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Poplar Man Charged With DUI After Rollover Crash Near Brockton

A man who rolled a pickup truck carrying five passengers on Montana Secondary Hwy. 480 just north of the bridge that leads into Richland County was charged with DUI.
The Montana Highway Patrol identified the driver as Nolan Hendrickson, 26, of Poplar. He was also charged with seatbelt and no liability insurance violations.
MHP trooper Steve Nard said the five passengers were four adults and one child.
He said four people were transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus were they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Nard said the 1996 Chevrolet 1500 was northbound, went off the east side of the roadway, overcorrected and rolled.

Fire Near Culbertson Displaces Family Of Six

Culbertson fire chief Alan Aspenlieder credited a working smoking detector for saving a family of six from a house fire early Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Aspenlieder said the smoke detector woke family members about 1 a.m., who were able to escape from the fire that completely destroyed the trailer house and everything the family owned.
Aspenlieder said a couple and four children were displaced by the fire on Roosevelt County Road 1054, about eight miles northeast of Culbertson.
The cause is believed to be electrical.

Supreme Court Orders State DOJ To Respond To Beach’s Petition

The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the state Department of Justice to respond to assertions in a petition filed by an attorney representing former Poplar resident Barry Beach.
The petition was filed Thursday, Oct. 23, and asks that Beach be re-sentenced. Wednesday, Oct. 29, the highest state court ordered the DOJ to respond within 30 days, by Nov. 28.
DOJ attorneys must answer allegations in the petition that Beach’s 100-year sentence that was handed down in 1984 is not legal because Beach was a minor at the time the crime was committed and the sentence does not provide an opportunity for him to obtain his freedom.
A 2005 U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires judges who impose sentences to take into consideration that minors are not as responsible for crimes as adults and more likely than adult offenders to be reformed.
The petition asks the Supreme Court to order that Beach, 52, be re-sentenced with consideration that he was 17 years old at the time of the offense he was convicted of.
Beach was convicted in 17th District Court in Glasgow in April 1984 of the 1979 beating death of Poplar High School classmate Kim Nees and dumping her body in the Poplar River. Beach has maintained his innocence for 35 years.
In June, the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole rejected an application from Beach for a full clemency hearing.

Bainville Announces 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Bainville School has announced the first quarter honor roll for high school and junior high students.
Seniors: Carly Bowker, Patrick Butikofer, Justin Freed, Mikayla Lambert, Michael Miller, Elizabeth Rabbe, Somer Reidle [4.0 GPA], Collin Ryder and Gabriel Walch.
Juniors: Alexis Anaya, Austin Friese, Samantha Holte, Beau Hyatt, Andri Rhodes, Brandon Ross, Katelyn Sandvik, Michael Sheehan and Austin Strickland.
Sophomores: Mackenzie Butikofer, Jameson Egemo, Trustin Holcomb, Gracie Jorgenson [4.0 GPA], Dylan Rabbe, Abby Reidle [4.0 GPA], Austin Romo, Elijah Romo, Cathryn Russell and Jaden Smith.
Freshmen: Macala Adkins, Carlee Azure, Taylor Mayer, Joely Picard, Elise Romo, Jasmine Russell [4.0 GPA], Alicia Simonson [4.0 GPA], William South, Jaden Strickland and David Winn.
Eighth Grade: Morgan Holte, Bonny Krogedal, Lextyn Portra, Allie Romo, Summer Romo, Kataryna Ross and Paytyn Wilson.
Seventh Grade: Violet Azure, Kodi Bilquist, Derek Bowker, Karisa Goebel, Kiylee Kellis, Aubrey Picard, Kailin Pippenger, Ethan Romo, KateLynn South, Natalie Stokke, Chloe Tolbert [4.0 GPA] and Carson Ullmer.

Wounded Warriors Come To Culbertson

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Scott Aspenlieder and State Representative Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, recently hosted a hunting trip for the Wounded Warrior Program for the third year. Each year a Wounded Warrior Foundation Board Member and two members of the program have come to Culbertson and stayed with the host family, Alan and Raedelle Aspenlieder, for a weekend of bird hunting. This year only one member was able to make the trip. Pictured are (from left to right) Scott Aspenlieder, Montana Wounded Warrior Foundation board member Mark Boardman, Wounded Warrior veteran Steve Beaty and Knudsen.  (Submitted photo)