- 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 May 18, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, May 11, and Monday, May 18:
•Martin Berwick, 42, Bainville, driving under the influence, out-of-county warrant, operating with expired registration, speeding, failure to carry proof or exhibit insurance, driving while privilege to do so revoked, bonded out;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Adam Blue Colgan, 34, Poplar, federal probation violation warrant, transferred to Great Falls;
•Jason Daugherty, 37, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [two counts], criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted assault on a peace officer or judicial officer, and resisting arrest;
•Donald Fowler, 52, Wolf Point, 48-hour sentence for Montana State Probation and Parole;
•Shannon Freeman, 47, Norwalk, Calif., out- of-county Montana Highway Patrol warrant, bonded out.;
•Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniels counties;
•Aimee Jacobs, 38, St. Ignasius, warrant for probation and parole violation;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Jeri-Ann Salazar, 22, West Covina, Calif., disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Zachery Rory Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out-of-county warrant;
•Tyler Taberna, 31, Culbertson, driving under the influence, bonded out;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary;
•Jarod Weyrauch, 30, Wolf Point, probation violation;
•Austin J. Zugg, 38, Plentywood, warrant for probation and parole violation.
- Written by By John Plestina
A member of the Froid City Council wants to clean up blighted properties with garbage, junk cars and unmowed lawns.
Councilman Gale Strandlund said the council has had discussions during council meetings held over the last two months about several properties he said need to be cleaned up and might warrant a stricter ordinance mandating cleanup.
“We have an ordinance but it needs to be stiffened up a bit,” Strandlund said. “Currently, we’re working with the county sanitarian and we’re working on that process.”
The city is sending letters to several property owners.
“We didn’t vote on changing the ordinance,” Strandlund said, but added that the council should act on the issue.
“It’s a pretty loose ordinance concerning garbage, junk cars, blighted properties, unmowed lawns and there are some RVs,” Strandlund said.
He said there is support from the community.
“It’s a small percentage of people,” Strandlund said.
He said those properties include “a vacant business and a couple of vacant homes, and several that people live in. They keep dragging more junk in and it just stays there.”
Strandlund said some things were cleaned up in 2010 for Froid’s centennial celebration.
Strandlund is asking for people from Froid to contact him about the issue at 963-7654.
- Written by By Jaimee Green, RMC
Sirens blaze. Adrenaline rushes. The ambulance rushes toward the scene. Status of those involved? Unknown. For an emergency medical responder, it’s a typical day.
When a situation is at its worst, EMS responders perform at their best, working calmly in chaotic, frantic situations, helping ensure the best outcomes for people whose lives may very well be hanging in the balance.
National Emergency Medical Responders Week is taking place May 17-23. And because of that, Roosevelt Medical Center is celebrating the volunteer members who make up their ambulance service in Culbertson, Bainville, Fort Kipp and Froid. This year’s theme for the celebration is ‘EMS. Strong.’
“Once the back doors of the ambulance open, you tune everything out and you do what you have to do. You focus on that, and only that and you give it 100-percent,” said Marilyn Olson, an advanced Emergency Medical Technician who has been with Roose-velt Medical Center since 1989.
Olson lives in Froid and is one of 25 EMS members who serve as ambulance crew members. Always having a passion for helping others Olson once wanted to be a nurse and joined the ambulance crew when a friend began teaching a medical responder class in the area.
“The most satisfying part of this job is knowing someone is alive because of you; whether it’s because you literally held their body together while they were in transport to the hospital or because you delivered them as newborns in the back of the ambulance,” she said.
Teresia Moore, EMS Director for RMC, has served with the Department since 1992, getting her start as a nurse’s aide. After working in the emergency room, she found her passion and still enjoys the satisfaction that comes from responding to medical emergencies and improving patient outcomes.
“I couldn’t be any prouder of the people who serve on EMS. It takes a special person to leave at a moment’s notice to respond to a scene. Over the years, the crew has grown to include multiple family members and generations, all serving side-by-side for the betterment of their community,” she said. “I think at one point in my house, those who weren’t involved felt left out and realized this was a way for us to be together. So, rather than sitting at home, they joined,” Moore laughed. Today, her husband Steve, and children, Joe and Debbie, serve as members. Earlier in her career, she also worked alongside her mother, Carol Lyseng who, at the time, served as the President of EMS and also as an EMT.
Shellie Pacovsky, of Bainville, first became inspired to join EMS some 31 years ago, when her son was born exhibiting apneic episodes. She was told she wouldn’t be able to bring him home from the hospital until she learned infant CPR. “I liked the feeling it gave me to know I had that life-saving knowledge and it just went from there,” she said. When she moved to Bainville in the late 1990s, the town didn’t have ambulance services and she felt compelled to start one. At the time, she also served on the Bainville Volunteer Fire Department. One she became an EMT, she continued responding to structural fires whenever her medical services could be of used, but focused her attention on serving EMS.
“In those early days, we didn’t even have an ambulance in Bainville. I responded in my pickup, triaged the patient with a county-supplied jump-kit and waited there for the ambulance to arrive,” she said. Today, RMC has four ambulances, with one each serving Froid, Bainville and Culbertson and one back-up ambulance stationed at RMC.
