Wolf Point Herald

Sex Offender Receives Suspended Sentence For Failure To Register

A convicted sex offender who appeared in 15th District Court on a felony charge of failure to register as a sexual offender received a suspended prison sentence as a result of a plea bargain, Wednesday, May 28.
Judge David Cybulski accepted a plea agreement from Michael Everett Bos, 45, who is listed as living in Culbertson on the National Sex Offender Registry.
Cybulski sentenced Bos to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, with all prison time suspended, a fine of $25,000 with $15,000 suspended, and other fees and conditions.
According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Bos has lived in Florida, Louisiana and Michigan, has a past conviction for three-degree criminal sexual conduct and is required to register as a sex offender. Specifics about the out-of-state offense were not stated on the national registry or 15th District Court court documents.
A bench warrant had been issued for Bos. Cybulski quashed the warrant when he voluntarily appeared in court, Wednesday, May 14. He was ordered to return to court Wednesday, May 28.

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Amtrak Passenger Arrested On Several Drug Charges

A Washington man who was traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder route was arrested in Wolf Point Friday, June 6, on several felony and misdemeanor drug charges.
Wolf Point Police officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the Amtrak depot at 1:33 p.m. for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train. Police reported that the man received immediate medical attention onboard the train and was then transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services  - Wolf Point Campus for further care.
Police also reported arresting the man, identified as Dale Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., at the hospital upon his discharge the same day for two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, one a felony and one a misdemeanor. He was also charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. An additional charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was pending.
Lt. Brian Erwin said Monday, June 9, that it had not been determined whether that single count would be a felony or misdemeanor.
Erwin did not disclose what drugs were alleged to have been in Cooper’s possession.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For June 12

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police and volunteer fire departments between June 2 and 8. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
June 2
12:53 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of Fourth Avenue South for a report of vandalism to property with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:04 p.m., officers responded to Firemen’s Park for a report of a disturbance and arrested Salvador
Nieto, 50, of Wolf Point, for disorderly conduct.
4:50 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of an attempted gas theft and cited Cassandra Lambert, 29, of Wolf Point, for theft.
5:21 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:27 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Dayton Street for a report of a runaway male juvenile. Officers later arrested a 12-year-old male for youth in need of supervision and disorderly conduct.
6:56 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s for a report of an assault and cited Ryan Renz, 20, of Poplar, Addison Renz, 22, and Jaray Baptiest, 18, both of Wolf Point, for simple assault.
8:26 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a possible drunk driver and arrested Jerome Follet, 24, of Wolf Point, on several outstanding warrants.
10:42 p.m., officers responded to Git-N-Go for a report of a beer theft. David Dale Jr., 18, of Wolf Point, was cited the following day for theft.
June 3
11:08 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Helena Street for a report of a theft from a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
3:24 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Front Street for a report of harassment. The investigation continues.
9:58 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested David Dale Jr., 18, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse and cited him for theft, stemming from the reported gas theft at Git-N-Go the previous day.
