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(The Final News Story And Editorial Content Of This Website Below Puts To Rest The Struggle The Good People Of Grant County Fought Against Some Corrupt Government Officials As The Editor Is Retiring & Leaving North Dakota)

MCKENZIE COUNTY CHIEF(?) ASSISTANT STATES ATTORNEY TODD SCHWARZ FIRED
Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - April 1, 2018

Having been in communication with most of the people Todd Schwarz has tried to prosecute and/or harassed (including myself) over the past 5 years I know that the nail in his coffin was when he tried to put the Sheriff of McKenzie County (Gary Schwartzenberger) on trial for various and frivolous charges which were eventually dismissed. According to my conversations with Sheriff Schwartzenberger Todd Schwarz in his usual manner convinced the McKenzie County Commissioners to turn against the Sheriff and oust him from office.

Eventually former Governor Dalrymple, presumably on the advice from the McKenzie County Commissioners and North Dakota Assistant Attorney General Paul Emerson and possibly even the Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem himself suspended the Sheriff. When Governor Burgum took office he immediately reinstated the Sheriff.

Emerson along with Schwarz had also charged the Mayor of Leith Ryan Schock with criminal charges for burning down a house in Leith the city actually owned of which those charges were also dismissed. Schwarz and Emerson again were the same two attorneys who also let the notorious Nazi terrorist out on probation to the outrage of thousands of people around the world.

 

Myself and the Mayor of Leith (Ryan Schock) also provided a deposition and multiple documents to Sheriff Schwartzenberger's attorney Tom Dickson to substantiate the manner in which Todd Schwarz attempts to make a name for himself by getting himself injected into high profile criminal cases but nevertheless eventually loses.

KEEP IN MIND THIS PAGE HAS STORIES & EDITORIALS SPANNING 4 YEARS SO IT IS EXTREMELY LONG BUT IS WORTHWHILE READING IF OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS TO HAVE "OVER-WATCH"!

AT THE VERY END OF THIS PAGE "WATCH & LISTEN TO THE VIDEO OF A DISHONEST NORTH DAKOTA PROSECUTOR" THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE IN DETAIL THE ACTUAL BEHAVIOR & BODY LANGUAGE AS WELL AS THE LIES SPOKEN BY TODD SCHWARZ!

MCKENZIE COUNTY CHIEF ASSISTANT STATE'S ATTORNEY FIRED FOR ALLEGED MISCONDUCT
Written By: Brooke Williams
bwilliams@kxnet.com

In a letter addressed to Todd Schwarz on March 14th, the county cited gross misconduct and negligence as reasons for his termination.

Allegations of negligence stem from authorizing a night time search warrant on January 15th without sufficient probable cause for executing the warrant at night. According to his termination letter, when questioned about the incident on February 23rd, Schwarz denied he had knowledge that the search warrant would be executed at night. However, body camera footage from the officer who contacted Schwarz prior to executing the search warrant indicated otherwise.

The termination letter also indicates Schwarz failed to respond to an unemployment claim in a timely manner. The delay caused McKenzie County to lose the unemployment case, which led the county to have to pay out benefits to an employee who was terminated with cause. "This negligence resulted in a financial loss," states the termination letter.

 
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Photo By Gregory Bruce - GCND News - 2014

Allegations of misconduct cited in the letter pertained to contradictory statements Schwarz provided to commissioners and investigators during the attempted removal of Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger from office. The letter indicates those contradictory statements impeded the removal process.

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McKenzie County Termination Letter To Todd Schwarz Provided To This Editor By An Anonymous Unnamed Source
McKenzie County Termination Letter To Todd Schwarz McKenzie County Termination Letter To Todd Schwarz

Schwarz's last day with the McKenzie County State's Attorney Office was March 14th. He had been employed with the office since January 2016.

KXNews attempted to reach Schwarz by phone, but was unsuccessful.

Editorials From The Past Four Years Regarding Todd Schwarz (with a mixture of fact-based news)

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor

(a chronological pattern of unethical behavior & evidence of immoral character by a North Dakota government prosecutor bouncing from one county to another)

WILL TODD SCHWARZ SEEK THE GRANT COUNTY AND/OR THE SIOUX COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY OFFICE?


Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - August 21, 2014

Update - August 26, 2014 At The End

The last person Grant or Sioux County citizens need to represent them in county legal matters as the States Attorney is Todd Schwarz.

Many people may remember he brokered the 'plea agreements' for Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton who were charged with 7 counts of 'terrorizing' 6 citizens of the City of Leith and myself last November 16th with guns.

During the many court proceedings, which wasted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars with little justice achieved, he concentrated more on having my cameras removed from the courtrooms than he did with prosecuting Cobb and Dutton although the various judge's had approved the motions allowing my photographic and film coverage of the hearings.

Much of the public seems to be ignorant of the extent of the emotional damage this man has caused the citizens of North Dakota by letting these two off with probation and time served.

 

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Cobb, Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith - Photo By Gregory Bruce

Cobb And Dutton Being Arrested In Leith While Henderson Records It On Her Cell Phone - Photo By Gregory Bruce

Cobb, Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith - Photo By Barry Striegel

Cobb, Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith - Photo By Barry Striegel

Cobb, Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith

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Cobb And Dutton Being Arrested In Leith While Henderson Records It On Her Cell Phone

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Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith

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Cobb, Dutton And Henderson On Patrol In Leith

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The first mistake he made was to let Dutton off with 2 years supervised probation ending on January 24, 2016 and paying only $295 of assessed court fines and fees of $2,045. This certainly has not set well with the citizens of Leith and/or those of the entire state of North Dakota and the rest of the country.

The second mistake he made was to let Cobb off with 2 years supervised probation on 5 counts of class 'A' misdemeanor 'menacing' and 4 years supervised probation on 1 count of class 'C' felony 'terrorizing'. He is held accountable for 23 (not 26) provisions in his 'plea agreement' and only has to pay a total of $560 in court costs, of which he can dole out over the length of his 4 year probation. Included in that total he was required to pay $35 to his court appointed attorney but not required to pay any fine.

As a final insult to injury Cobb was required to pay the pitiful amount of $25 to the remaining 6 victims which comes to a little over $6 each which was also a part of the total.

I find it amazing that he only had to pay this small amount when he had $11,000 in cash in his pocket when he was arrested and booked.

Most know by now that because this writer was so vocal in the media about how Schwarz was handling the cases against Cobb and Dutton that he dismissed the charges against them which involved myself.

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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota

Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County, North Dakota

Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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After all that has ensued since last September the City of Leith and myself (as the city's Media Relations Representative) decided enough was enough and filed a complaint with the North Dakota Supreme Court Disciplinary Board of possible prosecutorial misconduct. This complaint, of course was dismissed after several months of investigation.

Because of Schwarz's decisions the towns of Underwood (where Kynan Dutton and his girlfriend Deborah Henderson live) and Sherwood where Cobb lives are now under what I would call a 'siege'.

