Williston man charged in shooting death of wife

2012-05-21T10:54:00Z 2012-09-17T16:18:23Z Williston man charged in shooting death of wifeBy NICK SMITH | Bismarck Tribune Bismarck Tribune

Josh House, 28, of Williston, has been charged with one count of manslaughter, a Class B felony, and one Class C felony count of reckless endangerment in the death of his wife.

His bond was set at $5,000, with 10 percent needed to post, at a hearing Monday afternoon in Northwest District court.

Williston police responded to a shooting inside a residence Saturday night that left Chantel House, 24, dead.

Williston Police Detective Cory Collings said the police received a report of a gunshot at 8:18 p.m. Saturday.

“There was a female that was hit,” Collings said.

Police responded to a residence at the 1000 block of Ninth Avenue Northwest. Chantel House was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Williston.

“She was pronounced dead a short time later,” Collings said.

The House family had been living in Williston for about a year, Collings said.

Collings said the incident is still under investigation. He declined to disclose where the victim had been shot or what had happened prior to the shooting.

Saturday’s incident was the second shooting to occur in less than two weeks in the city.

Early on the morning of May 10 Kenneth Moore, 25, of Boise, Idaho, was shot multiple times while sitting in a vehicle near the Williston State College campus.

Williston Police Detective David Peterson said an arrest warrant was issued on May 15. The warrant was issued for William Owens, 37, of Idaho. Peterson said the charges are criminal attempt to commit murder. The charge is a Class A felony.

“Information is pointing (to) that he (Owens) has left the area,” Peterson said.

Peterson declined comment on Owens’ relationship to Moore or a possible motive. He said Moore is still recovering from the shooting.

“I would say that Mr. Moore is in serious condition but he’s making progress,” Peterson said.

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  1. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 27, 2012 12:06 am
    kuyy said: "Haha, yes the crime rate has risen. But come on, do you think you can actually compare ND to Metro areas? Please get real here."

    Spikes in crime rate are relevant to a community/state. Why should we be forced to be comfortable with the crime rates of the rest of US?

    There is, and will be a huge cost to us, kuyy. Does it not occur to you who is paying for the cases of all of these people to come here and assault/murder in ND? Certainly not the millions of people who are out of work.

    Our population has been 600,000-700,000 for the past 12 years; we are the ones who will end up paying for the problems of the Bakken -- not the Oil corporations or workers who will go back home.
  2. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 26, 2012 11:48 pm
    Cousin It said: "Just remember what our local law enforcement agencies have been telling us..... These are all "isolated" events...."

    Isolated events? The population in Williston has been about 10,000 to 13,000 until about 2010. Two deaths in a week, given the very low crime rate for decades is at least concerning.

    Actually... you're right; that is what local law enforcement is telling us!
  3. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 26, 2012 11:42 pm
    Michael R, I have to disagree with you. I know several ND farmers who have been driving to work in Williston each week this past year who can attest to the violent assault rate in Willison spiking much higher than it has ever been. Also, that law enforcement and ambulance/paramedic personnel there are facing many more situations where they themselves are in danger. Relatively, the violence has spiked.

    Amazed, that is just the point. North Dakotans have chosen to be here and live our lifestyle. I have lived out of state in those areas you talk about and I wouldn't trade living with North Dakotans for the values you seem to cherish.

    Yes, I am very well aware of the violence, corruption and the drug trafficking and overdoses in other states. But I don't share those values. I see nothing wrong in wanting to be around people in ND who (mostly) don't do those things. Why should we tolerate it?
  4. NDPrairieGal
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    NDPrairieGal - May 26, 2012 11:26 pm
    Thanks, Jmidjet.

    Who in the world cleans a gun inside the house with a bullet loaded?
  5. jmidjet
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    jmidjet - May 22, 2012 2:05 pm
    NDresident said: "from the WIlliston Herald. http://www.willistonherald.com/news/sister-shooting-is-tragic-accident-weapon-fired-while-being-cleaned/article_def604b0-a42f-11e1-b457-0019bb2963f4.html"

    A likely story.

  6. kuyy
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    kuyy - May 22, 2012 1:14 pm
    smokingcrater said: "Per capita, nope... Our increase in crime rate is FAR above pretty much any other area in the nation. Our last published per capita crime rate was a little lower, but once it is released for 2011, it probably will be at par if not above most metropolitian areas."

    Haha, yes the crime rate has risen. But come on, do you think you can actually compare ND to Metro areas? Please get real here.
  7. NDresident
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    NDresident - May 22, 2012 12:16 pm
    from the WIlliston Herald.

    http://www.willistonherald.com/news/sister-shooting-is-tragic-accident-weapon-fired-while-being-cleaned/article_def604b0-a42f-11e1-b457-0019bb2963f4.html
  8. smokingcrater
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    smokingcrater - May 22, 2012 11:48 am
    kuyy said: "http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/7-dead-at-least-22-wounded-in-weekend-shootings-in-chicago/Kind of puts things into perspective. This is just one weekend in a city. ND is very safe."

