- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
Roosevelt Medical Center’s Fall Fest fundraiser was held in the Culbertson High School gymnasium Sunday, Oct. 11. Shelly Baldwin receives her winning basket from Steve Baldwin, a Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation Board member, during the RMHF Fall Fest. Jessica Schmitz, Roosevelt Medical Center director of nursing, sells a gold bar to Rick Knick during Fall Fest. Three grand prize winners received trips, with everyone who participated receiving something. The winners of the trips from left to right are Tammy McCormick, who won the trip to Las Vegas to watch the National Finals Rodeo, Audrey Stromberg who won the trip to Billings to see the Billings Symphony’s Celtic Christmas program and gift cards and Erin Solem, who won the trip to the Deadwood Gulch Gaming Casino, in Deadwood, South Dakota. In order to win, they participated in the Gold Bars Bonanza portion of Fall Fest. Culbertson School’s varsity football players helped with selling arms-length tickets for the donated baskets raffle at Fall Fest. Pictured are Lance Bengochea and Adam Buxbaum (Photos by Jaimee Green)
- 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 Searchlight to help keep the public informed and to illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility. Names on the jail roster are those of everyone incarcerated and persons booked into the jail during the previous week and does not necessarily mean there is a new charge or conviction. Some individuals might be serving time for a previous conviction.)
As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, nine 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, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 13:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•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;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Juan Guzman, 50, Pharr, Texas, probation and parole violation;
•Christopher Hovey, 26, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment and obstructing a peace officer;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Anthony McClendon, 56, Culbertson, aggravated assault;
•Roy Murray Jr., 30, Portland, Ore., arrested on Oregon felony warrant, driving under the influence - drug, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, operating without liability insurance, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Brett Sandy, 25, Orange, Calif., felony theft;
•Ronnie Smith Jr., 42, Poplar, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•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.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Some Culbertson residents are waking up to a sea of pink, all in the name of fundraising for the Future Farmers of America. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
Either Culbertson residents have taken a liking to pink, plastic lawn ornaments or there’s another fundraiser taking place within the community. “You’ve Been Flocked” is the theme of the Culbertson Future Farmer’s of America Chapter’s fundraiser.
It all started when Jens Nielsen, Culbertson High School FFA advisor, found the fundraising idea on the internet.
“Opheim’s FFA chapter did it, so we thought to try it,” he said.
Imagine waking up to find a flock consisting of some 20 flamingos scattered about your lawn with a giant wooden sign, built and painted by FFA members, that reads, “You’ve Been Flocked by the Culbertson FFA.” According to Nielsen, some of the pink darlings are awake with their heads up, while others are sleeping standing on one leg.
Once you’ve been flocked, you will find a pamphlet, designed by FFA members, at your door, explaining that in order to remove the plastic flamingos from your lawn, you must pick where the birds migrate to next and then contact McKade Mahlen, FFA president, or any other FFA member. You have the choice of making a donation to the local FFA chapter and an additional donation to find out who sent the birds to your yard.
Culbertson FFA members will then transfer them from your yard to the next victim’s yard during the nighttime.
The fundraiser began on Saturday evening, Sept. 28, when the pink feathered birds, donated to the FFA by community members, migrated to our area.
“My students and the community really are having fun with it,” said Nielsen.
Due to the high demand of Culbertson residents interested in sending the flamingos to their friend’s or family’s lawns, a second flock has been created and is also traveling about the community.
Within one week of fundraising, a total of eight yards have had the plastic, unexpected visitors, according to Nielsen.
“We’ve actually come across community members who are upset that they haven’t been flocked yet,” he laughed. “It wasn’t our expected reaction. Some people whom have been flocked have left us notes saying ‘Dear bird people’ and others have written their checks out to the Culbertson FFA for animal control. Many of the community members have been great about it with quite a sense of humor.”
The flamingos will continue flocking lawns in Culbertson throughout October for the next three to four weeks. All funds raised will be used pay for FFA members to attend National FFA on Oct. 28-31 and the FFA State Conference in April of next year.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
New concrete was poured at the entrance of the American Legion Hall parking lot in Culbertson last week. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
- Written by John Plestina
There were no survivors of two motor vehicle crashes 22 miles apart that claimed four lives near Wolf Point and Frazer during a 14-hour period between 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29, and 9:15 a.m., Wednesday.
The sheriff’s offices in Roosevelt and Valley counties identified the four people. Identifications were made on Thursday and Friday of the three victims of the fiery crash near Frazer.
The Valley County Sheriff’s Office identified the three people killed near Frazer as Richard Sudduth, 70, Mary Sue Sudduth, 68, of Saco, and Henry Seibel, 62, of Ross, N.D., which is about 60 miles east of Williston, N.D.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office identified the man killed near Wolf Point as Aaron Dwight Monroe, 44, of Great Falls. According to Undersheriff John Summers, Monroe was working in construction in North Dakota and might have been traveling back to Great Falls.
The Montana Highway Patrol reported that the Sudduths and Seibel died in a head-on collision between two pickup trucks that burned about two miles east of Frazer about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.
MHP Sgt. Jeff Kent said the pickup Seibel was driving was traveling in the eastbound lane and the Sudduth’s pickup appeared to have been traveling westbound.
Kemp said it appeared that the Sudduths encroached into the other lane and struck Seibel’s vehicle head-on.
He said Friday, Oct. 2, that the reason the truck crossed the center line was not known.
MHP trooper Seth Adams told The Herald-News Monday, Oct. 5, that the reason remained unknown.
“It’s still an ongoing investigation. We hope to have more answers soon,” he said. “The coroner did do some tests for blood.”
Seibel was on his way back to North Dakota from Great Falls.
“We believe from the damages to the vehicles that the occupants were deceased prior to the fire,” Adams said.
“It’s a reminder of how sudden things can change when you’re driving down the highway,” he said.
“Both vehicles were blocking the highway. The highway was shut down for several hours and traffic was detoured [onto Indian Hwy.],” Kent said.
“We were out there past midnight,” he said.
Summers said hot aluminum from an engine melted and fused to the highway damaging the asphalt.
The MHP reported that Monroe died in a single-vehicle rollover of a crew cab pickup Wednesday morning near Windy Hill Road. He was the sole occupant.
Monroe was westbound near mile marker 596 when his pickup drifted off the south side of the roadway, overcorrected twice and rolled several times off the north side of the highway, according to the MHP.
“The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office helped us out and notified the wife [of Monroe] and gave her the bad news,” Summers said.
“We believe he was heading back to Great Falls when he crashed,” he said.
Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department did the extrication east of Wolf Point. Valley County Long Run Fire Department did the extrications of both vehicles at the Frazer area crash.