June 4
9:50 a.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending.
2:16 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a theft and cited Joyce Lambert, 42, of Wolf Point, for theft.
2:40 p.m., officers responded to Northeast Montana Health Services’ Wolf Point Pharmacy for a report of a theft and cited Mychal Damon, 22, of Wolf Point, for theft.
5:38 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Anaconda Street and arrested Raymond Casarez, 29, of Wolf Point, on an outstanding warrant.
6:03 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Granville Street for a report of a large disturbance in progress. Charges are pending against several local males.
6:19 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of a minor hit-and- run accident with damage under $1,000. The investigation continues.
10:30 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Front Street for a report of a suspicious individual in the area and cited Jeremy Keiser, 33, of Frazer, for criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.
June 5
8 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 and the Lustre Road and arrested Zaquary Bostick, 20, of Wolf Point, on an outstanding arrest warrant.
8:55 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Garfield Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued over $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:23 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Main Street for a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident. Officers later stopped the suspect vehicle on Sixth Avenue North and arrested Jordan Stafne, 26, of Wolf Point, on an outstanding warrant and cited Darris Duboise, 24, of Wolf Point, for duties in the event of an accident.
June 6
12:35 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Hill Street for a report of harassment. The investigation continues.
4:48 a.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of a beer theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
1:33 p.m., officers and emergency medical personnel responded to the Amtrak depot for an unconscious male onboard an eastbound train. Police reported that the man was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services - Wolf Point Campus for further care. Police arrested the man, identified as Dale Cooper, 38, of Bremerton, Wash., at the hospital upon his discharge the same day for two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs, one a felony and one a misdemeanor. He was also charged with criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. An additional charge of carrying a dangerous drug on a train was pending.
4:43 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Helena Street for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
6:16 p.m., officers responded to Git-N-Go for a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
7:02 p.m., officers responded to the Roosevelt County Library for a report of a theft and arrested a 12-year-old Wolf Point female for youth in need of supervision and disorderly conduct.
8:55 p.m., officers responded to the Sherman Inn for a report of a disturbance and cited Richard Vlasak, 36, of Wolf Point, for assault.
June 7
4:55 a.m., firefighters responded to a car fire on BIA Route 1 west of Wolf Point with one truck and two firefighters. They returned to the station at 5:50 a.m. No injuries were reported.
4:57 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of Indian Street for a domestic dispute and arrested Judd Wolff, 39, of Wolf Point, for domestic abuse.
6:37 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Sixth Avenue North for  a report of a theft with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
June 8
8:16 p.m., officers responded to Cenex East for a report of harassment. The investigation continues.
9:49 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fairweather Street for a report of vandalism with a loss valued under $1,000. The investigation continues.
Other Calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between June 1 and 8: checks for wellbeing, 13; civil standby, four; domestic disturbance, six; public assistance, 12; motor vehicle accidents, 2; removal of unwanted individuals, 13; animal complaints, three; medical assistance, four; alarm, two; assist other agency, five; unfounded report, 14; driving complaints, five; fireworks complaints, seven; and driving complaints, three.

