Wolf Point Herald

Three Of 14 New MHP Troopers Assigned To Roosevelt County


Pictured fromm left to right: Adams, Schuler and Timmins.

The Montana Highway Patrol commissioned 14 new troopers, Friday, Aug. 22, at the 57th Advanced Academy Graduation ceremony. Three will work in Roosevelt County.
Members of the 57th academy class included Seth Adams and Stephannie-Colleen Timmins, both assigned to Wolf Point, and Derek Schuler, assigned to Culbertson.
Adams is from Bozeman. He was awarded the camp commander award and for physical fitness at the academy.
Timmins is also from Bozeman.
Schuler, from Apple Valley, Calif.
Gov. Steve Bullock addressed the graduates, which took place at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena.
Attorney General Tim Fox said, “Now more than ever, we’re reminded that law enforcement is an inherently dangerous profession. These men and women will place themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis as part of the routine duties of their profession. I thank them for their sacrifice and commitment to serving all Montanans and keeping our roadways safe.”
Other members of the 57th academy class included: Trever Chase, assigned to Hardin, from Helena; Joshua French, assigned to Hardin, from Harrisburg, Pa.; Ryan Janes, assigned to Superior, from Florence; Lewis Johnson, assigned to Broadus, from Chester; Benjamin Kecskes, assigned to Glendive, from Helena; Kristy Kees, assigned to Glendive, from Missoula; Thomas Manz, assigned to Kalispell, from Seattle, Wash.; David Morris, assigned to Billings, from Bozeman; Joshua Nanna, assigned to Kalispell, from Whitefish; Alicia Williams, assigned to Kalispell, from Great Falls; and Michael Williams, assigned to Ryegate, is from Baileys Harbor, Wis.

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Commissioners Change Meeting, Formalize Jail Bond For Ballot

The Roosevelt County Commissioners voted, Tuesday, Aug. 28, to change their weekly meeting time from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m., but the meeting day will continue to be Tuesdays.
The commissioners also approved a resolution formally placing the jail bond question on the November ballot. The commissioners approved moving forward with the measure earlier this month.
The jail bond questioned passed with a majority in June, but failed because not enough registered voters cast ballots.

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Commissioners Unsure About County Employee Travel Pay To Work Sites On East End Of County

The Roosevelt County Commissioners rescinded a motion to not allow county employees to be paid for travel to work sites, Tuesday, Aug. 26, pending finding the best way to address staffing needs on the east end of the county.
Six days earlier, commissioner Gary Macdonald said he wanted to keep all county departments in compliance with an existing policy and shields the county from a potential of employees asking for pay to job sites if other workers receive that compensation.
At issue is an employee who lives in Wolf Point receiving pay for time traveled to operate a machine in Bainville.
Macdonald said the machine in Bainville is the job site.
Commission chairman Duane Nygaard said he was not opposed to compensation for employee between Wolf Point and
“It’s one way to keep up with Bainville roads,” Nygaard said Wednesday, Aug. 20. “Now, we’re not going to be able to do that.”
Revisiting the issue this week at Nygaard’s request, the commissioners discussed a grader the county is leasing and keeping on the east end for use in the Culbertson and Bainville areas, but that the grader is not getting used more than six hours per day, therefore the county is losing money on the lease for the grader.
The other side of the issue is that the roads on the east end are getting graded.
An operator who would work full-time on the east end is slated to start work Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Commissioners Nix Lifting Fire Restrictions

The Roosevelt County Commissioners decided to keep Stage 1 fire restrictions in place, Wednesday, Aug. 20.
Roosevelt is currently one of two Montana counties with Stage 1 restrictions.
“Were No. 1 in the state for fires, all caused by machinery [used for harvesting] and cigarettes,” commissioner Gary Macdonald said.
The commissioners issued the restrictions, Thursday, July 24, and set them to remain in place until further notice.
The following are prohibited until the restrictions are lifted: building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire except within a recreation area; smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or in a barren or cleared area at least three feet in diameter.
All land within the city limits is exempted from the restrictions.
Other exceptions include: persons with a permit authorizing an otherwise prohibited act; those using liquid petroleum or LPG fuel devices that can be turned on and off; where otherwise prohibited activities are posted as allowed; and wildlife or law enforcement officers, firefighters or rescue workers in the performance of an official duty.
Other restriction or exemptions could be posted.
The county commissioners will continue to review the restrictions.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 28

(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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Aug. 25, 12 inmates were incarcerated, Valley County Detention Center was holding two females 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 as of Monday, Aug. 25: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34,  McCabe, partner family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Cameron Watson, 19, Malta, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [marijuana], criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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