    Per capita, nope... Our increase in crime rate is FAR above pretty much any other area in the nation. Our last published per capita crime rate was a little lower, but once it is released for 2011, it probably will be at par if not above most metropolitian areas.
  9. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 22, 2012 10:40 am
    Here you go - straight from the ND century code. Please notice that there are no different degrees of manslaughter listed. It either fits the definition or it doesn't. And no you didn't ruffle any feathers - just trying to interject a fact or 2 into the discussion.

    12.1-16-02. Manslaughter.
    A person is guilty of manslaughter, a class B felony, if he recklessly causes the death of
    another human being.
  10. jetblack77
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    jetblack77 - May 22, 2012 10:36 am
    Williston resident! It is bad here and it is not getting any better. For all of you know it alls about Williston who haven't visited the area yet and are passing judgement, I suggest you come here for just one day and decide for yourself. I hope that when you do come that you decide to go a restaurant, gas station, or carwash to get a quick service and wait for an hour or two. Parents are sending kids away for the summer to grandparents so that their kids can have a safe and fun summer. Most of you who post on these websites are completely ignorant of what is really going on here!
  11. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 22, 2012 10:12 am
    No Dak Native said: "Precisely! The whole state is more than likely going to see an huge influx of crime this coming summer. Hold on tight kids it's going to be a bumpy ride."

    So you agree with my comments - but yet bash me as a comment monger? Gee your not some kind of worthless troll are you?
  12. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 22, 2012 10:11 am
    NDresident said: "Michael R... sorry to ruffle your feathers...but I by no means am claiming to be all knowing or better than anyone. People are totally exaggerating what is happening in towns like Williston. It is NOT as bad as people claim. It is still a safe town, strippers don't make 2,000 bucks a night, McDonald's is not paying 25bucks an hour, McDonald's in Williston is not the busiest McDonald's in the US, etc... etc... so many stories are coming out of Williston NOT by the people of Williston, but the people attempting to create hysteria, chaos and unbelievalbe out of things that are not really there. I did mix up the charges... according to the Williston Herald "House is charged with charges of reckless endangerment and manslaughter three" I said 3rd degree manslaughter instead of manslaughter 3...sorry Michael R. You say some stupid mixed up comments as well, as I've agreed and disagreed with some of your past posts... None of us are perfect, including you. "

    STill no such thing as manslarughter 3. In ND, it is either manslaughter or it isn't - no 1, 2, or 3. And they did a news story on the strippers and they were the highest paid in the nation according to the news story. I don't know if that means 2,000 bucks a night or not, but I am sure the reporters didn't just make up the news.

    And maybe Williston isn't as bad as some try to make it out to be - but it sure as heck isn't all rosy and only the locals are causing any trouble like some other people are trying to make it out to be either. There are clowns on both sides of the ring.
  13. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 22, 2012 10:07 am
    kuyy said: "http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/7-dead-at-least-22-wounded-in-weekend-shootings-in-chicago/Kind of puts things into perspective. This is just one weekend in a city. ND is very safe."

    You conveniently forgot to mention that this "city" has more population than the entire state of ND. Details like that kind of are relevant to the discussion.
  14. ginne1
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    ginne1 - May 22, 2012 9:08 am
    jmidjet said: "Just another example of the kind of "oilfield trash" that's moving into our state."

    At least, so far, it's the out of staters shooting each other.
  15. GimmeABreak
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    GimmeABreak - May 22, 2012 8:53 am
    jmidjet said: "Just another example of the kind of "oilfield trash" that's moving into our state."

    I agree .. and for what? Greed, greed, greed. Just the love of more money, that's all some people care about.
  16. JBenson
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    JBenson - May 22, 2012 8:26 am
    NDresident said: "Michael R... sorry to ruffle your feathers...but I by no means am claiming to be all knowing or better than anyone. People are totally exaggerating what is happening in towns like Williston. It is NOT as bad as people claim. It is still a safe town, strippers don't make 2,000 bucks a night, McDonald's is not paying 25bucks an hour, McDonald's in Williston is not the busiest McDonald's in the US, etc... etc... so many stories are coming out of Williston NOT by the people of Williston, but the people attempting to create hysteria, chaos and unbelievalbe out of things that are not really there. Either you're delusional, or have a vested interest in not having the truth come out. It's people in Willison (some, who have since moved out) who are telling others what is going on up there. I've spoken directly to some of these people, and heard about others through family/friends, realtors, etc. The only person who I've talked to, who makes a similar claim as you, is someone whose parents are making money off of the oil.

