- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Bainville Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, began with Public Works director Lyle Lambert’s report.
According to Lambert, the irrigation system is now winterized and the jet trailer has been drained. The park sprinklers were finished on Thursday, Oct. 15, and all of the new street signs are up around Bainville.
“If anyone notices that some street signs are missing, they can notify the town office,” Lambert said.
Mandy Hickel, of Bainville emergency medical services, has been designated as a council member and was in attendance, along with fellow council members mayor Dennis Porta, Matt Giese and Scott Ross, and town clerk Nikki Rogers.
Porta noted that some street signs need to be raised. There is an issue with street signs being below stop signs, but Lambert mentioned that they are unable to place a sign on top of the stop signs, beings that stop signs are state poles.
Lambert went on to report that all curb stops within the town of Bainville have been repaired, and Public Works is waiting on the delivery of gravel to fix several manholes.
The city pumper passed inspection, though, it is in need of a new muffler. “It is way too loud,” Lambert explained to the council.
All meters are installed and have been working as intended, according to Lambert. Public Works needed the approval from the council to place stop signs near Bainville Public School and several other streets. The council approved.
The special use permit for the town of Bainville is completed and available to the public, with the exception of a $25 application fee.
The council needed to adopt a resolution relating to financing of certain proposed projects; establishing compliance with reimbursement bond regulations under the Internal Revenue Code. Resolution 137 was approved. This is needed to pay for the recently installed meters.
The council also needed to approve an ordinance amending Title 8 Animals Chapter 8.04 Dogs, to include regulations regarding the county ordinance.
“We need to conform the city code to the county’s dog ordinance,” said Porta. The ordinance was approved.
Rogers gave an update about the Montana League of Cities and Towns Conference that was held in Bozeman from Oct. 7-9.
“Everyone learned a lot. The conference was well-attended; we even had to turn down some vendors,” she said. “We received updates on what the legislation did in the past year, had lunch with the governor, and now we will attend the conference again next year in Missoula.”
The next Bainville Town Council meeting is slated for Monday, Nov. 9 at the town hall.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
One hundred years ago this week, winter months were creeping up on locals the same way that it is for us today; and with colder temperatures comes flu season. The Oct. 22, 1915 publication of The Searchlight was full of advice on products to get rid of coughs, as well as sport articles and many ads for businesses that once were operating in Culbertson.
“Culbertson Wins From Poplar: Large Crowd Attends First Football Game in Sheridan County- Score Nine to Six.
“Before a large crowd of enthusiastic rooters, the Poplar Indians went down to defeat before the Culbertson town team by the close score of nine to six. The game was the first football to be played in Sheridan county and was closely contested throughout. It was entirely free from injuries of any kind, in spite of the fact that it was the first game of the season, with the men in poor condition.
“The teams had practiced very little, so the game was rather slow, with many fumbles. The two touch down came as the results of this, each team securing the ball on a fumble and running the length of the field for the score. Culbertson secured safety by forcing Poplar back over their goal line, which gave the locals the additional points.”
“Coughs That are Stopped.
“Careful people see that they are stopped Dr. King’s New Discovery is a remedy of tried merit. It has held its own on the market for 46 years. Youth and old age testify to its soothing and healing qualities. Pneumonia and lung troubles are caused by delay of treatment.
Dr. King’s New Discovery stops those hacking coughs and relieves la grippe tendencies. Money back if it fails. 50 cents or $1.00.
“Though we don’t know if Dr. King’s miracle medicine would be effective or not today, it was certainly low priced compared to the current-day leading brand cough suppressant.
“Recommends Chamberlin’s Cough Remedy
“Last winter, I used a bottle of Chamberlin’s Cough Remedy for a bad bronchial cough. I felt it’s beneficial effect immediately and before I had finished the bottle I was cured. I never tire of recommending this remedy to my friends,” writes Mrs. William Bright, Ft. Wayne, Ind. Obtainable everywhere.”
One-hundred-year-old ads of local businesses are as follows.
“PAINLESS DENTIST Dr. B. F. Gray will be in Culbertson for one week longer. Office as St. Paul Hotel. Dr. Gray is well qualified in all liaes of Modern Dentistry, making a Specialty of Porcelain work. Teeth Extracted and Filled without Pain. All Work Absolutely Guaranteed. NOTE- Dr. Gray makes his GUARENTEE GOOD.”
“Central Café. Katie McMurray, Prop. Under New Management. The café has been thoroughly renovated and cleaned and will be run in first class shape. One door south of the Brooks Co. in Culbertson, Mont.”
“Phoenix Saloon. L. E. Schow, Proprietor. Imported and Domestic. Wines, Liquors, and Cigars. Family Trade a Specialty. Culbertson, Mont.”
