- Written by Jaimee Green
Tucked between sofa cushions. Stuck to the floorboards of vehicles. Tossed into jean pockets. Thrown inside purses. Sitting in jars, laying in wait. Pennies can make a difference.
That’s exactly what Roosevelt Medical Center is counting on during their annual Lost Penny Days competition set to begin Sunday, Feb.1.
During the month of February, Culbertson, Bainville and Froid Schools will rally to raise the most money for RMC through penny jars placed at their campuses.They are also competing for the chance to bring home the traveling trophy for the next year. Currently, the trophy is held at Bainville School.
“This has always been a great opportunity for local youth to realize they too can make a valuable contribution to their community while instilling in them the importance of philanthropy, a lesson which hopefully stays with them the rest of their lives,” said Audrey Stromberg, administrator for RMC.
Other jars will be placed throughout the communities to enable supporters to participate in the friendly competition, while supporting both their school and local healthcare.
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, relax, watch television and enjoy listening to the birds chirping in the aviary.
“This area serves as their living room. It’s a place they can gather and visit with one another, while enjoying the view outside,” Stromberg said.
Currently, with the window in its present condition, the residents have to sit away from the window and be covered with lap blankets because of the draft created by the cracks in the window pane.
Window replacement will cost an estimated $18,000.
In previous years, funds raised 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.
For more information on how you can participate or donate to the Lost Penny Days competition, contact RMC Marketing and Foundation Director Jaimee Green at 787-6476.
- Written by Jaimee Green
It’s no secret. Getting an education these days doesn’t come cheap. But, for area students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, Roosevelt Medical Center’s Roosevelt Memorial Healthcare Foundation is currently offering two, $500 scholarships to graduating students from the Culbertson, Froid and Bainville School Districts.
Students must be attending, or planning on attending a two, or four year accredited college or university. The scholarship is also available to current college or graduate students in the healthcare field of study who are seeking higher education.
The RMHF Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications until the March 15, 2015 deadline.
Applications will be available through the high school counselor’s offices and at the front desk at RMC. Applications can also be emailed to interested students.
“One of the greatest challenges for healthcare organizations in frontier America is recruiting professional staff that will come here and want to stay. Ideally, through these scholarship opportunities, we hope our local youth will someday want to return home and use their professional talents in our area,” said Jennifer Kessner, CFO for RMC. “However, the scholarships are a great way for us to assist local students with achieving their educational goals, wherever their professions take them,” she added.
Since the program began in 2010, a total of $3,000 has been given in scholarships.
“The generosity of our donors allows the Foundation to invest in the future of healthcare. It’s the Foundations way of giving back to the community through educational support of the next generation of healthcare professionals,” said Audrey Stromberg, Administrator for RMC.
Applications should be mailed to: RMHF Scholarships Program, P.O. Box 419, Culbertson MT., 59218.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Jan. 26, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Valley County Detention Center was holding one female inmate and the Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male.
The RCSO reported that the following were incarcerated at the jail between Jan. 20-26:
•Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Misha Canon, 48, San Bernardino, Calif., arrested on a federal warrant, transferred to federal custody.
•Cierra Clark, 24, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal warrant, transferred to federal custody;
•Dale Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Culbert-
son, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Melissa Gould, 34, Minot, N.D., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Amelia Hackman, 32, Scobey, issuing a bad check warrant, bonded out;
•Stuart Hamman, 26, Pensacola, Fla., contempt of court;
•Matthew Hofer, 26, Great Falls, out-of-county warrant;
•Christopher Hovey, 25,
Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Melissa Jewett, 32, Williston, N.D., obstructing a peace officer, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Joshua Jones, 36, Williston, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Dustin Kinzie, 21, Wolf Point, contempt of court warrant;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, Chat-
toroy, Wash., 41, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest;
•Caleb Pendleton, 24, Wolf Point, driving while suspended and Wolf Point City Court warrant;
•Jeremy Sepanski, 30, Plentywood, forgery, theft, obstruction of a peace officer;
•Ronnie Smith, 42, Poplar, U.S. Marshal warrant. Transferred to federal custody;
•Marion Runsthrough, 23, Poplar, arrested on U.S. Marshal warrant.