Earlier this year Deborah Henderson filed a temporary restraining order against an Underwood teacher for alleged charges of giving her children dirty looks in school. This ballooned into a full fledged circling of the wagons of the citizens of Underwood when the courtroom and courthouse was packed with several hundred supporters of the teacher. The entire hearing was filmed and photographed by this writer and can be viewed on this website on the "VIDEOS" page under the title "UNDERGROUND IN UNDERWOOD". Additionally she attempted to have this writer and cameras removed from the courtroom insisting I was 'stalking' her all over North Dakota. The judge ruled against her and I remained.

As a footnote Deborah Henderson's TRO against the teacher was dismissed for once again lack of evidence, whereupon she immediately went to the clerk of the court and filed a second TRO against this writer (the first was dismissed for lack of evidence) and a reporter of the Bismarck Tribune. The judge dismissed the two TRO's without even looking at them.

Now Cobb is causing hate and discontent in the City of Sherwood by 'hogging' the town's library using its Wi-Fi connection to the internet for his 'new' website (www.newnorthdakota.com) that has been online for a few weeks now calling for 'who knows what'.

Cobb is also alleged to be consorting with a Sherwood citizen who owns a firewood company in Sherwood and Minot who may be a convicted felon of child molestation in California. If this is the case then Cobb will be 'jerked' back to jail. This writer has left a message with his new probation officer in the Minot office indicating this possible probation violation.

To put the 'icing on the cake' Todd Schwarz is up to his 'old tricks' of intimidating people of Grant County. A Shields, North Dakota Grant County citizen recently received a letter from Schwarz demanding payment for gravel crushing in the amount of just over $108,000. Since the county has no written contract with this Shields citizen the issue seems fairly simple that the county has no position of strength. The complete story, photographs and video interview can be seen here on this website on the "CURRENT NEWS" and "VIDEOS" pages.

In summation do the citizens of Grant or Sioux counties want this man to represent them legally since he has this record of absolute failure involving the citizens in Grant County?

Update - August 26, 2014

While watching Bill O'Reilly tonight he announced the 'word of the day' and it fits our Assistant States Attorney to a 'Tee'.

I think Todd Schwarz may be one of the best "Pettifoggers" the State of North Dakota has encountered.

Look it up...it certainly qualifies describing the man!

HAVE THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS UNDERHANDEDLY APPOINTED TODD SCHWARZ AS GRANT COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY?


Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - November 1, 2014


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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Do Grant County, North Dakota Citizens Have Their Heads Buried When It Comes To Their Government? - File Photo

Do Grant County, North Dakota Citizens Have Their Heads Buried When It Comes To Their Government?

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Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting

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Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota - Photo By Gregory Bruce - Broken Arrow Productions

Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota

Photo By Broken Arrow Productions


CARSON, NORTH DAKOTA - According to sources inside the Grant County, North Dakota courthouse the Grant County Commissioners (Keith Payne, Don Roth and Bill Koch) have filled the Grant County States Attorney position vacated by the resignation of Jennifer Hague with Todd Schwarz, the current Grant County Assistant States Attorney.
 
Since there is no one on the general election ballot running for the States Attorney Office it gives pause for the voters of Grant County to wonder why the rush!
 
Could it be that the current commissioners are worried that Bill Koch will lose the election to Alton Zenker, as he did in the primary election?
 
The rush to appoint Todd Schwarz is just another one of the 'good 'ol boy's club' resolve to keep those in power whom they can control as has been done since they have been in office. One only has to look at Todd Schwarz's courtroom record of plea deals with regard to prosecuting offenders.
 
It seems the most infamous of Schwarz's court cases was his handling of the prosecution of the Neo-Nazis Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton. When it was all over and done and Schwarz had his 15 minutes of international fame did he decide to give them both deals just to rid the county of the international notoriety in the news or was it likely because he was trying to figure out a way to get out of the heat of the spotlight and the actual ordeal of prosecuting?
 
Also let us not forget that Schwarz and the commissioners decided to harass Randy Volk of Shields, North Dakota by sending him a threatening letter if he did not agree to their terms when it came to purchasing gravel for county roads. This dispute over the gravel is still in contention as Mr. Volk has not received his letters of apology from Schwarz and the 3 commissioners. This means that the Grant County taxpayers have paid over $138,000 for gravel that cannot be obtained from Mr. Volk's gravel pit.
 
Then there is the issue of the tax increase to property owners and the possible mishandling of the former Grant County Job Development Authority and its taxpayer funds. The commissioners were asked in the public meeting of October 7, 2014 if the unused funds could be used to offset the entire increase for 2015 and the result was that they would not use the funds.
 
Do we really want Todd Schwarz to legally represent the citizens of Grant County, North Dakota when he let a couple of terrorizing Nazis off with a plea agreement shipping them out to the towns of Underwood and Sherwood, North Dakota for those citizens to have to deal with them as well as threatening to 'screw' a citizen out of thousands of dollars in gravel royalties and finally the 'mess' with the property tax increase?

 

 

GRANT COUNTY COMMISSION HIRES TODD SCHWARZ AS GRANT COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS AND MAY PLAN TO HIRE KELLY BACHMEIER WHO LOST THE ELECTION AS COUNTY AUDITOR AS THE NEW TAX DIRECTOR


Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - November 12, 2014


The Grant County Commission in their last meeting of November 5th stated they hired the Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz as the States Attorney for the next two years to represent Grant County in its legal affairs.

Many people (including this writer) in Grant County have voiced their disapproval of this decision citing Schwarz may not be up to the task since he let two alleged 'Terrorists' free on a plea agreement earlier this year as well as being investigated by the North Dakota Supreme Court for possible prosecutorial misconduct.

Randy Volk of Shields said, "Schwarz has no idea what he is doing as a lawyer and sending me a threatening letter to give the county my gravel at a rip-off price was the last straw. On top of that they tried to convince Kevin Mutschelknaus of Elgin to sell them gravel with no contract. Furthermore Schwarz has sent a threatening letter to a land owner in Sioux County over a section line dispute when he was temporary States Attorney there".

Sioux County has since hired someone else as their States Attorney.

CLICK HERE for Todd Schwarz's biography.

 

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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County, North Dakota Auditor Kelly Bachmeier - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Auditor Kelly Bachmeier

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Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting

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Randy and Colleen Volk say Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz Sent Them A "Threatening" letter demanding $108K! - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Randy and Colleen Volk say Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz Sent Them A "Threatening" letter demanding $108K!

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Randy Volk claims Todd Schwarz is attempting to 'extort' money from him and his wife and that Grant County had better not try to take any gravel from his land. - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Randy Volk claims Todd Schwarz is attempting to 'extort' money from him and his wife and that Grant County had better not try to take any gravel from his land.

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Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota - Photo By Gregory Bruce - Broken Arrow Productions

Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota

Photo By Broken Arrow Productions

 

Bachmeier Resigns As Auditor - Image By Grant County News And Carson Press

Bachmeier Resigns As Auditor

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Now it appears that the county commission may be planning to appoint Kelly Bachmeier (the current Grant County auditor) as the new tax director when Muriel Ulrich retires soon. How is this possible?

