- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Bainville Town Council approved the ordering of street signs for every corner in town, which will read street names during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting Monday, July 20, in a warm, packed room.
Old business included discussing the purchase of a JET trailer and a power washer for cleaning sewer lines.
The decision of whether or not it is financially possible to make this purchase will be decided during the next budget meeting.
Also discussed was that the automatic generators for the lift station are still not working due to complications with wiring. Currently, a manual system is being used.
A resolution was approved for preliminary appropriations on the Fiscal year 2015-2016 budget.
The farmer’s market in Bainville was said to be doing good for the economy of the town and the council approved it until the end of August. It will then be reevaluated.
Mayor Dennis Porta discussed the events that took place on July 4, saying that the parade and all meals served went well and they plan to continue the celebration next year.
“This was our first year doing the Pig in the Park fundraiser. We didn’t raise as much as we had hoped for, but in years to come, we may have a different outcome with this fundraiser,” Porta said.
New business on the agenda included the approval of a massage therapy business to move into Bainville. Owner and licensed massage therapist Abby Frank of Williston is currently running a massage therapy business in Sidney and would like to relocate her business to Bainville.
“I have so many customers who come from Williston to Sidney, so moving to Bainville may lessen their travel and bring more business to the town,” said Frank.
The next budget meeting is slated for Monday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.
- Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners passed a vicious dog ordinance on a required first of two readings Tuesday, July 14.
The commissioners are likely to pass it into law with approval on a second reading next week.
Under the new ordinance, an owner of a dog that bites or attempts to bite will face a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum fine of $250 and possible destruction of the dog or the mandatory implantation of an identifying microchip. It becomes mandatory that biting dogs be euthanized on second offenses. The fines for an owner after a second offense goes to $500.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office or any other local law enforcement agency will be authorized to impound and quarantine any dog that bites.
The Roosevelt County Attorney requested the ordinance after several people asked for stricter laws addressing vicious dogs.
In other business, the commissioners authorized the County Road Department to purchase two front end disks for $32,500.
The commissioners also approved electrical work at the fairgrounds in Culbertson at a minimum cost of $2,700.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Cross Petroleum Service, a Montana distributor with locations in Sidney, Glendive and Billings, has settled a lawsuit that alleged sales of bogus Chevron products over a period of several years.
Cross was also accused of marketing itself as a Texaco distributor long after its business association with Texaco ended in 2001.
Cross and Chevron entered a stipulated consent judgment in U.S. District Court in Billings in May, requiring Cross to cease claiming it is an authorized Chevron distributor or using any Chevron registered trademarks. Violations of
the consent judgment would be contempt of court.
Cross Petroleum Service offers lubricants, additives, fuel and propane and has been servicing the commercial, industrial and energy fields for over 30 years.
- 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, July 20, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding three females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, July 13, and Monday, July 20:
•Julian Baughman, 32, Tampa, Fla., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lee Carpenter, 45, Wolf Point, disorderly conduct, released;
•Steven E. Crutchfield, 32, Wolf Point, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•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;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jason Ellerkamp, 35, Culbertson, criminal endangerment;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Matthew C. Gustafson, 29, Wolf Point, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment, obstructing a peace officer;
•Nicodemus A. Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out-of- county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Morgan M. Long, 29, Wolf Point, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
•Cody D. Sietsema, 30, Wolf Point, disorderly conduct, bonded out;
•Patrick Tomlinson, 24, unknown hometown, Kan., warrant for parole violation out of Kansas;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention Center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.
- Written by Nancy Mahan
Sometimes when tragedy strikes it is for a greater purpose than we can ever imagine. No one wants a loved one to perish, but when that does happen and they are a part of the donor society good things come from their passing.
This is the case for two lucky people thanks to the family of Joseph Hanson, 19, of Culbertson who died in a rollover crash in the Riverside area between Poplar and Brockton Sunday, June 21.
SightLife sent Hanson’s mom, Christa, a letter thanking her and Joe for their thoughtful act of donation.
Because of Joe, a 21-year-old man and another undisclosed recipient have had successful cornea transplants and can see again.
It doesn’t make Joe’s passing any easier, but it does allow for others to benefit by him being a donor.
Every year thousands of people worldwide are affected by a treatable form of blindness and through donations like the one the Hansons made.
“It is an amazing gift and one to be considered with awe and respect. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for making this gift possible to me,” one of the SightLife cornea recipient said.