Written by Al Stover
Dale Robert Fowler appeared in Montana 15th Judicial Court Oct. 30 and pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine).
Fowler also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of dangerous drugs (marijuana).
According to charging documents, Sgt. Ryan Michaelsen of the Wolf Point Police Department responded to 430 Fairweather Street Oct. 3 to investigate an assault. When he arrived, he made contact with Shantelle Schaeffer and Dale Fowler. Schaeffer said she and Fowler got into a verbal argument, which resulted in Fowler punching her in the side of the face. Documents stated that Schaeffer had dried blood on her mouth.
Officer David Gonzalez of the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice arrived on the scene during the investigation. Officers learned that Schaeffer was wanted on tribal arrest warrant and placed her under arrest. Michaelsen discovered drug paraphernalia on Schaeffer’s person.
Schaeffer informed officers there was blood on the bed in the bedroom. She told Gonzales that Fowler had more drugs and drug paraphernalia in the bedroom.
Officers spoke to Fowler about the assault. They later found blood on the bed and located a burnt marijuana cigarette in the bedroom. Documents stated that the room had an odor of burnt marijuana.
DI Wade Creighton, of the Fort Peck Department of Law and Justice, obtained a search warrant for the residence. Items that were found and seized included two suspect marijuana cigarettes, several hypodermic needles, spoons with residue, magazines with the corners cut out and small plastic and paper bags.
Creighton performed a field test of the residue found in the plastic bags. The Narcotics Identification System identified the substance in the bag as methamphetamine.
Judge David Cybulski advised Fowler of his rights and the charges filed against him prior to his plea.
Fowler is currently out on bail. His omnibus hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13 and his trial is scheduled for Jan. 16.