Kelly Bachmeier, who won the primary election for county auditor this year running against her opponent Lynn Mutschelknaus resigned back in August of this year. Then she reneged on her resignation and continued to run for office on the general election ballot against her same opponent Lynn Mutschelknaus and lost.

Now she is evidently hoping to snag the tax director position and the commissioners seem to be going along with this.

The question of her eligibility has been asked in the past by this writer at former commission meetings and was answered by the Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz that she could live in Burleigh County, work at a full time job with Falkirk Mining in Underwood in McLean County and still run for office or at the very least take office in Grant County.

I again ask this...how does this benefit the citizens of Grant County when she has a full time job more than a hundred miles from Grant County and why are the commissioners so determined to keep her in Grant County Government?

Something smells of political demagogues and Grant County government is not giving the citizens their due when it comes to representation by holding meetings in secret.

THE GRANT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE GRANT COUNTY ASSISTANT STATES ATTORNEY DELIVERED AN "APOLOGY" LETTER TO MR. AND MRS. VOLK TODAY


Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - November 19, 2014

 

The Grant County Commissioners (Keith Payne, Don Roth and outgoing Bill Koch) along with the Grant County Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz (remember him ? - the guy who let the NAZIS in Leith off with a slap on the wrist) wrote an apology letter to Mr. and Mrs. Volk which was delivered today.

 

On Monday of this week Mrs. Volk attended the commission meeting and presented her and her husband's position. Mr. Volk called in by telephone and was placed on speaker in front of almost a dozen citizens. Mr. Volk was unyielding about his perception of the matter and would not give in to what sounds like to this writer more political rhetoric coming from the commission and the assistant states attorney. Mr. Volk and his wife, like all citizens have the right to speak out against what I refer to as 'bullying' by the commission and the assistant states attorney and they did so on Monday.

 

It is the opinion of this writer the commission and the assistant states attorney have long sought to silence and keep people in Grant County in the dark. One simply has to recall the Leith fiasco and Craig Cobb (the Nazi) and how they tried to convince the tiny town of Leith and its citizens to disband the town and let it come under their rule. This would mean those people who live there would have little or no say in what happens to their community. The town fought back and as a part of the city government myself, we won.

 

It is high time the people of Grant County got their heads out of the sand or where ever else their heads may be and attend these commission meetings and make their position known. I know I will be there for the meetings which are held on the 1st Tuesday and 2nd Wednesday of each month with broadcast quality video and photography to record and upload to this website and YouTube for those who cannot be there.

 

In the lobby of the courthouse after the meeting and in the presence of myself, Colleen Volk and incoming County Commissioner Alton Zenker Bill Koch said he had nothing to do with authorizing the letter and that it was all Todd Schwarz's idea. This just goes to demonstrate that Grant County government officials have no idea what each other is saying or doing.

 

Our county auditor Kelly Bachmeier (since she resigned) should give up her office and salary and benefits now rather than April 1st of next year and not be considered for any position in this county government as the shenanigans she and the commission pulled during the election was shameful. This would allow the newly elected auditor to take office early and rid the county of some of the shame.

 

Jennifer Wells should remain as Deputy County Auditor and Reva Weekes, who has been in training and is taking the tests to take over the Tax Director of Grant County should be allowed to do so.

 

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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Randy and Colleen Volk finally receive their apology letter - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Randy and Colleen Volk finally receive their apology letter

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Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting

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Grant County, North Dakota Auditor Kelly Bachmeier - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Auditor Kelly Bachmeier

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Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota - Photo By Gregory Bruce - Broken Arrow Productions

Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton And Deborah Henderson Terrorizing Citizens Of Leith, North Dakota

Photo By Broken Arrow Productions

 

This entire debacle reminds me of what Clint Eastwood said at the Republican National Convention of 2012 and why it mimics the Grant County government officials:

 

Mr. Eastwood was quoted saying...“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

 

We, in Grant County are being hoaxed and need one hell of a lot more transparency from the commissioners and the rest of those in the courthouse than we are getting today. There are some that are calling for a 're-call election' of Keith Payne and Don Roth and I for one agree. Our new commissioner Alton Zenker got my vote and surely has my support as I know he will do a much better job.

 

And yes, I do irritate the lefties with this website and editorials but I do try to publish the news and the photos and the videos without editorializing.

 

CLICK HERE for the apology letter and decide for yourself if it smacks of more government  demagoguery.

GRANT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS KEITH PAYNE AND DON ROTH ARE FACING A RECALL ELECTION FAVORED BY MANY AS WELL AS THE DEMAND FOR THE RESIGNATION OF THE STATES ATTORNEY TODD SCHWARZ

 

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - January 7, 2015

 

Note: None of this editorial is directed at the newly elected Commissioner Alton Zenker as he took office on December 2, 2014

 

The paperwork for the recall election of Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne and Don Roth is in the process of being prepared and sent to the North Dakota Secretary of State for approval of form only. Once the petitions are approved by the North Dakota Secretary of State they will be circulated for signatures.

 

Of the 1211 electors voting in the last general election there are only 303 (25%) signatures needed to have the recall election sanctioned. That small amount of signatures should be easily obtained according to the citizens I have spoken with.

 

People from all over the county have long known that County Commissioners Keith Payne and Don Roth along with former County Commissioner Bill Koch have never had their best interests in mind and at times have been downright incompetent about how they spend the tax dollar.

 

They consistently avoid answering questions during public meetings from citizens with a direct answer and have 'scolded' this writer on camera for asking the same questions repeatedly saying it wastes their time. In another meeting they also have removed me from the table they sit at because they did not like my questions nor my statements when it came to criticizing them for the job they were doing.

 

In the most recent meeting of January 6, 2015 Commission Chairman Keith Payne prohibited Pete Reis of Carson from inquiring any further about the reasons for the commission disbanding the former Grant County JDA saying it was a 'dead issue'. Payne also stated the voters were the ones that did not want the JDA as indicated by their voting in the last election.

 

This is a 'load of crap' as the commission disbanded the JDA in December of 2013 and the primary election was held in June of 2014 as well as the general election held in November of 2014 when the issue of reinstating the JDA was put to the voters.

 

Payne further stated Mr. Reis should bring this up to the voters in the next election 2 years from now. Payne mumbles and stumbles around the questions Mr. Reis asks as is his normal way of avoiding the issue. Commissioner Zenker stated he thinks it may be a good idea for the commission to reinstate the JDA however, Commissioner Roth says the people have spoken and he is hesitant about doing anything further. Payne moreover thinks that Mr. Reis should have a private meeting with him but Mr. Reis thinks (and states on camera) that he has the right to address the commission in a public meeting and that the public has the right to hear this.

 

I find this to be asinine on Roth's part as he and Payne are, in my opinion, 'pissed off' that former Commissioner Bill Koch got his 'butt' kicked in the election and was voted out in favor of Alton Zenker thus breaking up the 'good 'ol boys club'.

