- Written by Al Stover
Justin Michael Perkins appeared in the Montana 15th Judicial Court for his arraignment, Aug. 14.
Perkins pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of theft and criminal possession of drugs and to the misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
According to charging documents, the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 dispatch center received a 911 call from a woman who reported that her vehicle had been stolen as she was making a purchase at the Val-Am in Culbertson.
The woman provided the license plate number and description of her vehicle. She also mentioned that she had seen a male around her vehicle at the time.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Lingle responded and arrived in Culbertson. He interviewed the woman who made the 911 call. Later that morning, footage from a security camera showed a suspect with a dark-colored goatee and wearing a light blue Affliction T-shirt, dark pants and a light colored ball cap with the letter “T” on it. The suspect purchased some items and removed his ball-cap, revealing his shaved head, giving a clear photograph of his description. The suspect exited the store after making the purchases. He was later identified as Perkins.
The footage showed Perkins walking up to the vehicle and looking into it. He climbed into the driver’s seat and drove west onto U.S. Highway 2.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., Lingle was contacted via radio by dispatch and informed that there was another possible stolen vehicle. Court documents stated that Richland County was also informed of a stolen vehicle.
Around 30 minutes later, Lingle was informed by dispatch that a stolen pickup had been reported in Richland County and that Fort Peck Tribal Police Lt. Frank Martell had previously conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and released the vehicle in Poplar prior to the pickup being reported stolen. Dispatch also advised Lingle that officers in Poplar, and Wolf Point were looking for the vehicle and that the driver was identified as Perkins and there was another male, Rick Morales, also in the vehicle. They also told him the vehicle was a red 2004 GMC pickup.
At 1:14 p.m, Lingle was traveling west by County Road 1028, he noticed a red GMC truck, with an extended cab, and no front license plate, traveling east.
He recognized the driver as the person who fit the description on the security camera.
Upon receiving a description of the stolen vehicle, he activated his emergency lights and pulled over the pickup at County Road 1028.
Lingle alerted dispatch at 1:15 p.m. that he was out with the vehicle and had Perkins on the ground. Two more males exited the vehicle. One man was identified as Morales while the other was identified as Terrance Dupree.
Perkins asked the sergeant what was going on and Lingle told him he was being arrested for having stolen a vehicle from Richland County and for stealing the car at the Val-Am. Perkins stated, “Oh, yeah.”
After he placed Perkins in the patrol unit, Lingle noticed a rifle with a scope, with the barrel pointing toward the floorboard and butt on the front seat.
He removed the rifle for his own safety and found that it was loaded.
Once the officer had secured the rifle in his patrol unit, Perkins said there was another rifle under the back seat. Lingle went back to the back of the cab of truck and found a .22 caliber rifle where Perkins said it was and secured it.
Perkins also told the officer that he had a pipe in the glove box of the vehicle. Lingle asked if it was for a marijuana pipe. Perkins said no and that he had been selling drugs after he had lost his job.
Deputies Jason Baker and Joseph Moore of the Roose-velt County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeff Kent and Trooper Woody Bateman arrived to assist Lingle.
Perkins was transferred to Baker’s patrol unit. Bateman stayed on the scene with the stolen vehicle while Lingle transported Morales to Poplar.
When he was on his way back to the scene, Moore said he contacted the registered owner who gave permission to search the vehicle. The owner also wanted to be present to verify if any property was missing from the vehicle.
The owner arrived and gave Richland County Undersheriff Denny Palmer and Lingle permission to search the vehicle.
They found a flowered colored case behind the passenger seat that contained a razor blade, straw and fuse holder. A pink or purple colored bag was also found between the front seats that contained a glass meth pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.
After the search, the owner found a ledger with drug information. The ledger, a silver watch and a set of keys were taken into evidence. Palmer took custody of the two rifles and provided Lingle with a property receipt. After cleaning the scene, the remainder of the evidence was taken to Wolf Point. The truck was returned to the owner.
Attorney Terrance Toavs requested Perkins have his bond reduced to $25,000 on the conditions that he reside with his mother, and sign a waiver of extradition to travel to Pennsylvania and return for the proceedings. Ralph Patch approved the bond reduction.
Perkins is scheduled to have his omnibus hearing on Aug. 28 and his trial is set for Oct. 17.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Chase Kilzer will be a freshman at Culbertson High School this year. His summer was filled with tending his trip (or herd) of goats.
