Wolf Point Herald

Former Gov. Babcock Dies

A Montana governor from eastern Montana who served five decades ago was laid to rest in Helena Saturday, April 11.
Gov. Tim Babcock, 95, who died in Helena Tuesday, April 7, grew up in Dawson County near Glendive. He previously served as lieutenant governor, became Montana’s chief executive in 1962 when Gov. Donald Nutter died in a plane crash en route to Cut Bank, and remained in office until 1969.
Babcock was a decorated World War II veteran and owned a trucking company. He was the oldest delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Florida.
Babcock’s body laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda on Friday. His funeral was in Helena Saturday.

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Fairview Man Sentenced To 22 Years For Drug, Gun Crimes

In a hearing in Billings Friday, April 10, U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced Ryan Edward Lee, 32, of Fairview to more than 22 years in federal prison for drug and firearms offenses.
Lee was sentenced to 270 months in prison followed by five years supervised release.
He pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.  
In pleadings filed at the time of his guilty pleas, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Whittaker told the court that from November 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation investigated drug trafficking in the Bakken oil fields, including allegations of methamphetamine distribution in and around Sidney. Using informants and law enforcement controlled exchanges, agents observed Lee deliver methamphetamine to another individual on two separate occasions.
After the first sale, Lee was pulled over by the Montana Highway Patrol for traffic violations. Lee provided false identification and received a warning for the traffic violations.
After the second sale, the MHP again conducted a traffic stop of Lee’s vehicle. Following a pat down search, law enforcement found $2,500 in cash in Lee’s pocket. Once placed in the back of the patrol car, Lee kicked out a window and attempted to escape by fleeing on foot. After a chase, Lee was apprehended. During a search of Lee’s vehicle, law enforcement officers discovered a metal flip container with a digital scale and approximately two ounces of methamphetamine among other items and drug paraphernalia behind the driver’s seat. They also discovered, lodged between the seat and center console, a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol. A trace on the handgun revealed that Lee had purchased it several months earlier using a false identification and a false name, which was the same stolen identity he used multiple times with the MHP.
In addition, after his arrest and while in custody in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility, it was discovered that Lee had attempted an escape by breaking out the window of his cell and that he had been chipping away the wall outside the window for at least three months.
The prosecution was part of Project Safe Bakken, a cooperative effort between federal and state prosecutors and federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in Montana and North Dakota.
Drug crimes in the Bakken area have increased dramatically since the oil boom began in the region several years ago.
Parole has been abolished in the federal system and although Lee may be entitled to good time credit of up to 15 percent of his sentence, the sentence imposed will be the sentence served.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For April 16, 2015

(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.)
As of Tuesday, April 14, 15 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 14:
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Sara Darnell, 39, Poplar, U.S. Marshal’s warrant, rransferred to federal custody;
•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;
•Dale Fowler, 61, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Alex Ganas, 28, Sacramento, Calif., criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, released;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner/family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;  
•Randall Lehner, 55, Wolf Point, partner/family member assault - first offense;  
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Blake Martinez, 22, Wolf Point, federal probation violation;
•John Mincey, 47, Poplar, theft - first offense;   
•Samantha Nation, 32, Poplar, theft - first offense;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Wesley Stearns, 42, Havre, contempt of court;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident;
• David Toavs, 27, Wolf Point, negligent endangerment, serving time, released;  
•Robert Yohe, 64, Bain-
ville, out-of-county warrant;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, felony theft and burglary.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For April 16, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point Police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between April 6 and 12. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
April 6
2:57 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Eureka Street and arrested Michael Beston, 25, of Frazer on a warrant.
April 7
2 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
April 8
8:10 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 and cited Joy Reddig, 46, of Frazer for speeding.
10 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Indian Street for a report of attempted financial fraud with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:23 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:46 p.m., officers responded to First Community Bank for a report of an attempted theft by fraud with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4:35 p.m., officers responded to Shopko Hometown for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:15 p.m. officers responded to the 500 block of Custer Street for a report of a dog-at-large and cited Jesse Baker II, 45, of Wolf Point for dog-at-large.
10:23 p.m., officers responded to High Plains Motors for a report of a suspicious individual in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
April 9
2:56 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Benton Street for a report of a burglary with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:24 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Custer Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
4 p.m., officers cited Isaac Irizarry, 43, of Wolf Point with disorderly conduct as a result of an incident that occurred on March 31.
4:55 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump and arrested James Craft, 42, of Wolf Point on several outstanding warrants.
April 10
12:57 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Custer Street for a report of a domestic dispute and arrested Norman Owens, 43, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
7:30 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Benton Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
2:32 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of a theft by fraud with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
April 11
1:11 a.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire east of Poplar as mutual aide to assist the Poplar Fire Department. An unoccupied single-family house was destroyed.
3:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a structure fire at Second Avenue West and D Street West in Poplar as mutual aide to assist the Poplar Fire Department. A mobile home was completely destroyed and a family was displaced. There were no injuries.
8:47 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Dawson Street for a report of a theft from a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
April 12
7:33 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Fallon Street for a report of vandalism to a vehicle with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
3:43 p.m., officers responded to Northside School for a report of disorderly conduct by an adult. The incident remains under investigation.
4:50 p.m., officers responded to the Homestead Inn for a report of a domestic dispute and arrested Randall Lehner, 55, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
5:21 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Second Avenue South and arrested James
Lehner, 21, of Wolf Point on an outstanding warrant out of Prairie County.
6:17 p.m., firefighters responded to a shed and rubbish fire on the 300 block of Third Avenue South.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between April 6 and 12: checks of wellbeing, 12; civil standby, two; domestic disturbance, eight; public assistance, 15; motor vehicle accidents, one; removal of unwanted individuals, five; animal complaints, six; medical assistance, one; alarm, five; assist other agency, two; unfounded reports, eight; driving complaints, four; and school requested assistance, two.

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Easter Bunny Makes Appearance At 18th Annual Egg Hunt

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The 18th annual Wolf Point Police Department and Wolf Point Optimist Club Easter egg hunt was held on the lawn in front of Faith Home Saturday, April 4, with 3,700 candy-filled  eggs for children up to age 11 to pick up. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and enjoyed holding one-month-old Zayliana Buckles of Wolf Point.  (Photos by John Plestina)

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