- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence to The Herald-News and The Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday, Nov. 17, 16 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Monday, Nov. 17:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell.
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Edwin Falcon, 55, Poplar, arrested on a federal warrant. Transferred to federal custody.
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment.
•Steven Gray Hawk, 37, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal’s warrant.
•Geoff Hagadone, 43, Poplar, partner, family member assault and endangering the welfare of children.
•Dylan Hebberlman, 21, Havre, arrested by Roo-sevelt County deputies on Blaine County warrant. Extradited to Blaine County.
•Alexander Jirone, 33, Rapid City, S.D., criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, speeding on non-interstate-exceed night speed limit, operating with expired registration, operating without liability insurance.
•Jennifer Johnshoy, 29, Crookston, Minn., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer.
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
•Dustin Kinzie, 20, Wolf Point, criminal production/manufacture of dangerous drugs, criminal endangerment, criminal possession with intent to distribute, criminal endangerment.
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant.
•Robert Lindquist, Chattoroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
•Anthony Miller, 22, Wolf Point, serving 48-hour sentence.
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant.
•Michelle Parker, 41, San Diego, Calif., arrested on bench warrant.
•Derek Reed, 32, Seattle, Wash., criminal contempt warrant.
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer.
•Kaylob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Eight members of the Culbertson speech and drama team traveled to Billings to compete in the first annual Fall Kickoff meet, jointly hosted by Shephard High School and the Billings High Schools.
The meet was held at Skyview High with 26 schools attending.
The Culbertson students competed against AA, A, B and C schools and were judged in accordance to the AA rules, which differ from A, B and C rules for some events.
The Culbertson students held their own, with some students scoring their personal best at this meet. The day ended with Nica Granada placing fourth in memorized public address, Michaela Cathey placing second in pantomime and the team placed first in the Class C Drama Sweepstakes and second in Class C Speech.
On Friday, Nov. 7, the CHS speech and drama team spent the better part of the day traveling to Cut Bank to compete at the Cut Bank Invitational Meet.
Culbertson brought home the first-place trophy in Class C Speech and second place in Class C Drama.
Nervous about competing against unknown competitors, the students used this long ride to practice their pieces.
Saturday, the team proved once again they could hold their own against the bigger AA, A, B and C schools.
When the last timer beeped, the 13 team members showed the rest of the schools just what they could do with Alexi Bidigaray placing first in serious solo, Michaela Cathey placing first in pantomime, Nica Granada taking second in MPA, Chase Kilzer taking second in original oratory, McKade Mahlen placing third in impromptu, Emma Pederson taking third in humorous solo, Garrett Reid finishing fourth in memorized public address and Angela Benson taking sixth in serious oral interpretation.
Austin Pederson, Lindsey Reid, Austin Furakawa, Wyatt Shelton and Tessa Larsen were praised by their coaches for doing a great job.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Celtic finger-style guitarist and storyteller Jerry Barlow of Golden, Colo., performed at the Culbertson Public Library Thursday, Nov. 6. He entertained the audience with Irish and Scottish melodies played on a handmade Irish guitar and wove bits of history from the two countries into his performance. The Roosevelt County Library in Wolf Point sponsored the performance. Plans are for a return concert in 2016. (Submitted photo)
- Written by John Plestina
Winter Storm Astro, the season’s first named winter storm, dropped plowable snow in northeast Montana Sunday, Nov. 9, into Monday, Nov. 10, and brought a cold air intrusion that was a rude awakening for some.
The temperature in Wolf Point at 5 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, was just below zero with a wind chill of minus 19. Early morning air temperatures as cold as minus 8 are forecast for this week.
The National Weather Service at Glasgow reported 3.5 inches of snow in Wolf Point, 3 inches near Lustre, 2.5 inches near Poplar and 1 inch in and around
The Weather Service recorded a storm total of 6.1 inches of snow in Glasgow, breaking a record for Nov. 9 that stood 74 years. The new record of 6.0 inches in a single day surpassed the previous record of 4.6 inches that was set in 1940.
“The heavier amounts were generally in western Phillips County. Northeast Garfield County had the highest reported amount, 8.8 inches,” said meteorologist Rex Morgan, with the National Weather Service in Glasgow.
There was also a 7-inch value recording 13 miles northeast of Bloomfield in Dawson County.
All this begs the question: what do Typhoon Nuri and Bombogenesis have to do with Wolf Point’s weather?
Not much directly, but both do have indirect impacts on the current local weather.
