CS Masthead

Senate, Congressional Candidates To Debate In Sidney October 21

The Sidney Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Richland County Farm Bureau have announced that U.S. Senate and House of Representative candidates will debate at the Richland County Fair Event Center in Sidney in October.
U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Amanda Curtis and Republican Steve Daines both agreed to face each other in a debate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
Questions from the audience will be submitted to a moderator and presented to the candidates.
U.S. House of Representatives candidates Democrat John Lewis and Republican Ryan Zinke have been invited to debate Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. Zinke has confirmed.

Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Oct. 2

(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 Sept. 29, Valley County Detention Center was holding two female inmates and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Tuesday, Sept. 17 and Monday, Sept. 29:
•Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell;
•Malinda Bibb, 31, Minot, N.D., arrested on a warrant for bail condition violation, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Brandon Bigham, 30, Minot, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Scott Crain, 27 Froid, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing a peace officer and misdemeanor criminal mischief;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Culbert-
son, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Paul Harkin, 38, Billings, criminal trespass, obstructing a peace officer and criminal mischief. Bonded out.
•Gary Jones, 44, Madisonville, Tenn., assault on a peace officer;
•Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of- county warrant;
•Alvin Scherrill, 61, Culbertson, serving sentence;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Kalob Trowbridge, 22, Wolf Point, assault on a peace officer;
•Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

California Man Must Serve At Least Five Years In Prison On Drug Charges

Judge David Cybulski sentenced Hilario Velasquez to a 10-year commitment to the Montana Department of Corrections with five years suspended and a $30,000 fine on drug charges in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., is eligible for the DOC-operated Treasure State Correctional Training Center, a 90- to 120- day military-style boot camp program located near Deer Lodge, and a 90- to 120-day aftercare program in a secure facility in Great Falls.
“The problem is you have a criminal history as a drug dealer in California and North Dakota while you were on probation,” Cybulski said.
He said he reserves the right to suspend part of the fine if the probation officer makes that recommendation. Cybulski also warned Velasquez that he could put him in prison for the full 10 years if there is any drug use after the five years have been served.
Probation and Parole Officer Trevor Newman completed the pre-sentencing investigation and report that recommended the sentencing Cybulski imposed.
Newman said the boot camp fail rate in 2012 was 38 percent.
He said Velasquez has a past substance abuse and criminal history in California that includes distributing marijuana.
Velasquez owes more than $7,000 to the state of California.
A jury convicted Velasquez, Friday, Aug. 1, of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute [methamphetamine], a felony, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Velasquez was arrested with Adam Lucatero Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D., and San Bernardino, Calif., and a Poplar woman who was not charged. Alonzo withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty in August to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, after signing a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski accepted the plea and found Alonzo guilty.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office reported that shortly after midnight, Sept. 25, 2013, a deputy observed a black Saturn Ion traveling as much as 15 mph under the posted speed limit and weaving on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Cul-
bertson. The car crossed the center line three times and then stopped. The driver, later identified as Alonzo, was unable to provide a driver’s license or any identification, vehicle registration or insurance card, and told a deputy his name was Adam Lucatero. Lucatero is reported to be his middle name.
The deputy stated in a written report that there was an odor of marijuana in the car.
The deputy reported that both men were uncooperative, resulting in the officer removing his duty weapon from his holster. The deputy also had to threaten Velasquez with pepper spray.
The deputy wrote in his report that Velazquez told him he is on felony probation in California and was not supposed to leave that state.
Alonzo has an extraditable parole warrant out of North Dakota for another drug case.
The car was impounded. Judge David Cybulski granted a search warrant for the car, where authorities found a substantial amount of syringes [several used], other drug paraphernalia, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash.

Several Appear In 15th District Court

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Michael Conant
Michael James Conant, 34, of McCabe charged with partner/family member assault, felony criminal mischief and felony assault on a peace officer, withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and a misdemeanor assault charge.
Cybulski found Conant guilty, ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and report, and approved a bond reduction.
Wesley Stearns
Wesley Clarence Stearns 42, Williston, N.D., withdrew a previously entered not guilty plea and pleaded guilty to issuing bad checks by common scheme, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stearns admitted to possession of methamphetamine and issuing four bad checks on July 4, 2013.
He has been free on bond.
Scott Crain
Scott Darlan Crain, 27, of Froid was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A trial date was set for Dec. 11.
Cameran Watson
Cameran Lee Watson, 19, of Wolf Point was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to separate felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Dec. 11 trial was scheduled.

Queen And King

CS.9.25.14.CHS-KING-QUEEN-WEB


Culbertson Homecoming queen and king Samantha Fellman and Tony Williams shortly after they were announced during halftime.  (Photo by John Plestina)