- Written by The Sidney Herald
Lester Von Waters Jr., one of the two men accused of being involved with the kidnapping and murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold, was scheduled to appear in District Court Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, to change his plea.
According to a document filed by Richland County Attorney Mike Weber, the state and the defendant have reached a plea agreement where Waters will make a plea to deliberate homicide by accountability.
Punishment for the crime is death, life imprisonment or imprisonment in the state prison for a term of not more than 100 years or less than 10 years.
The charge reads that Waters on Jan. 7, 2012, in Richland County attempted to commit, committed or is legally accountable for the attempt or commission of aggravated kidnapping or kidnapping and the result of the forcible felony or flight thereafter for when he or any person for which he is legally accountable, namely Michael Keith Spell, caused the death of another human being, namely Sherry Arnold, by either choking her or holding her face in mud or water until she was dead.
(Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted by permission of The Sidney Herald.)
- Written by The Herald-News
David Krogedal and Marvin Qualley were recently recognized by the board of directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as Nationally Registered EMTs.
This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.
To maintain their status as Nationally Registered EMTs, Korgedal and Qualley, complete, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for Emergency Medical Technicians in America.
They not only complete courses to refresh their fundamental knowledge and skills but also attend a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance their knowledge on new lifesaving skills.
By maintaining their Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, they are among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.
Krogedal and Qualley are both volunteers for the RMC ambulance service which provides emergency services to the Culbertson, Froid and Bainville areas.
Krogedal farms and ranches in the Froid area.
Qualley farms west of Froid and is a bus driver for the Froid School District.
- Written by Al Stover
Justin Michael Perkins appeared in the Montana 15th Judicial Court for his arraignment, Aug. 14.
Perkins pleaded not guilty to the felony charges of theft and criminal possession of drugs and to the misdemeanor charges of possession of dangerous drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
According to charging documents, the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 dispatch center received a 911 call from a woman who reported that her vehicle had been stolen as she was making a purchase at the Val-Am in Culbertson.
The woman provided the license plate number and description of her vehicle. She also mentioned that she had seen a male around her vehicle at the time.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Lingle responded and arrived in Culbertson. He interviewed the woman who made the 911 call. Later that morning, footage from a security camera showed a suspect with a dark-colored goatee and wearing a light blue Affliction T-shirt, dark pants and a light colored ball cap with the letter “T” on it. The suspect purchased some items and removed his ball-cap, revealing his shaved head, giving a clear photograph of his description. The suspect exited the store after making the purchases. He was later identified as Perkins.
The footage showed Perkins walking up to the vehicle and looking into it. He climbed into the driver’s seat and drove west onto U.S. Highway 2.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., Lingle was contacted via radio by dispatch and informed that there was another possible stolen vehicle. Court documents stated that Richland County was also informed of a stolen vehicle.
Around 30 minutes later, Lingle was informed by dispatch that a stolen pickup had been reported in Richland County and that Fort Peck Tribal Police Lt. Frank Martell had previously conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and released the vehicle in Poplar prior to the pickup being reported stolen. Dispatch also advised Lingle that officers in Poplar, and Wolf Point were looking for the vehicle and that the driver was identified as Perkins and there was another male, Rick Morales, also in the vehicle. They also told him the vehicle was a red 2004 GMC pickup.
At 1:14 p.m, Lingle was traveling west by County Road 1028, he noticed a red GMC truck, with an extended cab, and no front license plate, traveling east.
He recognized the driver as the person who fit the description on the security camera.
Upon receiving a description of the stolen vehicle, he activated his emergency lights and pulled over the pickup at County Road 1028.
Lingle alerted dispatch at 1:15 p.m. that he was out with the vehicle and had Perkins on the ground. Two more males exited the vehicle. One man was identified as Morales while the other was identified as Terrance Dupree.
Perkins asked the sergeant what was going on and Lingle told him he was being arrested for having stolen a vehicle from Richland County and for stealing the car at the Val-Am. Perkins stated, “Oh, yeah.”
After he placed Perkins in the patrol unit, Lingle noticed a rifle with a scope, with the barrel pointing toward the floorboard and butt on the front seat.
He removed the rifle for his own safety and found that it was loaded.
Once the officer had secured the rifle in his patrol unit, Perkins said there was another rifle under the back seat. Lingle went back to the back of the cab of truck and found a .22 caliber rifle where Perkins said it was and secured it.
Perkins also told the officer that he had a pipe in the glove box of the vehicle. Lingle asked if it was for a marijuana pipe. Perkins said no and that he had been selling drugs after he had lost his job.
