BISMARCK, N.D.—Kathleen Bennett will not see legal penalties for the alleged exploitation of her senile mother, Mary Trujillo. With one case already dismissed in Morton County, Burleigh County Assistant State's Attorney Marina Spahr motioned Wednesday, Jan. 10, to dismiss felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult against Bennett, which South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner granted Friday. Why? Mary Trujillo is dead.
WATFORD CITY, N.D.—More deputies have left the McKenzie County Sheriff's office in western North Dakota in the wake of the sheriff's reinstatement. Eight sheriff's deputies have resigned while one each has retired or been fired since Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger on Aug. 4. Included in that number are three deputies whose last days were between Dec. 8-15: Detective Daniel Blood, Detective Michael Mees and Deputy Catlin Sitting Bear. "It's a free country," Schwartzenberger said. "They can do what they want to do."