He showed and sold his prized goat, Ted, at the Roosevelt County Fair. Kilzer has been participating in the fair for seven years. He admits he has names for all 74 of his goats.
He and his family raise goats to help eat leafy spurge weeds, a noxious weed toxic to some animals that also can reduce the livestock carrying capacity of pasture and rangeland by 20 to 50 percent.
Goats are known for their lawn care skills, eating this noxious weed as well as blackberry vines and anything else they can put in their mouth.
He spent parts of his summer fishing in Slater's Bay and Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota which allowed him to 'limited out' on walleye.
When he isn't tending his goat trip or fishing at the lake, he is helping to control the coyote population. One day recently, he killed one of the coyotes that have reduced their herd of kids from 35 to four.
I asked him what his favorite summer activity was? His reply, "The fair!" "And how about your favorite part of the up and coming school year?" "Football for sure," he said with a huge grin on his face.
- Written by The Herald-News
4-H members from across the county completed their yearly projects with conference judging on Thursday, August 8 at the fairgrounds in Culbertson.
While each individual was awarded ribbons, some members went above the judge’s expectation and received outstanding awards in various categories.
In Outstanding Sheep exhibit Quinn Whitmus won a $25 gift certificate from Barbie Hekkel. Outstanding Chicken exhibit went to Roanne Vermette with a $25 gift certificate from TNT AG of Froid. Tiara Whitmus won the Outstanding Rabbit Breeds with a $10 gift certificate from Dallas Aero Sales. Outstanding Rabbit Exhibit went to Renee Oelkers with a $10 gift certificate from Gracie’s in Bainville.
Two Outstanding Animal Science exhibitors were named: Paytyn Wilson with a $10 gift certificate from Smokey’s in Bainville and Roxanne Vermette with a $10 gift certificate from King’s Inn of Culbertson. Ryley Beery won the Outstanding Environmental and Natural Science exhibit with a $10 gift certificate from Brockton CHS Elevator.
Outstanding quilted item went to Emily Nielsen with a $10 gift certificate courtesy of Judy Smith. Outstanding Quilt exhibitor was Patrick Kjelshus who took home a $25 gift certificate for fabric from Judy Smith of Froid. The Outstanding Sewing and Textiles went to Kodi Bilquist who won $10 in Frostee’s bucks. Tessa Larsen took home the Outstanding Family and Consumer Science exhibit and a $10 gift certificate from the King’s Inn. Katie South won the Outstanding Photography exhibit with a $10 gift certificate from Gracie’s in Bainville. Mariah Machart won the Outstanding Leadership exhibit with a $10 gift certificate from Brockton CHS Elevator. Outstanding
Teen Leadership exhibit was Renee Oelkers who took home a $10 gift certificate from Main Street Grocery in Poplar. Outstanding Small Engines exhibit was won by Lucas Oelkers who also welcomed $10 in Culbertson Chamber Bucks. Two Outstanding Cloverbud awards went to Carson Solem who won $10 in Frostee’s Bucks and Bronc Bilquist who won a $10 gift certificate from Judy Smith.
Two Outstanding Health exhibits went to Halle Vareberg who took home a $10 gift certificate from the Mint Café in Froid and Elizabeth Hendrickson with a $10 gift certificate from the Young Ranch in Froid.
The Outstanding Health exhibit went to Tiara Whitmus and $10 Frostee’s Bucks while the health award went to Trinity Whitmus with a $10 gift certificate from King’s Inn.
Outstanding Cake Decorating exhibit was Sierra Machart who won a Wilton Yearbook. Another Outstanding Cake Decorating exhibit was Elizabeth Hendrickson won a Wilton Yearbook and a prize of her choice from Wilton.
Outstanding Secretary Book went to Renee Oelkers who took home a $10 gift certificate from Brockton CHS.
Outstanding Interview was won by Katie South who also won a $10 gift certificate from Smokey’s of Bainville. Outstanding Club Scrapbook was won by Tessa Larsen who won a $10 gift certificate from Smokey’s of Bainville.
Nathan Hackley won the Outstanding Self-Determined exhibit and a $10 gift certificate from Dallas Aero Sales.
Outstanding FFA awards went to Nathan Hackley, Ty Handy, and Courtney Sorteberg who won $10 in Culbertson Chamber bucks, $20 from the Mint Café, and $20 from the Treasure’s of Poplar Independence Bank respectively.
- Written by Lanett Hofman
The 4-H Council honored Gary and Phyllis
Sethre and NorVal Electric during the Livestock Auction on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds in Culbertson.