  17. jmidjet
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    jmidjet - May 22, 2012 4:21 am
    Just another example of the kind of "oilfield trash" that's moving into our state.
  18. Cousin It
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    Cousin It - May 22, 2012 3:38 am
    Just remember what our local law enforcement agencies have been telling us..... These are all "isolated" events....
  19. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 22, 2012 12:57 am
    NDresident, things are not so bad in Williston, as compared to what? A city like Chicago or the city that Williston used to be? Things are bad there, crime, traffic, even trying to shop, compared to a few years ago. I have friends and family that live there and can compare the difference. I suppose someone from the heart of LA would find Williston refreshing, but the locals do not. I would think it would be a bit unnerving to have a guy shot close to the college, and a few weeks later a woman is dead, apparently shot, as well.
  20. NDresident
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    NDresident - May 21, 2012 11:44 pm
    Michael R... sorry to ruffle your feathers...but I by no means am claiming to be all knowing or better than anyone. People are totally exaggerating what is happening in towns like Williston. It is NOT as bad as people claim. It is still a safe town, strippers don't make 2,000 bucks a night, McDonald's is not paying 25bucks an hour, McDonald's in Williston is not the busiest McDonald's in the US, etc... etc... so many stories are coming out of Williston NOT by the people of Williston, but the people attempting to create hysteria, chaos and unbelievalbe out of things that are not really there. I did mix up the charges... according to the Williston Herald "House is charged with charges of reckless endangerment and manslaughter three" I said 3rd degree manslaughter instead of manslaughter 3...sorry Michael R. You say some stupid mixed up comments as well, as I've agreed and disagreed with some of your past posts... None of us are perfect, including you.

  21. kuyy
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    kuyy - May 21, 2012 10:12 pm
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/05/21/7-dead-at-least-22-wounded-in-weekend-shootings-in-chicago/
    Kind of puts things into perspective. This is just one weekend in a city. ND is very safe.
  22. PetGuardian
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    PetGuardian - May 21, 2012 8:34 pm
    amhelblin9 said: "I think they are talking about Dru Sjodin when they refer to the women being taken from the parking lot. "

    I believe the woman being referred to as being taken in the parking lot of a hotel and stuffed in her own trunk was a woman from Towner, ND who was staying at the Fairfield hotel in north Bismarck. When I lived in Mpls, I worked with the nephew of the woman who was taken and killed. This would have happened between 1985 and 1992...
  23. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 21, 2012 8:06 pm
    NDresident said: "This isn't even considered a "murder" according to KFYR. The man is being held on $5000 bond for other charges and is being charged for 3rd degree manslaughter. Apparantly a tragic accident of sorts. So there have been no murders in Williston for a few years. Some murders and assaults in Mandan so far this year, a few in Bismarck in the past 2 years and quite a few in Minot, and a couple in Dickinson. So I guess Williston is still the safest out of the 5 larger western towns. People who are suggesting the cops are hiding the "true" murder statisctics and facts are seriously ignorant and/or drama queens. "

    You might want to get your facts from a more reliable source. There is no such thing as third degree manslaughter in ND - so much for your "I know more than you do" comment. And since you seem to think Williston is such a safe place, you must have missed this quote from the story "Saturday’s incident was the second shooting to occur in less than two weeks in the city."



  24. NDresident
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    NDresident - May 21, 2012 7:47 pm
    This isn't even considered a "murder" according to KFYR. The man is being held on $5000 bond for other charges and is being charged for 3rd degree manslaughter. Apparantly a tragic accident of sorts. So there have been no murders in Williston for a few years. Some murders and assaults in Mandan so far this year, a few in Bismarck in the past 2 years and quite a few in Minot, and a couple in Dickinson. So I guess Williston is still the safest out of the 5 larger western towns. People who are suggesting the cops are hiding the "true" murder statisctics and facts are seriously ignorant and/or drama queens.
  25. amhelblin9
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    amhelblin9 - May 21, 2012 4:56 pm
    mdngal said: "Huskers, I am confused. Who was taken from a parking lot? I thought Jeanne North was taken while roller blading in her neighborhood, and this woman, I thought, was married to the guy under suspicion and living here for a year. Did I miss another post someplace?"