Typhoon Nuri came out of Asia with a vengeance late last week and became the strongest storm on record to hit Alaska. Measured as a hurricane, it recorded a category 5. Nuri has been termed a massive non-tropical superstorm that has added energy to the jet stream. It generated high-altitude winds of nearly 200 mph over the Pacific Ocean. It has since generated a ripple effect of snow and cold weather across much of the nation.
“[Typhoon Nuri] shoved the cold air front from the Arctic down here,” Morgan said.
Bombogenesis is a term sometimes used when a mid-latitude cyclone rapidly intensifies. The term has been associated with Typhoon Nuri.
“We don’t really like that term [Bombogenesis] as meteorologists. It seems kind of alarmist,” Morgan said.
The National Weather Service predicts unseasonably cold temperatures and possible flurries later in the week.
- Written by John Plestina
Brian Scott “Kodiak” Dahl
A high-profile federal drug case has finally come to an end, more than two years after an alleged gang member who had been savagely beaten, strangled and cut with razor blades was found sopping wet in his own blood in a field adjacent to a Culbertson home more than two years ago.
Tim Purdon, United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota, announced Monday, Nov. 3, that Brian Scott “Kodiak” Dahl, 51, of Williston was the seventh and final member of the “The Family,” a large-scale Williston, N.D. methamphetamine distribution organization, to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bismarck, N.D.
Dahl was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm while committing a drug-trafficking crime. He had pleaded guilty.
Dahl, who was arrested in January 2013, had transported meth from Washington, according to federal court documents.
Co-defendant Jeffrey Jim “Pops” Butler, 47, of Williston pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 20 years in a federal prison in October, 2013.
The other five men who pleaded guilty to charges related to the case and sentenced in 2013 were: Nicholas James Gordon Woodford, 24, 15 years; Tyler Michael White, 24, 13 years, 9 months; James Dean Odeneal, 24, 12 years; Zachary Russell Mills, 24, five years; and Matthew Powers, 23, five years.
All seven men had lived in the Williston area less than two years. All were reported to have been staying in several campers parked behind a house in Williston. They were alleged to have had a substantial amount of weapons in their possession. Dahl was arrested with nine rifles, six pistols, four shotguns and three revolvers.
Montana, North Dakota and federal law enforcement first became aware of “The Family” and allegations of large-scale drug trafficking after a resident of Roosevelt County Road 1017 just east of Culbertson saw a severely injured man stagger into a field adjacent to the reporting party’s house on Aug. 12, 2012, and made a 911 call for help. Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Tim Lingle and deputy Joe Moore were dispatched at 6:02 a.m.
The RCSO identified the injured man as Robert Osterhout, then 44, of Oswego, N.Y. Several media sources also have identified Osterhout.
He was transported by ambulance to Roosevelt Medical Center in Cul-
bertson and later to Mercy Medical Center in Williston, N.D. Osterhout was reported to have been suffering from multiple broken bones and other injuries.
Federal charging documents for now convicted members of “The Family” alleged that Osterhout was abducted, severely beaten with brass knuckles, strangled with a rope or string, shocked with a stun gun and cut with razor blades inside a camper in Williston, after members of “The Family” attempted to kill him, believing he would tell authorities about their illicit activities. According to charging documents, the men bound Osterhout, put him in a plastic-lined car trunk and drove him across the state line into Roosevelt County. Osterhout attempted to escape, was beaten again and left for dead in a rural area near Culbertson, according to federal court documents.
Osterhout survived and later told his story to the FBI while hospitalized in Williston.
There is no record of any charges against Osterhout.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said Osterhout had walked covered in blood from where he had been dumped to the field beside the reporting party’s home with both eyes swollen shut, blood frozen on the back of his head and shaking uncontrollably due to cold temperatures. Osterhout was wearing only sweatpants and socks, Summers said.
“Deputies found drag marks on the county road with shoe prints visible, and a cell phone and a pop bottle. It appeared that a struggle had taken place near where the victim was found,” Summers said.
“The victim would not answer questions about what had happened when initially questioned by deputies,” he said.
Summers said he and Lingle returned to the scene four days later after residents of the area reported finding evidence in a nearby field.
He said they collected a black baseball cap, syringe-type needle, lighter, two pieces of rope, three pieces of plastic tape and a knife. Summers said they observed what appeared to be a spot of blood on the ground. Summers and Lingle photographed the crime scene. The RCSO later turned the collected items over to over to North Dakota law enforcement who were investigating the case as a possible kidnapping.