- Written by John Plestina
A Washington man who was arrested on drug charges while traveling through Roosevelt County said in court that he picked the wrong traveling companion before he was sentenced Wednesday, March 11.
Jason Jackson Knight, 37, of Spokane, Wash., has served more than a year in the Roosevelt County Jail and will not go to prison in Montana, but his legal troubles might be just beginning in his home state that is accusing him of operating a “bucket shop.”
District Judge David Cybulski sentenced Knight in 15th District Court to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, all suspended. Knight served 428 days in the Roosevelt County Jail. He had been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
The time suspended sentence isn’t a get out of jail card for Knight. He has warrants issued by Washington for second-degree theft, second-degree possession of stolen property and maintaining a bucket shop, related to alleged illegal transactions involving the selling of stocks and bonds.
Knight agreed to sign a waiver of extradition. He will be returned to Washington by April 1.
The name bucket shop comes from the first half of the 20th century when bucket shops would do trades all day long, throw the tickets into a bucket, and later decide which accounts to award the winning and losing trades to.
The U.S. Supreme Court defines bucket shops as stock exchange businesses, or businesses that are really for the registration of bets, or wagers on the rise or fall of the prices of stocks, grain, oil or other commodities with no transfer or delivery of stock or commodities.
Other definitions of bucket shops include: the equivalent of off-track betting parlors, a fraudulent brokerage firm that uses aggressive telephone sales tactics to sell securities that the brokerage owns and wants to get rid of; making trades on a client’s behalf with promises of a certain price, but the brokerage makes the trade at a different price, keeping the difference as profit.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
On Tuesday, March 10, the Culbertson students competed in Havre at the Regional Science Fair.
Competing were: Wyatt Snyder, James Kirkaldie, Saydee Lambert, Kahlela Thorton, Clayton Toavs, Chloe Burks, Bela Tibbs, Ashtyn Ator, Rachel Gilbert, Mariah Cathey, Lucas Oelkers, Chase Lambert, Lauren Lambert and Tristan Labatte.
Wyatt Snyder won an award for best use of photography on a fifth grade board.
Chase Lambert won three awards. One from the Navy, one for best eighth grade biological science board and for best project at the science fair.
- Written by Jaimee Green
The results are in! This year’s Lost Penny Days winner was Froid School. Together, their student body raised a total of $333.13.
Bainville School came in second, raising $276.14 and Culbertson School raised a total of $139.49. The traveling plaque will be delivered to Froid School where it will stay for the next year.
This year, the Town Pump Charitable Foundation donated $500 in support of the Lost Penny Days Project and an additional $100 donation was given by Dennis Buxbaum, of Sidney, in memory of his parents, Harold and Lila Buxbaum. The employees of Roosevelt Medical Center raised a total of $ 116.82.
The project raised a total of $1,465.58.
“I think the competition is a great way for youth to work towards the collective goal of helping ensure quality healthcare remains in our area. It’s a fun, visual and hands-on way for youth to experience first-hand, the value of philanthropy in our community,” said Audrey Stromberg, Administrator for RMC.
This year, RMC is fundraising to replace a badly-cracked window that needs replacing in the Sun Room, a room the residents who call RMC home, hold dear. It is where they sit, socialize, relax, watch television and enjoy listening to the birds chirping in the aviary. Window replacement will cost an estimated $18,000. Later in the year, the Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation will fundraise to purchase a new chemical analyzer for the Laboratory Department.
In previous years, funds raised through Lost Penny Days have gone toward supplies for the Activities Department for reminiscence activities through music, and crafts as well exercise equipment to assist residents with range of motion activities for flexibility, balance, and strength and endurance development.
“We are so grateful to the schools for their willingness to take time out of their busy curriculum schedule to get their students excited about this project every year. The success of Lost Penny Days is only possible because of their continual dedication year after year,” said Jaimee Green, Marketing and Foundation Director for RMC.
- 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.
As of Monday March 16, 11 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, March 9 and Monday, March 16:
•Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•John D. Dagenhart, 33, Andrews, Texas and Cul-
bertson, 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;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernardino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
• Paul S. Merica, 24, Salt Lake City, Utah, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. Bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident.
•David Toavs, 27, Wolf Point, serving sentence for criminal endangerment, released;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: This is a partial list of activity the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 Center reported for the previous week on the east end of Roosevelt County. A total of 342 emergency calls were received during the seven-day period countywide.)
Theft, shoplifting: March 12, 1:39 p.m., RCSO, Scoops, Culbertson.
Motor vehicle theft: March 10, 4:22 p.m., FPT, 3000 block 4th St., Fort Kipp; March 13, 12:58 a.m., FPT, a BOLO [be on the lookout] was issued in Brockton.
Domestic Abuse: March 11, 1:45 a.m., RCSO, 5500 block County Rd. 1022, Cul-
Weapons, other offenses: March 10, 6:49 p.m., RCSO, 100 block 3rd Ave. W., Cul-
DUI liquor: March 9, 9:40 a.m., RCSO, U.S. Hwy. 2, near Brockton; March 12, 9 p.m., RCSO, U.S. Hwy. 2, mile marker 645, near Culbertson.
Disorderly conduct, fight: March 11, 10 a.m., RCSO, 500 block Broadway Ave., Culbertson.
Disorderly conduct, other: March 12, 12:55 p.m., FPT, 100 block, 1st St., Brockton; March 15, 8:53 p.m., RCSO, 200 block 3rd Ave. W., Cul-
Trespassing: March 10, 7:52 p.m., FPT, U.S. Hwy. 2, Fort Kipp area.
Threats other: March 13, 5:10 p.m., FPT, 100 block 1st St., Brockton.
Other accidents: March 13, 11:35 p.m., Poplar ambulance, Log Cabin Bar, Brockton.
Suspicions person circulating: March 14, 7:48 p.m., RCSO, Black Gold Casino, Bainville.
Suspicious person, premises: March 15, 11:14 a.m., RCSO, Black Gold Casino, Bainville.
Public safety, fire: March 15, 11:44 a.m., CFD, Montana Hwy. 16, south of Culbertson.
Disturbance, other: March 14, 1:36 a.m., FPT, 200 block 2nd St., Brockton; March 14, 8:23 p.m., FPT, 3100 block BIA Rte. 1, Fort Kipp; March 15, 12:26 a.m., FPT, 400 block BIA Rte. 4, Brockton.
Sick cared for: March 12, 9:02 a.m., Poplar ambulance, 1st St., Brockton; March 12, 12:08 p.m., Cul-
bertson ambulance, U.S. Hwy. 2, Culbertson.
Traffic other: March 12, 3:54 p.m., RCSO, U.S. Hwy. 2, east of Bainville, near the North Dakota state line.
Other calls: March 12, 4:52 a.m., FPT, U.S. Hwy. 2, near mile marker 630, Brockton area.
Drug paraphernalia, other: March 12, 12:46 p.m., RCSO, Black Gold Casino, Bainville.