- Written by John Plestina
A Williston, N.D., woman withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to a single drug charge before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Melissa Ann Jewett, 32, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
She pleaded not guilty in February to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer.
Jewett has a companion case that is not yet resolved.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jewett and Joshua Jones, 36, of Williston in a casino near Bainville Jan. 19.
He originally pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones withdrew those pleas in August and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jewett and Jones inside the State Line Casino near Bainville. Casino staff had requested that the RCSO remove Jones and Jewett from the establishment.
The RCSO had prior contact with the pair when the Gold Dust Casino, also located near Bainville, called Dec. 31, 2014, telling deputies that Jones was making employees nervous. At that time, deputies told Jones and Jewett to leave the casino. According to the RCSO, Jewett had given a false name and birth date. The RCSO dispatch data center was not operational for checks of suspects.
Jewett’s true identity became known Jan. 19, as well as Jones being on federal probation for a counterfeiting conviction. It was later learned that Jones was off supervised probation.
Methamphetamine and a knife were found in Jones’ pockets.
Both have been free on bond since Feb. 12, one day after Cybulski agreed to reduce bail from $25,000 to $5,000 each with waivers of extraction. They sought bond reductions to return to their jobs.
Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office told The Herald-News in February that the business that employs Jewett and Jones is Skinful Pleasures, a Williston, N.D., tattoo and piercing parlor.
- Written by John Plestina
District Judge David Cybulski accepted a plea to a lesser charge by an man alleged to have committed rape and kidnapping in 15th District Court Wednesday, Sept. 30.
Joseph Martin Laturell, 52, an oilfield worker from Florida and recently of Bainville, withdrew not guilty pleas to three felonies that he entered in March. Those charges are sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated kidnapping and partner or family member assault, third offense.
Authorities say the alleged offenses were committed in Bainville against a 43-year-old Williston, N.D., woman.
According to the charging documents, the incidents occurred in an apartment in a building in Bainville that a oilfield service company rents for its employees.
Laturell was allowed to plead nolo contendere to the partner or family member assault charge only.
Nolo contendere is Latin for “no contest.” In a criminal proceeding, the defendant neither accepts nor denies responsibility for the charges but agrees to accept punishment.
The plea agreement allows for the dismissal with prejudice of the two most serious charges: sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping. Each carries a maximum 100-year sentence.
Laturell’s attorney, Kendall Link, told the court the agreement was not a binding plea agreement and that Laturell would have the opportunity to withdraw his plea if the court does not follow the agreement once a pre-sentencing report is completed.
Link also requested that Laturell be released on his own recognizance due to medical issues.
Assistant Roosevelt County Attorney Jordan Knudsen objected to the release without bail.
Cybulski denied the defense request and left bail set at $200,000.
Laturell has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since March 8.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Laturell at the apartment building in Bainville after responding to a 911 call from a woman that was placed at 3:11 a.m., March 8. The woman who made the allegations was transported by ambulance to Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The results are in. This year’s first annual Fall Fest event grossed $50,378, with all of the proceeds going toward the purchase of a chemistry analyzer for Roosevelt Medical Center’s laboratory department.
Held Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Culbertson School gymnasium with over 250 people in attendance, the event supported the continuing efforts of the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation.
“The immense support we received from the community is what made this year’s event so successful. Everyone came out and enjoyed themselves and participated in everything the evening had to offer,” said Jaimee Green, RMC Marketing and Foundation director.
Attendees bid on 20 silent auction items, while purchasing 200 “gold bars” boxes, in the hopes of winning one of three trips.
Auctioneer Robert Toavs of Wolf Point stirred up lively bidders interested in the three guns and rooster battle art piece, while Joe Moore, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, presented the guns for viewing to interested bidders.
“The generosity of our area is nothing less than phenomenal. The biggest surprise of the evening was when Hoss Salivar, owner of 2nd Amendment Guns, turned around and donated the custom gun he created for us,” Green added.
Twenty-one baskets were raffled off and Jim Salvevold was the lucky winner of the YETI cooler.
Tammie McCormick won the trip to the Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo, while Erin Solem won the trip to Deadwood, S.D. Audrey Stromberg won the tickets to the Billings Symphony’s Celtic Christmas program and gift cards. Dalton and Stefanie Dosch won the Ray Cheek Lewis and Clark art print.
Entertainment was provided by The Cold Hard Cash Show, a tribute to the late Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three, with the steak dinner served up by volunteers, including Lion’s Club members.
“The Foundation received many sponsorships from area businesses and that made all of the difference in the event’s success,” said Steve Baldwin, a Foundation board member. About $23,000 in sponsorships were received by area businesses.