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Oil Patch crimes skyrocket

Published 05/04/2012, Forum Communications

Judges and other court workers are struggling to keep pace with a skyrocketing number of criminal cases filed in the booming, oil-rich counties of northwest North Dakota, officials say. The state court system’s annual report, released this week, shows criminal filings in the Northwest Judicial District jumped by nearly one-third, from 5,581 cases to 7,390 cases, from 2010 to 2011. And it’s only gotten busier this year in the six-county district which includes Minot and Williston.

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