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Sepanski Sentencing Continued In Attempt To Retrieve Stolen Jewelry

A Wolf Point couple made emotional pleas in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Nov. 12, for a man facing sentencing for stealing from their home to return a wedding ring and other irreplaceable jewelry.
First Cynthia Berglee and then her husband Milton Berglee appealed during testimonies for Jeremy Thomas Sepanski to reveal the locations of their heirlooms.
Judge David Cybulski continued the sentencing hearing until Wednesday, Dec. 10, in an attempt to get the Berglee’s jewelry returned to them.
Sepanski, 30, of Plentywood testified that he was 95 percent sure he could get the jewelry back.
Milton Berglee testified that Sepanski had been a friend of his son and that he and his wife had treated him like family.
“Even my worst enemies don’t steal my wedding ring on me. Even my enemies aren’t that bad,” Berglee said. “We want our stuff back.”
Sepanski testified that he takes full responsibility for his actions. He asked Cybulski to issue a suspended sentence so he could resume his life. Sepanski said he wants to return to working in the oilfields, and if he is allowed to, he could make larger restitution payments.
He owes for restitution to at least two banks for forged, stolen checks he is alleged to have cashed.
Sepanski has another case against him in Plentywood.
“There is a pending matter in Sheridan County, where I believe the stuff is,” defense attorney J.B. Wheatcroft of Miles City said.
Cybulski continued the sentencing hearing until Wednesday, Dec. 10, while law enforcement in Sheridan County attempt to retrieve the stolen jewelry.
“These folks really want their stuff back,” Cybulski said.
He told Sepanski that if the jewelry is recovered, it could be a good thing for him.
Sepanski withdrew not guilty pleas he had entered earlier this year and pleaded guilty to forgery, burglary and forgery by common scheme during a hearing in August.
Sepanski is accused of illegally entering the Berg-lee’s house in Wolf Point when no one was home Jan. 20, stealing checks and jewelry, and attempting to cash the checks in a store in Froid.

Brockton Woman Charged With DUI After Abandoning Wrecked Van

A Brockton woman, who the Montana Highway Patrol said was drunk and abandoned a van she had rolled, has been charged with DUI and several other violations.
The Chevrolet van was left wrecked sometime early Sunday, Nov. 16. It is believed to have been there for some time before a MHP trooper drove past.
“I was on patrol and saw it sitting there,” MHP trooper Derek Werner said. “It was an unreported crash. No one was there.”
Werner said the van had been southbound on Montana Secondary Hwy. 344, crossed U.S. Hwy. 2 and went off the east side of the roadway where Hwy. 344 turns into BIA Route 1, just south of Brockton. He said the van struck a telephone pole and phone service box, and rolled one complete rotation.
The owner of the van, a Brockton man, was identified by the license plate number and contacted. The owner told Werner that his daughter had been driving his van.
Werner said the man’s daughter was still under the influence of alcohol when he contacted her.
The MHP identified the driver as Samantha Boyd, 25. She was cited for DUI and four additional charges for driving with no driver’s license, no insurance, failure to report an accident and refusal to take a sobriety test.

Second Person Accused In Culbertson Drugs By Deception Case Pleads Guilty

The second person accused in the drugs by deception case that occurred at Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson in June has pleaded guilty.
Shelby Rider, 22, Algonac, Mich. and currently living in North Dakota, withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 12.
In exchange for her guilty plea, a plea agreement includes that the Roosevelt County Attorney has agreed to move for dismissal of the other charge against Rider; fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs, also a felony.
Rider and Jesse Allan Gottschalk, 22, of Algonac, Mich., and North Dakota, have now both admitted in court to allegations that they together attempted to obtain drugs from Roosevelt Medical Center on June 25 by making false claims.
Both entered not guilty pleas to felony possession of dangerous drugs and attempting to fraudulently obtain dangerous drugs Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Gottschalk withdrew his not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty in late September. He has not been sentenced yet.
Each have been free on $20,000 bond since August and both have signed waivers of extradition.
Rider’s plea agreement includes a sentencing recommendation for a five-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections; however, she is eligible for a deferred imposition of sentence.

Several Appear In District Court Nov. 12

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Faith Boysun
Faith Boysun of Culbertson appeared on a petition to revoke probation.
She is currently not in jail.
Boysun denied allegations against her on the advice of her attorney and will appear for a hearing Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Kyle Fuchs
Kyle R. Fuchs, 32, of Culbertson was denied a reduction in bail.
Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen opposed the reduction in bail, citing eight previous bail jumping charges.
Fuchs has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since Sept. 28.
Christopher Jackson
Christopher Wayne Jackson was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections suspended and concurrent with a sentence imposed in Richland County.
Jackson has plea agreement on a drug offense. He has been free on bond.
Jennifer Johnshoy
Jennifer Lea Johnshoy, 29, of Crookston, Minn. and Williston, N.D., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was arrested in Wolf Point Saturday, Nov. 1.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Cybulski set bond at $10,000. Johnshoy is required to sign a waiver of extradition, so she can return to work in North Dakota.
Alexander Jiron
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence - second offense, criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, obstructing a peace officer, driving while driving privilege is suspended or revoked, speeding on a non-interstate highway, driving without insurance, expired motor vehicle registration and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Cybulski set bond at $10,000. Jiron is required to sign a waiver of extradition, so he can return to work in North Dakota.
Robert Lindquist
Robert James Lindquist, 41, of Chattoroy, Wash., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
Lindquist was arrested Nov. 1.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12,.
Derek Reed
Derek Foster Reed, 32, of Seattle, Wash., appeared on a petition to revoke probation.
He entered a blanket denial of several alleged violations and will reappear in court Wednesday, Dec. 10. He is lodged in the
Roosevelt County Jail.
Kelly Severson
Kelly Marie Severson, 47, of Saco entered not guilty pleas to criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.
Scott Varner
Scott Austin Varner, 22, of Crawfordville, Fla., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute.
He was arrested Oct. 13.
A trial is scheduled for Feb. 12.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Nov. 20

(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.


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