- Written by Angela Rose Benson
“Lutheran Church At Froid
A general business meeting was held by the members of the Lutheran Church at Froid on Monday afternoon in the church. Some new members were taken in. The Church Building Committee reported that the church was nearly out of debt after completing the new building which cost about $3,000. It was decided to have the names of all contributors published in the Froid Tribune and The Searchlight and they will appear in the near future. The incorporation is now complete and papers have been recorded. Insurance and the preachers salary have been paid and the church is in a very satisfactory condition. In the evening, the Ladies Aid gave a lutefisk supper which was well attended.”
Blake’s Peerless Hawaiians, an organization of worth while musicians who are to come to the Princess Theatre for Saturday night, Dec. 18 offer a delightfully different and unusually refreshing musical novelty in their, “A Breathe of Melody,” from beautiful Hawaii.
Miss Eunice Awean, a charming young singing and dance artist, gives a very interesting and varied program of Terpsichore. She is an entertainer of remarkable talent, her Hawaiian Hesitation is a dance of cleverness and the characterization is true to life, presented in a manner to be a masterpiece itself.”
“The Spoilers” will be shown at the Princess Theatre next Thursday night, Dec. 16th. Nine reels all in one show. On this night the nine reels will shown twice, the first show beginning at 7 o’clock sharp to 9:20 p.m. The second show will commence at 9:30 and end at 11:50 o’clock. Prices 25 and 50 cents. Everybody invited.”
“Bainville citizens are talking of incorporating their town.”
“The Royal Neighbors of Culbertson will give a Grand Mask Ball on New Years Eve, Dec. 31. The very best orchestra to be had will furnish the music and four prizes will be given to maskers. Large bills will be out tomorrow or Monday. The ladies are preparing to make this the event of the season and they will do it too.”
“Sunday School will be held at the usual hour at the Methodist church. The school is making great preparations for a Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve. An elaborate program is being prepared consisting of recitations, songs, music, etc. More information will be given about this next week.”
“Work has been actively commenced for putting in the white way on Broadway and corner lights in the city streets of Culbertson. On Broadway, small conduits are being made at the edge of the cement sidewalks where pipes containing the wires will be laid and the conduits cemented over. The juice will be furnished by Donaldson Bros.”
“The International Orchestra will give a Christmas Dance on Christmas night, Dec. 25th in the Opera Hall. All are invited to come and have a good time.”
“The storage battery for the Donaldson Bros. electric plant arrived yesterday and a crew are already setting it up. By Monday or Tuesday of next week, our citizens will have night and day light service.”
“A short letter enclosing a check was received by The Searchlight editor this week for Mrs. F.A. Engle, now living in LaGrand, Oregon. She says, “Am always glad to get the Searchlight. It makes me feel at home.”
- 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 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 Monday, Dec. 7, 13 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding three females and one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, Nov. 30, and Monday, Dec. 7:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•James Burpee, 42,
Bainville, partner or family member assault;
•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;
•Christopher L. 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;
•Lavern Knoble, 53, Poplar, felony theft;
•John Kramer, 31, Williston, N.D., disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer;
•John Menz, 31, Poplar, driving under the influence, criminal child, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal endangerment, driving under the influence - detectable level of intoxication and driver under the influence of any drug [narcotics.];
•Adam Meyer, 36, Wolf Point, probation violation;
•Jesse Rodrigues, 24, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Jim Simpson, 47, Culbertson, driving under the influence - first offense;
•Benjamin Smith, 37, Williston, N.D., out-of- county 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 John Plestina
Anna Rose Sullivan
A law school classmate of former Roosevelt County deputy attorney Jordan Knudsen, who resigned in late October to go into private practice, replaced him Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Anna Rose Sullivan is the new deputy county attorney. She was born and raised in Butte and earned her undergraduate degree at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
Sullivan moved to Wolf Point in June 2014 to work for Fort Peck Tribal Court as a public defender. At the time, she was the only attorney working for the tribal court. She has since moved on to private practice in the office of Wolf Point attorney Terrance Toavs, which is located on Second Avenue South across from the Roosevelt County Courthouse.
“I just thought I would walk across the street,” Sullivan said.
“It’s just another skill set,” she said.
“The ultimate theory behind the job is to protect people’s rights,” Sullivan said.
“I feel real lucky that I found my way to this part of the state. I feel like it’s a misunderstood area The people here are really genuine,” she said. “I’m going to stay in the area.”
