Reward, owner compensation paid in cattle shooting case
Details offered by an informant were vital in helping bring forth some justice after a July 2012 Oliver County cattle shooting case, a lead investigator told the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) Brand Board at its meeting in Bismarck, N.D., on March 15. The producer members who serve on the Brand Board voted to pay the informant $3,000 for the information he provided to Fred Frederikson, east river fieldman, that resulted in some restitution for the animals’ owners, Miles Tomac and John Dixon, both of Mandan, N.D.
In related action, the Brand Board also authorized payment of $3,000 to Tomac and Dixon to supplement the $5,000 in restitution they received through a pre-trial diversion agreement signed by Dillon James Gappert of Hensler, N.D., who had been charged in the case. Dakota Community Bank & Trust and its owners, Dale Pahlke and Stan Sayler, gave the money to the NDSA in Summer 2012 to support the case.
“This was a senseless shooting that deprived these ranchers of their cattle and of the revenue that they would have generated for years to come,” said NDSA Brand Board Chairman Jeff Schafer, a New Rockford, N.D., cattleman. “Dakota Community Bank officials and the Brand Board agreed that the best way to use those dollars was to give them to the victims to help offset the loss they incurred.”
Four cows, four calves and one yearling were killed in the July 4, 2012, incident.
The NDSA has a standing reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people who kill or steal livestock in North Dakota. The standing reward was established in 1929, the same time the NDSA was organized to combat cattle rustling in the state. Dakota Community Bank is among the generous private donors who have kicked in some additional dollars for recent cases in an effort to draw more attention to the situations and bring those involved to justice more quickly.