Pre-trial hearing in Kalmio murder case
There was a pre-trial hearing at the Ward County Courthouse Tuesday morning for Omar Mohamed Kalmio, who has been charged with four Class AA felony counts of murder. Kalmio, in a previous court appearance, had entered "not guilty" pleas to the Jan. 28, 2011, murders of 19-year-old Sabrina Zephier, 38-year-old Jolene Zephier, 13-year-old Dillon Zephier, and 22-year-old Jeremy Longie.
A decision was made for the next hearing to be held Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Ward County Courthouse for two motions to be made before the court concerning video footage and ballistics.
The volume of evidence and the new discovery of evidence means that more than two weeks for the trial will be needed, said Judge Douglas Mattson. The venue of the trial will remain in Minot.
The trial for Kalmio is set to begin on Oct. 15.
- Jill Hambek
Sideswipe crash results in injury near Harvey
A vehicle-motorcycle crash resulting in injury occurred Monday afternoon, one mile east of Harvey.
According to the North Dakota State Highway Patrol, Kanesha Renae Anderson, 22, of Minneapolis, the driver of a 2011 Nissan Rogue, was traveling east on U.S. Highway 52 at approximately 65 miles per hour. James Edward Stogner, Jr., 50, of Belcourt, was operating a 2008 Harley-Davidson and was also traveling east when he was sideswiped by Anderson.
Stogner reduced his speed and pulled over toward the white fog line due to a passing semi tractor/trailer combination. Anderson struck Stogner from behind, pushing Stogner onto the eastbound shoulder of U.S. Highway 52. Anderson continued eastbound on U.S. Highway 52 and began to rotate counterclockwise. She overcorrected and the vehicle rolled one time, coming to rest on its wheels in the south ditch facing south.
Both drivers were taken to the Harvey hospital and later Stogner was taken to a Bismarck hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
- Jill Hambek