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Jail Bond Fails -- Frederick To Face Crawford In November For Sheriff -- Other Results

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The public safety bonding measure that would have funded a replacement for the aging Roosevelt County jail failed at the polls Tuesday, June 4, but not in votes. It received 57.93 percent [986-716] but failed because 34.88 percent of registered voters cast ballots, slightly fewer than the state mandated 35 percent minimum turnout for passage.
In contrast, the percentage of registered voters who cast ballots in neighboring McCone County was 54.71 and 48.80 in Valley County. The county with the highest percentage was Wibaux with 69.54. The statewide turnout was 33 percent.
In the hotly contested race for sheriff, Jason Frederick finished first with a landslide 1,515 votes for 77.85 percent with two-term incumbent Freedom Crawford finishing a distant second with 229 votes. Mike Matthews received 142 votes and Don Tomsic, 59. There was one write-in vote. Crawford and Frederick will face each other in the November general election.
In State House District 31, incumbent Bridget Smith will likely serve another term after defeating Bill Whitehead 452-378 in the Democratic primary. There was one write-in vote on a Democratic ballot and 22 on Republican ballots. There is no declared Republican challenger and no write-in candidates have publicly emerged so far.
In State House District 34, incumbent Austin Knudsen received 353 votes to four write-ins in the Republican primary. Gene Hartsock received 131 votes in the Democratic primary with one write-in.
In Roosevelt County Commission District 1 [east side of the county], Allen Bowker received 395 votes and Frank Smith 254.  They will face each other again in November. The position is currently held by Jim Shanks, who is not running for reelection.
Statewide Balloting
Republican Steve Daines will face Democratic incumbent John Walsh for the U.S. Senate in the November election.
Daines received 110,236 votes for 83.15 percent in the Republican primary. Susan Cundiff was in second place with 11,896 votes and Champ Edmunds trailed with 10,078.
In Roosevelt County [100 percent of votes counted]: Daines received 700 votes for 84.34 percent; Cundiff. 90; and Edmunds, 39.
In the Democratic primary, Walsh had received 48,348 votes for 63.93 percent. John Bohlinger was second with 17,087 and Dirk Adams was third with 10,026.
In Roosevelt County: Walsh received 546 votes for 57.41 percent; Bohlinger, 283; and Adams, 122.
Democrat John Lewis will face Republican Ryan Zinke for the U.S. House at-large seat that Daines currently holds.
Lewis received 42,286 votes for 59.59 percent. John Driscoll finished second with 28,387.
In Roosevelt County: Lewis lost to Driscoll 470-405.
Zinke received 43,525 for 33.09 percent in the five-way race. The other results were: Corey Stapleton, 38,481; Matt Rosendale, 37,896; Elsie Arntzen, 9,034; and Drew Turiano, 2,275.
In Roosevelt County: Zinke finished third with 156 votes, behind Rosendale with 321 and Stapleton with 175. Arntzen received 78 and Turiano 28. There were three write-in votes.
Other races
Incumbent clerk and recorder Cheryl A. Hansen received 1,641 unopposed with 16 write-in votes.
Incumbent county attorney Ralph “Jim” Patch received 1,459 votes unopposed with 39 write-in votes.
Incumbent county treasurer Betty Romo received 1,672 unopposed with eight write-ins.
Supreme Court Justice No. 1: Jim Rice, 129,515; W. David Herbert, 39,859. In Roosevelt County, Rice received 1,141 and Herbert, 350. There were four write-in votes.
Supreme Court Justice No. 2: Mike Wheat, 102,216; Lawrence VanDyke, 63,488. In Roosevelt County, Wheat received 917 to 501 for VanDyke. There were five write-ins.
Public Service Commissioner District 1: Republican Travis Kavulla received 19,358 votes unopposed. In Roosevelt County, Kavulla received 652 votes and three write-ins on Republican ballots. There were 40 write-ins on Democratic ballots.
Other ballot questions
Roosevelt County local government review was defeated 852-809.
Wolf Point local government review was defeated 280-204.
Poplar local government review was approved 131-37.
Brockton local government review was approved 18-8.
Culbertson local government review was approved 74-73.
Bainville local government review was approved 23-12.
Froid local government review was approved 22-18.
Justice of the peace Post 1: Traci Harada received 1,603 votes unopposed with 20 write-in votes.
Justice of the peace Post 2: Penny Hendrickson received 1,545 votes unopposed with eight write-ins.

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‘Code Talkers’ Honored Posthumously With Medals At Ceremony In Poplar

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The first photo is is Barbara Hamilton, a veteran, accepting two of the 49 Congressional Gold Medals from Fort Peck Tribes Chairman A.T. Rusty Stafne on behalf of two deceased relatives who served as code talkers during World War II; Matt Adams and Charles Adams. The second photo is Keith Bear of New Town, N.D., a Vietnam veteran, holding the medal he accepted on behalf of his late father, Everett Bear.  The other photos are from the grand entry and of traditional music.  (Photos by John Plestina)                       

