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Associated Press, Published May 10 2013

Security increased at western ND courts

WILLISTON, N.D. — Officials in Williams County are beefing up security measures at the local courts after three incidents of suspects escaping.

Sheriff Scott Busching and Police Chief Jim Lokken tell The Williston Herald that suspects appearing in court on felony charges will now wear shackles in court. Before, only suspects accused of violent offenses wore shackles in court.

The change comes after 21-year-old Matthew Powers ran from the Williston Municipal Court in mid-April and 19-year-old Calum Kinstler ran from Williams County District Court. A third suspect escaped this week in nearby Sidney, Mont., forcing area schools on lock down. All three suspects were eventually captured.

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