Sullivan and Knudsen, who is from Culbertson, went to Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in Missoula a few years ago.
Knudsen served as deputy county attorney since 2013. He is the brother of attorney and Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson.
- Written by John Plestina
A former Flathead County man with an arrest warrant for a probation violation attempted to flee from a Montana Highway Patrol trooper in Sheridan County, taking several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties that ended in a field near Froid Friday, Nov. 20.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office chief deputy Corey Reum said Adam K. Stephan, 42, of Plentywood took deputies from Roosevelt and Sheridan counties, the MHP and U.S. Border Patrol agents in vehicles and a helicopter on a pursuit at high speeds over gravel roads south to the Froid area, then west on Montana Secondary 344, where Reum arrested Stephan in a field just feet from the bridge that would have put them on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
“The highway patrolman disabled his car chasing the guy on the gravel roads,” Reum said.
Reum said Stephan was driving an early 1990s Geo Metro station wagon. His wife and a dog were with him. The wife was not arrested.
“He had a blowout. That’s why he ditched the car,” he said.
Stephan ran in a field with his wife and dog.
Reum had boarded the helicopter.
“The helicopter dropped off me and a Border Patrol agent in a field and the helicopter went up in the air and gave us aerial coverage as we advanced on him and we apprehended him in the tall weeds,” Reum said.
Stephan was booked into the Roosevelt County Jail.
He was arraigned before Judge Traci Harada in Roosevelt County Justice Court last week for fleeing or eluding a peace officer, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is revoked, operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, reckless driving and a seatbelt violation. Harada set bail at $1,910 bond for those charges.
There is a $10,000 bond for a 72-hour hold for probation and parole criminal contempt citation, the apparent reason an MHP trooper attempted to stop Stephan.
Probation and parole officer Darrin Moser of Glendive said Monday that he was filing a revocation of probation. He said he could not elaborate on details.
According to the Clerk of the District Court’s office in Kalispell, the violation stems from a 2002 case where Stephan was convicted to two felonies ― issuing bad check and criminal possession of dangerous drugs ― and sentenced to 15 years in Montana State prison with 10 years suspended.
According to the Montana Department of Corrections Offender Network website, Stephan has had several drug, burglary, theft and bad check charges since the 1990s and is known by several aliases including Buddha, Cueball and Red.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
Ornaments honoring and memorializing area families’ loved ones hang on trees at Roosevelt Medical Center and First Community Bank. (Photo by Angela Rose Benson)
In northeast Montana, the folks are as charitable as they come. Their giving spirits cross town borders and live in the hearts of business owners, residents and even those on fixed incomes, who selflessly offer up what they can.
Yes, this eastern corner we call home is filled with a community of people who are inspired year-round by philanthropy, but who also genuinely embrace the season of giving.
This week kicked off Roosevelt Medical Center’s first annual Comfort and Joy Project and received a warm reception from the community. Through the project, participants can honor or memorialize loved ones by “purchasing” varying ornaments representing different donation amounts, which will then be hung on a holiday tree at RMC and at First Community Bank. Cards are then hung next to the ornament selected by the donation giver with the name of their loved one.
“I didn’t even have time to get an ad running in the local paper or posters up before donations were coming in. It’s just another example of how generous and thoughtful people are in this area,” RMC marketing and foundation director Jaimee Green said.
To date, $700 has been received for the project, with proceeds going toward completing the resident’s Sun Room with wall hangings, an electric fireplace, laminate flooring and window coverings. The room, which recently received new energy efficient windows, was painted by Sharon Schmitz and Jo Nelson, RMC Governing Board members, who volunteered their time toward the project.
In order to complete the room renovations, several small, local grants have also been applied for, totaling $3,000. Green was unofficially notified Monday, Nov. 30, that RMC received the Nyquist Grant for $1,950.
A total of about $5,500 is needed to complete the project.
The donation levels include a glass bulb for $10, a lighted bulb for $20, a hanging crystal for $30, a snowflake for $40 and a glittered angel wing for $100. Participants can also fill out the attached holiday greeting card with a message that will be displayed for the residents to enjoy throughout the month.
If you are interested in honoring, or memorializing a loved one, open the Healthy Neighbors newsletter set to arrive in your mailbox later this week. Inside, a brochure is available for you to fill out and mail in. Brochures are also available at First Community Bank, the senior center and the front desk lobby of RMC.