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Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy

January 14, 2019
Sheriff Johansen announces the hire of Shannon Wellen as his Chief Deputy.

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Retirement of Sgt. Perry

October 13, 2017
The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Sgt. Bob Perry on his 37 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of McKenzie County.

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Deceased female found in McKenzie County

July 24, 2017
Narrative:
On 07/20/2017 at approximately 7:30 PM McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office investigators responded to the area of 42ND ST NW and 148th T Ave NW in response to information that was received during the investigation into the drive by shooting that occurred in Williston on the morning of July 18, 2017 by investigators in Williston.

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Thomas Gene Edwards has recently plead guilty

May 12, 2017
Thomas Gene Edwards, 55, has recently plead guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. This case stems from a joint investigative effort by the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, Northwest Narcotics Task Force and the FBI Task Force out of Sidney Montana.

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May 8th Drowning in Stock Pond

May 8, 2017
On 05/07/2017 at approximately 5:16 PM the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office, McKenzie County Rural Fire Department, McKenzie County Ambulance Service, and Valley Med Flight responded to a report of an 18 year old male who was drowning at a stock pond located near 126th Ave NW and 37th ST NW.

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* PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * January 14, 2019 Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy McKenzie County Sheriff Matthew Johansen announced today the hire of Shannon Wellen as...

Happy New Years! Please don’t drink and drive! Have fun and be safe! We would like to thank our outgoing Sheriff, Gary Schwartzenberger for his service, and we wish him well in his future endeavors. We...

Please be aware of the shifting weather pattern in the coming hours. Please keep an emergency kit your vehicle to include extra extra blankets and/or snow cloths. If you get stuck, break down...

Please heed road and travel advisories as they come out. Please avoid travel if possible. If you must travel, please slow down, carry an emergency kit, stay with your vehicle if you become...

Last week we held an awards and promotions ceremony. We would like to recognize the following deputies for superior achievement in the performance of their duties Sgt. Newman was promoted to...

***Road Conditions*** Even with the sun up and warming temperatures, the roads are still extremely slippery. Please slow down, leave extra room when merging/turning, wear your seat belts, turn your...

***Traffic Accident Update*** Hwy 23 is open again to eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic. North Dakota Highway Patrol will be handling the accident investigation. Remember to drive for the road conditions and wear your seatbelt.

***Traffic Alert*** Highway 23 is closed from the Keene round about to Highway 1806 East due to a serious injury accident. There is no time line on when the road will be reopened. Drivers are...

No Travel Advisory is still in place for McKenzie County. Please stay off the roads.

Update: County Road 10 is back open to both lanes of traffic. McKenzie County sand truck is currently laying sand on County road 10 from Hwy 1806 to Hwy 23 in both lanes. With this in mind it is still very icy...




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