Wolf Point Herald

Commissioners To Hold Special Meeting To Hire Jail Architect

The Roosevelt County Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday, May 26, to discuss architects that are vying for the contract to design the new county jail.
The commissioners will hold a special meeting Friday, May 29, to make a decision on an architect.
The county sought requests for proposals from architects and seven responded. The field is narrowed to four finalists. They are Slate Architecture of Bozeman; Stevenson Design of Miles City; Epic of Williston, N.D.; and Klien McCarthy of Bismarck, N.D.
Voters in November approved a bonding measure to replace the aging jail with a 47.58 percent voter turnout. A lower, 34.88 percent voter turnout prevented passage of a similar measure in June 2014.
The approval authorizes the county commissioners to issue and sell $11.86 million in general obligation bonds to be repaid within 20 years.
The current jail is under-sized and does not meet current jail standards.
Legal action brought by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2013 forced Roosevelt County to reduce the number of jail beds by nearly one half.

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Motive Unknown Why Father Shot Daughter, Then Self

Valley County Sheriff Glenn Meier said he does not know why a man who lived midway between Frazer and Lustre shot his 16-year-old daughter and then himself Sunday, May 24.
Raymond Rahn, 62, shot his daughter inside his home on the Frazer-Richland Road, 13 miles north of Frazer, and then went outside the house and shot himself in the head. Rahn died in an ambulance en route to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus, according to Meier.
He said the daughter managed to make a 911 call just before 6 a.m., despite a gunshot wound to her head. The Roosevelt County Dispatch Center received the call and dispatched Valley County sheriff’s deputies and two ambulances from Wolf Point and Glasgow.
No one else was present at the Rahn residence at the time of the shooting. The wife and mother was in Seattle, Wash., receiving medical treatment.
Meier confirmed the identity of the girl as Rebecca Rahn, a student at Lustre Christian High School. She was transported to NEMHS - Wolf Point Campus and then flown to a Billings hospital. Her condition was not reported.
“It is my understanding that she is going to be OK,” Meier said Tuesday, May 26.
“There was no note found. I don’t know that we’ll ever know [the reason],” Meier said.
“You have to be pretty depressed to do something like that,” he said.

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Entire Brockton Council Resigns

The Roosevelt County Commissioners appointed two people to finish the terms of both Brockton City Council members who resigned during the weekly commission meeting Tuesday, May 26.
The commissioners did not reveal the names of the people who resigned or the reason for the resignation.
The commissioners appointed Rodney Burshia and Stacy Stangeland to fill the vacancies.
Neither were available for comments.
Brockton has a mayor who remains in office.
In other business, the commissioners voted to hire Interstate Engineering of Nashua to seek bids for a scrub seal of McCabe Road at a cost of $47,000. The county cannot afford a complete reconstruction of the eight miles of paved roadway.
The commissioners also again discussed the use of McCabe by truckers from North Dakota to avoid state scales. The commissioners discussed adopting a county ordinance closing the road to through traffic.
Sheriff Jason Frederick said he was not aware of the problem and said he could provide some patrol of McCabe Road.
In another matter, the commissioners voted to seek bids for the relocation of several hydrants in Culbertson for the fair board.
Questions were raised of whether engineering is needed.
The commissioners also denied a request by the Fair Board to create a new position of assistant supervisor and put that position at a higher pay scale.

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Poplar Woman Dies After Crash

A young woman died after being injured in a single-vehicle crash near Poplar Friday, May 22.
She has been identified as Barrie Jones, 23, of Poplar. Jones was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus, where she died later that day.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Corey Reum said RCSO deputy Eugene Culbertson responded to the scene about 3 a.m. The Montana Highway Patrol responded shortly after.
Reum said Jones, who was alone in the vehicle, was traveling southbound on a two-track trail near the powwow grounds north of Poplar, lost control and was ejected from the vehicle. He said she was coming out of a turn.
Reum said Tuesday, May 26, that the crash remained under investigation and it was unknown whether alcohol or speed were factors.

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Arrest Reported In Shotgun Shooting

Wolf Point Police have reported the arrest of a man accused in the May 17 shotgun shooting at a Wolf Point residence.
Lt. Brian Erwin said he arrested Nolan Birdsbill, 33, of  Wolf Point later on May 17. He has been charged into Fort Peck Tribal Court for aggravated assault.
Wolf Point officers responded to a 911 call at 6:16 p.m. that a man had been shot at a residence on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue South.
Erwin said Brad Fourstar, 23, was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus with a chest wound from a shotgun blast. From there, he was flown to a Great Falls hospital. His condition is unknown.
Erwin said further charges could be filed upon completion of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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