- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson High School Speech and Drama team competed at Billings Central Catholic High School Saturday, Dec. 13.
They competed against over 300 students from 24 AA, A, B and C schools.
When the day was done, Dominica Granada placed first in memorized public address, Garrett Reid sixth in memorized public address, McKade Mahlen first in impromptu, Emma Pederson fifth in humorous solo and Michaela Cathey fifth in mime.
The speech team brought home the gold, placing first amongst all class B and C schools, and the drama team took first for class C schools.
- Written by John Plestina
Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Faith Boysun of Culbertson will continue with her probation following an adjudication hearing on a petition to revoke her probation.
She admitted to several allegations that included possession of alcohol and drugs.
Boysun denied the allegations on advice of her attorney when she appeared in court in November.
Kristy Daugherty, 29, of Wolf Point appeared for an adjudication hearing for alleged violations of court-imposed conditions of a deferred imposition of sentence.
Daugherty admitted in court to violations of conditions that included keeping and maintaining employment, failure to provide information about employment and failure to keep a chemical dependency appointment.
Daugherty entered general denials to the allegations in October.
She was jailed following the allegations and has been free on her own recognizance since Oct. 29.
Daugherty will return to court for a disposition hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.
She previously appeared before Cybulski in May on a petition to revoke probation. At that time, he reinstated six- and four-year deferred imposition of sentences to run concurrently with no credit for time served between Sept. 29, 2010, and Feb. 5, 2013, mandated immediate entry into substance abuse treatment and follow through with all probation conditions.
Daugherty was charged March 31, 2010, with criminal possession of precursors to dangerous drugs, operating an unlawful clandestine laboratory and endangering the welfare of children, all felonies.
Dale Fowler, 61, of Wolf Point withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to two charges of criminal possession of dangerous drugs. He admitted to possession of methamphetamine on two separate dates.
Bruce Johnson, 57, of Poplar appeared for an adjudication hearing for alleged probation and parole violations.
The Montana Highway Patrol charged him with driving under the influence Aug. 12.
Johnson admitted in court to violations that included testing positive for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine and driving on a suspended license.
In November, Johnson entered general denials of the alleged violations.
A disposition hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28.
Dakota Luke Kinzie, 23, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to attempted assault of a peace officer.
The defense attorney asked for anown recognizance release. Cybulski said he could order a release after the defense attorney and county attorney discuss the matter.
A trial is scheduled for March 12.
Stephen Lien withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and driving without liability insurance.
Cybulski sentenced him to 24 hours time served and a $1,000 fine.
Robert Lindquist, 41, of Chattoroy, Wash., was sentenced for driving under the influence to six months in jail with 60 days suspended, credit for 65 days previously served in the Roosevelt County Jail and a $5,000 fine with $4,000 suspended.
There is another case against Lindquist for criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia
Chris Martin, 40, withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute. The drug was identified as methamphetamine.
Michael Monson of Culbertson was sentenced to four years deferred imposition of sentence and a $4,000 fine. He pleaded guilty in July to criminal endangerment on a change of plea for an incident that occurred in Culbertson on Jan. 14.
Long-time alcohol abuse was cited in court.
Monson was originally charged with felony assault with a weapon.
According to charging documents, he was alleged to have pointed a .22 caliber handgun at a 12-year-old girl and threatened to shoot her after she threatened him with a butcher knife in Culbertson in January. An alcohol breath test conducted by the
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office indicated a result of .179, more than twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.
Alexander Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota was denied a furlough to attend a family funeral in South Dakota and denied a bond reduction. Bond is set at $10,000.
Jiron was arraigned in November 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.
Michelle Parker, 41, of San Diego, Calif., arrested on a bench warrant and held in the Roosevelt County Jail on a petition to revoke bond, will reappear Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Derek Reed, 32, of Seattle, Wash., appeared for an adjudication hearing on a criminal contempt warrant. He was extradited from Washington and has been lodged in the Roose-velt County Jail.
Reed admitted in court to alleged violations that included moving without permission, failing to seek and maintain employment, alcohol use, failure to pay fines and fees, and failure to obtain permission to travel.
Cybulski found Reed in violation and sentenced him to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections and structured treatment before release on parole.
Cody Sietsema, 27, of Wolf Point was sentenced to three days time previously served and a $100 fine following a guilty plea to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
As part of a plea agreement, a felony charge of assault with a weapon was dismissed.
According to charging documents, Sietsema was alleged to have struck a former roommate on the head with a board during an incident that occurred in Wolf Point in March.
Sietsema was moving out of a rented house and was involved in a dispute with the former roommate over the ownership of a dresser. According to charging documents, the man was disoriented, bleeding and needed 23 stitches.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
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 Dec. 15, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 15:
•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;
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Levi Holcomb, 19, Bakersfield, Calif., driving while revoked, bonded out;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Bruce Johnson, 57, Poplar, contempt of court, released;
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Dakota Kinzie, 23, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chat-
toroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Robert McKibbin, 53, Goshen, Ind., driving while revoked, bonded out;
•Melissa Gould, 34, Minot, N.D., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•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;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
The Culbertson Museum is getting new lighting and a new fire and security alarm system. The new lights are less intrusive to the artifacts in the museum. The lights, fire alarm system, motion detectors and security system are being installed by WE Integrate of Williston. Pictured are Jill Herness and a representative from WE Integrate. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)
- Written by John Plestina
One month after nearly 57 percent of Roosevelt County voters approved bond funding for a new jail and office space for the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, a Wolf Point man filed a complaint with the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices alleging misuse of county funds in support of the ballot measure that he said violated an opinion by the Montana Attorney General.
Billy “Bill” Juve, who filed the complaint Wednesday, Dec. 3, was a vocal opponent of the bonding measure prior to the Nov. 4 general election.
In the complaint, Juve cited a 2005 opinion by former Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath that public officials may express opinions about issues, but may not do so if the expression uses the public’s time, facilities, equipment, supplies, personnel or funds.
Juve’s complaint asserts that the county commissioners hired a consultant with county funds to support the jail bond and that a paid political letter to the editor [published in The Herald-News and The Searchlight] and signed by Sheriff Jason Frederick, jail administrator Melvin Clark and the Roosevelt County Commissioners, and a pamphlet inserted in the newspapers supporting the ballot measure were paid for through the county commissioners, which Juve asserted is a violation of the 2005 Attorney General’s opinion.
Juve did not have a detailed comment when The Herald-News contacted him Tuesday, Dec. 9.
“That our elected officials abide by the rules of the State of Montana,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens.”
Commission presiding officer Duane Nygaard called Juve a “ disgruntled taxpayer.”
He said he doubted if anything would come of the complaint and said he could not comment on whether a decision in Juve’s favor by the Commissioner of Political Practices could nullify the vote.
Vanessa Sanddal, an investigator for the Commissioner of Political Practices, said she could not say what might happen.
“That’s something the commissioner would have to speak to after we gather the facts,” Sanddal said. “Anyone can file a complaint.”
She said Commissioner Jonathan Motl would render a decision on the complaint, possibly after Christmas.
Voters in November approved the measure with a 47.58 percent voter turnout. A lower, 34.88 percent voter turnout prevented passage of a similar measure in June.
The approval authorizes the commissioners to issue and sell $11.86 million in general obligation bonds to be repaid within 20 years.
The current jail is under-sized and does not meet current jail standards.
Legal action brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2013 forced Roosevelt County to reduce the number of jail beds by nearly one half.