As the small group took center stage in the livestock arena, many were there to cheer on their accomplishments.
4-H was first designed to help families with new farming technologies; however, today 4-H has blossomed into a much bigger program. This program empowers youth to reach their potential as leaders with strong ethics and character, but 4-H youth cannot flourish without the assistance of adults in their community.
The 4-H Council honors individuals and businesses who give of themselves without question. It is because of their generosity, vision and kindness that the 4-H program is able to produce strong, caring individuals for tomorrow’s future.
This year’s honored individuals are Gary and Phyllis Sethre from Wolf Point. Both individuals have been instrumental in the lives of 4-H members for over 26 years.
Since 1987, Gary was a market beef leader. For over eight years, he has been involved with crop science as well as the wheat growers’ projects where he has worked side-by-side with local youth in their projects.
Phyllis formed the Frontier 4-H Club in Wolf Point, where she is still a co-organizational leader today. Phyllis has shown her love for youths’ personal growth in the many projects she has served as project leader, from horsemanship, market sheep to ceramics, sewing and foods.
Phyllis has involved herself immensely with the 4-H youth projects. She has watched area children over the years blossom and grow as learners and young adults.
It is because of their dedication, generosity, and vision for the future that the 4-H Council honors Gary and Phyllis Sethre.
The 4-H Council has also chosen NorVal Electric Cooperative to honor as this year’s business honoree.
NorVal Electric understands the importance the 4-H program has on today’s youth. They see the 4-H program as an integral part of the county and appreciate the importance each program plays with today’s youth.
It is because of this visionary knowledge that the 4-H Council honors NorVal Electric Cooperative.
Visitors can view the 4-H Wall of Fame plaque on display at the MSU Extension office in Culbertson.
- Written by Al Stover
The Roosevelt County Commissioners held a meeting Aug. 1 to approve resolutions and business.
The commissioners began the meeting by approving the minutes for the meetings that took place in month of July. They also approved the claims for July 18, 2013, which came to the amount of $63,580.92. Commissioner Gary Macdonald said he was "shocked to see it that low."
They also approved the claims and payroll, which came to the amount of $1,638,666.48, for the period from June 1 to June 30.
In regards to administrative issues, the commissioners approved Resolution No. 2014-2, which will allow the commissioners to set salaries for elected officials and Resolution No. 2014-3, which allows the commissioners to set the salary for the county attorney and the deputy county attorney. They also passed a Memoriam of Understanding for the Deadman Communication Site, located at 174 Tower Hill Road, within McCone County.
Macdonald said the equipment will be supplied by the Border Interoperability Demonstration Project grant.
"We get a lot of extra equipment out of it," Macdonald said. "It will help out with fleet mapping."
The equipment will be installed by Flathead County or its designee and all equipment will be installed according to accepted industry standards.
In the matters of business, the commissioners rehired Bernadine Popp as a substitute cook for the Bainville Senior Center. They also made a motion to approve the pay raise of Carlos Garcia, who works as a 911 dispatcher.
Macdonald asked about Garcia's raise and Brenda Redfield, administrative assistant to the Roosevelt County Commissioners, said Garcia had been overlooked at the time of anniversary date of employment back in April. She also said she did not know if they failed to inform Garcia or if Garcia missed it himself. Commissioner Duane Nygaard said he did not know whose responsibility it was to notify Garcia about the pay raise and Macdonald said it was the department's job to do that.
The business matter that raised the most discussion was the move of Traci Kjelshus to full-time office manager/4H assistant with an extra eight hours a week. Nygaard motioned it for discussion.
Macdonald said that although it would make sense to have Kjelhsus move to full-time, because there have been times where the 4-H office had no one working to take phone calls, he asked if they were in danger of being overstaffed.
Ardis Oelkers, an agent at the Extension office, said they have been busy during the summer and needed another person because the summer brings more activities ties and workload. She also stressed that they have had the money in the budget to hire more people.
"We're just barely getting by," Oelkers said. "The little things aren't getting done. They are getting pushed aside."
Kjelshus also said that because of the limited amount of people, they have had to answer the phone and take care of the people who come into the office, which leaves them without time to plan or teach people.
After the commissioners approved the motion to move Kjelshus to full time, Kjelshus and Oelkers thanked them.
The commissioners ended the meeting by approving the report of investments and pledged securities from the treasurer, which had been tabled from the previous meeting.