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Children attending the summer reading program at the Roosevelt County Library in Wolf Point Thursday, July 23, created their own super hero story. Pictured are (from left to right) Reilly Rees, Murias Ricker, Sam Bird Tail Jr., Harmony Hanson and Nora Hanson.    (Photo by John Plestina)

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Man With Gas Mask And Gun In A Fanny Pack Allegedly Threatens Judge In Culbertson

An incident outside the office of Culbertson Justice Court Judge Penny Hendrickson Monday, July 27, is construed by law enforcement as a possible threat to the safety of the judge.
Sheriff Jason Frederick told the Roosevelt County Commissioners that security must be stepped up.
Frederick said a man entered the justice court office and asked if he could park in the parking lot while he would be in the nearby library. A court employee told him it would be OK.
“He got in the truck, put on a gas mask and backed up to the judge’s window,” Frederick said.
The court staff called 911 and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded and arrested the man who Frederick said had a concealed handgun in a fanny pack.
Frederick identified the man as Daniel Boyle, 66, of Culbertson. He is charged with unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.
Boyle remained lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail Tuesday morning.

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Several Appear In 15th District Court July 15

Several people appeared for law and motion hearings before District Judge David Cybulski in 15th District Court Wednesday, July 15.
Amos Bridges
Daniel Amos Bridges, 39, of Wolf Point withdrew previously entered not guilty pleas and pleaded guilty to felony forgery. Other charges will be dismissed at a later date.
Bridges, who had been free on bond, did not appear for a scheduled appearance on May 13 and has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail, held on a criminal contempt warrant.
Kyle Crusch
Kyle Travis Crusch, 51, of Bainville was sentenced to seven years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections, all suspended, with 29 days credit for time served and a $10,000 fine for felony criminal endangerment.
A felony charge of assault with a weapon was dismissed.
Crusch will have to pay a public defender fee of $800.
He originally pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon, intimidation, felony criminal endangerment and disorderly conduct during an arraignment in August. He has been free on bail.
The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office reported in July 2014 that Crusch was alleged to have been in a bar fight and that a complainant said Crusch had a shotgun outside a bar.
Joseph Frederick
Cybulski ruled against Joseph Frederick, 43, of Poplar in an evidentiary hearing, finding that a Montana Highway Patrol trooper had probable cause for a traffic stop.
Frederick was arraigned in March and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence - fourth offense, driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating without liability insurance and failure to stay on the right side of the roadway.
Jason Fridge
Jason Fridge, 30, of Williston, N.D., was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence, fourth or subsequent offense and a misdemeanor stop sign violation.
Randy Knoble
Randy Knoble, 37, of Froid was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to felony driving under the influence - fourth or subsequent offense and driving a motor vehicle while privilege to do so is suspended or revoked and speeding on non-interstate highway, exceeding the day limit of 70 mph, both misdemeanors.
Randall Lehner
Randall Lehner, 55, of Wolf Point failed to appear for a hearing to rescind the appointment of the public defender.
He pleaded not guilty to felony partner or family member assault June 24.
The Wolf Point Police Department reported Lehner’s arrest at the Homestead Inn on April 12 following a report of a domestic dispute.
Charles Pinner
Charles Pinner, 59, Detroit, Mich., was granted a bond reduction from $50,000 to $5,000 with a requirement that he have a GPS monitoring system before he is released, have standard conditions and to stay in contact with his attorney at all times.
Pinner is an Amtrak employee and is alleged to have committed a kidnap and sexual assault onboard an Amtrak train that was passing through Roosevelt County April 19. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual intercourse without consent, both felonies.
Jamie Vert
Jamie Vert, 36, of Minot, N.D., was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Montana Department of Corrections and a $10,000 fine, all suspended, for felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested her, Brandon Bigham, 30, and Melinda Bibb, 31, all of North Dakota, following a traffic stop U.S. Hwy. 2 near Bainville Sept. 20, 2013.
Methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons [no firearms] were found in the vehicle, according to charging documents.

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Roosevelt County Jail Roster For July 30, 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 Monday, July 27, 10 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male and the Valley County Detention Center was holding four females to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, July 20, and Monday July 27:
•Amos Bridges, 39, Wolf Point, criminal contempt warrant;
•Daryl Buckelk, 47, Culbertson, driving without a valid license, speeding and seatbelt violation, bonded out;  
•Betty Cantrell, 21, Poplar, driving under the influence and driving without a valid license, transferred to Valley County;
•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;
•Tyrule Davis, 43, Los Angeles, Calif., assault on peace officer or judicial official;
•Jason Fridge, 30, Williston, N.D., driving under the influence of any drug;
•Matthew Gustafson, 29, Wolf Point, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Kevyn Johannesson, 26, Williston, N.D., fleeing or eluding a peace officer, criminal endangerment, obstructing a peace officer;
•Nicodemus Kupka, 19, Watford City, N.D., criminal possession of dangerous drugs and out-of-county warrant;
•Joseph Laturell, 52, Bainville, partner or family member assault, sexual intercourse without consent and aggravated kidnapping;
•Morgan Long, 29, Wolf Point, out-of-county warrant, bonded out;
•Lawrence Pederson, 53, Wolf Point, driving under the influence, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and speeding, bonded out;
•Cody Twomey, 21, Wolf Point, probation violation;
•Amanda Walton, 32, Poplar, violation of a protective order, criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child, transferred to Valley County Detention Center;
•Monte Walton, 35, Poplar, endangering the welfare of a child, violation of a protective order, first offense, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Carroll Wells, 34, Fairview, theft and burglary.

