- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger says two deputies facing allegations of wrongdoing have been reassigned to administrative duties while their court cases play out.

Deputy Travis Bateman is accused of felony reckless endangerment for allegedly using his vehicle to crash into a fleeing motorcycle in August, injuring the motorcycle driver and a passenger.

Deputy Michael Schmitz is accused of lying to the state crime bureau about prescription pill abuse and about his personal involvement in a case involving a divorce and domestic violence.

Schwartzenberger tells the Williston Herald (https://bit.ly/1Id4cG2 ) that the deputies are considered innocent until proven guilty.

The sheriff also is facing a criminal charge. He has pleaded not guilty to misusing a department credit card.

County Commission Chairman Richard Cayko declined to comment on the situation.

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Information from: Williston Herald, https://www.willistonherald.com

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