The history of how emergency medical services started in the area dates back at least as far as the early 1980s when
Roosevelt County created an EMS coordinator position and dispersed three ambulances for use to Poplar, Wolf Point and Culbertson hospitals. The coordinator was responsible for training, supplying medical equipment, and managing responders. Responders would begin caring for the patient until the ambulance arrived on scene, but were not allowed to transport them. In the mid-1990s the county dissolved the program citing difficultly in managing such a large response area and EMS was absorbed by the local hospitals. They were allowed to keep the ambulances in an effort to keep the services going.
EMS crew members easily recall stories about the spontaneous nature of getting called out to a scene. “I’ve responded with half of a haircut. I’ve been dressed and ready to walk the runway at a fashion show,” Olson said. Other members have had similar circumstances. “I nearly missed my daughter’s high school graduation. Luckily, I made it back just in time to see her walk across the stage,” said Shellie Pacovsky. “I was wearing an evening gown and had to hike up my dress just so I could get to where the patient was located. We laughed later that it’s high class EMS when we respond in formal attire,” Moore recalled.
For Mark Pacovsky of Bainville the desire to help people developed when he was in the 5th grade and he tragically came home to find his mother had died. “After witnessing that, I knew I wanted to be a part of ensuring there was a rapid response for emergency situations.” In college he took classes and in the late 1970s he became an emergency responder. He’s been involved ever since citing the importance of ensuring there are enough volunteers to service the area.
The crew operates on an all-call system, meaning that all crew members are on call everyday. Once a page goes out that there’s an emergency anyone who can respond to the call answers the page and responds.
“The toughest part of this job is never knowing how things turn out for the people you help. You can’t ask. You can only hope you see them again to get that reassurance,” said Moore. The EMS Department has a program in place to assist responders with the sometimes high emotional stress of the job, to ensure they can manage those emotions in a positive way.
Sometimes, those thankful patients seek out those who save them. On one particular occasion, a thankful patient made it a point to attend an EMS meeting to show gratitude for their efforts. “There is no better reward in this than seeing someone you helped well and healed,” Moore said.
Volunteer responders receive a stipend for each call they respond to and attend monthly meetings and training sessions. A class is being planned for the fall. Throughout the year, EMS members participate in the community by offering CPR classes, engaging youth and educating the community about safety.
“I think it’s important to recognize the business owners who allow their employees to leave at a moment’s notice during work hours to go on a call. Without their willingness to let that happen, we wouldn’t be able to have an effective response to accidents and medical emergencies,” Moore said.
Current members include Ken Arneson of Sidney, Marsha Schmidt, Mandy Hickel, David Norton, Mark and Shellie Pacovsky of Bainville, Curt Holum, Allison and Dave Krogedal, John Martin, Marilyn Olson and Alvina and Halvar Olstead of Froid and Hannah Bawden, Debbie Heckmun, Darby Kessner, Joe, Steve and Teresia Moore, Christina and Mike Olson, Bev Raaum and Erin Solem, of Culbertson and Megan Hoffman and Marvin Qualley of Brockton.
If you are interested in joining the team, contact Teresia Moore at 787-6400.
- Written by Darla Downs
Culbertson School has announced the following eighth grade graduates: Brooke Bowland, Joseph Boyd, Chris Colgan, Kaitlyn Furukawa, Tristan Labatte, Chase Lambert, Lauren Lambert, Carter Nickoloff, Noah Nickoloff, Lucas Oelkers, Bryan Pederson, Gus Spradley and Camille Ward.
- Written by John Plestina
Threats made to a psychiatrist to kill people in Bainville resulted in the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office locking down Bainville School Monday, May 11.
The RCSO responded to the school following information from the Williams County, N.D., Sheriff’s Office that an “unstable male” who lives in Bainville had made threats that included using a gun or knife, said RCSO Chief Deputy Corey Reum.
Reum responded to
Bainville. “I locked down the school as a precaution,” he said. “This guy has been in prison for threats.”
In the end, Williams County deputies arrested the man. He was reported to be lodged in the Williams County Jail in Williston, N.D.
Attempts to gain information from the Williams County Sheriff’s Office were unsuccessful.
RCSO undersheriff John Summers identified the man as Brian G. Corntassel. His age is listed as both 49 and 54. Corntassel is believed to be from Missoula and information obtained online shows previous addresses in Montana, Washington, Arizona and California.
Summers said Corntassel has been living with a girlfriend in Bainville.
“He had a meltdown in Williston. He told a psychiatrist in Williston he was going to start killing people in Bainville,” Summers said.
He said the Williams County Sheriff’s Office is holding Corntassel on a Missoula County warrant.
“He threatened to shoot a judge in Missoula four months ago,” Summers said.
In addition to that, a report published in The Spokesman-Review, a daily newspaper in Spokane, Wash., in 2010, Corntassel threatened to kill a Spokane judge and appeared in Washington Superior Court on a single felony charge of intimidating a judge. The Spokane newspaper reported that Corntassel threatened to shoot the judge in the head.