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Wolf Point Police And Fire Blotter For July 30, 2015

(Editor’s Note: The following blotter is a partial list of activities involving the Wolf Point police Department and Volunteer Fire Department between July 20 and 26. All those arrested or cited are presumed innocent.)
July 20
9:11 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Johnson Street for a report of a domestic disturbance with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
July 21
1:25 a.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire on the 300 block of East Dawson Street.
7:21 a.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Alder Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
5:14 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Dayton Street for a report of trespass with no reported damage or loss. The incident remains under investigation.
5:22 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Fifth Avenue North for a report of a theft from the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
8:57 p.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Granville Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested Randall Burshia, 31, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse.
10:58 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of criminal trespass with no reported damage or loss. The incident remains under investigation.
July 22
3:07 a.m., officers responded to the 300 block of Custer Street for a report of a disturbance in progress and arrested Trevor White, 23, of Wolf Point for simple assault and criminal mischief.
2:36 p.m., officers responded to Triangle Park for a report of a fight and arrested Garrett Gray, 43, of Wolf Point for disorderly conduct.
Time not stated, police cited Kenneth Spotted Elk Jr.,, 45, of Poplar for a previously reported hit and run motor vehicle accident with failure to report an accident, driving without a license, careless driving and driving without insurance.
8:15 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop in the intersection of First Avenue South and Indian Street and cited Verner Sears, 52, of Wolf Point for careless driving.
July 23
12:23 a.m., officers responded to Northern Lights Casino for a report of a fight and cited Kirsten Cantrell, 27, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
3:04 a.m., officers responded to Fourth Avenue South and Fairweather Street for a report of a domestic disturbance and arrested Michael Williams, 28, of Wolf Point for domestic abuse and carrying a concealed weapon.
5:36 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
11:20 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Indian Street for a report of vandalism to a residence with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
11:50 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Cascade Street for a report of a theft from the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
1:35 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Granville Street for a report of a three-vehicle motor vehicle accident with minor injuries to one person and cited Ryan Moran, 29, of Wolf Point for driving without a license and a right-of-way violation.
8:10 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of Fifth Avenue North for a report of theft from the property with a loss valued over $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
1:37 p.m., firefighters responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident at Second Avenue South and Granville Street.
8:16 p.m., officers responded to Cenex West for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
July 25
12:36 a.m., officers responded to the area of Borge Park for a report of suspicious individuals and cited two 17-year-old males, one for criminal possession of dangerous drugs and the other for criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol. Police also cited Maria Vega, 18, and Jessica Bauer, 20, both of Wolf Point for minor in possession. Also cited were Clay Reum, 21, and Jacob Bressette, 26, both of Wolf Point, for contributing to the delinquency of minors.
2:46 a.m., firefighters responded to a dumpster fire that spread to a fence on the alley between Dawson and Edgar streets.
3:26 a.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop on the 300 block of Fairweather Street and cited George Ryder Flynn, 23, and Melvin Lilley Jr., 40, of Wolf Point for theft.
6:40 a.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Eureka Street for a report of vandalism to the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The incident remains under investigation.
12:40 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of Eureka Street for a report of an assault with minor injuries to a Wolf Point female. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male.
3:35 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of a theft from the property with a loss valued under $1,000. The items were later recovered and returned.
8:31 p.m., officers responded to the area of the underpass for a report of a fight and arrested Kori Runkel, 24, and Tasha Whitehawk, 35, of Wolf Point for simple assault.
10:01 p.m., officers conducted a pedestrian stop at Cenex West  and arrested Mike Martell, 37, of Wolf Point on a warrant.
11:33 p.m., officers responded to Town Pump for a report of shoplifting with a loss valued under $1,000. The items were later recovered and returned. Charges are pending against a Wolf Point male juvenile.
11:39 p.m., firefighters responded to a grass fire near the sewage lagoon that was caused by a fisherman’s fire pit.
July 26
10:28 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of Fourth Avenue North for a report of a theft from a vehicle with under $1,000 damage and loss. The incident remains under investigation.
Other calls
In addition to the above calls, the WPPD responded to the following calls between July 20 and 26: checks of wellbeing, 10; civil standby, three; domestic disturbance, four; public assistance, 10; motor vehicle accidents, three; removal of unwanted individuals, 10; animal complaints, four; medical assistance, two; fire assistance, none; alarm, four; assist other agency, eight; unfounded reports, 11; fireworks complaint, none; driving complaints, one; school requested assistance, none.

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