 

What this county really needs is a five (5) member board of commissioners to dispel any 'pork barrel' voting on motions to spend tax money. It would also promote more diversification of ideas on how to promote business growth in the county instead of what is going on now which is how Payne and Roth (and former Commissioner Koch) have conducted county business to favor their personal interests.

 

The cost for additional commissioners would be another $12,983.76 per year each as a salary. This amounts to $1,081.98 per month or $67.62 per hour if one is to consider the commission meets only 2 days per month and possibly only for 8 hours each meeting. $67.62 per hour is one 'hell' of an hourly salary for the taxpayers to fork over when they are not getting gravel laid on farm to market roads they use every day.

 

The commission is now considering spending $13,000 per year as a premium to provide air ambulance service to residents if needed. The resident would be responsible for paying the bill (approximately $18,000 per trip) either through their insurance or out of their pocket.

 

My question is, "would the county be responsible for the remainder if the resident cannot pay or has no insurance?" The commission has never told the public about that and there is nothing in previous meeting minutes to speak to the issue. In fact the commission meeting minutes are nothing more than a 'joke' as they contain almost no information and some are even unaccounted for.

 

People in the county including myself are also demanding the immediate resignation of the newly appointed States Attorney Todd Schwarz as he has been a disgrace to Grant County from day one of his employment. First of all he outright lied to all of the Leith victims (which included myself). Then he lied to the NAZIS Cobb and Dutton. Finally he let the two NAZIS off with a slap on the wrist. Now he is bullying his way and laughing at the citizens of Grant County by saying that a 'firing' of a county employee that may be illegal is a 'learning experience'.

 

Roy Riehl of Raleigh claims (on camera in the January 6, 2015 meeting) that the States Attorney Todd Schwarz is the "bad news deal with the JDA in Grant County." "The first time he came he was against us (speaking of the JDA)."

 

Additionally Commissioner Payne, once again laid blame on the Grant County News and Carson Press newspaper (the official county newspaper) for not publishing the commission meeting minutes in a timely manner. I have spoken with the publisher of the Grant County News and Carson Press newspaper and was told that the commission does not provide the minutes in a timely manner for publishing. Personally I am more inclined to believe the publisher than the commissioners.

 

How much more self-important and big-headed can Payne, Roth and Schwarz become?

 

There needs to be total transparency and accountability with our elected officials, as well as those appointed by the commission and this has not been forthcoming from Commissioners Payne and Roth and States Attorney Todd Schwarz.

 

The sooner we get rid of Commissioners Payne and Roth and the States Attorney Todd Schwarz the sooner Grant County can heal itself from the distrust we have for these officials.

 

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier - Photo by Gregory Bruce - Grant County ND News Dot Com

Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier

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Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier Resigns For The First Time - Image Courtesy Of The Grant County News And Carson Press

Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier Resigns For The First Time

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Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier's Resignation Letter - Second Time - Scanned Image

Former Grant County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier's Resignation Letter - Second Time

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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"MAKE MY DAY"

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - January 31, 2015

 

As I enjoy my declining years I am often struck by the unavoidability that the party must end for me and also for the Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne and Don Roth’s reign of possible illicit wheeling and dealing for personal gain.

There will be a bright, sunny day when their reign of ‘socialistic’ power is no more.

No more stuttering and stammering, no more special moments to celebrate pulling the wool over people’s eyes, no more secret phone calls and illegal meetings just to close a deal.

It seems to me that one of the crucial things to do before that day comes, is for you the reader, to inform everyone you know that you are on to their secret deals behind closed doors and executive sessions and sign the recall petition that is coming soon.

So, just in case I am no longer around to film the commission meetings, write the news articles or write these editorials, know this:

I voted against the one commissioner who was an incompetent, lying, flip-flopping, insincere, double-talking, bleeding heart, egotistical and money-spinning moron who is no longer in power! You know who he is - he lost the election.

Involving yourself in agreeing with these two commissioners is like having yourself castrated because you think you might have another kid at age 70.

However, the biggest problem Grant County faces is the current States Attorney Todd Schwarz and his spin on what is legal and what will pass as legal even if it isn’t. The man doesn’t have a clue as to how many people are repulsed by his behavior on camera in the courtroom and the commission meetings.

A petition to have him removed from office will also be coming soon.

Grant County needs a fresh coat of new people in government.

As Clint Eastwood would say...

 

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Resident "Butch" Woodbury gets 'pissed off' in Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Resident "Butch" Woodbury gets 'pissed off' in Commission

Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne (L) and Don Roth (R) and Deputy Auditor Jennifer Wells (C) - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne (L) and Don Roth (R) and Deputy Auditor Jennifer Wells (C)

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Grant County, North Dakota States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting

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Do Grant County, North Dakota Citizens Have Their Heads Buried When It Comes To Their Government? - File Photo

Do Grant County, North Dakota Citizens Have Their Heads Buried When It Comes To Their Government?

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IS GRANT COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY TODD SCHWARZ A "PETTIFOGGER" OR IS HE GOING TO PROSECUTE MONTE NELSON FOR THE 4TH TIME AND GET A CONVICTION BY TRIAL AFTER PROSECUTING HIM 3 TIMES IN 2014 WITH LITTLE RESULTS AND ALSO DEFENDING HIS BROTHER RANDY IN 2003?

 

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - February 12, 2015

 

Todd Schwarz, the Grant County, North Dakota States Attorney will attempt to prosecute Monte Nelson, a resident of Grant County for the fourth time in a year.

 

Will he take Nelson to trial for the alleged crimes he has been charged with of "BURGLARY - CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY - THEFT OF PROPERTY - CRIMINAL MISCHIEF and CRIMINAL TRESPASS" or plead him out to time served and a 'slap on the wrist' like he did with the notorious NAZI Craig Cobb.

 

He Wouldn't take Cobb to trial but he can pass off the charge of a "Class 'A' MISDEMEANOR OF FAILING TO REPORT A CONTROLLED BURN" against the Mayor of Leith Ryan Schock to the North Dakota Attorney General's counsel Paul Emerson - the same guy he had advise him in the "CRAIG COBB" case. If this goes to a jury trial it will again cost the citizens of Grant County thousands of dollars and thrust the county into the national spotlight.

 

Schwarz couldn't hold the position of temporary States Attorney in Sioux County after their States Attorney passed away because he couldn't work with their commission after he supposedly started harassing their residents with threatening letters like he did with Randy Volk of Grant County so how can he be of any benefit to Grant County residents?

 

One has to wonder if Emerson is colluding with Schwarz to finally punish Mayor Schock for taking him before the North Dakota Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board along with Lee Cook and this writer for his "FILTHY" language while conducting a victim interview with Cook and this writer. The audio file of that interview can be found by CLICKING HERE! The transcript of the audio file and the rebuttal letter to the North Dakota Supreme Court can be read by CLICKING HERE!

 

There is a "Vote Of No Confidence" petition being signed by citizens of Grant County that is demanding the resignation of Schwarz and will be delivered to the county commission soon.

