- Written by John Plestina
The three transients who authorities say drove to Glasgow in a stolen a pickup truck to visit a friend in the Valley County Detention Center appeared for arraignments in 15th District Court Sept. 16.
Amanda Broyles, 41, of Lexington, Mo., Brett Sandy, 25, of Orange, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev., and Shannon Tammel, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., pleaded not guilty to all charges.
According to the RCSO and charging documents, Tammel claimed to be the girlfriend of Julian “Ty” Baughman, of Florida, a Roosevelt County inmate being held at the Valley County Detention Center.
Baughman was found in possession of two vehicles in Culbertson that were reported stolen in the Williston, N.D., area. He one of two men accused of taking RCSO deputies on a high-speed chase in a stolen truck through Culbertson in July that ended with officers shooting out the tires to stop the pickup in a field.
Broyles is charged with felony theft, and misdemeanor counts of displaying a license plate assigned to another vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked [by North Dakota] and obstructing a peace officer. Sandy and Tammel are charged with felony theft.
The three were arrested in Wolf Point Aug. 11. According to the charging documents, Sandy admitted to officers that he stole the truck. Broyles is alleged to have given a false name.
The charging documents also state that pickup, reported stolen in North Dakota, had spray paint covering the actual paint in an apparent attempt to disguise the vehicle.
All three are held on $25,000 bail.
- Written by John Plestina
The National Weather Service in Glasgow has reported that a slow moving weather system will move into eastern Montana during the evening hours of Thursday, Oct. 1, and will remain over the area for most of the weekend.
According to information provided by Greg Forrester, Glasgow NWS senior forecaster and hydrology program manager, rain is expected to move into Roosevelt, Valley and other northeastern Montana counties Thursday night and could continue to Sunday. Rainfall is expected to range between a quarter-inch in some locations more than an inch in others.
Warm and dry weather with highs mostly in the 70s are expected to precede the storm. Temperatures will cool to about 60 degrees for highs on Friday and the 50s for Saturday and Sunday.
Winds are forecast to be 10 to 20 mph in the eastern area of Roosevelt County, but could vary. The winds are expected to turn to the northeast or north for all areas Saturday night as the low moves to the east.
Forrester cautions that wet weather could make travel difficult on gravel roads and is likely to put harvesting on hold.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation is accepting application for funding from nonprofit organizations in the Bainville, Culbertson and Froid areas.
Maximum grants are $2,000 with $5,000 to $7,000 in funding support available.
Nov. 5 is the deadline for applications for funding in 2016. Applications received later than Nov. 5 will be considered for a possible mid-summer round of funding.
Local nonprofits are encouraged to contact the foundation for advice or assistance in preparing applications.
Applications may be emailed or mailed to Nyquist Foundation, 140 Huguenot St., New Paltz, N.Y, 12561.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Photos by Angela Rose Benson
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Culbertson School Board was told that there is a discrepancy with school district lines of the Culbertson, Bainville and Froid districts during the regularly scheduled board meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Clayton Vine, Roosevelt County geographic information systems administrator, approached Culbertson district superintendent Larry Crowder about a slight problem with Culbertson’s school district boundary line between Culbertson, Bainville and Froid.
“I have come to understand that the board line and the legal description do not match,” said Crowder. “Clayton Vine is seeking the assistance of the boards from all three districts to fix the discrepancy.”
In other business, Student Body president Adam Buxbaum updated the board on Student Council’s progress, saying that they are now responsible for a bulletin board in the high school hallway that is updated daily in an effort to keep students up-to-date with current activities and events. A suggestion box has been placed in the hallway as well.
“The suggestion box is where students can leave notes that read suggestions for us if they’d like to see something changed and notes congratulating us on doing a good job,” explained Buxbaum. “At every student council meeting, we will open the box and read every note we receive.”
The student council also requested financial aid from the board for their State Leadership Conference in Great Falls on Oct. 19-20. Some 12 students and two advisors would be attending the conference and the amount requested to fund the trip was $2,682. This would cover the cost of meals, hotel rooms and the $60 conference entry fee per person. The board approved helping the student council financially.
David Solem, activities director, provided the activities report updating sport’s team member numbers. High school football still currently has 26 male students on the team for the season and high school volleyball now has 12 girls playing, including four eighth-grade students. High school cross country has nine runners on the team with elementary/junior high cross country having 13 team members. Elementary/junior high football consists of 24 students with elementary/junior high volleyball having 11 female students playing for the season.
Principal Mike Olson gave a technology report. He said that Gaffaney’s of Williston, N.D., is working to streamline the school’s Sonic Wall and connection issues with non-domain devices. A hard drive on the servers failed but was replaced by Gaffaney’s. The Sonic Wall and switch, located at the old armory, received water damage and needed replacement. The camera that is currently located inside the old armory will soon be moved to the front door outside the building.
Several teachers have shown interest in being on the technology board to build the new, three-year technology plan that will be good for the 2015-2016 school year, according to Olson.
The board discussed an issue with finding officials to be referees at home-games due to travel and busy schedules. In order for a referee to be an official for a varsity home game, they must finish Montana Officials Association training. Larry Crowder is working to get local referees to take MOA training.
“We have officials traveling around on weekends with busy schedules so it’s been difficult to get them here. This is going to push us to have more weeknight games, folks,” Crowder said.
Two guest [substitute] teachers were hired; Lonny Campbell and Brittny Marchwick-Wix, both of Culbertson.
The brickwork on the south side of the elementary addition is currently being placed.
Crowder is completing the 2015-2016 ESEA federal programs application and the 2015-2016 Federal Carl Perkins grant application. He will soon begin working on the TEAMS accreditation report that is due by the end of October this year.
The board approved several recommendations for extra-curricular contracts. Those hired are as follows; Solem, eighth grade advisor; Ashley Copple, seventh grade advisor and annual advisor; Chris Olson, student council advisor and Title IX coordinator; Karen Toavs, National Honor Society; Paula Dehner and Brad Adams, speech and drama assistant coaches; and Ronnie Shanks, high school football assistant coach.
After events, programs or games take place in the gymnasium, it is in need of cleaning, which is usually handled by a school club or organization. This year, the annual club will be completing the task for the fall trimester activities season.
There is a need to fill up the sick leave bank at the school, as staff has been notified that they are welcome to donate their hours. Currently, nine days have been donated by staff to the sick leave bank.
The Accelerated Reader Incentive Program received a $5,000 allocation from the board last year. Students were said to have responded very positively to the program and exceeded their goal expectations last year so the same amount will be provided by the board to fund the program for the 2015-2016 school year.
The meeting that was heavily attended with members of the student council, students and some teachers.
The next scheduled meeting is slated for Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Culbertson school’s lunchroom.