Deputies Jason Baker and Joseph Moore of the Roose-velt County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeff Kent and Trooper Woody Bateman arrived to assist Lingle.
Perkins was transferred to Baker’s patrol unit. Bateman stayed on the scene with the stolen vehicle while Lingle transported Morales to Poplar.
When he was on his way back to the scene, Moore said he contacted the registered owner who gave permission to search the vehicle. The owner also wanted to be present to verify if any property was missing from the vehicle.
The owner arrived and gave Richland County Undersheriff Denny Palmer and Lingle permission to search the vehicle.
They found a flowered colored case behind the passenger seat that contained a razor blade, straw and fuse holder. A pink or purple colored bag was also found between the front seats that contained a glass meth pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue.
After the search, the owner found a ledger with drug information. The ledger, a silver watch and a set of keys were taken into evidence. Palmer took custody of the two rifles and provided Lingle with a property receipt. After cleaning the scene, the remainder of the evidence was taken to Wolf Point. The truck was returned to the owner.
Attorney Terrance Toavs requested Perkins have his bond reduced to $25,000 on the conditions that he reside with his mother, and sign a waiver of extradition to travel to Pennsylvania and return for the proceedings. Ralph Patch approved the bond reduction.
Perkins is scheduled to have his omnibus hearing on Aug. 28 and his trial is set for Oct. 17.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Chase Kilzer will be a freshman at Culbertson High School this year. His summer was filled with tending his trip (or herd) of goats.
He showed and sold his prized goat, Ted, at the Roosevelt County Fair. Kilzer has been participating in the fair for seven years. He admits he has names for all 74 of his goats.
He and his family raise goats to help eat leafy spurge weeds, a noxious weed toxic to some animals that also can reduce the livestock carrying capacity of pasture and rangeland by 20 to 50 percent.
Goats are known for their lawn care skills, eating this noxious weed as well as blackberry vines and anything else they can put in their mouth.
He spent parts of his summer fishing in Slater's Bay and Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota which allowed him to 'limited out' on walleye.
When he isn't tending his goat trip or fishing at the lake, he is helping to control the coyote population. One day recently, he killed one of the coyotes that have reduced their herd of kids from 35 to four.
I asked him what his favorite summer activity was? His reply, "The fair!" "And how about your favorite part of the up and coming school year?" "Football for sure," he said with a huge grin on his face.
- Written by The Herald-News
Many people were attendance for the 2013 Style Show that kicked off the fair this year.
Various area businesses were generous in their donations for door prizes, and the crowd went home with fabulous prizes at the end of the evening. Froid Federal Credit Union donated five $5 4-H concession stand coupons that went to Beth Hekkel, Todd Purvis, Christine Jensen, Jeff Whitmus and Jaclynne Taberna.
Main Street Grocery in Poplar donated six 12-packs of pop that went to Traci Kjelshus, Tara Nickoloff, Vonnie Mason, Julane Poland, Canyon Casterline and Bella Perersen.
Will’s Office World/Radio Shack in Wolf Point donated two $10 gift certificates that Carry Vandall and Nash Petersen took home.
Blue Rock Products in Plentywood donated six t-shirts that were won by Angie Purvis, Quinn Whitmus, Heather Taylor, Tonya South, Peggy Purvis and Sheryl Estes. They also donated four Pepsi hats that Laura Christoffersen, Tige Purvis, Chasity Bartee and Esther Peterson won. Four Pepsi visors went to Penny Hendrickson, Elaine Jensen, Chloe Taylor and Devin Nelson.
Two Pepsi tumblers went to Jack Scotson and Roxanne Vermette. Two decks of Pepsi cards went to Toni Vandall and Mary Machart. Four Pepsi beach balls went to Andrea Vandall, Ean Taylor, Josie Dahlberg and Ramona Ross. One small Pepsi cooler went to Bronc Bilquist.
Three winners took home cash from First Community Bank in Culbertson: Melba Andersen, Carson Solem and Kody Fetherston.
A gift certificate to the Fabric Attic in Wolf Point from Sethre Appraisal went to Diane Hampton.
Floral arrangements from Friesen’s Floral in Wolf Point went to Kay Palmer and Brooks Solem.
The Other Place donated an earring and necklace set that went to Justin Vermette. A blanket went to Irene Johnson and a hat went to Shania Dahlberg.
The Kings Inn Motel of Culbertson donated a flashlight that went to Bev Raaum; a decorative headband went to Allen Peterson and an ornamental hair barrette went to Eva Mae Larsen.