 

In addition to that there is a "Recall Petition" being finalized to be sent to the North Dakota Secretary of State for approval to either have a "Special Election" for 'NEW' commissioners to replace Keith Payne and Don Roth or give them the option of resigning and avoid the embarrassment of an election that will be in the spotlight of the entire state of North Dakota.

 

All one has to do is to look at the twenty-three (23) videos on this website of the last six months of commission and public meetings to understand the extent that these two commissioners and the states attorney will go to in order to confuse the public about where their tax dollars are being spent.

 

I have spent over 50 years involved in photography and journalism all over the world and have never listened to more "Bullshit" from government officials than I have here in Grant County in the past 6 years I have lived here.

 

People here in Grant County deserve better representation in government than what they are getting and they deserve to be treated more fairly and with respect from those they elect to serve them.

 

I personally plan to give it all I have to see that justice is served.

 

I for one, am "MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT 'GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE"!

 

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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota

States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County, North Dakota Resident "Butch" Woodbury gets 'pissed off' in Commission Meeting Of January 6, 2015 - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County, North Dakota Resident "Butch" Woodbury gets 'pissed off' in Commission

Meeting Of January 6, 2015

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Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne (L) and Don Roth (R) and Deputy Auditor Jennifer Wells (C) - Photo by Gregory Bruce - GCND NEWS DOT COM

Grant County Commissioners Keith Payne (L) and Don Roth (R) and Deputy Auditor Jennifer Wells (C)

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Grant County, North Dakota Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz

Grant County, North Dakota

States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County, North Dakota Commissioner's Meeting

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Do Grant County, North Dakota Citizens Have Their Heads Buried When It Comes To Their Government?

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LETTER TO THE NORTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL


Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - March 27, 2015

 

Although I may have a close personal connection to the Mayor of Leith nonetheless it is a travesty of justice that he is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's office for failure to control or report a dangerous fire in the City of Leith by burning down a house that Craig Cobb had deeded over to the city to get out of jail.

Custer Health had formally declared the house unfit for habitation and the City of Leith was ordered to demolish it.

Grant County States Attorney Todd Schwarz turned over the case against Mayor Ryan Schock brought by Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson of Leith to the North Dakota Attorney General's Attorney Paul Emerson for prosecution saying it might be a conflict of interest or at least in the best interest of justice according to my sources as the editor of Grant County ND News Dot Com.

Paul Emerson is the same attorney who helped Schwarz get Craig Cobb off on a plea deal.

Many people have said this is a vendetta by Schwarz for the reason that Mayor Schock, Lee Cook a Leith City Council member and this writer, the town's Media Relations Representative filed charges against him last year for 'unprofessional conduct' during a crime victim interview relating to the Craig Cobb case.

The North Dakota Supreme Court Disciplinary Board eventually exonerated Schwarz but not before he lost his bid for a judgeship.

 

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Photo Of Mayor Ryan Schock by Alex Skalicky

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As a witness to the demolition, a New Leipzig fireman and the Media Relations Representative for the City of Leith I find it appalling that the Attorney General's office has nothing better to do than prosecute the Mayor of Leith.

As an elected official the Mayor of Leith is basically a volunteer position, which pays only $150 per year.

For that pittance of a salary and all the headaches and the intimidation of violence that was brought upon him by Craig Cobb and his tiny merry band of Nazi thugs, his family, myself personally and all the rest of the citizens of Grant County now the North Dakota Attorney General's office wants to prosecute him for legally doing his job as Mayor Of Leith, North Dakota.

If it were not for the courage of this man to stand with myself and Leith City Councilman Lee Cook and rid the tiny town of Leith and Grant County of the plague and hate that the White Supremacist and yes the Nazi Craig Cobb was attempting to accomplish he probably would have taken over the town and established the first of probably many "Whites Only" enclaves in North Dakota.

According to court records Mayor Schock's one (1) day trial date has been moved from June 16th to July 21st and now to October 1st and for a two (2) day trial.

Could it be that the Attorney General's attorney Paul Emerson can't find enough people in Grant County to even sit on a jury?

This charge needs to be dismissed with prejudice immediately.

Court documents as well as additional stories of this issue can be found at: www.grantcountyndnews.com.

 

GRANT COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY TODD SCHWARZ & HIS 'VENDETTA' AGAINST THE CITY OF LEITH

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - May 13, 2015

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths the County Commissioners Keith Payne and Don Roth (not to include the newly elected Alton Zenker) and the County States Attorney Todd Schwarz have gone through and are still attempting to 'SHUT DOWN' the City of Leith and its government officials in this writer's opinion.

They have attempted to discredit the character and reputation of the Mayor of Leith Ryan Schock, City Councilman Lee Cook and this writer.

The citizens of Grant County saw fit to oust the former Commissioner Bill Koch by voting him out and voting Alton Zenker in.

Subsequently they ousted the former County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier by voting her out (but only after she resigned twice) and voting Lynn Mutschelknaus in.

Topping that they terminated Reva Weekes who was being trained as the Deputy County Auditor and Tax director because they declared her an in-house spy lurking through Kelly Bachmeier's government computer emails. This termination did not follow proper county protocol and the county should be held financially liable to reimburse Mrs. Weekes for her lost wages at the very least. Of course as in any editorial it is strictly an opinion.

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson At A Leith City Council Meeting

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson At A Leith City Council Meeting

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson At A Leith City Council Meeting

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson At A Leith City Council Meeting

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitants Michael Bencz And Deby Nelson In Carson, ND After A Craig Cobb Hearing

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz At A Leith City Council Meeting

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz At A Leith City Council Meeting

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Photo Of Mayor Ryan Schock by Alex Skalicky

Photo Of Mayor Ryan Schock - by Alex Skalicky

Mayor Schock says,

"I will fight this all the way and let a jury decide if they want me in prison for doing my job!"

 

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz At A Leith City Council Meeting

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz At A Leith City Council Meeting

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz's Stepfather Tim Westergard According to Various News Articles - 'Like Father - Like Son' With The 'Finger Sign'

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Michael Bencz's Stepfather Tim Westergard According to Various News Articles - 'Like Father - Like Son' With The 'Finger Sign'

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The House That Cobb Bought That Bencz Bought That Cobb Sold That The City Of Leith Burned Down That Started This Mess

The House That Cobb Bought That Bencz Bought That Cobb Sold That The City Of Leith Burned Down That Started This Mess

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Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Deby Nelson On The Left

Leith, North Dakota Inhabitant Deby Nelson On The Left

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Commissioner Keith Payne

Commissioner Keith Payne
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Grant County Commission Chairman Keith Payne (left) and Commissioner Don Roth (right)

Grant County Commission Chairman Keith Payne (left) and Commissioner Don Roth (right)

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Commissioner Don Roth

Commissioner Don Roth
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Grant County States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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Grant County States Attorney

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Grant County States Attorney Todd Schwarz

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The list of questionable decisions made by the Commission goes on and on including the expenditure of funds to provide an insurance policy to have medical air transport service available to all Grant County citizens at a cost of $13K per year when it is mandated by state law to provide this service even if one has no insurance.

