in New London, Conn., in 2006.

The office is expected to include four agents, an analyst and clerical staff.

“We aren’t expecting them to come and save us from anything,” said Williams County Sherriff Scott Busching. “We don’t need saving; we need help.”

 

 

Montana Fights to Keep New FBI Office from Closing, Moving to North Dakota

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is urging the FBI to reconsider plans to move a field office from the state to North Dakota.

“When the FBI was looking to set-up an office in the area, Sidney community leaders recognized the importance of having these resources in the area and stepped up to offer space and support to the agents. Now the FBI needs to step-up and recognize the importance of keeping the office in Sidney,” Bullock told the Sidney Herald.

The FBI opened an office in Sidney last year because of a spike in crime from development around the Bakken oil fields.

But now some authorities say the time has come to bring back the agents in North Dakota where they are more needed.

Homeland Security Loaning Drones to Local Police at Increasing Rate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A North Dakota farm is not where you’d expect to see a Predator drone.

But Homeland Security loaned the drones – up to $34 million in value – to local authorities who wanted to spy on a farmer who was engaged in a standoff with police.

Since the August 2011 incident, the Washington Guardian reports, Homeland Security has increasingly been lending its unarmed drones to local police.

Some worry that the use of drones amounts to domestic spying and the militarization of local police forces, the Guardian explained.

Homeland Security plans to begin helping local authorities buy smaller drone-style machines, the Guardian reported.

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