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South Dakota Man Shows Up Drunk At Court For Sentencing

A man who showed up drunk for his sentencing in 15th District Court, Wednesday, May 27, was given leniency and a new sentencing date.
Alexander Phillip Jiron, 33, of Rapid City, S.D., and the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, who has been free on bond, appeared intoxicated when he appeared in court for a scheduled sentencing.
District Judge David Cybulski had Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies perform a preliminary breath test, also known as a field sobriety test. Jiron blew a .158, nearly twice the legal limit to drive a motor vehicle.
Cybulski did not revoke Jiron’s bond and allowed him to be released, but warned him that he will be tested when he reappears in court Wednesday, June 24.
Jiron was arraigned in November 2014 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. He later appeared with a plea agreement and withdrew the not guilty pleas.
Jiron was denied a furlough on Dec. 10, 2014, to attend a family funeral in South Dakota and denied a bond reduction. Bond was set at $10,000.

Accelerated Reading


Culbertson School held its first annual Accelerated Reading contest for all grades. The goal set for reading points was 9,500. The elementary and junior high readers scored 9,500 points. With adding in the points from the high  school readers the school earned 12,030.30 points. To end the contest, librarian, Jill Herness and principal Mike Olson drew names from a bucket to award prizes for the luckiest readers.  The prizes were book sets, Kindle Fire for kids, Kindle Fire HD’s and laptop computers. Herness and Olson (top photo) display the goal poster. Colt’n Rees (middle photo) was the winner of the Kindle Fire for Kids. Some of the winning students who participated in the program are in the third photo.  (Photos by Nancy Mahan)

CHS Students Raise Funds With Fun Run For A Cause



“Never Underestimate what a small group of people can accomplish”...no matter their age.
The Culbertson High Schools Student Council brought an amazing motivational speaker to Culberson. His message was the preface for a great class discussion in the junior high Jobs for Montana Graduates class.  Through this discussion, a very personal statement was made by a student in regards to the death of his new born brother earlier this year. While students and teachers are constantly faced with meeting standards and tests, sometimes the human touch can be lost in the shuffle. This student returned to school after such a tragic loss for he and his family and found everyone was back to “normal,” and it seemed as if no one cared about their loss.
In healing, his family chose to honor their lost angel by participating in the Ramsey Keller Memorial Foundation walk, “Run, For Heaven’s Sake.”
This foundation, we learned, is amazing. When they lost their baby girl, Ramsey Keller, they realized that for a family suffering like that, the last thing they need to contend with is the high and unexpected cost of funeral expenses.
The JMG advisor received a letter asking for support for the Jaxens Joggers and initially set out to take a bus for anyone who wanted to participate to go, however it was the day after graduation and a long journey.
With discussions held in class, the students decided to hold their own walk, and began planning the event. The students realize that everyone has suffered some sort of loss, as another fellow classmate recently lost her mother to breast cancer and another lost their father unexpectedly.
Students attempted to make their own color powder in class, however it was difficult, so the decision was made to reach out into the community for help. What happened next is what makes northeast Montana special. Businesses, groups and individuals offered their support and assistance  Soon there were nine color stations sponsored with a 10th very special one. A family wishing to remain anonymous wanted to sponsor a color station for the Montana Meth Project, to promote everyone to make healthy choices. Another community member came forward with the idea of a “Nickelodeon Splash” stop, which is similar to a gel drop. Soon the final station evolved and participants had to stand and take a pledge to stay away from drugs, educate others of the dangers and to not try methamphetamine, not even once. Next, they were doused with color.
Soon, the students learned that another local family was also the recipient of the generosity of the Ramsey Keller Memorial Foundation. That family’s baby girl would have been 9 months old on the day of the walk.
Another family came in and wanted to make a donation in memory of a sibling they lost years ago, and at least five families followed suit.
Then a sponsor covered the cost of a balloon release in memory of all babies taken too soon. There were vendors, a disc jockey, volunteer photographers and more.
The Roosevelt Medical Center ambulance crew and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office sponsored stations and worked together handling traffic.
While students were busy making phone calls, posters, banners and planning, many community members volunteered their time, energy and skills into making this work.
The morning of the walk there were 185 participants registered. Exact numbers are a little rocky, but it’s estimated that over 300 people participated in the Color Fun Run. Local major and minor baseball teams were sponsored to walk, the high school track team preparing for state competition joined in the walk, families and friends formed groups, and the Missouri River Rats 4H Club sponsored their members to walk as well.
Every year the Culbertson fifth-graders hold a flea market with a percentage of the profits going to a local charity. This year, they voted to donate to the Color Fun Run.
JMG makes weekly visits to the nursing home and wanted the residents to be able to participate as well. They delivered small packets of color for the residents to throw at participants on the route.  Staff had them lined up in front of the clinic and participants were kind in slowing down and allowing the residents to ‘color them’. Volunteers came out with side-by-side vehicles to lead the race and one to follow, others to be in the middle in case someone needed help. Many stopped and helped at the color stations or wherever needed.
Upon returning to the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, everyone was greeted by music, food, beverages and more. Vendors donated part of their proceeds.
Photographers donated their time with before and after pictures. The main attraction was the Montana Meth Project ‘drop’ where people were slimed. Music and dancing were abundant.
Participants came from several surrounding towns, Glendive and Williston, N.D.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For June 4, 2015

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 June 1, 17 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 25 and Monday. June 1:
• Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
• Kevin Conyers, 36, Poplar, 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;
• Donald Lee Fowler, 52, Plentywood, 48-hour sentence for Montana State Probation and Parole;
• Cody Green, 23, Froid, criminal Mischief-misdemeanor and partner or family member assault;
• Amelia Holly Hackman, 32, Scobey, contempt of court from Sheridan and Daniel’s 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 DUI;
• Darrell D. Maroon, 49, Poplar, out of county warrant;
• John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft, first offense;
• Victoria Marie Nelson, 30,  Perham, Minn.; criminal endangerment, fleeing or eluding a peace officer; reckless driving; and failure to carry proof or exhibit insurance;
• Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
• Cheryl Ann Oskvarek, 57, Downers, Ill.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs with Intent to distribute;
• Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent;
• Victor Romero, 48, Wolf Point, city court warrant. Bonded out;  
• Zachery Rory Shay, 23, Rock Springs, Wyo., arrested on out of county warrant;
• David Lee Strasser, 23, Chicago, Ill.; criminal possession of dangerous drugs with Intent to distribute.

Recliner Donated To RMC


The Stanley and Pat Sundheim family recently donated a new recliner chair to Roosevelt Medical Center for use in their emergency room waiting area. The chair will be available for family and friends to use while someone they know is receiving medical treatment in ER. The brown, plush chair replaces an older, less comfortable chair.  (Submitted photo)