There is also a county land sale in Carson between the former county auditor, her husband and his uncle where the county wasn't paid for more than a year and now someone else is on the tax roll while yet another person holds title to the vacant land. The $10K check mysteriously appeared as a deposit in the bank more than a year later. This evidently is how business is done in Grant County by government officials.

Furthermore there are a few county employees in the courthouse who emanate an air of hostility and contempt for those who question their ethics and/or job performance.

The videos on this website are the greatest source for holding the Commission accountable and transparent and should be viewed from the earliest date to the present to see how the Commission does business in your interest.

In the videos the Commissioners constantly avoid answering questions and have on one occasion ejected this writer because they didn't like his questions. Although this is a violation of law according to the North Dakota Century Code nonetheless this writer did not file a complaint.

The States Attorney Todd Schwarz has, in this writer's opinion had a long standing extreme dislike of anyone connected to the City of Leith and the NAZIS Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton cases. The City of Leith and this writer filed charges against him last year however, the North Dakota Supreme Court Disciplinary Board absolved him of any wrong doing. That case did, most likely keep him from becoming a judge in this state. The six (6) attorneys and 3 civilians agreed it was not unethical for an attorney to use filthy language when interviewing crime victims. Are you kidding?

In this writer's opinion and most citizens of Grant County the trial of Leith's Mayor Ryan Schock is a 'TRAVESTY' of justice, a waste of taxpayer dollars and most of all why there is a 'RECALL PETITION' being circulated to remove Commissioners Keith Payne and Don Roth from office as well as a 'Vote Of No Confidence' petition demanding the termination of States Attorney Todd Schwarz's employment.

It is also this writer's opinion that the States Attorney Todd Schwarz turned over the case against Leith Mayor Ryan Schock to give him plausible deniability so that he could not be blamed for being prejudiced or maybe he just didn't want the negative publicity that will be generated around the country at the trial. There will be no 'PLEA DEAL' so Schwarz had to back out or face the music.

The trial, scheduled for October 1, 2015 in the Carson, ND courthouse will be the biggest hoax since the release of the NAZIS Craig Cobb on April 29, 2014 instigated by then Grant County Assistant States Attorney Todd Schwarz assisted by the Attorney General's attorney Paul Emerson.

The Attorney General's attorney Paul Emerson ironically, is the same attorney who will be prosecuting Leith Mayor Ryan Schock. This is an outrage and complete conflict of interest in so many ways!

When the 'SPECIAL ELECTION' is scheduled this year, vote your conscience.

LEITH MAYOR RYAN SCHOCK HEADED FOR TRIAL AFTER FOUR DELAYS OVER SEVENTEEN MONTHS

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - January 5, 2016

LEITH, ND - Mayor Ryan Schock of Leith, ND, who after enduring the ordeal of liberating the takeover of the town by Nazi/white supremacists Craig Cobb, Kynan Dutton and Deborah Henderson is now being prosecuted by Paul Emerson of the North Dakota Attorney General's office for failure to control or report a dangerous fire in the City of Leith.

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The court date for the misdemeanor 'A' 6 person jury trial is now set for Tuesday and Wednesday, January 12th and 13th at 9 AM (MST) in the Carson, ND Courthouse. If convicted Mayor Schock could receive up to 1 year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine or both.

Leith City Councilman Lee Cook says, "This is pure retribution by former Grant County States Attorney Todd Schwarz and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's representative Paul Emerson."

In an interview with Grant County ND News Dot Com editor Gregory Bruce Mr. Cook went on to say "the state won't prosecute people like Craig Cobb for terrorizing citizens of Leith with guns but will go after a law abiding citizen like Mr. Schock who has no criminal record. He is a pillar of the community serving as Mayor of Leith for several terms, working hard ranching and raising a family. He is a hero in the community with the backbone to stand up against evil and injustice, Mr. Cook added." Mr. Cook continued to say "it does nothing more than add to the political agenda of destroying the individuals who took Todd Schwarz before the North Dakota Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board for conduct unbecoming of an attorney in the summer of 2014. Thousands of taxpayer dollars are now going to be spent on a jury trial that will end up in the North Dakota Supreme Court if necessary."

Todd Schwarz has since resigned as Grant County States Attorney and has moved on to become McKenzie County Assistant States Attorney. According to the Grant County Auditor Lynn Mutschelknaus, Schwarz's replacement is the current Golden Valley States Attorney Elizabeth A. Ebert, who is also a member of the Mackoff Kellogg law firm in Dickinson, ND. She will begin her duties this month.

Mayor Schock and volunteers have continued to clean up the town by demolishing several falling down structures that had been condemned years ago by Custer Health making Leith a safe place for people to raise a family.

The City of Leith waged a legal battle against the Nazi/white supremacist Craig Cobb and his accomplices Kynan Dutton and Deborah Henderson and their agenda to take over the City of Leith to the point it became an international saga. Within a few weeks after being online there were millions of hits on its website and Facebook pages. Ryan Schock and Lee Cook of Leith, Gregory Bruce of New Leipzig and Lisa Auck of Underwood went to court on numerous occasions fighting restraining orders and sitting through all the hearings of Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton.

At one point in McLean County's courtroom in Washburn, Deborah Henderson filed a 2nd restraining order against Leith's Media Relations Representative Gregory Bruce and Lauren Donovan, a reporter of the Bismarck Tribune newspaper for stalking. Both were summarily dismissed by the presiding judge. This was immediately done by Henderson following the judge's decision to dismiss her initial restraining order against Lisa Auck.

Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson moved to Leith from Wisconsin after they put a $2,500 down payment on one of Cobb’s dilapidated houses north of the old town church. They claim they made two payments to Cobb after their down payment but offered no proof of it. According to Craig Cobb, he received no payments from them after he was arrested with Kynan Dutton on November 16, 2013 and charged with 7 counts of terrorizing residents of Leith and 1 resident from New Leipzig.

Eventually Todd Schwarz, then Assistant States Attorney for Grant County, ND let Cobb off with a plea agreement for time served with only 1 felony on his record and 4 years of supervised probation requiring him to remain in North Dakota. Schwarz was assisted by Attorney Paul Emerson of the North Dakota Attorney General's office throughout all of Craig Cobb's hearings and is now prosecuting Mayor Ryan Schock.

Mayor Schock, along with other Leith officials eventually legally destroyed the structure by fire on May 25, 2014 after Bencz and Nelson interfered with demolition crews on 2 previous occasions. The remaining details of the issue are not being discussed on the advice of legal counsel.

The documents giving notice to Cobb by Custer Health to clean up the property in question along with photos as well as the eventual notice to the City of Leith to carry out the abatement of the property after Cobb refused to clean up the property are on the Grant County, North Dakota News Dot Com website at: www.grantcountyndnews.com/downloads.htm.


Additionally the quit claim deed Cobb filled out turning the properties over to the City of Leith in order for him to be released from jail is also on this website.

Leith and Grant County citizens along with Cobb, Dutton and other Nazi/white supremacists were interviewed and filmed by the media company 'Hot Snakes Media' from Brooklyn, NY. They produced a 1 hour documentary for the National Geographic television channel however, to this day National Geographic executives have refused to comment on why they cancelled the 6 part series entitled 'American Fringe'.

