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Accused Drunk Driver With A Bare Rim Creates Hwy. 2 Fireball With A Shower Of Sparks

An accused drunk driver created a fireball with a shower of sparks coming from a bare rim on the front end of a pickup truck on U.S. Hwy. 2, a few miles west of Bainville Jan. 31.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Sgt. Patrick O’Connor and deputy Chelbi Brugh stopped the pickup driven by Brian B. Suggs, 33, of Mesa, Ariz., near mile marker 656 at 12:42 a.m. after the dispatcher reported that the driver of a semi reported that his trailer had been sideswiped by another vehicle resulting in extensive damage.
O’Connor and Brugh noticed the white pickup traveling toward them on the highway with a shower of sparks coming from the front end and initiated a traffic stop.
According to Roosevelt County undersheriff John Summers, O’Connor and Brugh found two male occupants in the pickup that appeared intoxicated.
He said Suggs was driving with a suspended Arizona driver’s license.
O’Connor and Brugh performed a field sobriety test and arrested Suggs for driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, operating a vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, failure to carry proof of insurance, failure to remove injurious material from a highway following a motor vehicle crash, failure to give information to the other driver in a motor vehicle crash and failure to give notice by the quickest means of apparent damage over $500. The criminal endangerment charge is a felony.
Summers said debris left on the highway from the collision between Suggs’ vehicle and the semi trailer punctured a hole in the gas tank of a RCSO patrol vehicle that was responding to assist O’Connor and Brugh. That vehicle had to be towed from the scene.  
Summers said Suggs is an oilfield worker.
Sugg’s passenger was not charged.

DUI Task Force Holds Membership Drive

The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force is launching a membership drive in an effort to increase the membership in terms of both numbers and a diverse cross section of the county population.
The task force plans and implements strategies and activities that help reduce alcohol-related crashes, many with injuries and fatalities. The task force is not an arm of law enforcement.
Montana has historically had one of the highest alcohol fatality rates in the nation with annual averages of about 10 percent of crashes being alcohol or drug related. That accounts for nearly 50 percent of deaths on Montana’s roads.
While law enforcement and other professionals are members of the Roosevelt County DUI Task Force, everyone is welcome. Views and concerns from the public are sought from people from all walks of life, including parents, daycare providers, business owners, representatives of the Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, insurance agents, educators, students, senior citizens and others are encouraged to participate. People who can communicate, problem solve, organize, analyze data, write, stuff envelopes, hang posters, distribute brochures, facilitate groups and volunteer in various ways are needed.
Several meetings to organize a DUI task force were held between late 2013 and April 2014 when the county commissioners approved a resolution that formally established the task force. The group that had been meeting as a steering committee comprised of elected officials, law enforcement and county residents, approved by-laws during its first official meeting Wednesday, May 7.
Macdonald chairs the task force. The other officers are: Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada, vice chair; Mary Vine, who also serves as coordinator for the task force, secretary; and Kahlil Wehbe, treasurer.
The DUI Task Force meets monthly at the Roosevelt County Health Department on Custer Street across from the courthouse in the community services conference room. The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the meetings.

Montana Department Of Revenue Alerts Taxpayers To Tax Fraud From Identity Theft

Several attempts to file fraudulent tax returns have been detected for this year’s income tax season, the Montana Department of Revenue announced today. The fraudulent filings were recently discovered by the department’s fraud detection programs.  
“Basically, hackers have stolen people’s identities and filed fraudulent tax returns in order to steal refunds,” explained Department of Revenue director Mike Kadas. “The department is vigilant about stopping fraud and is taking extra care with all returns to look for signs of identity theft and fake filings. It is important for Montanans to know that the department’s computer systems have not been compromised and remain secure.”
Since this year’s tax season started Jan. 20, the department has already stopped $26,000 in fraudulent refunds. Last year, the department stopped approximately $1.5 million in fraudulent refunds.
The department will contact taxpayers who have been identified as victims of a fraudulent filing.
Taxpayers who are concerned about their tax refunds or that their personal tax information may have been compromised should:
•Log into the tax software you’ve used in previous years and change your username and password. Do not use usernames or passwords that you’ve used for other accounts or websites.
•If you log into your tax software and it says you’ve already filed for 2014, that’s an indication that your identity may have been stolen. If you think there is a problem with your tax software account, contact the software company immediately.
Due to the increase in fraudulent returns from ID theft, the department is thoroughly reviewing all returns before issuing refunds.
“We’re doing our due diligence and thank Montana taxpayers for their understanding as we work to keep their information safe,” said Kadas. “This has slowed down our process a little and we appreciate your patience if your refund takes a little longer to process this year.”
For more information about guarding against identity theft and what to do if you think you’re a victim, go to the Montana Department of Justice’s identity theft website at dojmt.gov/consumer/for-consumers/identity-theft/ or their Office of Consumer Protection at 800-481-6896 or 406-444-4500.

Community Fund Donates nearly $7K

The Community Fund Drive has come to an end and the Culbertson Women’s Club that organizes the drive every year, expressed gratitude to all who donated to our local organizations, and to First Community Bank in Culbertson for collecting donations.
The Culbertson Women’s Club announced that $6,965 was distributed. The following use of the funding has been announced: Culbertson Splash Pad $1,160; Culbertson Fire Department, $1,350; Culbertson Food Bank, $960; Culbertson Ambulance, $1,212; Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation, $760; Culbertson Museum, $680; and Culbertson Area Community Foundation, $843.

Students Talk About Underage Drinking



Recently Culbertson High School Jobs for Montana’s Graduates [JMG] students met with Rich Jespersen, the project coordinator, for a fun and informative prevention conversation about underage drinking and drug use. The project is creating a statewide social media campaign with a mission to cut through the social media noise and clutter with inspirational, “Sticky” prevention messaging that teens will like and share. When asked if anyone present knew someone who lost their life to underage drinking or drug use, everyone raised their hands.  (Submitted photo)

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