Wartime heroes who were sworn to a lifetime of secrecy and not given the full extent of the welcome they deserved when they returned home nearly 70 years ago were honored posthumously during a ceremony in Poplar’s American Legion Park, Saturday, May 31, the traditional date of Memorial Day.
Forty-eight enrolled members of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation have been identified as World War II code talkers, soldiers who used their native languages as a means of wartime secret communication that enemies could not decode. The U.S. Department of Defense has estimated that the service of code talkers shortened the length of World War II by two years and saved an unknown number of American lives.
All of the local code talkers are now deceased. They were each awarded a Congressional Silver Medal. Fort Peck Tribes Chairman A.T. Rusty Stafne presented the medals to families of the veterans.
The silver medals that were awarded in Poplar were part of the presentation of more than 200 medals to the few surviving code talkers and families of those deceased in all parts of the country.
So far, efforts to identify all code talkers and locate their families continue. It is believed there were about 400 who served during World War II. About one-eighth of all code talkers hailed from the Wolf Point and Poplar areas.
The existence of code talkers from tribes other than Navajo remained classified for 63 years following the end of the second world war until Congress passed the Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008, and then President George W. Bush signed it into law.
The reason given for keeping the existence of code talkers from numerous tribes secret is that the military did not want any potential future enemy to know what languages were used.
The service of Navajo code talkers was featured in films long ago. President George W. Bush awarded medals to Navajo code talkers at a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in 2001.
The 2008 legislation also authorized the United States Mint to strike a Congressional Gold Medal for each tribe and the silver duplicate medals that were presented to the families of the code talkers. Duplicate bronze replica medals are available from the U.S. Mint online catalog at http://www.usmint.gov.catalog.
The Assiniboine and Sioux are among 33 Native American Tribes the U.S. D.O.D. has identified since 2008 that are eligible to receive a gold medal with a unique design. Twenty-five of the tribes were honored during a ceremony, held in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center., Nov. 20, 2013.
“It’s an honor for your father, uncle, grandfather who participated in a war many years ago, who used his native tongue to win the war,” said Stafne, a Korean War veteran.
Then he reminded the crowd that the U.S. government forced those men as children to go away to boarding schools and tried to eradicate their native languages.
“They found out it helped win a war using their native languages,” Stafne said.
Jeff Berger, who has worked to identify local code talkers for the Fort Peck Tribes, said a lot of hard work went into research for the project.
He said there are more to be identified.
The earliest reported use of code talkers by the U.S. military dates to 1918 when the Army used Choctaw Indians to baffle the Germans some 95 years ago during World War I.
The next recorded use of code talkers came when the Marine Corps recruited Navajos to serve in the Pacific during World War II. Also during the second world war, Comanches developed a secret language-based code for the Army. Members of other tribes, including Assiniboine and Sioux, were assigned to native language communication duty.
Code Talkers from the Fort Peck Reservation were members of Company B, 163rd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division.
Members of the Fort Peck Tribes acknowledged as code talkers who are identified as members of the Assiniboine Tribe are identified as Jesse Mason Jr., Charles Adams, Matt D. Adams, Joseph R. Alverez, Archie M. Cantrell, Joseph Hamilton, Adam Redd, Lawrence Red Dog, Jay H. Kirn, Duncan Dupree and John Cantrell.
Identified as Sioux are Anton Hollow, Joseph O. Reddoor, Herman Red Elk Jr., Clyde Standing Bear, Herman Belgarde, Arthur Belgarde, Dominick Belgarde, James J. Eder, James M. Melbourne Jr., Shirley Q. Red Boy, James Black Dog Jr., Matthew E. Black Dog, Lloyd Half Red, William Hawk, Earl Jones, Frank Jones, Ralph N. Jones, Barney Lambert, Louis E. Longee, Mark Long Tree, Raymond L. Ogle, William G. Ogle, Gerald Red Elk, William J. Red Fox, Joseph E. Russell, Gregory B. Swift Eagle, Winfield Wilson, James T. Yellow Owl, Douglas Young Man, Everett D. Bear, Richard Left Hand Thunder, Ben Little Head, Archie Red Boy, Fred R. Shields, Joseph Lambert, Harvey Buck Elk and Julian Shields.
A 49th medal was awarded to Gilbert Horn, Sr., of Havre, an Assiniboine member of the Fort Beknap Reservation. He is the only one of the medal recipients during the Poplar ceremony who is living and one of few code talkers across the nation who is alive. He was not able to attend.
There were medals for North Dakota code talkers who were attached to Company B.
The Fort Peck Tribes hosted a feed and traditional Powwow following the ceremony.
The names are sought of any code talkers who might have been overlooked. Anyone with information should contact the Fort Peck Tribes.

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