No Weather Productions of Brooklyn, NY directors Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker also filmed Leith and Grant County citizens for over 8 months as well as Cobb and other people from all over the country including other Nazi/white supremacists.

Their 85-minute documentary entitled 'Welcome To Leith' premiered at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah last summer. Over 2,000 viewers saw the film in 6 different theatres in the famous tourist town. Mayor Schock and his family were among the attendees. After each showing there were Q&A sessions where people from all over the world asked Mayor Schock how the Leith debacle affected his family and the people of Leith. The response was overwhelmingly supportive of the town and its residents. Craig Cobb showed up on the big screen via a Skype video teleconference session during 1 of the Q&A sessions. Cobb's short appearance prompted the audience to become enraged.

The movie 'Welcome To Leith', which chronicled Leith's struggle to liberate itself of the Nazi/white supremacist takeover of their town has become an international hit viewing in theatres in over 20 countries and almost every state in the US. It is currently available for sale or rent on iTunes as a download. DVD's will be available next month on such websites as Amazon and iTunes.

Mayor Schock's only comment advised by attorney Steven Balaban of Bismarck, ND is that "justice will prevail when I go to trial and am acquitted of the charge", Schock said.

 

CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST LEITH MAYOR

Lauren Donovan - Reporter/Photographer For The  Bismarck, North Dakota Tribune

Lauren Donovan - Reporter/Photographer

Courtesy Of The Bismarck Tribune - By Lauren Donovan (Written - January 6, 2016)

CLICK HERE For The Link To The Original Story In The Bismarck Tribune

 

Photo Of Mayor Ryan Schock by Alex Skalicky

Photo Of Mayor Ryan Schock by Alex Skalicky

 

Just days before Leith Mayor Ryan Schock was to go on trial for burning down a condemned property in the Grant County village, the attorney general's office filed a motion to dismiss the misdemeanor charge, bringing the nearly two-year-long issue to an end with the court judge's signature.

Assistant Attorney General Paul Emerson filed the motion in South Central District Court on Wednesday citing prosecutorial discretion and lack of sufficient evidence to convict Schock of failing to control and report the fire.

Schock, who battled to save Leith from an attempted takeover by white supremacist Craig Cobb and his cohorts, burned a dilapidated structure after Cobb deeded it back to the city as part of his stay-out-of-jail deal.

The charge was filed nearly a year after the May 2014 fire and had been scheduled for trial on four occasions, but always pushed forward for a continuance. The charge was based on a complaint from Michael Bencz, who moved to town during the Cobb disruption and claimed the fire threatened his property.

Schock said he was relieved the matter was finally over.

"It's a pretty good day today. I hope this is the end of it, and we can close the book on everything," Schock said.

Schock's troubles started in August 2013, when Cobb started buying empty lots and abandoned houses and offering them to other white supremacists with the aim of taking over the town council and flying Nazi flags at city hall. That ended when Cobb was arrested for terrorizing residents while on an armed patrol of Leith. He's serving four years probation on a plea deal and lives in Sherwood, near Canada. Cohort Kynan Dutton, now of Underwood, comes off probation at the end of the month for the same incident.

JUDGE WON'T DISMISS CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST MCKENZIE COUNTY SHERIFF

WRITTEN BY CAROLINE GRUESKIN - BISMARCK TRIBUNE - MARCH 14, 2017

A judge refused to dismiss the criminal case against the McKenzie County Sheriff accused of misusing his office credit card.

Gary Schwartzenberger is scheduled for trial on May 16 in the misdemeanor case his attorney believes would also be "conclusive" in deciding the fate of the removal proceedings pending against him.


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Former McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger, left, sits next to his attorney, Tom Dickson, at the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck on Tuesday during a discovery hearing for his charge of misuse of county government funds.

South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson, who has presided over the case since the local judges recused themselves, denied a motion to dismiss during a hearing in Bismarck on Tuesday. She did not offer a reason.

"I'm not going to dismiss the complaint," Anderson said.

Schwartzenberger is accused of making excessive charges on his sheriff's office credit card during a trip to the 2015 Western State's Sheriff's Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas. These included his wife's airfare, an upgrade fee to a convertible rental car and a golf outing. He later paid the credit card bill himself, following some disagreement with the county.

The criminal affidavit filed against the former Marine alleges these charges were made in violation of a county policy that he pay on a personal card and seek reimbursement. But his defense attorney, Tom Dickson, argues there was no written policy, making the criminal accusations against the sheriff baseless.

In a biting brief, Dickson called the prosecution "personal and petty" saying it came only after Schwartzenberger criticized the local state's attorney's office. He also accuses other county employees of stealing money and facing no prosecution, but rather serving as witnesses in this case.

"(He) is being prosecuted on these trumped-up charges because, while popular with the people who voted, he is unpopular with the other county officials whose power and access to taxpayer-funded frivolity are challenged by this presence," Dickson wrote in his motion to dismiss the case.

In his reply, Assistant Attorney General Paul Emerson, who is prosecuting the case, argued that Schwartzenberger knew the proper procedure from his experience as a deputy.

"The charges in this case weren't paid for by the defendant on his personal credit card, as he surely knew they should be, with reimbursement sought from the county," Emerson wrote.

He further argued the prosecution was not vindictive or selective, because Schwartzenberger was not discriminated against for his race, gender, political views or other similar factor.

"The defendant's arguments are basically that, if someone else possibly committed a crime, it is OK for him to, in fact, do so," Emerson wrote. "Fortunately, that is not how the criminal justice system operates."

Misapplication of entrusted property is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in prison and $3,000 in fines.

Schwartzenberger is currently suspended from his duties and faces removal proceedings that followed a recommendation from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and former Gov. Jack Dalrymple. The removal is on the basis of a petition from the county's acting State's Attorney Todd Schwarz last fall that cited this criminal case and allegations of bullying and retaliation within the office.

As the Attorney General's Office is handling the removal and criminal proceedings, Dickson argued in court that all information pertaining to the removal case be handed over as discovery. After arguments from both lawyers on Tuesday, Anderson agreed and ordered the information turned over within two weeks.

EDITOR COMMENT

Written By Gregory Bruce - Editor - March 14, 2017

This case smacks of yet another 'GOOD OL' BOYS CLUB WITCH HUNT' by McKenzie County Assistant States Attorney TODD SCHWARZ. One should take note that this same pair of attorneys (TODD SCHWARZ & PAUL EMERSON) are the same pair who 'cut' the plea deal for the Nazi Craig Cobb and were the same ones that attempted to put on trial the Mayor of Leith Ryan Schock.

It could also be noted that the judge in this case is Sonna Anderson with whom I sat next to in an aircraft on my way to Japan in 2013 - strange.