    I think they are talking about Dru Sjodin when they refer to the women being taken from the parking lot.
  26. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 21, 2012 4:15 pm
    Huskers, I am confused. Who was taken from a parking lot? I thought Jeanne North was taken while roller blading in her neighborhood, and this woman, I thought, was married to the guy under suspicion and living here for a year. Did I miss another post someplace?
  27. Huskers
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    Huskers - May 21, 2012 3:58 pm
    The woman that was taken out of a hotel parking lot was a ND resident but the people who kidnapped her were not from ND. They were fugitives from the law and were from the South.
  28. WonderWhy
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    WonderWhy - May 21, 2012 3:25 pm
    Its Kyle Bell and Jeanna North. http://vigilantantis.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/kyle-bell-repeat-sex-offender-wants-out-of-prison/
  29. Voice of Truth
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    Voice of Truth - May 21, 2012 3:03 pm
    Well that is interesting... I never heard the story about Karl Bell hauling Jenna North to Colorado. Interesting?
  30. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 21, 2012 2:56 pm
    Ramirez, I absolutely agree. If I wanted to live in increased crime I would move to a big city, but I don't! The former ND was and is the reason I want to live here, and yes, of course we have crime and always have. But to this extent? Hardly. It is very sad that people who lived in Williston because of what it was have to move and leave their homes now beause of what it is. What can be done? I don't know. The people who think this is so awesome are not thinking about the safety and integrity of our state and it's population. We need increased law enforcement, and the oil companies need to screen and do background checks on ALL applicants. No one should be allowed to work in the oil fields until a comprehensive background check has been done. Several agencies and companies are doing that just for local hiring, why shouldn't it be done for out-of-staters, as well?
  31. WinnieJ
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    WinnieJ - May 21, 2012 2:43 pm
    What is happening to the state is just sad. As for the "but it happens in big cities" mentality...so what? If people want to be accepting of a criminal element, than feel free to live in a city. Don't import it to ND like it's some prize.
  32. Ramirez
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    Ramirez - May 21, 2012 2:03 pm
    amazed said: "Well I hope none of you posting ever move out of ND to a big city. You would soon find out this type of thing happens everyday outside of sheltered ND. Not that it is a good thing but for those who have lived in a bigger city they realize the more people the more crime there is its just a fact of life. "

    What you just explained is exactly the reason I choose to live in North Dakota. That is why people are fed up with these "guests" coming to our state and causing trouble.

  33. cashin'inmychange
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    cashin'inmychange - May 21, 2012 1:52 pm
    ndres said: "Was not surprised upon reading this that it was out of state transplants involved. "

    You are telling us that no one in ND was ever shot or killed some other way before the Bakken Oil? Wait, it seems to me a woman was taken at one of the hotels in Bismarck, stuffed in her own trunk and driven out of state and killed many years ago. How about the young lady that was killed about 25 years ago, Kyle Bell put her body in the trunk of his car and drove to CO if I am not mistaken, to visit relatives. A Bismarck man killed his mother just 2 mo. ago and a Mandan man killed his girl-friend a month ago. In 1990 there were 8 homicides, in 1991- 11, 1992-15, 1993-8, etc.
  34. amazed
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    amazed - May 21, 2012 1:43 pm
    Well I hope none of you posting ever move out of ND to a big city. You would soon find out this type of thing happens everyday outside of sheltered ND. Not that it is a good thing but for those who have lived in a bigger city they realize the more people the more crime there is its just a fact of life.
  35. ndres
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    ndres - May 21, 2012 1:11 pm
    Was not surprised upon reading this that it was out of state transplants involved.
  36. whatsnottaken
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    whatsnottaken - May 21, 2012 1:04 pm
    And an arrest warrant out for a dude in a May 10 shooting. Not even 30 below will keep this riff-raff out anymore. These are your new neighbors, North Dakotans. Lock, load and pray the oil runs out faster than they predict.
  37. Hobson'sChoice
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    Hobson'sChoice - May 21, 2012 12:27 pm
    I once lived in quiet, peaceful, boring Williston, as that is where my very excellent job was, but upon retirement, sold my home and moved to Bismarck-Mandan, just as the present oil boom was starting.

    Thank God, I made the move as my friends and colleagues in Williston tell me the city is turning into a cesspool of trouble.

    Many new people moving into Williston and the surrounding area are fine people, but many are not.
  38. Michael R
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    Michael R - May 21, 2012 12:16 pm
    You guys are over-reacting. Crime is not common in oil country. It's probably even lower than most places in ND. Just ask a few of our local oilfield supporters - they will set you straight. Seems like they always show up to make this kind of BS argument every time something happens in oil country. They also like to try to make it sound like everything that happens is done by locals and not the new arrivals. This couple has been here about a year according to the story. Let's see how they spin this one.
  39. mdngal
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    mdngal - May 21, 2012 11:58 am
    Crazy, isn't it? It does seem routine and there are a lot of crimes that aren't even reported. I think we would all be shocked to know what else happens there. Just talk to any Williston resident.
  40. legalbeagle
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    legalbeagle - May 21, 2012 11:33 am
    what is the magic number for shootings in Williston become so 'routine' they no longer make the front page headlines and instead are buried behind the latest 'wonderful' announcements of the Bakken?
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