Regional Briefs

A ‘yes’ for Watford City schools

Voters in the Watford City School District decided Tuesday to approve a $27 million bond issue to pay for construction of a new high school.

The unofficial tally given after the polls closed indicated 90 percent support for the measure, with 748 votes in favor to 83 votes cast against.

School officials have cited an increase in students as reason for the new construction, with enrollment doubling over the past three years. Property taxes levied as a result are estimated to increase by $93.87 per year for a $100,000 home in the district.

Man arrested for alleged arson

Dustin R. Greaves, 32, Minot, was arrested by a Ward County deputy early Tuesday morning shortly after a home just south of Surrey was on fire.

He is charged with arson, burglary, driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to submit to a chemical test when requested by a law enforcement officer, and driving with a suspended license.

People passing by the residence in the 600 block of 104th Street Southeast reported the fire to Minot Central Dispatch shortly after 4 a.m. The callers went to take a closer look at the home and reported that a man was inside and then left the building in a sports utility vehicle and were able to identify the license number.

The deputy was able to stop the vehicle not far from the fire and then placed Greaves under arrest. The damage to the home is unknown at this time but the Surrey Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire.

Arizona man dies in crash

Brand M. Patton, 56, Mesa, Ariz., died at the scene from injuries suffered in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 23 about three miles east of Watford City Sunday at about 11:50 p.m.

According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, Patton was driving a 2003 Buick Century westbound on the highway at an unknown speed when, “for an unknown reason,” he swerved into the westbound lane and struck a trailer attached to a 2001 Ford Excursion driven by Erick J. Atkinson, 31, La Prairie, Minn.

The highway was closed for about two and a half hours following the crash.

Neither Atkinson nor his passengers, Joseph C. Eicher, 18, Sandpoint, Idaho, and Mitchell Niverson, 35, Nampa, Idaho, were injured in the crash. The Buick was totaled but there was only minor damage to the trailer.

Minor oil spill in stock pond

KILLDEER A well pad owned by Continental Resources about 14 miles northwest of Killdeer lost between six to ten barrels worth of oil Tuesday, according to the North Dakota Department of Health.

The agency also said that the oil reached a stock pond near the well pad and that the owner of that stock pad has been notified and oil spill cleanup has commenced.

Continental Resources employees working on the clean-up are also developing a remediation plan with a state inspector at the site.

Flint McColgan