- Written by Culbertson Searchlight
A fire broke out at an oil well site just north of Culbertson, Tuesday, Jan. 20, during the afternoon, pluming thick black smoke toward the sky. Further information was unavailable as of presstime. (Photo by Nancy Mahan)
- Written by John Plestina
The man who attacked and injured a Roosevelt County deputy sheriff after tailgating his sheriff’s cruiser in April 2014, was sentenced to five years in Montana State Prison and a $10,000 fine in 15th District Court, Wednesday, Jan. 14.
A second five-year sentence for a conviction for a felony DUI was suspended.
Gary Ray Jones, 45, with residences listed that included Culbertson, Arizona, Tennessee, Oregon and Washington, was sentenced for assault on a peace officer with injury and the felony DUI, which was his fourth.
Jones, who has had DUIs in Oregon and Tennessee, tailgated and flashed headlights of a black Chevrolet sedan with Arizona license plates at RCSO Deputy William Black Dog on U.S. Hwy. 2 east of Brockton, April 29, 2014, at about 10:42 p.m., according to an RCSO narrative written by Black Dog.
Black Dog got behind Jones and stopped him near mile marker 636.
Black Dog wrote in the narrative: “The driver jumped out and stated, ‘I challenge you,’ and got right in my face.”
Black Dog also wrote that he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and that Jones got back into his vehicle. The deputy ordered him to exit the vehicle.
“He stated, ‘I always wanted to challenge a cop,’” Black Dog wrote.
The two men fought and Black Dog eventually handcuffed Jones, but Jones injured Black Dog, leaving him with a knee injury that required surgery and several months that he could not work.
Black Dog called for assistance. RCSO Sgt. Tim Lingle, Dep. Patrick O’Connor and Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice officers arrived at the scene.
“That was a bad one,” undersheriff John Summers said.
“It happened during a busy period,” he said.
“We were without him for months. He’s back to work,” Summers said.
“Jones followed him, tailgating him, wanting a law enforcement officer to engage him,” Summers said.
In addition to the felony counts of assault on a peace officer and DUI fourth offense, Jones was charged with resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, operating a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is suspended or revoked, following another vehicle too closely and failure to exhibit proof of liability insurance.
Jones’ troubles were not over. He posted $40,000 bail in August 2014 and was drunk and in a bar fight in Culbertson the next night.
“He bonded out on a Friday and was where he was living in Culbertson. He was released with conditions – no alcohol. That Saturday he was boozing it up and got in a fight in a bar,” Summers said.
Jones appeared in District Court on Aug. 13, 2014, on a bench warrant to answer a petition to revoke bond due to failure to comply with bail conditions. District Judge David Cybulski said the $40,000 Jones had posted no longer applied and it would take an additional $40,000 bond to get out of jail. Jones remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail the next five months.
During that court appearance, Jones signed a plea agreement. He pleaded guilty to assault on a peace officer and the felony DUI.
Jones might owe more money for restitution. A restitution hearing may be held at a later date when more information becomes available.
Probation officer Trevor Newman testified that Black Dog’s loss was substantial.
Newman said he recommended that Jones be sentenced to 10 years confinement in Montana State Prison with five years suspended, fines and restitution for medical expenses for the assault on a peace officer charge and 13 months confinement with substance abuse treatment for the felony DUI.
“Fighting with the cops is a bad plan,” Cybulski said after he imposed the sentence.
“I fought with the law and the law won,” Jones said.
“You’re one of those people who whacks a cop and when you bop a cop, you’re going to get whacked,” Cybulski said.
Jones was transferred to the Fort Benton Detention Center Thursday, Jan. 15, where he is being held until the Department of Corrections transfers him.