Wolf Point Herald

Martinez’s Original Charges Amended, Pleads Not Guilty to New Charges

Dennis Martinez, the 27-year-old Wolf Point man who pled not guilty to charges of unlawful operation of a clandestine laboratory and endangering the welfare of children stemming from a May incident, was recently arraigned on five new charges.
Martinez’s original charges were amended, adding one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of driving with a revoked or suspended license and one count of driving with expired registration.
Martinez was also arraigned on charges of endangering the welfare of children, burglary, and assault following a more recent incident. Martinez plead not guilty to all five new charges.
Martinez had been held in Roosevelt County Jail from May until Aug. 1 when he was able to post his bond which had been reduced by Judge David Cybulski from $25,000 to $1,000 in a July 25 hearing.
Court documents said police were called to the 200 block of Eureka Street at about 1:37 a.m. for a noise complaint.
Upon their arrival, officers spoke with Alonna Sansaver and Shannon Alden. Sansaver, who was in a relationship with Martinez at the time of his first arrest, told police Martinez had entered her residence even though she requested he stay away and said he was only allowed to see their children by setting up an appointment through child protection services.
Sansaver stated she thought Martinez likely entered the apartment through an unsecured window. He allegedly began assaulting a man who was in the apartment at the time while Sansaver went to Alden’s nearby apartment with one of her children.
Reports said Sansaver attempted to go back to her apartment for her other child, but was locked out by Martinez. Martinez eventually opened the door, and began yelling. Sansaver feared Martinez had seriously injured the victim who was present at the time and police noted there were blood drops on Martinez as well as all over the bedroom.
Court documents stated Martinez tested positive for alcohol after a preliminary alcohol screening test was conducted on scene.
Martinez was initially arrested and transported to the Roosevelt County Detention Center for processing but was taken to Trinity Hospital a short time later for injuries to his hand. The report stated Martinez’s alleged victim had head and facial injuries.
Martinez faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $500 fine for his misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children, and six months in jail and a $500 fine for his misdemeanor assault charge, and 20 years in jail and a $50,000 fine for his felony burglary charge.
His original tentative trial date of Sept. 10 has been rescheduled for Nov. 12 and will include his original charges and his most recent allegations.