- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
A spill of an estimated 1,680 gallons of brine as a result of a truck overflow about seven miles west of Williston, N.D., Monday, March 9.
Brine is a salty, toxic drilling waste byproduct of fracking operations that is much saltier than sea water.
The spill impacted a nearby creek.
The North Dakota Department of Health has identified Golden Eagle Trucking as the responsible party.
A brine spill of almost 3 million gallons on Jan. 6, also near Williston, was North Dakota’s largest since the oil boom began.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Several people appeared before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, March 11.
Kyle Fuchs, 32, of Culbertson withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon and criminal endangerment, both felonies.
The original charges following his Sept. 28 arrest were disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint and criminal endangerment.
Fuchs admitted in court last week that he threatened his wife and a male visitor in his home with a loaded shotgun while intoxicated.
Fuchs, who has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail more than five months, went home with an own recognizance release, which was part of his plea agreement.
Cybulski denied a reduction in bail Nov. 12 after Assistant County Attorney Jordan Knudsen opposed reducing bond, citing eight previous bail jumping charges.
Joshua Wayne Jones, 36, of Williston, N.D., entered not guilty pleas to three counts. He said he had previously entered not guilty pleas. It was unclear whether he had.
Jones pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones and Melissa Ann Jewett, 32, of Williston were arrested together Jan. 19 in a casino near Bainville. They have companion cases and trials scheduled. Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones’ pockets.
Both have been free on bond since Feb. 12, one day after Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $25,000 to $5,000 for both with waivers of extraction.
Jewett pleaded not guilty in February on felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
Jones and Jewett are scheduled for trial May 11.
- Written by John Plestina
A Washington man who was arrested on drug charges while traveling through Roosevelt County said in court that he picked the wrong traveling companion before he was sentenced Wednesday, March 11.
Jason Jackson Knight, 37, of Spokane, Wash., has served more than a year in the Roosevelt County Jail and will not go to prison in Montana, but his legal troubles might be just beginning in his home state that is accusing him of operating a “bucket shop.”
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Knight in 15th District Court to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, all suspended. Knight served 428 days in the Roosevelt County Jail. He had been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
The time suspended sentence isn’t a get out of jail card for Knight. He has warrants issued by Washington for second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property and maintaining a bucket shop, related to alleged illegal transactions involving the selling of stocks and bonds.
Knight agreed to sign a waiver of extradition. He will be returned to Washington by April 1.
The name bucket shop comes from the first half of the 20th century when bucket shops would do trades all day long, throw the tickets into a bucket, and later decide which accounts to award the winning and losing trades to.
The U.S. Supreme Court defines bucket shops as stock exchange businesses, or businesses that are really for the registration of bets, or wagers on the rise or fall of the prices of stocks, grain, oil or other commodities with no transfer or delivery of stock or commodities.
Other definitions of bucket shops include: the equivalent of off-track betting parlors, a fraudulent brokerage firm that uses aggressive telephone sales tactics to sell securities that the brokerage owns and wants to get rid of; making trades on a client’s behalf with promises of a certain price, but the brokerage makes the trade at a different price, keeping the difference as profit.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
On Tuesday, March 10, the Culbertson students competed in Havre at the Regional Science Fair.
Competing were: Wyatt Snyder, James Kirkaldie, Saydee Lambert, Kahlela Thorton, Clayton Toavs, Chloe Burks, Bela Tibbs, Ashtyn Ator, Rachel Gilbert, Mariah Cathey, Lucas Oelkers, Chase Lambert, Lauren Lambert and Tristan Labatte.
Wyatt Snyder won an award for best use of photography on a fifth grade board.
Chase Lambert won three awards. One from the Navy, one for best eighth grade biological science board and for best project at the science fair.
- Written by Jaimee Green
The results are in! This year’s Lost Penny Days winner was Froid School. Together, their student body raised a total of $333.13.
Bainville School came in second, raising $276.14 and Culbertson School raised a total of $139.49. The traveling plaque will be delivered to Froid School where it will stay for the next year.
This year, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation donated $500 in support of the Lost Penny Days Project and an additional $100 donation was given by Dennis Buxbaum, of Sidney, in memory of his parents, Harold and Lila Buxbaum. The employees of Roosevelt Medical Center raised a total of $ 116.82.
The project raised a total of $1,465.58.
“I think the competition is a great way for youth to work towards the collective goal of helping ensure quality healthcare remains in our area. It’s a fun, visual and hands-on way for youth to experience first-hand, the value of philanthropy in our community,” said Audrey Stromberg, Administrator for RMC.
This year, RMC is fundraising to replace a badly-cracked window that needs replacing in the Sun Room, a room the residents who call RMC home, hold dear. It is where they sit, socialize, relax, watch television and enjoy listening to the birds chirping in the aviary. Window replacement will cost an estimated $18,000. Later in the year, the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation will fundraise to purchase a new chemical analyzer for the Laboratory Department.
In previous years, funds raised through Lost Penny Days have gone toward supplies for the Activities Department for reminiscence activities through music, and crafts as well exercise equipment to assist residents with range of motion activities for flexibility, balance, and strength and endurance development.
“We are so grateful to the schools for their willingness to take time out of their busy curriculum schedule to get their students excited about this project every year. The success of Lost Penny Days is only possible because of their continual dedication year after year,” said Jaimee Green, Marketing and Foundation Director for RMC.