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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For Aug. 28

(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 illustrate that the jail has been dealing with overcrowding issues in the 17-bed facility.)
As of Monday Aug. 25, 12 inmates were incarcerated, Valley County Detention Center was holding two females and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding three males to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail as of Monday, Aug. 25: Adam Alonzo, 31, Williston, N.D./San Bernadino, Calif., criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to sell; Michael Conant, 34,  McCabe, partner family member assault, felony criminal mischief, felony assault on a peace officer; William Debbs, 43, Casper, Wyo., probation violation; Gary Jones, 44, Mesa, Ariz., assault on a peace officer with injury; Jason Knight, 37, Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Nicholas Marino, 25, Williston, N.D., carrying a concealed weapon, possession of dangerous drugs, firearm possession by convicted felon, sale of dangerous drugs; Timothy Oglesby, 31, Hot Springs, Ark., out-of-county warrant; Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentwood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer; Kyle Stevens, 36, Tomball, Texas, felony theft; Amber Taylor, 29, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; Hilrio Velasquez, 33, Riverside, Calif., possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia; Cameron Watson, 19, Malta, criminal possession of dangerous drugs [marijuana], criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Summer Reading

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The Culbertson Library Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, Read,” was successful with 79 children signed up for the program, which ran July 1- 31. Pictured are the top readers logging 17-51 hours. They are Cole Hofman, high school senior; Sophie Brown, 11; Brooks Solem, six; Carson Solem, nine; and Gwendolyn Norton, 10. Each received a book of their choice from Amazon.com. Students logging 1-16 hours on their charts were: Harper Anderson, Brandon Basaraba, Lola Bender, Anissa Bengochea, Justice Bengochea, Tally Berwick, Tenley Berwick, Larry Big Leggins, Sandra Big Leggins, Elijah Brown, Joy Brown, Naomi Brown, Adam Ellerkamp, Rebekah Ellerkamp, Stella Fox, Abbey Furukawa, Kaitlyn Furukawa, Domanic Gallegos, Paige Gallegos, Courtney Hofman, Jayden Jones, Mason Knight, Trenton Knight, Connor Knudsen, Leah Knudsen, Reagan Knudsen, Kaylee Kohl, Saydee Lambert, Callista Lambert, Clayton Marchwick, Drae Nelson, Kayli Olson, Jordan Purvis, Kahlela Thornton and Millie Thornton. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)

'Ace' Gets His Vest

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Roosevelt County Deputy Sheriff Clay McGeshick is pictured with his K9 partner “Ace,” who was awarded a ballistic vest from the nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s. Headquartered in Taunton, Mass., the group’s mission is to provide protective vests for law enforcement dogs. Each vest costs $950. The organization has raised over $1 million and provided about 1,100 vests for dogs in 39 states since 2009. The K9 vest campaign will provide over 350 vests for law enforcement dogs nationwide in memory of ‘Rocco,’ a Pittsburgh, Pa., canine that sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January. All vests are embroidered with the sentiment, “In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.” For more information about Vested Interest in K9s and to learn how to make tax-deductible contributions, visit www.vik9s.org.  (Photo by John Plestina)

Search Shifts To ND For Robbery Suspects

The search has shifted to North Dakota for two unidentified men who committed a gunpoint robbery near Culbertson Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff John Summers said Monday, Aug. 18, that the McKenzie County, N.D., Sheriff’s Office [in Watford City] began searching for the two men Friday, Aug. 15, after Summers contacted them.
Summers said a resident of rural McKenzie County called the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office and said he had seen the suspect vehicle on a county road. He told Summers he learned of the search online.
Summers said the man attempted to follow the vehicle and the men took off.
The RCSO reported that two white males, believed to be in their middle 20s, robbed an individual with a pistol on the side of County Road 2054 north of Culbertson, about 8 a.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 13. They were seen later that morning headed southbound on the Lanark Road toward U.S. Hwy. 2.
“We’ve combed the area pretty good. We’ve canvassed the area,” Sheriff Freedom Crawford said at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the robbery.
He said the victim was re-interviewed to check details.
“The description that was given to us by the victim hasn’t changed,” Crawford said.
The vehicle is reported to be a black Ford pickup, possibly a 2000 model, with a temporary tag in the back window and a bullet hole in the tailgate.
One of the men was reported to have been wearing blue jeans and a gray sweater at the time of the robbery and the other was wearing a red shirt.
Anyone with any information should contact the RCSO at 653-6240. The telephone number for the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office is 701-444-3654.

Jones, Sepanski, Twomey Appear In District Court

Several people appeared before Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Gary Ray Jones, 44, of Mesa, Ariz., was brought in on a bench warrant to answer a petition to revoke bond due to failure to comply with bail conditions.
He had been free on $40,000 bail, which Cybulski said no longer applies. Jones would have to put up an additional $40,000 bond to get out of jail.
He is charged with assault on a peace officer with injury.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Jeremy Sepanski, 30, of Plentywood withdrew not guilty pleas he had entered earlier this year and pleaded guilty to forgery, burglary and forgery by common scheme.
Sepanski is accused of illegally entering a house in Froid when no one was home on Jan. 20, stealing checks from the occupant of the house and attempting to cash them in a store in Froid.
Defense attorney John Wheatcroft said Sepanski is facing similar charges in Sheridan County and requested one pre-sentence investigation for charges in both counties. Roosevelt and Sheridan counties both are in the 15th Judicial District.
Cody Daniel Twomey, 20, of Culbertson was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and being under the influence of an intoxicating substance by a person under 21.
The alleged incidents occurred at a party spot southwest of Culbertson near the Missouri River that is nicknamed “Twights Bottom” on June 22.
Roosevelt County Undersheriff Sheriff John Summers reported that deputies responded to multiple 911 calls at about 3:30 a.m. reporting a male “flipping out and in possession of a firearm.”
Summers said several partygoers restrained the male until law enforcement arrived on scene.
A trial is scheduled for Nov. 13.