Man dies in corn bin accident

Corneilius Johannes Du Plessis, 27, from South Africa, was pronounced dead at the scene of a corn bin accident by the McLean County Coroner Ben Gehring Monday morning.

The 911 call reporting the incident came in just after 10:15 a.m. The incident occurred at a farm on U.S. Highway 83 in Wilton, about seven miles south of Washburn.

McLean County Sheriff Don Charging said in a statement that an autopsy will be conducted by the state medical examiner’s office.

Flint McColgan

Update on shooting incident

The Minot Police Department has disclosed some additional information on an incident where a 44-year-old woman was shot Sunday in Minot.

When police pulled over a speeding vehicle while it was en route to Trinity Hospital in Minot they arrested the 31-year-old driver, Robert Putney Jr., for driving under the influence and for simple assault – domestic violence, both Class B misdemeanors.

He pled guilty to both charges during his initial appearance in court Monday and he was sentenced to 30 days in the Ward County Jail.

The shooting of the 44-year-old female passenger of the vehicle remains under investigation.

Spills reported in Marmarth, Ray areas

The North Dakota Department of Health reported two recent spills in North Dakota, one near Marmarth and another in the Ray area.

A 2,000-barrel spill of water used for enhanced oil recovery from a flow line owned by Denbury Onshore occurred about eight miles southwest of Marmarth in Slope County.

The water is higher in dissolved solids and minerals than fresh water. The spill occurred as a result of a leak in the flow line. Most of the water has soaked into the soil and a dike will be constructed to control runoff. The Health Department is working on an initial site assessment.

On June 12, a spill of 20 barrels of crude oil, produced water and fresh water was reported 12 miles south of Ray in Williams County as a result of a valve assembly failure. The site is owned by Kodiak Oil & Gas. The spill impacted a dry intermittent stream. Free liquid has been recovered and sorbent booms are in place in the stream bed. Oil and Gas Division, and Health Department inspectors have been on scene.

The Health Department will work with the companies on remediation plans for both spills.