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A woman has been charged on accusations she broke into the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck early Saturday.

Cheyenne Lakota Whiteman, 31, Mandan, is charged with felony counts of burglary and preventing arrest and misdemeanor offenses of criminal mischief and ingesting a controlled substance. 

Burleigh County sheriff's deputies and Bismarck police responded to the courthouse after 3:30 a.m. Saturday after a call of fire alarm and burglary in progress. Officers found Whiteman in a hallway of the courthouse, holding a burning paper and a lighter, according to an affidavit in court documents. 

Whiteman was injured from the broken window and told officers she was holding the burning paper near the ceiling to initiate the sprinkler system because she "felt like she needed to be saved," according to the affidavit. 

She told officers she broke the window with her hands and entered the courthouse due to voices in her head, according to the affidavit. Whiteman also admitted to using methamphetamine Friday, according to the court document. 

Estimated damages at the courthouse totaled $2,000 for the broken window and an automated external defibrillator to be replaced. 

Whiteman is held at the Burleigh Morton Detention Center in Bismarck and scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. No attorney is listed for her in court records.

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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