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Whiteout wintry conditions caused issues Monday for some court proceedings, but one defendant still entered his not guilty pleas.

In a waiver filed Friday, 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado waived his preliminary hearing set for Monday afternoon and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of attempted murder and fleeing a peace officer.

He's accused of attempting to run over a Bismarck police officer in January during a probation search in north Bismarck. The officer subsequently shot him. Villalobos-Alvarado later turned himself in at Brookings, S.D.

South Central District Judge James Hill accepted his waiver Monday morning.

Villalobos-Alvarado is held at the Burleigh-Morton County Detention center, pending $500,000 cash bond. 

Juan Nunez, charged with felony hindering law enforcement from the same episode, was also set for a preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. Prosecutor Marina Spahr said his hearing was rescheduled for Friday.

Nunez, 32, is accused of helping Villalobos-Alvarado avoid arrest. He is also held at the jail, pending $100,000 cash bond.

Hill said jail staff ended inmate transports Monday afternoon owing to the whiteout conditions.

Burleigh County offices closed at 3 p.m. Monday due to the weather.

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