BISMARCK — An incident described as a “staff assault” last week at the North Dakota State Penitentiary involved one male inmate and one male staff member, officials said Monday, July 8.

The July 2 incident happened in the kitchen of the Bismarck prison, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Kayli Richards said.

She declined to say whether the staff member sought medical treatment, citing privacy. She also declined to release more details, citing an ongoing investigation, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

“Once the investigation is complete, (Corrections) will forward on the investigation to the Burleigh County state’s attorney,” Richards said. “It’s at their discretion whether charges will be brought forth.”

The prison was put on lockdown twice in January when seven correctional officers needed medical attention after being injured during assaults.

Motorcyclist identified in head-on crash near Bismarck

BISMARCK — The 54-year-old man killed after his motorcycle collided with an oncoming vehicle early Monday morning about three miles east of Bismarck has been identified as Deon Prinsloo of Wing, the North Dakota Highway Patrol said.

Prinsloo was driving a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Burleigh County 10 just past midnight July 8 when it collided with a 1998 Toyota Tacoma in the westbound lane, the Highway Patrol said. The vehicle’s driver, Heather Harper, 52, of Bismarck, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

Prinsloo, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown off his bike and pronounced dead at the scene.

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