- Written by John Plestina
A mother and daughter acting suspiciously during a visit with the son and brother at the Roosevelt County Jail in October were arrested and charged with drug offenses. Both entered pleas during arraignments before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The mother, Sherry Ann Peles, and daughter, Christine Irene Falcon, both of Williston, N.D., and a juvenile male went to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 22 to visit Roosevelt County Jail inmate Christopher Hovey, 26, of Lansing, Mich., and Williston. He is reported to be the son of Peles and brother of Falcon.
According to the charging documents, an RCSO sergeant and a detention officer reported observing behaviors consistent with being under the influence. A metal marijuana pipe with decorative sequins was observed in an SUV the women had parked in the parking lot at the Roosevelt County Courthouse. There was also alleged to have been an odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle.
The pipe’s bowl was filled with what appeared to be partially smoked marijuana.
Falcon gave permission for deputies to search her purse and told them there might be diabetic needles in the purse belonging to a friend with diabetes. Falcon later admitted that she injects methamphetamine and that there was a metal spoon and methamphetamine pipe in her purse, according to the charging documents.
Four used syringes, a cutoff metal spoon with white residue, a Q-Tip, a small glass pipe with white residue and black scorch marks, and a small plastic baggie with white powder and crystalline residue were found in the SUV, according to the charging documents.
Suspected drugs recovered from the vehicle were seized and tests indicated they were positive for methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the charging documents.
Falcon and Peles were arraigned separately dur-ing the same law and motion proceeding Nov. 18. Both pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both have been held on $5,000 bond.
Hovey also had a hearing during the same law and motion proceeding on Nov. 18 and withdrew from a plea agreement. Oct. 28, he had withdrawn previously entered not guilty pleas and entered guilty pleas.
Charges against Hovey are felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the minutes of Hovey’s Nov. 16 hearing, the court and Roosevelt County Attorney’s Office do not know his current probation status in North Dakota. It was stated in court during a hearing in January that Hovey was wanted for parole violations in North Dakota.
Hovey has been held in the Roosevelt County Jail on $50,000 bond, which the court reduced to $25,000.
Hovey appeared Aug. 12 for a revocation hearing after failing to appear in court in March on a bench warrant to revoke bond for failing to comply with bail conditions. He had pleaded not guilty in January to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.
- Written by Angela Rose Benson
The Nov. 26, 1915 publication of The Searchlight reported on the passing of a horse belonging to a newspaper employee, along with many other local items based around news, entertainment and businesses around town advertising in the hopes of gaining a few more customers nearing the Christmas season. Local items are listed below.
“The famous driving mare belonging to the Searchlight editor took a fit, threw her foal and then died last Saturday. We have a harness and buggy for sale.”
“Buy your Christmas presents at Ortschied’s and get a ticket on the diamond ring with every dollar purchase. Ortschied’s Jewelry store, Culbertson, Montana.”
“The Olson photo studio will be open every Sunday from now until after New Years.”
“Come early to the Movies at the Princess Theatre. A Victrola concert will be given each evening before the show starts.”
“The party who stole the cutter from the Mathews farm east of town is known. Prosecution can be avoided by returning the cutter to the farm.”
“The Thanksgiving dance in the Opera Hall netted the Royal Neighbors the neat sum of $100 of which about $30 is clear.”
“The twin reservoirs at the water works station have been sealed inside this week to keep them from freezing during the winter.”
“The power ferry has quite a time making its last trip Monday evening. It drifted down the river about two miles, and landed on the sand bar. The trip was finally completed and then the boat quit for the season.”
- Written by John Plestina
A Sidney man withdrew a previously entered not guilty pleas to a host of felony and misdemeanor charges and pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor drug charge before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Delynn Ray Richards, 48, of Sidney and Idaho Falls, Idaho, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
In January, Richards pleaded not guilty to felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and a stop sign violation.
Cybulski agreed on Jan. 14 to release Richards on his own recognizance allowing him to return to work.
- 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 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. 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, Nov. 30, 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. 23, and Monday, Nov. 30:
•Frank Baker, 33, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•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;
•Aaron Etner, 33, Fresno, Calif., partner or family member assault;
•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;
•William Rectenwald, 49, Wolf Point, probation/parole violation;
•Jim Simpson, 47, Culbertson, driving under the influence - first offense;
•Benjamin Smith, 37, Williston, N.D., out-of- county warrant;
•Adam Stephan, 42, Plentywood, operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, fleeing or eluding a peace officer, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so revoked, seatbelt violation, and a criminal contempt warrant from Montana State probation office with a $10,000 bond;
•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 Culbertson Searchlight
Montana Highway Patrol trooper Nyle Obergfell, a Culbertson High School graduate, lets kindergartner Kalia Featherston try on his vest that does not quite fit her during a recent visit to a kindergarten classroom at Culbertson School. (Submitted photo)