SCHWARZ resigned from Grant County last year as States Attorney after this editor, the Mayor of the City of Leith Ryan Schock and Leith City Councilman Lee Cook brought him up on charges of misconduct when he interviewed Craig Cobb's victims Gregory Bruce (Leith's Media Representative and this website's editor) and Leith City Councilman Lee Cook in that he used filthy and inflammatory language unprofessional of a court officer during the two hour interview. Eventually the charges were dismissed as the North Dakota Supreme Court Disciplinary Board cited that filthy language was not unprofessional.

CLICK HERE for a copy of that audio file. More news articles and transcripts are being re-posted on this updated version of this website.

CLICK HERE for a copy of Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger's court summary.

CLICK HERE for a copy of Leith Mayor Ryan Schock's affidavit in support of McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger.

Later in the spring of 2015 SCHWARZ brought charges against Leith Mayor Ryan Schock on a trumped up charge in a complaint filed by Leith Nazi sympathizers Michael Bencz and Deby Nelson. This is just another example of what TODD SCHWARZ continues to inflict a 'GOOD OL' BOYS CLUB WITCH HUNT' upon those in office he does not agree with.

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for a press release about Leith Mayor Ryan Schock headed for trial after four delays over seventeen months.

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for a story about the charges being dismissed against Leith Mayor.

This editor has filmed SCHWARZ in multiple Grant County Commission meetings over the past three years and it seems he is continuing to dream up charges against people who disagree with him. During the filming of all these commission meetings this editor has been thrown out twice for asking the same questions over and over when he didn't get any answer at all.

SCHWARZ even dropped the charge against the now 'CONVICTED NAZI TERRORIST CRAIG COBB' that involved this editor stating he withdrew his statement about being terrorized. He even went so far as to say this in the movie 'WELCOME TO LEITH' which chronicled the Leith saga. Everything he said was taken out of context so that he could intimidate this editor to shut down the now closed Leith website and its multiple Facebook pages which, gained international support and demonized government officials.

Grant County has now elected three new commissioners, elected a new Sheriff, got rid of a deputy on suspicion of being intoxicated while on duty, forced out a county auditor after she resigned once, lost the election and then resigned again. Grant County has a new tax director, a new county auditor and deputy auditor, a new VA representative, several new deputies and more.

ADDENDUM

It does seem strange that the former Grant County Deputy Auditor Jennifer Wells who quit shortly after the Auditor resigned for the second time by email (CLICK HERE for that email) is now once again on Grant County's payroll earning only a pittance of what she earned as the deputy auditor. Wells who quit the county mysteriously shortly after County Auditor Kelly Bachmeier resigned twice under suspicion is now working in the Social Services department of Grant County for a mere $15.78 per hour versus what she made as deputy auditor of $33K per year.

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for Grant County employees and their salaries for the year 2017.

CLICK HERE for Grant County employees and their salaries for 2014/2015.


Grant County is not alone as this editor exposed more of the 'GOOD OL' BOYS CLUB' power mentality of elected and appointed government officials in another county. One example is when the Nazi woman Deborah Henderson moved to Underwood with her children while her boyfriend Nazi Kynan Dutton was in jail. She had filed a restraining order against Underwood school teacher Lisa Auck for treating her children mean in school.

This went to court in Washburn and this editor was there to film the hearing along with KFYR and KXMB TV crews. Henderson tried to have this editor removed from the court but the judge said that he had authorized this news service to be there. The case was eventually dismissed among loud clapping by over 100 supporters of the teacher. Henderson immediately went to the clerk of the court and tried to file a second restraining order against this editor and Lauren Donovan, a reporter for the Bismarck Tribune for stalking. The same judge stopped the orders from even getting into the system.

The issue then moved on to Underwood and a city council meeting whereby this editor and KFYR filmed it. The Nazi woman and her convicted Nazi boyfriend Kynan Dutton tried unsuccessfully to put the audience of about 100 at ease. The States Attorney Ladd Erickson then on camera blamed Underwood's problems with this editor and the Bismarck Tribune reporter Lauren Donovan by reporting on this highly publicized issue. He even went so far as to tell the public not to read stories on the internet or read the Bismarck Tribune newspaper - all on video. The Bismarck Tribune eventually filed a complaint against Erickson.

This entire issue can be viewed in the video "UNDERGROUND IN UNDERWOOD".

This is how states attorneys like Ladd Erickson and TODD SCHWARZ sweep controversial issues under the carpet just like they have done with the Nazi Craig Cobb, the debacle of frivolous charges against the Mayor of the City of Leith Ryan Schock, the pipeline protesters and now suspended McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger.

McKenzie County Assistant States Attorney TODD SCHWARZ, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and his staff attorney Paul Emerson have colluded in an attempt to persecute and prosecute suspended McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger just as they did during the fiasco cases of the now 'CONVICTED NAZI TERRORIST CRAIG COBB' and the Mayor of the City of Leith Ryan Schock.

The charges against Mayor Schock took over seventeen months in a highly publicized debacle for the Attorney General to drop all charges and finally realize he and his staff and TODD SCHWARZ couldn't indict and convict a 'HAM SANDWICH'.

TODD SCHWARZ should be stripped of his law credentials and never allowed to practice law again for what is perceived by many as selective prosecution of those who disagree with him.

One last example was that of him accepting a temporary position as States Attorney with Sioux County while still employed by Grant County when that States Attorney passed away. Within 3 weeks he had harassed multiple county residents with threatening letters over age old section line disputes and was fired. He even went so far as to ask for more money from Grant County to pay his secretary for the additional work he was performing in Sioux County. This is actually stated in Grant County Commission meeting minutes.

He did the same thing with Shields residents Randy and Colleen Volk by what I would call 'blackmail' in a gravel dispute. The Volks eventually demanded and received a written letter of apology from SCHWARZ and former County Commissioners Keith Payne, Don Roth and Bill Koch of which this was all filmed in a commission meeting.

CLICK HERE for the video interview of Randy and Colleen Volk filmed by this editor.

It seems that TODD SCHWARZ lopes from county to county throughout the state of North Dakota to supplement his private law practice in Bismarck.

Since the rebirth of this website not all of the commission videos have been uploaded but are on the front burner as well as many other videos. Check out the links on the left of all the video categories and learn about what one local county government has done in the past. It will either educate you or 'piss you off'.

FINAL ADDENDUM

As the editor of this news site I can add little to what has already been written above from past news articles and editorials however, I will say that I have taken some small measure of gratification in my attempts to right the wrongs and inform the public of the corruption committed by government officials in Grant County, North Dakota.

I will be leaving North Dakota soon to travel the country in search of life in the slow lane filming and photographing wildlife, landscapes and staying clear of the news.

I send a thank you to all those who have helped me expose the corruption in Grant County but mostly to those who stood by me in times of dejection and who became friends.

Below you will be able to see and hear how Todd Schwarz the former Grant County Assistant States Attorney who was appointed by the former corrupt County Commissioners as States Attorney performed his duties and those citizens who voiced their concerns and disagreement on camera in opposition to him representing the citizens of Grant County.

WATCH THE TALE OF A DISHONEST NORTH DAKOTA PROSECUTOR